The Simpsons is a comedy institution that seems to transcend change. Over 30 seasons, it has been through a dozen network entertainment presidents, not to mention five U.S. presidents. Its characters have not aged. But some change is coming: The animated Fox sitcom will have a new streaming home starting this fall: Disney+.
With Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox complete, Disney released key details about its streaming service Thursday, including a launch date of Nov. 12, pricing of $6.99 a month, and content ranging from Disney archival classics to new original content. And it will serve as the exclusive streaming home of Star Wars, Pixar, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and, yes, the Simpson family. (The Simpsons is produced by 20th Century Fox TV, which Disney owns as part of its $71.3 billion purchase of the entertainment assets 21st Century Fox film and television assets. Fox network — which continues to air The Simpsons and recently renewed the series for two more seasons — was not part of the deal.) The Simpsons library is an extremely valuable franchise, boasting more than 650 episodes. FXX, which was included in the deal, has been the exclusive cable home for The Simpsons since 2014, and all 30 seasons have been available on FXX’s Simpsons World app. (Hulu also streams the current season of the series.)
The Simpsons joined in the excitement Thursday by releasing a 45-second video featuring Homer and his family responding to the news. Standing in the Simpsons’ yard, with statues of Darth Vader and Bob Iger next to Homer and his family, and a signed photo of Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch in the trashcan, our patriarch begins by introducing himself to the camera: “Homer Simpson here. Proud addition to the Disney family and soon appearing on Disney+.” In a wink to Kent Brockman’s desperate “I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords” line, he then says, “I, for one, salute our new corporate overlords,” and urges his family to put on their mouse ears, reminding them under his breath, “You only get one chance to make a first impression. “I don’t wanna, I’m not gonna, you can’t make me,” responds Bart before giving in. Lisa and Maggie comply next, and when Marge finally tries to squeeze into hers, the hat goes flying off into the air and into an offscreen Dumbo, who then lands on Homer. The sequence ends with Maggie taking flight and sprinkling a little Disney magic onto the screen. Check it out above.
The season 30 finale of The Simpsons airs May 12.