The San Diego Comic-Con 2016 has started and today will take place most of the panels of FOX’s shows, including The Simpsons. The panel will take place between 12pm and 12.45pm (San Diego time).
We’ll try to do what we did last year: a live-report of the panel. What we’ll do for sure is a post with the highlights of the panel after the event. If the live-report of the panel happens, it will consist on us creating a post at the start of the panel (or a couple of minutes before) and we’ll update it constantly; so to follow it live, just ‘refresh’ the page every minute.
The San Diego Comic-Con is back in July 2016! The ‘Simpsons’ panel will take place on July 23 at 12:00pm – 12:45pm (San Diego Timezone, which is GMT-8:00). Our intention is to do the same we did last year: we’ll try to do a live-report of the panel.
Today is April 19, 2016. The most famous animated family on the globe made its first TV appearance on April 19, 1987. In other words, The “Simpsons Family” had its debut 29 years ago from now. Posts like this one usually are made to celebrate “milestone” anniversaries but the greatest animated family in history deserves a post for its 29th anniversary too.
After that, they had 47 more shorts for Ullman’s Show between 1987 and 1989.
On December 17, 1989; the yellow family had its own TV show premiered. A show that still today is running after 27 seasons and we all know it will be on air for another 27 years or even more!
The Birth of a Yellow Era
Matt Groening conceived of the idea for the Simpsons in the lobby of James L. Brooks‘s office. Brooks had asked Groening to pitch an idea for a series of animated shorts, which Groening initially intended to present as his Life in Hell series.
However, when Groening realized that animating Life in Hell would require the rescinding of publication rights for his life’s work, he chose another approach and formulated his version of a dysfunctional family.
He named the characters after his own family members, except from Bart. He chose the name “Bart” because it is an anagram of “Brat”, which is a word that would define Bart.
29 Years of Success
After 29 Years, the Simpsons Family is the World’s most famous and popular animated family. The TV show is broadcast in uncountable countries apart from the USA and has been dubbed to hundreds of languages. Has won more than 30 Emmy Awards, more than 30 Annie Awards, 1 Peabody Award (in 1997) and lots of other awards.
The show is currently finishing its 27th season, with only 4 episodes remaining to air from the season. It was renewed for a 28th season on May 4, 2015; and they are likely to get to a 30th season and even more!
The Simpsons Family has been around for 29 years and everybody knows that “They’ll Never Stop The Simpsons!”.
2015 is gone and 2016 has come. It has been a year full of news related to The Simpsons and here’s the summary of the most important “Simpsons News” that have happened during 2015:
A 25 year old script finally becomes an episode!
Back in season one of the show, a fairly new comedy writer wrote a script for The Simpsons which was filed away and lost. 25 years later, that episode, written by the now famous Judd Apatow, finally aired. “Bart’s New Friend” sees Homer get hypnotized into thinking he’s a 10 year old kid, who then becomes friends with Bart.
January 10th saw a special The Simpsons special episode of MythBusters air. This special sees the presenters attempt to find out whether a cherry bomb dropped in a school toilet make others act like geysers, in reference to a prank Bart pulled in “The Crepes of Wrath”, and whether placing someone between a wrecking ball and a building protect the building, in reference to the scene from “Sideshow Bob Roberts”. Read about what happens here.
Help, Sky Finger! Criminals have overrun Springfield!
February 18th brought a new event… Superheroes! This event, scheduled to end on March 23rd, added 3 new character collections; Superheroes, Vigilantes and Criminals. The update is split into four parts, called issues, and there is a comic book theme to the music, text, text bubbles and other parts. For full details, read our article.
On March 8th, co-creator of The SimpsonsSam Simon sadly passed away after a long battle with colorectal cancer. Simon left the show in season 4 but continued to be credited as an executive producer for the show.
On April 10, FOX announced that seasonal DVD releases of The Simpsons were being discontinued.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “A distribution source close to the series confirmed seasons of The Simpsons will no longer be released on DVD now that nearly every episode of the animated sitcom is available online at the touch of a button. ”
On May 4, FOX announced that the show had been renewed for a 27th and 28th Season.
