Nothing is as good as it was 25 years ago, but The Simpsons comes close. The longest running animated show in history may not have the cultural impact or consistent comedy impact it did in the 1990s, but in the past few years, it has expanded beyond mere television. Mobile games, mobile apps, marathons, concerts, The Simpsons is now more than a TV show. It’s a way of life.
That uptick in cultural relevance has not gone unnoticed by the executives at 20th Century Fox. They’ve once again asked producers to do a sequel to 2007’s The Simpsons Movie. But, like the producers said in 2007, 2013 (twice) and now in 2014, it’s still not happening. Read producer James L. Brooks‘ thoughts on a Simpsons Movie sequel, as well as his take on the original film, below. Read More »
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In the past couple years the producers of The Simpsons have allowed a few different filmmakers and artists to go wild in revamping the show’s opening “couch gag.” Banksy envisioned a mine in which slave labor animates the show and grinds up kittens to stuff Bart Simpsons dolls; Guillermo del Toro scripted kaiju battles and cameos from Alfred Hitchcock, Stephen King, and a legion of other horror characters from his own films and others. This week, Oscar-nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt got his shot, and the Don Hertzfeldt Simpsons couch gag has got to be the most bonkers animation that will run on mainstream TV this year. Read More »
Even the creators of The Simpsons know we love the old stuff. Specifically, the first 10 to 12 seasons. That’s the period in which Matt Groening‘s iconic yellow family took the world by storm and became a television institution. Since then many fans have fallen off the show, citing a decline in quality, and maybe that decline is a fact. But The Simpsons endures. This year is the 25th anniversary of the show, making it the longest-running sitcom in U.S. history.
To celebrate the anniversary, The Simpsons took over legendary Los Angeles concert venue The Hollywood Bowl for a three night concert event called The Simpsons Take the Bowl. Hosted by Hank Azaria (the voice of Moe, Ape, Chief Wiggum and many others), the event featured a slew of guest stars performing songs and score from The Simpsons, with a strong focus on the early years. Mainly, songs from the 1997 album Songs in the Key of Springfield, including The Monorail Song, Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart, The Stonecutters Song, Happy Birthday Lisa and others. This being Hollywood, there were some references to The Simpsons Movie, too, and Hans Zimmer live-conducting the score to the Oscar-nominated short, The Longest Daycare.
Basically, if you loved The Simpsons as a child or adult, it was a simply fantastic evening of entertainment. And, if you couldn’t be there, several of the numbers from the evening have been uploaded online. Check them out below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Angie Han
Springfield is already slated to get visits from Family Guy‘s Griffin clan and Futurama‘s Planet Express crew this season, but the next planned Simpsons crossover may be the strangest yet. For Homer and company will be crossing paths with… themselves.
In this year’s “Treehouse of Horror” episode, the Simpsons will find their home haunted by a family of ghosts, The Others-style, who turn out to be the Simpsons from the Tracey Ullman Show era. Hit the jump for your first look at the Simpsons / Simpsons crossover.
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Futurama will return to to the airwaves with Fry, Leela, Bender and company appearing in a special episode of The Simpsons airing on November 9th 2014. Hit the jump to see the first look at this Futurama Simpsons crossover episode.
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It’s no secret Lego and The Simpsons are currently best buds. Lego released the Simpson House earlier this year, The Simpsons aired a full Lego episode recently and you can buy Lego Simpsons mini-figures at pretty much any major store. Rumors have been swirling that Lego will eventually release more iconic Springfield buildings. While that has yet to be confirmed or denied, one Master Builder took it upon himself to get building. Lego builder Matt De Lanoy made the The Simpsons’ Springfield fully out of Lego. He’s got Springfield Elementary School, Krusty Burger, the Nuclear Power Plant and more. Check out multiple Lego Simpsons sets below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, July 28th, 2014 by Angie Han
The Simpsons and the Griffiths have danced around each other for years, sharing Fox’s Animation Domination programming block and taking good-natured jabs around each other on their respective shows. But it’s only this fall that they’re coming face-to-face for the very first time.
At Comic-Con this weekend, attendees got a first look at the upcoming Simpsons / Family Guy crossover in the form of a five-minute preview. Now the clip has just hit the web, and you can check it out after the jump.
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A special guest beamed into The Simpsons panel this year at San Diego Comic Con International. Homer Simpson appeared on stage in holographic form, interacting with Simpsons creator Matt Groening, lampooning the unorganized convention and location, while also taking a bit of time to answer the obvious Q & A questions from the crowd. Homer also forces his unwilling creator to dance for the fans in the audience. I’m pretty sure they are using the same technology as the Tupac Shakur hologram appearance which went viral. Hit the jump to watch the Homer Simpson Hologram video now.
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Last year, Simpsons executive producer Al Jean told fans they’d be killing off a character in the upcoming season. He even gave a tease of who it may be, hinting the person voicing that character won an Emmy for voicing that character. At the time, we tried to narrow it down but the season came and went without that death. The reason was the tragic passing of voice actor Marcia Wallace, who voiced Ms. Krabapple. The Simpsons team thought gracefully killing that character as a tribute to Wallace was enough death for one year.
That was last year. This year, Jean promises the previously hinted character will still die, and even added to his initial hint. Read the quotes about the Simpsons character death below. Read More »