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'The Simpsons' producer praises controversial Banksy sequence

10/11/2010 by Corinne Heller

'The Simpsons' opening sequence as created by Banksy, which aired on FOX on Oct. 10, 2010. (Photo courtesy of FOX) The executive producer of The Simpsons, Al Jean, was impressed with the special title sequence in Sunday's episode, which was created by UK graffiti artist Banksy and which depicted scenes of Asian workers, including children, in a sweatshop.

The laborers paint cartoon stills for the show, kill kittens to stuff Bart Simpson dolls and use a unicorn's horn to punch a hole in Simpsons DVDS.

The storyboard appeared to have been inspired by reports The Simpsons outsources the bulk of their animation to a company in South Korea, BBC News said.

"We all thought it was really funny," Jean told Entertainment Weekly regarding the Banksy sequence. "There were some small things we went through with Broadcast Standards for taste, but I was impressedfor an American TV show we did this really satiric thing, and it was 95 percent of what he wanted."

"I can tell you as a fact there are no unicorns working in our DVD production plant," he added. "It's a fantasy - none of it is true. That being said, its funny."

Banksy starred in and directed the documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop earlier this year. The film which showcases a shop keeper's quest to meet street artists such as Shepard Fairey, whose posters of Barack Obama became the iconic image of the U.S. president's 2008 campaign.

Check out the Simpsons opening sequence, created by Banksy:


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