The Simpsons has delivered a number of great movie parodies over its 30+ year history, but the standout remains its musical take on Planet of the Apes. With hundreds of episodes, The Simpsons has riffed on a number of major movies from the last 60 years at least, with memorable references to the likes of The Shining, Star Wars, and Citizen Kane throughout its history. Planet of the Apes itself had been used before, most notably in season 5’s “Deep Space Homer”, wherein Homer learns the truth of the planet, but there’s something particularly special about the musical sequence.
The musical features in the episode ‘A Fish Called Selma’, which is the 19th episode of The Simpsons season 7. In the installment, washed up actor Troy McClure (voiced by the late, great Phil Hartman) looks to reignite his career by embarking on a sham marriage with Selma (voiced by Julia Kavner) in order to improve his image and viability for roles. The first comeback role he lands is the lead role in a Broadway musical adaptation of Planet of the Apes, entitled Stop the Planet of the Apes. I Want to Get Off.
Full article over at Screen Rant, originally published May 25th 2020.