Hey fans of The Simpsons, it's time to start getting “Happy.” Why? Because it was just recently announced producer, musician, singer-songwriter, rapper, fashion designer Pharrell Williams will be making an appearance on your favorite animated series. Here's a first look at the Simpsonized artist.
The N.E.R.D. frontman will reportedly be making a cameo appearance on the upcoming Feb. 8 episode of The Simpsons, in which he will be playing none other than himself. In an episode entitled “Walking Big & Tall,” (a reference, likely to The Voice judge's enormous hat) Pharrell is hired to compose a “city-pride song” for the town of Springfield. The plot is based upon a true story, according to EW (who first posted the Fox image). The tale is about a Milwaukee TV station in the 1980s that hired a songwriter for their city's song, only to find out that he later shopped it out to several other cities. In this case, Springfield comes to learn their tune is actually not original, but a copy of a song already in use by a number of other cities.
In the episode, Lisa tries to play the hero and the episode ultimately plays out with the man in the trademark Vivienne Westwood hat offering “to write a new anthem for the town.” I know what you're thinking... man did Springfield “Get Lucky.”
Pharrell is insanely popular these days. When he's not producing hit songs like Daft Punk's hit “Get Lucky,” Robin Thicke's “Blurred Lines” and the Academy Award-nominated track “Happy” from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, he's acting as judge on NBC's The Voice, designing clothes and acting as an art curator. Where he even found the time to do voice work for The Simpsons is anybody's guess but with his multi-talented background, he's sure to be entertaining, nonetheless.
The Simpsons have been gracing homes for 26 years now. The series keeps up with the times through its non-stop cameo appearances like Judd Apatow and the guys from Mythbusters, as well as tying in with current events like the recent tragedy at Charlie Hebdo. With the airing of its 21st Season, which ran from 2009-2010, it became the longest-running American scripted primetime television series, beating out Gunsmoke. Although Gunsmoke lost its above title, it still holds the record as far as total number of episodes at 635, a mark The Simpsons is not slated to hit until its 29th Season. Let's hope the show gets there.
Fox's The Simpsons airs on Sunday nights 8 p.m. ET as part of the network's Animation Domination block.