Al Jean, the executive producer and showrunner of "The Simpsons" tells the New York Times’ ArtsBeat blog that the edgy opening sequence of Sunday’s episode, created by the British artist Banksy, was approved by Fox.
"Well, I haven’t been fired yet, so that’s a good sign," Jean says of the opening credits, which depicts sad, sweatshop employees creating "Simpsons" animation and novelties, while punching holes in DVDs with the horn of an exhausted unicorn. Asked about the closing shot of the 20th Century Fox logo surrounded by barbed wire, Jean says, "Approved by them. Obviously, the animation to do this was pricey. I couldn’t have just snuck it by Fox. I’ll just say it’s a place where edgy comedy can really thrive, as long as it’s funny, which I think this was. None of it’s personal."
Jean also said that Fox’s standards group had a couple of changes, but that "95 percent of it is just the way [Banksy] wanted."