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Banksy revives "Simpsons'" edge with wild opening scene

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It's not the annual Halloween episode, but the opening of "The Simpsons" last night was equal parts dark, morbid and amazing.

Street artist Banksy came to Springfield last night, becoming the first artist to ever storyboard a "Simpsons" opening. And what an opening it was.

An underground sweat shop, a dying unicorn, a cat fur wood chipper: You have to watch the clip to understand the full horror and brilliance.

Banksy came to prominence with subversive stencils that started appearing on London streets in the '90s. He's an interesting choice for the cartoon show, and he has definitely vaulted the longtime TV giant back into conversation.

This is not the first time Banksy has visited "The Simpsons." The Daily Wh.at points out that Bansky took on Bart Simpson and the chalkboard gag in New Orleans in 2008.

After the jarring opening, the show went back to its regular routine of guest cameos, self-referential jokes and tangential story lines.

By Melissa Bell  | October 11, 2010; 9:14 AM ET
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Comments

Wow. My hat's off.

Now if only the episodes themselves were this challenging.

Posted by: joshlct | October 11, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

O, that *was* dark! Nice.

Posted by: Guest1234 | October 11, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me that some people living in America think that they have a right to be 'insult free'...

Posted by: edmundsingleton1 | October 13, 2010 4:18 AM | Report abuse

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