According to FOX’s Press Release, Homer stated: “I’ve outlasted Letterman, Jon Stewart and ‘McDreamy,’ because I have something they don’t: a costly 200-donut-a-day addiction”.
On May 14, it was announced that Harry Shearer would leave the show after the TABFxx production season. Shearer is the human that provides the voices of Mr.Burns, Smithers, Flanders, Skinner, … In an interview with CNN Money, Shearer said “Stay tuned” when asked if there was a possibility he could be back.
The Simpsons was nominated for five Emmy awards this year, one for Outstanding Animated Program for the episode “Treehouse of Horror XXV“, one for Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation for the episode “Simpsorama” and three for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance.
The Simpsons lost the other two categories they were nominated in. The lost out in the Outstanding Animated Program category to Over the Garden Wall and lost out in the Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation category, which sound re-recording mixers Tara Paul and Mark Linden were nominated for, to Modern Family.
Going into its record-demolishing 27th season on FOX! Join us for a sneak peek at “Treehouse of Horror XXVI” and much, much more with creator Matt Groening; executive producers Al Jean and Matt Selman; supervising director Mike Anderson; longtime director David Silverman; and the voice of Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz and Ralph Wiggum, Nancy Cartwright; as well as very special guest Guillermo Del Toro. Ay carumba, indeed.
The Simpsons SDCC 2015 Panel:
The panel opened with Marge and Homer insisting that they’re not splitting up… followed by a clip in which Homer gets sucked into Donald Trump’s hair after meeting him during the presidential campaign!
As the panellists take to the stage, Matt Groening takes the mic and introduces Nancy Cartwright herself! She comes flying out with wearing a superhero mask and cape – amazing.
Al Jean says in the premiere we get all the girls from Girls (“Lena Dunham! And the rest!” Matt jokes.) Kelsey Grammer plays Sideshow Bob in the Treehouse of Horror episode, while Kate McKinnon, Stephen Merchant, Michael York and SPIDER-PIG will also all feature.
Matt lifts up a huge billboard for a Jimbo Jones comic!
Well, okay – Guillermo del Toro just came out on stage to join the panel! He’s involved in the new ‘Treehouse of Horror’ so we get to see the incredible opening titles – we can’t even begin to mention all of the references in there! Guillermo says his inspiration was “lots of lonely nights as a kid”.
Guillermo says he asked if they were any limits and they said no. Al Jean talks about having a meeting at Guillermo’s house with all of his artefacts: “If I was ever a burglar and I broke in I’d die of fright.”
Mike says supervising the direction on it was the most fun he’s ever had. “I love all the monsters, so the references were close to my heart,” he says. Matt explains that more references were added at every step of the process.
Guillermo admits he’s a massive Hypnotoad geek (“I identify with his body shape”) so there’s a smart Pan’s Labyrinth/Hypnotoad mash-up in there.
“There are a lot of references people still haven’t got,” Guillermo says.
Nancy jokes that Ralph is a “walking non-sequitur” but says she loves him. But it’s time for some fan questions!
The first fan is dressed as Leela and Stitch – best costume ever. Anyway, she asks when Marge Simpson’s birthday is: “It could be my birthday!” Matt actually doesn’t know and they ask the fan when her birthday is. There’s a lot of talk about March 19 (the fan’s birthday, which is circled with a heart on a calendar in one episode), so they announce it will be March 19 from now on.
The next fan – the last fan’s son! – asks if Matt would be up for more Futurama and Simpsons crossovers. “It’s possible,” Matt says. “The fans of Futurama are still watching the show – you know how everything gets rebooted? Futurama will get rebooted one day.”
The next fan is dressed as Lady Duff and wants to know if we’ll see her in any future episodes. “I see a live action spin-off in the works,” Matt jokes. But he adds that there is a Duffman episode coming up.
Guillermo reveals that no matter what disgusting, perverted, twisted ideas he came up with for Treehouse of Horror… they’d already done it!
