In the illustrious landscape of 1990s television, one show stood above the rest when it came to blending mindless humor with timely social commentary. Yes, I’m talking about The Simpsons. This animated sitcom not only tackled pressing issues of the time but also delighted audiences with its nonsensical moments and clever references to pop culture gems. Remember when Homer Simpson disappeared into a shrub, reminiscent of the T-1000 villain from Terminator 2? Classic.
Now, brace yourself for the latest collaboration between The Simpsons and adidas. This time, the spotlight is on the cartoon within the cartoon: Itchy & Scratchy. Drawing inspiration from classic duos like Tom & Jerry, Wile E. Coyote and Elmer Fudd, and even a sprinkle of Ren & Stimpy’s macabre and gore-friendly scenes, Itchy and Scratchy may be fictional characters in The Simpsons universe, but they hold a special place in our hearts.
But wait, there’s more! Enter Poochie, a one-time-only character who made a fleeting appearance in Season 8’s episode “The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show.” This episode hilariously mocked the trend of sitcoms during the ’90s that desperately introduced new characters to boost ratings. Unfortunately for Poochie, he flopped and was unceremoniously written out, banished to outer space while the animators took a few shortcuts. On top of that brilliant satire, the episode surprised us with the introduction of Roy, a mysterious character who had been living with The Simpsons all along, yet only emerged in the final moments. Genius.
Now, let’s dive into the footwear. Prepare yourselves to rock the Rivalry sneakers in Itchy and Scratchy colorways. The Rivalry Lo represents the mouse, while the Rivalry High embodies the mischievous cat. Each shoe bears the beloved characters’ faces embroidered into the heel, allowing you to walk with a touch of animated charm. But wait, there’s more! Poochie gets in on the action too, with his very own adidas Pro Model. You’ll find his face proudly displayed on the tongue, while the heel showcases a hilarious image of Itchy and Scratchy chasing poor ol’ Poochie away.
The release date for this animated sneaker collection is set for October 7th, so mark your calendars. While adidas is yet to officially announce this collaboration, rumor has it that it will grace select adidas retailers. Stay tuned for more information and be sure to follow @kicksfinder on Twitter for live updates on the release. Trust me, you won’t want to miss out on these kicks.