By Joel Hanek
While Ke$ha most likely won’t be going on to score every single Tim Burton movie, she’s already taken one job from Danny Elfman. Sort of. On Sunday night’s (May 2) episode of “The Simpsons,” the show didn’t open with the familiar angelic harmonizing and swooping shot over Springfield we all know and love. Rather, we got little Lisa Simpson jumping out of bed and singing Ke$ha’s inescapable “Tik Tok.”
Once Lisa establishes that she has arisen feeling like P. Diddy, the whole cast of characters joins in on the charade of lip-synching and literal pantomimes that match the lyrics of the song. Bart, perhaps trying to re-capture the glory days of “Do the Bartman,” dons a pair of shades and provides hype-man duties for the whole town. Check out the clip here.
As far as I know (though any “Simpsons” expert can — and probably will — call me out here), this is the first time in the show’s 20-plus year history that some variation of Elfman’s iconic theme was not used at all in the opening sequence of the episode. And while the opening has nothing to do with the actual plot of the episode itself, it confirms the suspicion that Groundskeeper Willie does, in fact, brush his teeth with a bottle of Jack.
Are the makers of “The Simpsons” simply on the pop culture pules, or could this be a shark jumping moment? Let us know in the comments or drop us a line on Twitter @mtvnews!