“Look here, that’s enough now, I own sixty percent of that network!” – Rupert Murdoch
A couple of weeks ago, Banksy posted his original storyboard (via) for the Zombie Simpsons opening that ran back in October. It makes for interesting viewing, and most of the ideas contained therein made it into the finished product. There are a couple of minor touch ups, mostly sanitizing some of the gorier sketches Banksy did, but on the whole it is pretty faithful to the original concepts . . . with one telling exception.
Here is one of the panels from Banksy’s original:
And here is the corresponding scene from the finished product:
Of all the bleak images in Banksy’s original, the suffering children, the dead cats, the emaciated unicorn, only the giant poster of Kim Il-Murdoch was deemed too hot for teevee.
I’m sure I’m not the first person to have pointed this out, and I don’t want to make too much of what is a relatively minor omission, but does this strike anyone else as just a tad revealing? I don’t think Murdoch personally vetoed it or anything, I doubt they would even bother to ask him. After all, he’s a billionaire who’s turning eighty next month, the time it would take to explain it is far more precious to him than a piddling throwaway second of television on one of his many networks. But Zombie Simpsons clearly didn’t want to cross him, and I think that’s funny.