FOX’s “The Simpsons” is now a member of the Disney family with the Springfield clan making their first appearance at the D23 Expo convention over the weekend.
The show’s producers were on hand for a panel about the show and the impact the Disney-Fox merger will have on the series. Said panel began with a montage of all the Disney-related jokes to appear on the show.
Executive producer Matt Selman followed that up with the jesty zinger: “Isn’t this the craziest thing you could imagine, that we would start out working for an evil corporation and then working for a nice one?”
He and executive producer Al Jean then went on to address the potential of a second film or spinoff series with Jean teasing they “have talked about it” with Disney. Selman added:
“I think Disney would be supportive of anything we wanted to do, maybe a crazy limited series with a side character or a movie that we surprised you with, they’ve been really creatively supportive and this is going to afford so many new ways to do the show than just the traditional format.”
Creator Matt Groening confirmed that Apu will remain on the show despite reports saying the character had been written out: “Yes. We love Apu. We’re proud of Apu.”
All episodes from the show’s thirty seasons will be available to stream on Disney Plus upon launch in November.