The first poster and details for The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror XXIX have arrived. It may still be the middle of summer, but it's never too early to start getting pumped for Halloween. Fox will be showcasing The Simpsons during San Diego Comic-Con next weekend, as per usual, and they've decided to use the opportunity to give fans a glimpse at the upcoming annual Halloween special.
This year, Springfield's favorite family is going to be spoofing several sci-fi and horror classics in the form of Jurassic Park, Invasion of the Body Snatchers and the 1950's thriller The Three Faces of Eve. The poster for Treehouse of Horror 29 proudly showcases all three of these send-ups. It looks like they're opting to go with a more modern Jurassic World take, as we see The Simpsons rolling around in a gyrosphere. That's a nice mix of different types of stories and should make for a good deal of fun. The logline for the episode has also been revealed and reads as follows.
"Homer wins an oyster-eating contest against the mythical Cthulhu. Springfield is overrun by plant body-snatchers, Lisa finally snaps, and Mr. Burns opens a retirement home with some Jurassic upgrades."
It's no secret that The Simpsons has lost much of the hardcore fanbase over the years, even though the show has kept plugging right along. That said, the Treehouse of Horror episodes tend to be something to look forward to every year even for many of those who haven't kept up with the show since late the 90s. The annual tradition began during the show's second season and this year's episode will air during The Simpsons landmark 30th season. It's an incredibly small number of shows that can say they've lasted three full decades and that's no small feat. Recently, The Simpsons passed Gunsmoke as the longest running scripted series ever.
Treehouse of Horror XXIX was written by Joel H. Cohen, who has been with The Simpsons for nearly two decades, and is directed by Matthew Faughnan, who has helmed several installments of the Halloween-themed episodes in the past. He also served as the second-unit director on The Simpsons Movie. Fox has not yet announced a premiere date for the episode, but that's something that could be announced next weekend at San Diego Comic-Con. The Simpsons season 30 will kick off on Sunday, September 30. This year's Treehouse of Horror installment should be airing shortly after.
The poster for Treehouse of Horror XXIX will be handed out to lucky fans in attendance at SDCC. The Simpsons panel will take place in the San Diego Convention Center's Ballroom 20 on Saturday, July 21 at noon. Series creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising director Mike Anderson, director David Silverman, and actress Tress MacNeille will be on hand for the panel. Be sure to check out the poster, courtesy of Indie Wire, for yourself below.