Watch: THE SIMPSONS Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki

While The Simpsons has been around for a quarter of a century, its ability to embrace and recognize current pop culture has kept it popular and a part of the conversation. In tonight’s episode, they have an amazing tribute to the great anime director Hayao MiyazakiMiyazaki is responsible for some amazing works including My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service and more. His last film The Wind Rises was received mixed reviews from its festival circuit, but is getting an English dubbed release in theaters later this year.

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Watch the full  Hayao Miyazaki tribute sequence here:

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And if you’re having trouble placing just what each nod is referencing, Slate created an annotated version, which you can watch here:

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Kristal Bailey

Kristal Bailey

With a soft spot for movies that fall into the “So Bad They’re Good” category, Kristal Bailey regularly watches B-movies, 80s comedies, and sci-fi from the 50s and 60s. She also refuses to grow up if that means she has to hide her love for Disney and Pixar films.

In her free time, she enjoys reading graphic novels or books that are soon to be turned into movies, watching hours and hours of television, and spending way too much time on Twitter.