The Halloween Simpsons opening is a monster-sized 3 minutes long. It features many classic monsters, so many that they can’t all fit in the shot. The camera does a long pan that doesn’t do the scene justice so I’ve edited it together but FOX really needs to release a poster-size version (Tweet @TheSimpsons and demand it).
Of course director Director by Guillermo del Toro gives extra screen time to his own creations, particularly Pan’s Labyrinth. Lisa falls through the couch cushion like Alice in Wonderland. The Futurama Hypnotoad hypnotizes her into believing she’s Princess Moanna and her parents are the King and Queen of the Underworld. Not surprisingly, Bart is cast as the faun.
The opener of the 24th annual “Treehouse of Horror” is from Guillermo del Toro and features monsters and classic characters from horror films throughout history. In “Oh The Places You’ll D’oh,” the first of three spine-tingling stories, Homer rides around Springfield wreaking havoc as “The Fat in The Hat” in a rhyming Dr. Seuss-ian tale. In “Dead and Shoulders,” Bart is beheaded during a kite accident, his head is attached to Lisa’s body and they must live together as one. The final terrifying tale, “Freaks no Geeks,” features Mr. Burns’ traveling circus, The Burnsum and Bailey Circus, which has stopped in Springfieldland in the 1930s. Trapeze artist Marge and Strong Man Homer are performers and things go awry when circus freak Moe starts to make advances towards Marge in the all-new “Treehouse of Horror XXIV” episode of The Simpsons” airing Sunday, Oct. 6 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
The lead-in will be an encore of Treehouse of Horror XX and Treehouse of Horror XXIII.