Spurlock executive produced and directed ‘20th Anniversary Special in 3-D on Ice,’ which will be a documentary-style look at the animated phenomenon.
The director noted the many famous faces that took part in the project. “From John Waters to Sting to Moby, Norah Jones, Jerry Springer,” he told Fancast. “Who better to talk about a dysfunctional family than Jerry Springer? We really covered the gamut and talked to a lot of different people that we thought could cover different topics that the show had talked about over the years.”
Moby’s tribute to a snow-themed storyline of the Fox series even made it to the episode. “Moby is a huge Mr. Plow fan,” said Spurlock. “[He] loves the Mr. Plow episode…we have seven different versions that we’re most likely going to be putting out before the special airs and that we also have in the special from a punk rock version to an old-school hip-hop to a psychedelic version.”
But Spurlock didn’t just talk to fans of the show. He tracked down opponents of the animated series, to give it that special touch. “We went to talk to the folks at the Catholic League who have been very vocal in some of the problems they’ve had with the show over the years,” he said. “We spoke to Bill Donohue who has spoken out multiple times about the Simpsons and about the way that Catholics and Catholicism is represented in the show.”
What did the Catholic League have to say about ‘The Simpsons’? You’ll just have to watch the special to find out.
‘The Simpson’s 20th Anniversary Special in 3-D on Ice’ will air on January 10 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., followed by another very special 450th episode.