There was a bit of a surprise today at the Simpsons Comic-Con panel. Unbeknown to Groening and the other members of the panel, a representative from the Guinness Book of World Records appeared on stage for a big reveal: He announced that The Simpsons is now the longest running sitcom in the world, displacing The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet which had 435 episodes.
It was also announced that they now have the Guinness for the most Emmy’s for a single show, and the show was selected by Guinness readers as one of the top 100 records of the decade. They were a bit unclear on what that last award meant, but I figure it’s something along the lines of a lifetime achievement award for breaking so many records.
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What if The Simpsons creator Matt Groening had animated Ghostbusters? Artist Dean Fraser runs a blog called Springfield Punx where he parodies some of his favorite stars and characters in the style of The Simpsons. Last week Fraser took on The Ghostbusters, and I just love the cartoon renderings of the classic film characters. Check out more, including the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, after the jump.
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In our continuing series of Cool Stuff features which began with what f if Charlie Brown cartoonist Charles Schulz created the Watchmen, continued with what if Dennis The Menace cartoonist Hank Ketcham created The Fantastic Four, we now bring you –
What if The Simpsons/Futurama creator Matt Groening created Hellboy.
The catch here is that the sketch was actually done by
Matt Groening himself actually it turns out that it was done by David Au, one of the Futurama animators. It was included in the Hellboy comic book which was distributed on Free Comic Book Day 2008.
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Okay, so we all know that Bart Simpson gets naked in The Simpsons Movie. They showed part of the scene in the trailer where Bart rides through town in his baby suit, cleverly concealed by strategically-placed props ala Austin Powers. But did you know that we get to see Bart’s ding dong? I’m serious. Reports from a ten minute screening in London last week say that after the elaborate Austin Power sequence, “the audience gets a full view of his private parts through a gap in a hedge.” Series creator Matt Groening, who was in attendance, says he expects many complaints. But will the MPAA allow cartoon nudity?
As you probably know, Back to the Future is (sadly) OUT, and The Simpsons are now IN at Universal Studios Hollywood and Orlando. The new Simpsons ride is due in both theme parks next spring. This really amusing quote comes from series creator Matt Groening.
“The ride is designed to duplicate the ‘Simpsons’ home-viewing experience, only at high speed and with lots of screaming,” creator Matt Groening said in a statement.