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The Simpsons Crosses Over With A Classic Nickelodeon Show In Perfectly Grotesque Art-TGN

Summary

  • Fan art merges The Simpsons with Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, showcasing the enduring cultural influence of both shows.
  • Aaahh!!! Real Monsters offered a unique take on monsters, paving the way for projects like Monsters, Inc. and Big Mouth.
  • The show remains a touchstone for many, evidenced by its presence in popular culture, making it fitting to pair with The Simpsons.


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A neat piece of fan art joins The Simpsons and the Nickelodeon show Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. While The Simpsons has been a television staple of the last 30 years, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters had a more modest run, airing from 1994-’97. Still, the series was a hit with critics when it was on, and many of its fans, now in their 30s and 40s, consider it a classic. It helps that the premise for Aaahh!!! Real Monsters was simple yet inventive, following three monsters—Ickis, Oblina, and Krumm—at a school run by headmaster The Gromble.

Art by user Teriyaki Crayon on Instagram melds Krumm with a character from The Simpsons: Groundskeeper Willie. Check out the art below:

Dubbed “Groundskeeper Krumm” by the creator, the art works surprisingly well. It blends Krumm’s signature, slightly creepy look with Groundskeeper Willie’s bright red hair and mustache, with the resulting art impressively cohesive. It also combines the animation styles of The Simpsons and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters to great effect.


Why Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Holds Up Today

Aaahh!!! Real Monsters characters looking into trash can

The art may encourage some viewers to either revisit Aaahh!!! Real Monsters or check it out for the first time. On the surface, it may not seem like the show has maintained cultural relevancy in the way something like The Rugrats has, with both shows airing around the same time on Nickelodeon. However, as time goes on, it becomes increasingly clear just how influential Aaahh!!! Real Monsters was.

In addition to its pure entertainment value, it’s easy to see the show as a forerunner of projects like Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. franchise or Netflix’s Big Mouth. While monsters have always been popular, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters offered a different take on them than what had been the default in the past. That likely helped allow other creatives to think outside the box, too.

It may be the reason why Aaahh!!! Real Monsters still remains a touchstone for many, even today. Easter eggs for the show have popped up in Robot Chicken, Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers, and more. It’s clear that for some, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters is just as influential as The Simpsons, and in that way, it makes sense to pair the two shows.

Aaahh!!! Real Monsters is currently streaming on Paramount Plus.

Source: Teriyaki Crayon/Instagram

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    The Simpsons

    Release Date:
    1989-12-17

    Cast:
    Tress MacNeille, Julie Kavner, Harry Shearer, Pamela Hayden, Nancy Cartwright, Hank Azaria, Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith

    Genres:
    Animation, Comedy

    Seasons:
    34

    Story By:
    Matt Groening and James L. Brooks

    Writers:
    Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, Sam Simon

    Network:
    FOX

    Streaming Service:
    Sam Simon

    Franchise(s):
    The Simpsons

    Directors:
    David Silverman, Jim Reardon, Mark Kirkland

    Showrunner:
    Al Jean

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