Ryan Humphrey had no way of knowing that his Simpsons/Akira mashup would inspire James Harvey to spearhead Bartkira, an ambitious -- epic, even -- jam project in which hundreds of artists would recreate every page from Katsuhiro Otomo’s pioneering cyberpunk manga using characters from Matt Groening's beloved animates series. That, in turn, led international art shows. Now add to the chain Bartkira: The Animated Trailer.
Pitched by producer Kaitlin Sullivan, it's a shot-for-shot remake of the Akira theatrical trailer, created by more than 50 artists. Or perhaps you prefer this backstory: "In partnership with Chicken Tonight, Butterfinger, and CC Lemon, the early 90s execs of Fox and Toho made an animated short. An attempt to appeal to American consumers without having to spend a lot of money. Until a changing of the guard decided the kids needed more Poochie and it was lost ... until today."
No matter which origin you go with, the result is pretty amazing. Watch Bartkira below, followed by the original Akira trailer for comparison.
(via Cartoon Brew)