The Simpsons season 33 premiere will prove that the yellow family’s animated series can still do something new, even three decades after its release. That’s because the season premiere will also be the first 100% musical episode in animation history. Even better, it will feature the proven musical talent of Kristen Bell (Frozen) as a special guest.
The news was announced during The Simpsons panel at San Diego Comic-Con@Home 2021. Entitled “The Star of the Backstage,” the episode will air on September 26.
In this episode, Marge has great memories about being the stage manager of her ‘Y2K: End of the World,’ high school musical, and she decides to reinterpret the whole thing after 20 years by bringing everyone together. But when her big enemy in high school comes to town, she realizes that the memories she had weren’t exactly accurate.
According to executive producer Matt Selman: “It’s the most musical episode we’ve ever done. It’s almost music from start to finish, non-stop. It’s like a Broadway musical in episode form, full of original songs,” he said.
Kristen Bell‘s role will be surprising: she will play the singing voice of Marge Simpson. However, Julie Kavner, who has lent her voice to the character for years, will remain in charge of the non-singing dialogues.
Among other promised new features are: The Simpsons Halloween special will have five parts, not three; the exploration of “the greatest tragedy Homer has ever faced,” featuring Rachel Bloom; and a two-part episode called “A Serious Flanders” inspired by Fargo, other crime dramas and prestige TV series. Other special guests will include Timothy Olyphant, Cristin Milioti, and Brian Cox.