Saturday, 16 February 2019

MATT GROENING, 30 YEARS ENJOYING THE SIMPSONS

Matt Groening & Homer Simpson
Yesterday, The Grandma continued suffering flu. She spent all day at bed and she decided to watch TV. She watched one of her favourite TV Series, The Simpsons, whose author Matt Groening was born on a day like yesterday in 1954.

The Grandma
loves cartoons and comics and The Simpsons are the perfect mix of them. With amazing dialogues and unforgettable stories, The Simpsons has become a great criticism of the American society.

Before watching The Simpsons, The Grandma read a new chapter of Edgar Allan Poe's, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, and she also studied a new lesson of her Intermediate Language Practice (Grammar 5).


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Matthew Abraham Groening  (born February 15, 1954) is an American cartoonist, writer, producer, animator, and voice actor. He is the creator of the comic strip Life in Hell (1977–2012) and the television series The Simpsons (1989–present), Futurama (1999–2003, 2008–2013), and Disenchantment (2018–present).

The Simpsons is the longest-running U.S. primetime-television series in history and the longest-running U.S. animated series and sitcom.

Groening made his first professional cartoon sale of Life in Hell to the avant-garde Wet magazine in 1978. At its peak, the cartoon was carried in 250 weekly newspapers. Life in Hell caught the attention of James L. Brooks.

The Simpsons
In 1985, Brooks contacted Groening with the proposition of working in animation for the Fox variety show The Tracey Ullman Show. Originally, Brooks wanted Groening to adapt his Life in Hell characters for the show. Fearing the loss of ownership rights, Groening decided to create something new and came up with a cartoon family, the Simpson family, and named the members after his own parents and sisters, while Bart was an anagram of the word brat.

The shorts would be spun off into their own series The Simpsons, which has since aired 652 episodes. In 1997, Groening and former Simpsons writer David X. Cohen developed Futurama, an animated series about life in the year 3000, which premiered in 1999, running for four years on Fox, then picked up by Comedy Central for additional seasons. Groening developed a new series for Netflix titled Disenchantment, which premiered in August 2018.

Groening has won 12 Primetime Emmy Awards, ten for The Simpsons and two for Futurama as well as a British Comedy Award for outstanding contribution to comedy in 2004. In 2002, he won the National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award for his work on Life in Hell. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 14, 2012.

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The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of working-class life, epitomized by the Simpson family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield and parodies American culture and society, television, and the human condition.

The family was conceived by Groening shortly before a solicitation for a series of animated shorts with producer James L. Brooks. Groening created a dysfunctional family and named the characters after his own family members, substituting Bart for his own name. The shorts became a part of The Tracey Ullman Show on April 19, 1987. After three seasons, the sketch was developed into a half-hour prime time show and became Fox's first series to land in the Top 30 ratings in a season (1989–90).

The Simpsons' selfie
Since its debut on December 17, 1989, 652 episodes of The Simpsons have been broadcast. It is the longest-running American sitcom, and the longest-running American scripted primetime television series in terms of seasons and number of episodes.

The Simpsons Movie, a feature-length film, was released in theaters worldwide on July 27, 2007. Then on October 30, 2007, a video game was released. Currently, The Simpsons is on its thirtieth season, which began airing September 30, 2018.

The Simpsons received acclaim throughout its first nine or ten seasons, which are generally considered its Golden Age. Time named it the 20th century's best television series, and Erik Adams of The A.V. Club named it television's crowning achievement regardless of format.

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On January 14, 2000, the Simpson family was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It has won dozens of awards since it debuted as a series, including 31 Primetime Emmy Awards, 30 Annie Awards, and a Peabody Award. Homer's exclamatory catchphrase D'oh! has been adopted into the English language, while The Simpsons has influenced many other later adult-oriented animated sitcoms. However, it has also been criticized for a perceived decline in quality over the years.

The Simpsons' star, Hollywood Walk of Fame
The main characters are the Simpson family, who live in a fictional Middle America town of Springfield.

Homer, the father, works as a safety inspector at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, a position at odds with his careless, buffoonish personality. He is married to Marge Bouvier, a stereotypical American housewife and mother. They have three children: Bart, a ten-year-old troublemaker and prankster; Lisa, a precocious eight-year-old activist; and Maggie, the baby of the family who rarely speaks, but communicates by sucking on a pacifier.

Although the family is dysfunctional, many episodes examine their relationships and bonds with each other and they are often shown to care about one another. Homer's dad Grampa Simpson lives in the Springfield Retirement Home after Homer forced his dad to sell his house so that his family could buy theirs. Grampa Simpson has had starring roles in several episodes.

The family also owns a dog, Santa's Little Helper, and a cat, Snowball V. Both pets have had starring roles in several episodes.

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Living creatively is really important to maintain 
throughout your life. And living creatively doesn't mean 
only artistic creativity, although that's part of it. It means being yourself, not just complying with the wishes of other people.

Matt Groening

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