Director Del Toro brings iconic monsters, ghouls to The Simpsons
LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro is bringing his dark, ghoulish style to Fox's long-running animated series The Simpsons on Sunday, when his take on popular monsters and villains will be featured in the show's opening sequence.
In the Treehouse Of Horror episode, Del Toro directed the 2-1/2 minute opening sequence in which the Simpson family runs from evil forces overtaking their town and back to the comfort of their couch in front of the TV.
Police chief Clancy Wiggum becomes a giant Cyclops inspired by the creations of Ray Harryhausen, a pioneer of movie visual effects; baby Maggie chases after Milhouse in a sleek black car, which Del Toro said he modelled on his favourite horror B-movie, 1977's The Car; and father Homer becomes a nuclear mutant.
"I asked (creator Matt Groening) if I could make the sequence around horror and fantasy in general, and throw in my movies there. But this way, it's a love letter to things that I love, both in The Simpsons and the genre," said Del Toro, who directed 2004's Hellboy and 2013's Pacific Rim.