Posts Tagged ‘Matt Groening



15
Feb
12

Quote of the Day

New Kid on the Block8

“Bart!  Aw, you remembered my birthday!” – Abe “Grampa” Simpson
“Huh? . . . Oh, I sure did!  Here’s a bus schedule.” – Bart Simpson
“Wow!  Fits right in my pocket.” – Abe “Grampa” Simpson

Happy birthday Matt Groening! 

15
Feb
11

Quote of the Day

Life In Hell

Image taken from Wikimedia Commons.

“Yes, the Simpsons have come a long way since an old drunk made humans out of his rabbit characters to pay off his gambling debts.” – Troy McClure

Happy birthday Matt Groening! 

17
Dec
10

Groening on The Tonight Show in 1991

On Simpsons Day last year I posted an old video of Groening on Letterman right before “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” premiered.  He wasn’t exactly camera comfortable then.  Here’s an interview with him from The Tonight Show in 1991 (this must be Leno guest hosting for Carson), and he’s got his shtick down much better. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This has to be shortly after the premier of the third season when the show couldn’t get a bigger, and even then Groening only rates as the third guest.  What’s funny is that Leno asks if that really was Michael Jackson’s voice, and Groening has to demur.  It’s kinda hard to remember now, but The Simpsons really was a subversive show that a lot of people were genuinely nervous about.  How quaint. 

15
Feb
10

Quote of the Day

138th Episode Spectacular1

“Get outta my office!” – Matt Groening

Happy Birthday Matt Groening!  Tequila shots for everybody!

11
Feb
10

Simpsons Alumni Update: Groening & Azaria

Unbeknownst to me there’s a spinoff of that Top Chef program called  Top Chef Masters.  According to Wikipedia, “In the series, 24 world-renowned chefs compete against each other in weekly challenges.”  Also, there are regular judges and guest judges.  For Season 2 Matt Groening and Hank Azaria will be among the guest judges.  Okay. 

(A hearty middle finger to IGN for bringing me this news but screwing up the link to the original Entertainment Weekly story.  That meant I had to wade through ew.com, as over designed and seizure inducing as any commercial website you’ll ever visit.) 

07
Jan
10

Matt Groening Documentary

The BBC made this way back in 2000, so for all I know every other Simpsons fan on the internet has seen this already.  But it was new to me and I thought I’d collect it in one handy place for everyone.  Plus, there’s an absolute knockout quote in the second part. 

Part 1 – Enter Groening and his teevee infused childhood:

Part 2 – Groening becomes a cartoonist and moves to Los Angeles:

And at about the 8:45 mark of Part 2 he shatters my irony meter (emphasis mine):

“I finally got out of school in 1977 and I headed immediately for Los Angeles.  Cause I figured, here is the center of all the garbage that the rest of pop culture consumes and I thought everybody here would be really sophisticated about it.  I mean they’ve gotta, this is where it’s made so they’ve gotta know what garbage it is.  And I got here and the crazy thing about L.A. is, they believe it more here than anywhere else in the world.  It’s amazing.  You talk to people about these movies and you think that they’re kidding.  And no, they really like this stuff!  People here really like those movies, they really do, those TV shows, those lousy TV shows?  They’re proud of them.  I’m not kidding.”

It’s probably impossible to describe the thinking behind Zombie Simpsons any better than that.  For the record, this came out at the same time as Season 11.  Which is to say the show had clearly lost itself, but it hadn’t yet become the unquenchable cesspool of pop culture that it is today. 

Part 3 – Groening draws stuff and Exeunt:

At about the 1:15 mark Groening draws Akbar and Jeff from “Life in Hell”.  It’s really neat. 

I can’t get over that quote from Part 2 though.  It’s an unbelievably dead on description of Zombie Simpsons creators and defenders and it came from no less a man than Matt Groening, and he said it ten years ago.  There aren’t enough bolds and italics in the world to emphasize how amazing that is.  I had to listen to it half a dozen or so times to get it transcribed from YouTube and I still almost can’t believe he really said that. 

(via I Am A TV Junkie)

17
Dec
09

Groening on Letterman in 1989 & NBC News in 1990

Matt Groening was a guest on David Letterman’s 12:30 show (the one Conan O’Brien would be taking over just a few years later) in 1989 to help promote “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”:

You can really see how Groening hasn’t yet got the hang of being interviewed.  He’s not uncomfortable exactly, but he’s very unpolished.  His stories are too long and Letterman has to bail him out a couple of times to keep things going.  This was a week before the special when nobody had any real idea of how it was going to go.  He’s nervous enough that he almost forgets to mention that it’s going to be on regularly in January.  The best quote comes right at the beginning when Letterman asks him how he knew he was a talented cartoonist:

Letterman: How did you know that you were good at this kind of thing?

Groening: The kids loved it and the teachers hated it.

Now here’s Groening the next year.  It’s not entirely clear precisely when, but it’s clearly after the show has become a major hit (they filmed some of the production process of “Krusty Gets Busted”): 

Granting that there’s a big difference between speaking extemporaneously with Letterman for eight straight minutes and having a news crew show up and follow you around, you can see how much more comfortable on camera he is.  He’s more self deprecating about both himself and the show and he easily swats away criticism of what they’re doing.  Also, there’s an indoor hammock. 




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