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Friday, 26 April, 2002, 17:34 GMT 18:34 UK
Stones duo to star in Simpsons
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Mick and Keith are about to get the Simpsons treatment
Rolling Stones founders Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are to be guests on The Simpsons, the animated show's creator has revealed.

Even if they're old they can still rock. That's the way we animate them

Matt Groening

Tom Petty, Elvis Costello and Lenny Kravitz would all be appearing in the same show, Matt Groening told Phill Jupitus's breakfast show on the BBC digital radio station 6 Music.

"It's fantastic," he said. "We get to animate them exactly the way we want to.

"Even if they're old they can still rock. That's the way we animate them."

Matt Groening
Groening has made a rare visit to Bristol

Groening was speaking ahead of an appearance at the Animated Encounters festival in Bristol, home town of Aardman Animations, which makes the Wallace and Gromit cartoons.

Sir Paul McCartney, U2, and The Who have already appeared in the series.

Earlier this month the makers of The Simpsons apologised to Rio de Janeiro for a recent episode that offended Brazilian officials.

Tourist officials had threatened to take legal action over the show, in which the cartoon family visit the city to find the streets teeming with monkeys and rats.

The programme followed the family's attempts to locate a missing orphan sponsored by daughter Lisa.

It was entitled Blame it on Lisa, in homage to the 1980s film Blame it on Rio.

BBCi Bristol spoke to Matt GroeningBBCi Bristol
The Simpsons' creator visits Aardman's HQ
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