January 10, 2014 2:43pm PT by THR Staff
'The Simpsons' Pays Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki (Video)
The Simpsons is paying tribute to Oscar-winning animator and director Hayao Miyazaki with a scene incorporating characters from some of his films.
Miyazaki announced at the Venice Film Festival that his most recent release, The Wind Rises, would be his final animated film.
The sequence (embedded below) features the following Miyazaki characters: Catbus (embodied by Otto) from My Neighbor Totoro, the scarecrow Turnip-Head (Moe) and the castle (Kwik-E-Mart) from Howl's Moving Castle, Kiki the witch (Patty and Selma) from Kiki's Delivery Service and No-Face from Spirited Away.
There are others, according to Slate, which put together an annotated guide to the clip.