Futurama’s Hypnotoad design is a subtle nod to the Simpsons

In the screenplay for “The Day the Earth Stood Stupid”, written by Jeff Westbrook (with a story by Westbrook and David X. Cohen), Hypnotoad is only described as a giant toad with hypnotic eyes. Ervin looked to the Argentinian horned frog as a model, a squat, circular amphibian also known as the Pacman frog because of its resemblance to video game star Namco. The Argentine horned frog also has a huge mouth. Hypnotoad sits a little more upright. With a bit of confusion, Ervin notes that Hypnotoad is not based on a toad at all.

As for the hypnotic eyes, Ervin recalls a very specific moment in “The Simpsons” as inspiration, seen in the image above. Hypnotoad’s weird eyes are meant to mimic Bart Simpson’s eyes when he eats too much sugar. In Ervin’s words:

“For his eyes, I looked at the oddly shaped eyes a frog has and relied on. Also, I had previously worked on the episode “The Simpsons” “Boy-Scoutz” ‘n the Hood,” where Bart and Milhouse all focus on the Squishees and have these crazy eyes. It’s a bit of a nod to that.”

“Boy-Scoutz ‘n the Hood” first aired on November 18, 1993 during the show’s eighth season.

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