UK graffiti artist Banksy has created a controversial title sequence for long-running US animation The Simpsons.
The latest intro, which was shown in the US on Sunday, opens with the street artist’s tag scrawled across the town of Springfield. It closes with a minute-long sequence showing dozens of sweatshop workers in a warehouse painting cartoon cells and making Simpsons merchandise.
The episodes titled is called MoneyBart.
The extended sequence was apparently inspired by reports the show outsources the bulk of their animation to a company in South Korea. According to the street artist, his storyboard led to delays, disputes over broadcast standards and a threatened walk out by the animation department.
“This is what you get when you outsource,” joked The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean.
The question on all our minds is what does Robbo think of this? I’m guessing not much after the British graff legend recently held his first ‘art show‘ at Pure Evil Gallery.
In other Banksy related news, his documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop has just been released on DVD in a deluxe edition containing all types of Banksy related paraphernalia.
About The Movie: The world’s first Street Art disaster movie. Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the Palestinian segregation wall in the West Bank. Fiercely guarding his anonymity to avoid prosecution, Banksy has so far resisted all attempts to be captured on film.
Exit Through the Gift Shop is the story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur filmmaker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results. The film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Invader and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists (including Australia’s very own Everfresh Crew) at work.
You can grab that here via JB Hi-Fi.