Cowabunga, dude! The Simpsons gets the pixel art treatment in new video

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Beep beep! Pixels take over Springfield. Photo: Springfield Pixels
Beep beep! Pixels take over Springfield. Photo: Springfield Pixels

You’ve seen it before, of course: the parting of the clouds, the nuclear-reactor-powered city of Springfield, Bart’s varying chalkboard standards, Lisa’s inability to stay in key (so jazzy!) in orchestra, skateboarding past tons of regular characters through the streets, and the final landing on the living room couch.

But you’ve never seen the iconic television show intro like this before, decked out in deliciously retro pixel art, directed and animated by Paul Robertson and Ivan Dixon, with music by Jeremy Dower.

Since its debut in 1989, The Simpsons show has become a cultural touchstone for generations of kids and adults who all grew up watching the dysfunctional antics of the yellow-hued semi-autobiographical family of creator Matt Groening.

Fan-created videos like this one respect the source while still managing to add in artistic touches, like all the kids playing video games in the band room (check out that Oculus Rift!), and the final scene with Maggie ascending to some video game-inspired nirvana. All of this set to a chip-tune soundscape that begs for a second and third listening.

Enjoy the video, and eat my shorts, dude.