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Monday, 11 October 2010

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Don't tie his kangaroo down Bart

Octogenarian, Antipodean artist Rolf Harris has created a controversial title sequence for long-running US animation The Simpsons.

The intro, which was shown in the US on Sunday, opens with the Didgeridoo loving Rolf slapping paint randomly on to a blank canvas as he turns to the camera and says 'Can you tell what it is yet?'

It closes with a minute-long sequence showing the bearded Harris picking up his unrecognisable masterpiece of an Australian sunset over Springfield and turning it into a wobbleboard as he makes a 'mm-ch-ch-ha-ch-ch-mm-ch-ch-ha' noise.

The episode, called Two Little Barts, will be shown in the UK on 25 October.

This is the second time an artist has been invited to storyboard part of the show following graffiti artist Banksy's effort which has also been shown this week.

The extended sequence was apparently inspired by reports the show doesn't feature enough elderly Australians with beards and thick glasses.

According to Harris, his storyboard led to delays, disputes over broadcast standards and a threatened walk out by the animation department.

"This is what you get when you run out of ideas," joked The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean.

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