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The SimpsonsThe Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening.
It is the longest-running American sitcom and animated program, with 17 seasons and 367 episodes since it debuted on December 17, 1989 on FOX. The TV series is a spinoff of a series of animated shorts originally aired on The Tracey Ullman Show. The show has now been renewed for a twentieth season, which will take place in 2008 and 2009. A feature length movie has now started to be simultaneously made at the same time as the episodes. It is produced by Gracie Films for 20th Century Fox.
The Simpsons has been seen by many critics as one of the finest television shows ever; it was named the best television series of the 20th century by TIME magazine in 1998, and it made the top 10 on TV Guide's list of the greatest shows of all time in 2002.
On February 9, 1997 The Simpsons surpassed The Flintstones as the longest-running prime time animated series in America. In 2004 it surpassed Scooby Doo in number of episodes.
In January 2003, it was announced that the show had been renewed by Fox through 2005 — meaning it has replaced The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952 to 1966) as longest-running sitcom (animated or live action) ever in the United States
Simpsons tops best cartoon pollThe Simpsons has beaten veteran cartoon cat and mouse duo Tom and Jerry to win a poll to find the UK's favourite animated characters. It hasd topped a list of 100 cartoons that was unveiled on Channel 4 in 2006.
Tom and Jerry were second, while the foul-mouthed junior denizens of South Park made it into third place.
The Simpsons show is now in its 16th year. More from BBC
The Simpsons "Cast"
Simpsons FamilyThe main characters are Homer Simpson, his wife Marge Simpson, son Bart Simpson, and daughters Lisa Simpson and Maggie Simpson.
Many of the characters in The Simpsons take their names from important people and places in Groening's life — for example Lisa, Maggie, Marge and Homer share names with Groening's sisters, mother and father respectively. Bart, however, is an anagram for brat, with Groening having stated that he thought naming the boy "Matt" would be too obvious.
Homer, a safety inspector at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, is a generally well-meaning buffoon whose short attention span often draws him into outrageous schemes and adventures. He is addicted to alcohol, namely Duff beer, and has an outright love for doughnuts. Marge(of French origin) was once intelligent and sophisticated, but has come to conform with the stereotype of housewife/mother. Bart, the oldest sibling at the age of 10, is a troublemaker and classroom terror ("the devil's cabana boy", as Lisa once described him) who thinks of himself as a rebel. Lisa, the 8 year old once portrayed having a genius intellect (with adult mannerisms, perception and extraordinary articulation), has leveled into a more average girl yet brainy student, who also happens to be a vegetarian, Buddhist and jazz music fan who dreams of a better future (she is referred to as "the future of the family"). Maggie is an eternal baby, and despite the fact that numerous years (and birthdays) clearly pass (for example, many Christmas episodes), the Simpsons do not appear to age. Some characters' ages have fluctuated throughout the years; this is most likely due to simple oversight on the part of the writers.
The Simpsons Credits
Simpsons VoicesDan Castellaneta voice of Homer Simpson/Grampa/Barney Gumble/Krusty the Klown/Groundskeeper Willie/Mayor Quimby/Hans Moleman/Sideshow Mel/Others
Julie Kavner voice of Marge Simpson/Patty & Selma Bouvier/Others
Nancy Cartwright voice of Bart Simpson/Nelson Muntz/Todd Flanders/Ralph Wiggum/Kearney/Others
Yeardley Smith voice of Lisa Simpson
Hank Azaria voice of Moe Szyslak/Chief Wiggum/Apu/Comic Book Guy/Cletus/Prof. Frink/Others
Harry Shearer voice of Montgomery Burns/Waylon Smithers/Ned Flanders/Kent Brockman/Rev. Lovejoy/Principal Skinner/Dr. Hibbert/Rainer Wolfcastle/Others
Marcia Wallace voice of Edna Krabappel (1990-)
Phil Hartman voice of Lionel Hutz/Troy McClure (1991-1998)
Tress MacNeille voice of Jimbo Jones/Agnes Skinner/Others
Pamela Hayden voice of Milhouse Van Houten/Rod Flanders/Others
Maggie Roswell voice of Maude Flanders/Helen Lovejoy/Others (1990-1999, 2002-)
Russi Taylor voice of Martin Prince/Others (1990-)
Doris Grau voice of Lunchlady Doris (1989-1996)
Karl Wiedergott voice of Additional Voices (1998-)
Marcia Mitzman Gaven voice of Maude Flanders/Helen Lovejoy/Others (1999-2002)
The Simpsons Movies
The SimpsonsTalk about a possible feature-length Simpsons movie has been going on since the early days of the series. The episode "Kamp Krusty" was originally going to be a movie, but became a regular episode after difficulties were encountered in trying to expand the script to feature-length.
Rumors were circulated on the Internet about a movie already being in development, but it was not until 2004 that any were confirmed. In that year, producers announced a theatrical movie is in the very early stages of development, and that it will not be released until after the series ends. With the series being renewed for a twentieth season, an estimated premiere date for The Simpsons Movie was set for the summer of 2008. This was confirmed by 20th Century Fox on June 6, 2005. Just like the series, the movie will be animated (Matt Groening recently turned down a proposal to make a live action film based on the characters, as this would likely ruin the franchise and anger fans) and will star the six main voice actors: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, and most likely Marcia Wallace, Maggie Roswell, Pamela Hayden, and Tress MacNeille. It is speculated that there will also be guest stars appearing in large roles or cameos
The Simpsons Movie 2007The Simpsons Movie is an upcoming 2007 animated comedy film based on the animated television series The Simpsons. It has been produced by Gracie Films for 20th Century Fox, with animation produced by Film Roman and Rough Draft Studios, and is scheduled to be released worldwide by July 27, 2007.
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