Homer falls apart as 'The Simpsons' gets a Lego makeover

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 April, 2014, 11:12pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 April, 2014, 11:12pm

Fox's hit animated show The Simpsons, which has used doughnut-loving Homer and his dysfunctional family to satirise US culture for 25 years, is celebrating another milestone with a plastic makeover featuring Lego building blocks.

Brick Like Me, airing on Sunday, marks the show's 550th episode and is another stage in this year's revival of the popular Danish plastic building brick, after the runaway success of February's The Lego Movie.

The episode, which is the brainchild of veteran Simpsons writer-producers Brian Kelley and Matt Selman, will see both the cartoon characters and town of Springfield reimagined in the form of the plastic toy brick blocks.

In a clip of footage, Homer and Marge wake up in their three-dimensional Lego forms and Homer tumbles, disassembling himself. Later, Bart goes to Springfield Elementary school and manages to reduce the building into a rubble of plastic bricks. The Simpsons, created by Matt Groening and premiering in 1989, has rarely changed its basic visual form in a quarter century. It is the world's most-watched US television show, syndicated across more than 100 countries, and reaches more than 150 million viewers a week, according to Fox.