Nancy says some episodes are really challenging – like when Bart spoke French! But doing Bart at different ages was particularly tough – though she nails a 2-year-old Bart saying: “Eat my shorts.” In fact, she’s doing all the voices but when she gets to a 40-year-old Bart she jokes it sounds like Nelson.
Ugolin and Cesar will appear this season! The panel joke that they were based on “real Frenchmen”.
Will Danny DeVito be back at some point? Matt says he’d love that but they haven’t written a story for his character Uncle Herbert yet.
The next fan wants Matt’s opinion on people saying that Family Guy steals from The Simpsons and how working with Seth Macfarlane on the crossover worked! “We love everyone in the Fox family,” Matt says. “It was a Family Guy episode and my part in it was just looking at the script and going, ‘Yep, sounds good’.”
Nancy says it was “really fun meeting and playing with” the Family Guy team. David Silverman agrees that it was collaborative and says they’re all rooting for each other: “Hooray for all shows being successful!” Al Jean jokes that they’ve submitted the episode for an Emmy and if it wins, the Emmy will say ‘The SImpsons’.
The next fan wants to know if Scorpio will be back on the show. Al says that’s probably the most asked-for character on the show, but he doesn’t know if he’ll be back. He does say he’d like Albert Brooks to return though.
The next fan asks how Matt blended his sense of humour with the family sweetness. “I’m the sweet one!” Matt insists. But he explains the show is a huge collaborative effort and people bring their own life experiences to the show. He says the emotion in the show is the reason it’s done so well.
Matt admits that he has moments when he wonders, ‘Can we do that?’ Al says all the writers have both funny and sweet moments.
“On behalf of all the fat men in the world, thank you for making Homer good in bed,” Guillermo grins.
Nancy says the show touches on so many subjects and explains that an episode coming up deals with bullying. But Al admits he’s a bit worried that they’ll lose the ability to make fun of stuff by going too politically correct.
An Australian fan is asking about the episode where The Simpsons goes to Australia. She says on the radio beforehand, it said the producers’ contacts would be given out for anyone who wanted to complain – so which episode caused the most controversy? “Brazil does not have a good sense of humour,” Al jokes. “They were going to sue us. So then we did the episode where they lose the World Cup and look what happened.”
Is there anyone the panel wanted on the show that never worked out? Guillermo del Toro! Guillermo jokes that he wants to play Bumblebee Man’s brother.
The next fan asks which song on the show is the panel’s favourite. We’re having a sing-song now, especially with ‘We Do’. Nancy sings the ‘Minimum Wage Nanny’ track!
Matt rounds up the question by simply singing: ‘The Simpsons’. He says when they first played back the theme song it sounded like ‘The Simpson’, so Danny Elfman went into a recording booth to add the “s”.
Two segments from the Halloween show are shown now – one with Sideshow Bob and one with Homerzilla!
The Sideshow Bob clip seemed to be really good fun, with him killing Bart in various different ways, bringing him back to life just to kill him again in another inventive manner…
But that’s a wrap for the Simpsons panel – thanks for joining The Springfield Shopper during this!
All the credit for this live report of the Comic-Con 2015 ‘The Simpsons’ panel goes to DigitalSpy.co.uk.
Two days ago, the San Diego Comic-Con 2015 started and today will take place most of the panels of FOX’s shows, including The Simpsons. The panel will take place in Ballroom 20 between 12pm and 12.45pm (San Diego time).
The aim of this post is to remind everyone that The Springfield Shopper(this blog) will inform about it and we’ll [try to] post a summary of what happened during the panel. We’ll post an article a couple of minutes before the panel starts and we’ll try to update it every minute (or every X minutes).
And remember again: The panel will start at 12pm and will approximately end at 12.45pm (San Diego Time). If you don’t live in the San Diego Time Zone and you want to follow the panel as it goes by, I would strongly recommend to search a Time zone converter through internet so you know at which time you must be in front of your computer/device with internet connection.