This Week in Animation: Ray Liotta to Guest Star on ‘The Simpsons’ as Moe’s Dad

     February 24, 2018


In This Week in Animation News, I’ll take a look at the previous week in the world of animation in order to get you caught up on everything you might have missed. It’s your one-stop shop for news regarding cartoons, anime, and animated web series. We’re talking movies, TV shows, digital shorts, and everything in between!

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First up is the news that Ray Liotta will be making a guest appearance on The Simpsons this April in the role of the elder Szyslak, a.k.a. Moe’s father, Morty. Executive producer Matt Groening mentioned that this particular episode will be “a Shakespearean family drama, set against the backdrop of a fading mattress store empire.” EW reports that, of all the people Moe the Bartender has ever come across during the show’s epic run, it’s his dad who’s had a major impact on him. Don’t expect a squeaky clean Szyslak Sr, though, as Morty is expected to be a more cunning, evil take on Moe. There’s more in the family coming, too, as Debi Mazar (Empire Records) will star as Minnie, Moe’s sister. Keep an eye out for the episode, “King Leer”, sometime in mid to late April

The ongoing Season 29 of The Simpsons, which returns to Fox’s Sunday night lineup starting March 11th, also features a guest roster that includes Ed Sheeran, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Rachel Bloom, Bill Hader, Shaq, and Norman Lear.