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The most recent episode of The Simpsons features a bunch of Studio Ghibli references packed into a sequence shorter than a minute and a half.
One thing we love about The Simpsons is its referential humour — such as the recent Treehouse of Horror opening sequence by Guillermo del Toro, packed with references to his own films.
The irreverent cartoon, now in its 25th season, has now taken on Japanese animation giant Studio Ghibli. In an episode titled "Married to the Blob", which aired 12 January in the US, Comic Book Guy is about to get married to a Japanese manga artist — if Homer doesn't bumblingly ruin everything. (The episode also features voice cameos from Stan Lee and Harlan Ellison.)
After drinking snake wine, Homer has one of his classic hallucinations — where the streets around him turn into references from a heap of Studio Ghibli films. We picked out My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away, Porco Rosso, Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, Ponyo and From Up on Poppy Hill — if you spotted any others, feel free to mention them in the comments below.