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'The Simpsons' to feature as Lego characters for 550th episode

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MUMBAI: The Fox network's animated family The Simpsons will soon be getting a plastic makeover on 4 May, as the creators team up with toy manufacturing giant Lego for an entire episode created out of the plastic building blocks, Fox's consumer products division announced recently.

The episode, entitled Brick Like Me, will see family patriarch Homer Simpson wake up in a Springfield where everyone and everything is made out of Legos, and he must figure his way out before he gets stuck in the plastic world forever.

The Simpsons, created by Matt Groening, is the longest-running animated series in the history of US television, making the cartoon family and their catch phrases, such as Homer's "D'Oh!," a facet of American pop culture.

Danish company The Lego Group first started producing the plastic construction building blocks in 1949, which have become a popular toy around the world.

The series, which airs on 21st Century Fox's Fox Television, entered its 25th season last year, and the Lego episode will be its 550th show.

The animation has also been renewed for a 26th season; in which producers have revealed that one longstanding character will die.

Last week's release of The Lego Movie, featuring superheroes and villains in a world made entirely from Legos, raked in $69.1 million at US and Canadian theaters in its opening weekend. 

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