"The Simpsons" is well-known for both parodying as well as honoring many aspects of popular culture, and this tribute to Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki is especially impressive. The nostalgic, fantastical dream sequence is from the show's latest episode.
The popular animated series invokes the work of Miyazaki, a master of anime and manga, with nods to many of his famous films, including "Sprited Away," "My Neighbor Totoro," and "Princess Mononoke."
Miyazaki has won numerous awards for his work and recently announced that "The Wind Rises," which was released in July of 2013, would be his last feature-length film.
Slate has annotated the clip, highlighting each reference.