SAN DIEGO – Homer and his brood won't be the only Simpsons characters that animation fans will see during Family Guy's much-awaited visit to Springfield in the one-hour season premiere (Sept. 28).
Moe the Bartender and Ralph Wiggum were among the Springfield denizens who appeared in a long clip from the Fox animated crossover, dubbed The Simpsons Guy.
In the clip, Bart and Stewie try to bond with interesting results. Bart is a dazzling skateboarder; Stewie can barely operate one. Bart performs one of his classic schoolboy prank call to Moe's Bar; Stewie ups the ante with a much more graphic one.
Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin show a shared interest in doughnuts and get in a dogfight that also features Bob from Bob's Burgers and Cleveland from The Cleveland Show (His plane, like his show, flames out.).
When Homer thinks that Peter's Pawtucket Patriot Ale tastes too much like The Simpsons' Duff Beer, it alludes to criticism of Family Guy, a family-oriented animated comedy that arrived years after The Simpsons became a hit.
The ale "may have been inspired by Duff, but … takes it in another direction," Peter says.
Not surprisingly, the two big men also engage in a huge fight throughout Springfield that includes punches, a runaway bus and, of course, a nuclear accident.
In other upcoming Family Guy episodes, Meg becomes a foot-fetish model and Stewie becomes pregnant with Brian's baby. Liam Neeson will also appear, playing himself.