What the New Simpsons Movie and Evangelion Have in Common

So what do they have in common? Not much actually, but there’s a certain scene in the Simpsons Movie that reminded me so much of Evangelion that my jaw dropped.

About an hour into the movie Homer has once again screwed up and Marge has left to go to Springfield (long story, won’t spoil it for the people who haven’t seen it yet) with the kids and after he’s almost killed by a polar bear he is rescued by an Indian woman who takes care of him. She provokes an epiphany, a sudden realization, out of him and this is where it gets spooky. If you’ve watched episode 26 of Evangelion you’ll know doubt remember the ending, either because you hated it or because (like me) you loved it. The epiphany Homer experiences resembles the one Shinji has so damn much!

Homer is surrounded by trees (this is going on in his head) who starts clapping at him for finally realizing that he has to do the right thing and go to Springfield and find Marge and the kids. This is nearly identical to the final scene in Evangelion, in which Shinji accepts his existence and who he is and everybody also starts clapping at him.

As Homer is slowly realizing the truth his body parts are put back together (again, this is all in his head), whereas in Evangelion glass starts breaking representing Shinji breaking through his shell.

I wonder if the guys behind The Simpsons had watched Evangelion prior to this? If yes, then that would be awesome! If not, then it seems like too much of a coincidence to me. But then again, maybe I’m putting too much into this?

I really wish I could show this to you through video, but the pictures below will have to do.

The Simpsons Movie

Neon Genesis Evangelion, Episode 26

Anyway, I loved the Simpsons movie! I highly recommend it.

COMMENTS

sirop:

I just wanted to say…
I love your critiques and your blog!

Dennis:

Thanks a lot, I appreciate it. :-)

Anthony:

Hooray, I’m not crazy. I just saw the movie, and this scene hit me like a truck. I love the last episodes of Evangelion, and it would be really cool if this was a direct reference. Thanks for posting this comparison :)

Dennis:

I’m glad I’m not the only one! I thought it was just me for a minute there. It’s uncanny how similar those two scenes are. :-P

spanglish_kid:

heh yer… i thought the same thing…. thought i was just too eva crazy…guess not ^__^

Zeds Cat:

Look here for the simpsons scene:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWw6JiGFjwQ

and here for the evangelion scene:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHx-U9KwoUI

I am convinced.

Dennis:

Thanks a lot for posting those two scenes zeds cat!

tez:

thanx man i spotted that strait away thought i was to much of an eva nut

AleksandrM:

i found this through google to find out if anyone else saw the same similiarities. i was amazed sitting in the theatre when i saw that scene. its definitely an homage to evangelion. no doubt about it

alistahr:

yeah he has watched evangelion, as a matter of fact in one episode of the simpsons, theyre going to tokyo and homer says i wonder if i can go to tokyo 3 and pilot a purple robot, referring to the eva01

Dennis:

Thanks for sharing that info alistahr :)

I don’t think I’ve watched that episode though. Do you happen to remember which episode that happened in?

But if that’s true, then yeah, he did watch it then.

Ellen:

I just rewatch the simpsons movie and noticed this reference… I googled about it and found this page! Glad I’m not the only one to notice :)

Alkalino:

I recognized it inmeadiatly, I stopped the movie just to check it out. Somebody know why this scenes are identical?

Edgar:

And that is why, The Simpsons suck now.

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