The SIMPSONS release specially commissioned cartoon of Homer, Bart and family holding blue and yellow flags in a ‘show of solidarity’ with Ukraine as show’s executive producer says it’s important to be ‘vigilant about defending freedom’
- The special cartoon shows famous Simpsons family holding five Ukrainian flags
- Show’s producer said it was commissioned as a ‘show of solidarity’ with Ukraine
- It comes as violence in Ukraine continued following invasion from Russia
- A 1998 episode depicted a similar scenario to the current situation in Ukraine
- Producers of The Simpsons have gained reputation for predicting future events
The producers of US television programme The Simpsons have released a specially commissioned cartoon of the famous family holding Ukrainian flags as a ‘show of solidarity’ with the country.
The show’s executive producer Al Jean said the rapid creation of such a politically relevant image did not happen ‘very often’ but it was important to be ‘vigilant about defending freedom’.
The cartoon, drawn by long-time animator and director David Silverman, shows the famous Simpsons family holding five Ukrainian flags.
It comes as violence in Ukraine continues following the commencement of military operations by Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Mr Jean said the show’s producer Jim Brooks had called on him, Matt Groening and David Silverman to commission the image as ‘a show of solidarity’.
Producers of The Simpson commissioned a cartoon of the famous family holding Ukrainian flags as a ‘show of solidarity’
‘It’s meant to show we care about what’s going on and have enormous sympathy for the people of Ukraine and want this to stop’, he said.
‘We don’t do this very often, only very rarely when there’s something… extremely important for a cause that could not be bigger.
‘The future of democracy in the world is at stake.’
Writers of The Simpsons, who have gained a reputation for predicting future events in the real world, aired an episode in 1998 depicting a similar scenario to the current situation in Ukraine.
Titled Simpson Tide, the episode jokes that the Soviet Union was never truly dissolved while army troops and tanks arrive on the streets and the Berlin Wall is resurrected.
Mr Jean said he was ‘really sad this came true, but not surprised’.
He added: ‘It’s been said that there are two types of Simpsons predictions.
‘There are these insane coincidences like Trump, then there’s things like this where I’m really sad it came true, but not surprised.
‘You could see this coming for a long time… so I think you just have to be very vigilant about defending freedom.
‘Believe me The Simpsons are for freedom, freedom of expression, freedom everywhere.’
On the image’s impact Mr Jean said: ‘I’m not presumptuous enough that one drawing will change that but it’s one little thing and we like it.’
Over the years, the iconic TV show has foreseen major world events – from Donald Trump’s presidency to the discovery of a three-eyed mutant fish to the erection of London skyscraper The Shard.
Last year, the producers of The Simpsons predicted big moments including Richard Branson’s space flight, Joe Biden taking over as President from Donald Trump and vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration outfit.
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