"I started dubbing this 'Friday' video, made her sound like Christopher Walken and finished about two hours later. I was originally going to dub the whole thing but got bored with it so I added them driving off a cliff." ... The video accumulated over 30 million views in the days following its release and has been watched more than 43 million times as of July 2014.
Having been one of the lucky ones to snap up a ticket for the opening night of Monty Python's live comeback show yesterday, I still have Always Look on the Bright Side of Life stuck in my head. But just when I thought that penis-shaped swirly canons expelling a stream of frothy bubbles all over the audience was as Pythonish as you could go, it got even better.
It isn't just that Family Guy is a rival series that makes this move so emblematic of The Simpsons' slide. Al Jean, one of the few remaining staff writers who has been with the show from the beginning (albeit off and on), has referred to Family Guy as "derivative", and numerous sly accusations of plagiarism have made their way into recent episodes.