Crossover! Is there any word more thrilling to the human soul? Family Guy has listened to your 1999-era fan fiction and is going full steam-ahead on a crossover episode where the Griffins meet the Simpsons, and wackiness is sure to ensue. Just think of the possibilities: maybe Homer and Peter will argue over which cartoon beer is better?? Maybe Stewie and Maggie will try to kill someone?? Maybe the talking dog will sniff the other dog’s butt?? Unfortunately you’ll have to wait more than a year to see all your amazing Animation Domination crossover fantasies brought to life on the silver screen.
Anyway, Brad Bird, who’s now a big-time director about to start production on a sci-fi movie called Tomorrowland and needn’t concern himself with piddley new developments in the field of long-running run-into-the-ground TV cartoons, weighed in on Twitter by saying he agrees with his former boss, 1995 Matt Groening.
— Brad Bird (@BradBirdA113) July 19, 2013
1995 Matt Groening was so incensed about the concept of doing a crossover with The Critic because it “violates the Simpsons’ universe” and was concerned about his ” professional ethics and reputation.” The dispute between him and the other producers spilled out into the public, and he ended up removing his name from the credits.
2013 Matt Groening doesn’t care.