Simpsons goes Spanish with Barcelona cameo

A new Spanish-themed episode of the long-running US cartoon series The Simpsons shows Homer Simpson living out one of his childhood dreams by visiting the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona with his childhood pen pal.

Simpsons goes Spanish with Barcelona cameo
The Spanish version of the Simpsons has been recognized by makers 20th Century Fox as the best dubbed version of the show in Europe. Screen grab: YouTube

In the episode which aired in the US on Sunday, family man Homer Simpson sees his domestic routine upset by the arrival of his childhood pen pal from Spain.

Eduardo Barcelona — "or, in English Eddie Miami", as the character explains — is a glamorous Spaniard who has lived exactly the kind of adventurous life Homer once wished for.

"What happened to us Eduardo? We had so many things we wanted to do," Homer asks.

"I've been doing them!" the Spaniard explains. "I've had eight wives and 200 children, among them artists and doctors and revolutionary chefs."

The Spanish character turns out to be an amalgam of common US stereotypes of Spain — charming, deeply religious, and an inveterate womanizer.

At the end of the episode titled Yolo, a reluctant Homer drivers his Spanish friend to the airport.

"Do I drop you at the kerb or do I have to park and walk you in?" asks the father of three.

"Go as far as your heart will take you," says the passionate Catalan, whose voice belongs to Simpsons stalwart Hank Azaria.

At the end of the episode we see the two men out the front of Barcelona's iconic Sagrada Familia. 

The record-breaking Simpsons, the US' longest running sitcom, is now in its 25th series. In the year 2000, the Simpsons Family was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 2000, the dubbed Spanish version of the show was recognized by makers 20th Century Fox as the best dubbed version of the show in Europe.  

There are two different Spanish-language versions of the Simpsons — one destined for the Latin American market and the other for Spain.

Some of the characters in these versions have different names . For Latin America, for example, Homer becomes Homero. In Spain, however, he remains Homer.

Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.


Pandemic to delay completion date for Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia

The long-awaited completion of Barcelona's Sagrada Familia will no longer happen in 2026 because the coronavirus epidemic has curtailed its construction and frustrated funding, basilica officials admitted Wednesday.

Pandemic to delay completion date for Barcelona's Sagrada Familia
Photo: AFP

“The effects of the pandemic have forced us to rethink our planned timeline. This affects the end date we had planned for 2026,” said Esteve Camps who heads the Sagrada Familia's construction board.   

One of Spain's top tourist attractions, the towering architectural masterpiece has been under construction for nearly 140 years but the vast project only received a building permit last year.

When finished, the ornate cathedral which was by modernist Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, will have 18 towers with its highest steeple reaching 172 metres (564 feet) into the air.

It was to have been completed in 2026 — on the 100th anniversary of the death of Gaudi, who was run over by a tram.   

“We are not able to propose any new date” for completing the building work which began in 1882, but “it will be impossible (to finish) in 2026”, he said.    

Construction works came to an abrupt halt in March when the Spanish government ordered a national lockdown to slow the spread of the virus, and will only resume “in the coming weeks”, he said.

Even then, the works will resume at a slower pace given the basilica's lack of funds as the cost of its construction is financed by donations from the faithful and the takings from ticket sales to tourists, both of which have plummeted during the crisis.   

For now, they only have funds to finish building a huge tower dedicated to the Virgin Mary which will be second highest of the 18 towers that will grace the finished monument.