An image of Hitlers Brain in a jar from the film They Saved Hitler's Brain

Matt Groening’s Obsession with Hitler’s Brain

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They Saved Hitler’s Brain

Nazi madmen preserve Hitler’s brain on a small tropical island until the time is right to resurrect him and, along with him, the Third Reich.
Horror Movie – 1968



So, just so you know Hitler’s brain was not saved to anybody’s best knowledge. There is a theory that Hitler’s brain WAS in fact saved by the Soviet Union at some point during their long possession of Hitler’s body (Soviet agents took possession of Hitler’s remains after their burning by German Officers and kept them secretly in Germany until the 1970’s). But that is just a theory, so when we talk about Hitler’s brain we’re talking about the movie that you didn’t even know existed till right now


As you know, Matt Groening is one of the creators of The Simpsons and Futurama.

And as you’ll probably recall… wasn’t there some weird mention of hitler’s brain in Futurama??? Or was it The Simpsons???

Your memory serves you well friend.

It was both!


In Season 2, Episode 14, of Futurama the Professor gets upset and rages on… “Everyone’s always in favor of saving Hitler’s brain, but when you put it in the body of a great white shark. Ooo, suddenly you’ve gone too far.”

In the second to last episode of Season 10 of The Simpsons, “They Saved Lisa’s Brain” is a play on the They Saved Hitler’s Brain title.

In the episode Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in ‘The Curse of the Flying Hellfish’ (Season 7, Episode 22), Abe Simpson (Grampa Simpson) remembers a moment during World War II when he had Hitler in his gun sights. Abe then muttered “Heh heh heh, now they’ll never save your brain, Hitler”… A reference to the plot of They Saved Hitler’s Brain.

In the episode Marge Be Not Proud (Season 7, Episode 11), one of the games in the store Try-N-Save is titled ‘Save Hitler’s Brain‘.

In the episode Duffless (Season 4, Episode 16), one of the items on the conveyor belt is Hitler’s head in a jar.

An image of Hitlers Brain in a jar from the film They Saved Hitler's Brain


I don’t know what made Matt Groening feel the need to mention Hitler’s Brain on so many occasions (was is the terrible production values? the absurd plot? does he have a thing for WWII conspiracy theories???). But he did.

So if you’re out there Matt, tell us why you have a thing for Hitler’s Brain in the comments below.



An image of Hitlers head on fire from the film They Saved Hitler's Brain

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