Sunday, September 26, 2010

Swazzle/Chiodo Bros/Simpsons/Katy Perry

Katy Perry and the Simpsons

Thanks to another collaboration between The Chiodo Brothers and Swazzle the Simpsons will be puppets this December, and they are joined by pop-superstar Katy Perry.

It seems Elmo is not Katy Perry's only puppet pal. In a very special Christmas episode of the Simpsons, Katy Perry goes down in history as the first human to guest star on the show.

Swazzle created the puppets, and provided all of the puppeteers. The Chiodo Brothers produced the puppet segment, and Stephen Chiodo directed. Puppeteers: Sean Johnson, Patrick Johnson, Artie Esposito, Russ Walko, and Brett O'Quinn.

The Simpsons puppets were first announced at the Simpson's panel and Comic-con, where they screened a short clip for a couple thousand fans. EW gives you a first look:

Katy Perry to guest star on 'The Simpsons'! Here's your exclusive first look...
by Dan Snierson

Simpsons-Katy-PerryImage Credit: FoxIt looks like Katy Perry will get to sing with a puppet on TV after all. Although Sesame Street has decided that Perry’s “Hot N Cold” duet with Elmo is too hot for TV, The Simpsons is rolling out the yellow carpet for the pop star. has learned that Perry will guest in a Christmas-themed episode of the animated comedy—and in an unusual way: She appears as herself in a live-action segment that features Simpsons characters as puppets. “In the wake of Elmo’s terrible betrayal, the Simpsons puppets wish to announce they stand felt-shoulder-to-shoulder with Katy Perry,” quipped series executive producer Al Jean in a statement to Not only does the singer wind up leading Homer & Co. in a rendition of “The 39 Days of Christmas,” she plays the unlikely role of… Moe’s girlfriend! Yes, from Elmo to Moe she goes. (And as you can see in the picture above, her sartorial selection for this gig probably wouldn’t have been Street-approved either: The PBS show announced on Sept. 23 that it wouldn’t air Perry’s performance after previewing it on YouTube and receiving complaints about her cleavage-revealing outfit. By the way, her Simpsons bit was shot in mid-September, prior to the fuss.) Perry, the musical guest on Saturday Night Live tonight, won’t be the only celebrity gracing this Simpsons episode; Martha Stewart also pops up, but in cartoon form. “The Fight Before Christmas” airs Dec. 5 on Fox.

This video was captured during the Simpsons panel at Comic-con this past summer.