Call for Papers: The Simpsons Collection

posted Nov 15, 2013, 9:49 AM by Denise Du Vernay

December 2014 will mark the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons. In honor of this momentous occasion, we are seeking submissions for a new collection of essays on the show. Formal proposals of 250-500 words (or completed articles), along with a brief biography, should be submitted by Dec. 1, 2013. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

There will be a 25th Treehouse of Horror!

posted Oct 7, 2013, 9:06 AM by Denise Du Vernay

It is confirmed: The Simpsons has been renewed for a 26th season. Boy howdy!

The Simpsons Season 25 Guest Stars

posted Dec 1, 2012, 6:22 AM by Denise Du Vernay   [ updated Oct 11, 2013, 12:58 PM ]

Already looking forward to The Simpsons' 25th season? We are, and we'll be updating this list regularly when we get news or are able to verify rumors.

Groening Honored by Writers Guild of America West's Animation Writers Caucus

posted Nov 27, 2012, 8:40 AM by Denise Du Vernay

According to Variety:

Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, has been selected as the winner of the animation writing award from the Writers Guild of America West's Animation Writers Caucus.

The caucus will present the kudo to Groening [Nov. 28] at WGA West headquarters with guild president Christopher Keyser set to attend. The award is given to those who 'advanced the literature of animation in film and/or television through the years and who has made outstanding contributions to the profession of the animation writer.'

Groening joins previous Caucus winners Al Jean, Mike Reiss, and Mike Scully.

The Longest Daycare qualifies for Academy Award

posted Nov 12, 2012, 4:26 PM by Denise Du Vernay   [ updated Nov 12, 2012, 4:30 PM ]

Directed by David Silverman and shown before Ice Age: Continental Drift, The Simpsons' short The Longest Daycare has made the shortlist for an Oscar. Since Pixar didn't submit anything this year, there's substantial hope! The shortlist (of 3 or 5) will be released on January 13, along with the rest of the nominees. The Academy Awards will be on February 24.

When we Tweeted David Silverman congratulations, he responded:  Thanks -- I hope it gets nominated at least! (One step at a time - - - ) 

The other shorts that made the first round of qualifications can be found at LA Times, over here

Vulture posts fake Matt Groening doodles . . .

posted Sep 4, 2012, 3:30 PM by Denise Du Vernay   [ updated Sep 4, 2012, 3:34 PM ]

. . .  and I tweeted the link. And former Simpsons show runner Bill Oakley tweeted me to say they didn't look like MG's style. A current Simpsons writer, Mike Price, was able to ask MG within minutes if they were his and Price tweeted this: 

@theleanover @simpsonology @thatbilloakley @tubatron Matt Groening looked at those pics just now & immediately said they're NOT his.

and then this:

@theleanover @simpsonology @thatbilloakley @tubatron He also said he has no memory of ever being in a Bennigan's.

Remember, kids: always fact check. Tsk, tsk, Vulture.


Tom Waits will finally be on The Simpsons. Finally.

posted Aug 25, 2012, 5:58 PM by Denise Du Vernay   [ updated Jan 4, 2013, 10:59 AM ]

We learn frequently of guest stars, but seldom do they warrant their own post.

Tom Waits warrants his own post.

Unfortunately, when Tom Waits guest stars on The Simpsons on January 6, 2013, he won't be singing. (But you know what? That's fine. Just having him on the show is wonderful. This is something my friends and I have talked about for years.) In the episode entitled "Homer Goes to Prep School," Waits will play a prepper who introduces Homer to a community of survivalists, according to Simpsons writer Michael Price, who also indicated that Mr. Waits was a "delight." 

(I have not met Tom Waits, but how could he not be a delight? If you want to entertain yourself some evening, look at some of his talk show appearances, especially on Late Night. He's a complete delight. Take, for example, this interview, in which he explains why his youngest child was warned against getting his dad's help with homework.)

In the episode, as you might have guessed from the title, Homer will become a prepper. “We did a lot of research into the ‘prepper’ phenomenon, where people are convinced that some horrible catastrophe – like an electromagnetic pulse – is going to occur, and that people will have to survive without the grid,” Al Jean told TVLine. (TVLine is reporting that Waits will play himself, but Price told me that's not the case. I'm inclined to believe Price over TVLine).

UPDATE: Chris Ledesma showed me this, showing Waits' character is named Lloyd (and Chris is right, I am giddy). 

Tom Waits and Simpsons fans know that the connection between the genius and the show actually predates the show by a decade. When in grad school at UCLA, David Silverman worked as an animator on the short film Tom Waits for No One, which won an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement for its innovative use of rotoscope.

What? You've never seen it? What's wrong with you

Tom Waits For No One

When I learned of the news on Friday night, I tweeted a simple "damn."  
In response, writer Michael Price said this to us:
and this:
And TW was a delightful guy. Very happy to be there.

and Simpsons production planner Nikki Isordia said
It's a good one!! I was excited to work on it!

Still jumping out of the window in expensive clothes,
Du 08/25/12

The Longest Daycare in theaters July 13

posted Jul 5, 2012, 10:19 AM by Denise Du Vernay   [ updated Jul 5, 2012, 10:23 AM ]

At just over four minutes, this may be the shortest short ever. It features Maggie as she returns to the Ayn Rand School for tots (review "A Streetcar Named Marge"). Directed by David Silverman. See trailers here and here

Simpsonology's Karma Waltonen at WonderCon

posted Mar 16, 2012, 10:14 AM by Denise Du Vernay

Friday, March 16, 2012, Karma is presenting on teaching with The Simpsons at WonderCon in Anaheim. 

Here are a couple interviews with her, one on OC Weekly and one at Comics Bulletin

Where to see Karma at WonderCon:

Panel: Everything I Really Need to Know, I Learned from Batman and Bart, Man: Embiggening Brains without Crayon Implants -- Friday, March 16 1:30 - 2:30, Room 210

Panel: Adaptation and Media -- Sunday, March 18 2:00-3:00, Room 210

Also, if you're there, check out our pal Lonnie Millsap, who will be at his small publisher's table. 

Looking forward to Season 24

posted Mar 16, 2012, 10:00 AM by Denise Du Vernay   [ updated Dec 8, 2012, 1:31 PM ]

It's that time again--leaks about next season's guests have started. We'll be updating this list regularly as we are able to verify rumors. 

Fred Armisen
Justin Bieber
Carrie Brownstein
Ken Burns
Steve Carell
Robert A. Caro
Benedict Cumberbatch
Zooey Deschanel
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Jeff Gordon
Anne Hathaway
Jane Krakowski
Colin Meloy (The Decemberists)
Don Pardo
Natalie Portman
Janet Reno
Sonny Rollins
Anika Noni Rose
Sarah Silverman
Jennifer Tilly
Tom Waits
Max Weinberg

-Deschanel, Gellar, Hathaway, Portman, and Silverman are reprising their roles as Bart's previous love interests in what Tim Long is calling a High Fidelity-type pilgrimage.)

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