The Simpsons Supporting Characters

The Simpsons just began its 28th season this past weekend, which is quite an achievement. Though the show is named for the family who acts as our main characters, The Simpsons has a cavalcade of supporting characters who have appeared throughout the show’s long history. Surely one of you out there once wondered which of those characters outside The Simpsons themselves talked the most, and now we have an answer.

Todd W. Schneider is a big fan of data mapping, and he’s taken it upon himself to create some infographics looking at certain details on the iconic animated TV series that has been airing on FOX for nearly 30 years. Most of his charts tally up the amount of dialogue for characters and where that dialogue takes place, but no statistical look at The Simpsons would be complete without looking at the show’s ratings over time.

Check out The Simpsons supporting characters dialogue count and other infographics below. Read More »

The Simpsons season 28 Burns

The Simpsons is entering its 28th year, yet I still have new questions every time I see showrunner Al Jean at the Fox Television Critics Association party. Jean has been the show runner for 26 of the 28 years. He took two years to do the short-lived animated series The Critic, and may be the only other person besides myself who has watched every single episode of The Simpsons.

This year, Fox made some announcements during their TCA executive session. Amy Schumer is doing a voice role on all of their Sunday night animated shows, and The Simpsons will do their first ever one-hour episode. Read our interview with Al Jean below. Read More »

The Simpsons Adventure Time Couch Gag

In recent years, The Simpsons has been executing some very elaborate and outstanding sequences for their traditional couch gag for the opening credits. Earlier this year The Simpsons got a Disney style makeover by Aladdin animator Eric Goldberg and last year featured references to Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty and even another opening done by Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi.

Now The Simpsons is getting the Adventure Time treatment, and going through Springfield in the same style of the opening credits of the popular Cartoon Network animated series that kids and adults alike rather enjoy. It’s an impressive sequence, and it’s actually twice as long as the usual Adventure Time opening credits. See which Adventure Time characters The Simpsons become and see if you can spot all the Easter eggs, including a monorail reference, in the full couch gag after the jump. Read More »

The Simpsons Marathon

Back in 2014, FXX had the honor of hosting a marathon of every single episode of The Simpsons ever in honor of all the episodes being made available to stream for the first time ever. Since then, FX’s sister network has been running reruns non-stop from every season (except whatever season is current). Now FXX will be having another marathon of every episode of The Simpsons ever again, but this time it will be even longer, breaking the record it previously set as the longest-running marathon in TV history.

Get details on The Simpsons marathon after the jump. Read More »

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The Toy Box is a weekly feature at /Film that will round up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.

This week, The Toy Box has a variety of new Star Trek and Star Wars goodies along with new figures celebrating the 40th anniversary of Rocky, some San Diego Comic-Con exclusives for The Simpsons, The Twilight Zone and The Big Lebowski, and a figure that will make a great holiday decoration from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

See all that and more in this edition of The Toy Box.

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Sideshow Bob Origin

With the exception of Dr. Frasier Crane on both Cheers and the spin-off series Frasier, easily the best role Kelsey Grammer has played in his career is that of Sideshow Bob, the sidekick of Krusty the Clown on the long-running animated series The Simpsons. Grammer won an Emmy for his voiceover performance as the character in 2006, and he’s one of the fans’ favorite side characters from Springfield.

If you’re curious as to how Sideshow Bob came to be the character he is today, and who inspired the character’s rich voice that Grammer brings to life, you can find out pretty quickly. Kelsey Grammer recently appeared on The Graham Norton Show and discussed how he came to be involved with The Simpsons and the origin of Sideshow Bob’s voice. Read More »

Famouse Voice Actors

The field of voice acting is a wholly unique one. In some ways, voice acting can be more difficult than acting on-camera, mostly because so much emotion has to come purely from the voice, without the assistance of facial expressions or body language. Many times it’s the voice that informs how a character is depicted, and that’s why it’s so surprising to learn that the same actors are behind the voices of many different cartoon and video game characters we know and love.

A new infographic lays out just some of the voice actors who are responsible for bringing various characters to life in video games like Uncharted and The Last of Us as well as animated series like The Simpsons, Futurama and Scooby-Doo. Check out the famous voice actors infographic after the jump. Read More »

The Simpsons Store

Even though The Simpsons has waned in popularity in recent years, it’s still one of the most popular animated shows ever made. However, not every country hopped on The Simpsons train at the height of the show’s popularity in the United States. In fact, the show is just now growing in popularity across the Asia Pacific region, and that has resulted in the first brick and mortar store dedicated to The Simpsons merchandise, and you can see what it looks like below. Read More »

The Simpsons Disney Couch Gag

Over the past two years, The Simpsons really seemed to have upped their game when it comes to delivering unique and bold iterations of their ongoing couch gag in the opening credits. Last year’s couch gags included a tribute to Rick and Morty and an opening from Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi. Plus, back in 2014, The Simpsons took a cue from Disney’s animated hit Frozen. Now their latest couch gag reaches back into the history of Disney, thanks to animator Eric Goldberg, the man responsible for bringing Genie to life in Aladdin and much more.

Watch The Simpsons Disney couch gag after the jump. Read More »

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The Simpsons just keeps going and going. Created in 1989, the animated Fox show has gone on to have a total of 27 seasons and counting. About half those seasons are either very good or simply great, but the program has lost some fans over the years, while also gaining newer and younger fans. A lot of people still tune into The Simpsons, and those viewers will soon have the opportunity to ask a live-action Homer Simpsons a few questions.

Learn how after the jump.

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