“Tik Tok” Time Up for the Simpsons

Does Matt Groening wake up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy… or Ke$ha?

Why would the writers and illustrators of The Simpsons rework the notable opening of the show to “Tik Tok” by Ke$ha of all songs?

Simpsons Via Wikipedia

Seriously? That song is popular, yes, but there have been many great songs worthy of taking a trip through Springfield since the inception of the show. Why this one?

Is time up for this once iconic show?

If you haven’t seen it, check it out below, there’s a clip of the opening reenactment of the lyrics from “Tik Tok,” with the citizens of Springfield lip syncing — including Lisa Simpson who is the first to awake. Thankfully, she’s not brushing her teeth with a “bottle of Jack,” that’s Groundskeeper Willy‘s job.

I’m not offended by the change, I actually thought it was a cute idea,  I’m simply confused by the song choice. Will they be doing this a lot? Isn’t it an involved process to animate?

I also thought it was weird since the entire episode is about how people are treating Lisa Simpson, the notorious brainiac, like she’s stupid because she has blonde (yellow) hair. I don’t mean to be a stickler for plot lines regarding a Fox Network series airing since 1989, but the audience knows the characters, they don’t even change their outfits — why would Springfield suddenly not know Lisa is smart?

And, more importantly, why make fun of “dumb blondes” the episode where the opening is modified to celebrate a young blonde entertainer?

Lisa Simpson
Image via Wikipedia

Maybe this was all meant to be a bit of Simpsons’ irony, draw attention to the problem (stereotyping blonde women’s intelligence) and then show why it’s not true — by showcasing Ke$ha music and Lisa’s smarts. (However, the song is contrary to all of Lisa’s hard-working efforts and do-gooder personality.)

Even if this is the case, I’d like to hear what other people are saying about the episode.

Has The Simpsons just run out of ideas? Was the pop-y opening a ploy to rope in a younger generation now that twenty-somethings who grew up with it are getting bored?

Since that may be a possibility, if the three-eyed crow is any indication of the show’s future doom, wouldn’t they like to at least go out with some better songs? Ke$ha is so 2009. Let’s be epic and timeless, like the earlier seasons when the characters’ integrity actually made sense and the show brought laughs, not confusion.

If you could choose a song for the opening sequence of The Simpsons, what would you pick?


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