An "Itchy and Scratchy" was always planned as the opening for "The Simpsons Movie." So why not an Itchy and Scratchy movie?
No, I'm not talking about 90 minutes of crazed cartoon violence featuring the mouse and cat from the animated TV sitcom. Even if Quentin Tarantino were pulled into the action, 90 minutes of Itchy and Scratchy would be too much. The makers of "The Simpsons" seem to be sincere when they say that a sequel to "The Simpsons Movie" is not in the foreseeable future. Harry Shearear is getting closer and closer to being as old in real life as his character Mr. Burns is on the show and he's already exceeded the surprisingly advanced age of his Ned Flanders by more than a decade. My point being that if a sequel to "The Simpsons Movie" does not come soon, the movie will have to be as free from appearances by Burns, Flanders and Smithers as the Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios.
In the meantime, Itchy and Scratchy presents a golden opportunity for those at work on "The Simpsons" to achieve that rarest of all entertainment accomplishments: two different movies spun off from a TV show about entirely different universes.
What makes an Itchy and Scratchy movie comedy utterly possible is to view it from the perspective of not making it 90 minute long "Itchy and Scratchy" cartoon, but an animated movie about the backstory of those who make "Itchy and Scratchy." Over the long history of "The Simpson" we have come to know more about the original creator, the Walt Disneyesque thief and his son, the woman who does the voice and the history of the psychotic mouse and the poor cat who is the victim of almost as much violent as Americans have been at the hands of the NRA more than we have come to know about the actual leading characters of many sitcoms.
A terrific satire about the entertainment industry is just waiting to be made in the form of a movie that is about the making of Itchy and Scratchy. With, of course, a healthy dose of short clips of classic Itchy and Scratchy violence done in the most sophisticated form of 3D yet developed.
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