Posts Tagged ‘The Old Man and the Lisa

20
Apr
17

Quote of the Day

“Excuse me, Mr. Burns, now that you’re completely ruined, how do you feel?” – Kent Brockman
“Excellent. I’m on my way back to the top! I’ve turned these cans into can-do!” – C.M. Burns
“Well, you smell terrible. Good luck to you, sir.” – Kent Brockman

Happy 20th Anniversary to “The Old Man and the Lisa”! Original airdate 20 April 1997.

14
Mar
17

Quote of the Day

“There’s gotta be more trash around here somewhere.” – Lisa Simpson
“Hey, why don’t you try the old folks home? They practically live in their own filth.” – Homer Simpson

06
Sep
16

Quote of the Day

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“Here you go, honey. That’s about all the recycling I can handle today.” – Homer Simpson
“Dad, if you just drink one more I’ll have a full bag.” – Lisa Simpson
“Oh, daddy doesn’t feel so good.” – Homer Simpson

20
Apr
16

Quote of the Day

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“They’re not going to close the plant, are they?” – Marge Simpson
“No, the bank put Lenny in charge.” – Homer Simpson

02
Jan
16

Quote of the Day

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“And I’m sure a pro wrestler such as yourself will appreciate all the closet space, Hitman.” – Real Estate Agent

24
Aug
15

Quote of the Day

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“Homer, you didn’t tell me Mr. Burns went broke and lost the nuclear power plant.” – Marge Simpson
“Now, I can’t remember every little thing that happens in my day.” – Homer Simpson
“You told me about that candy bar you found three times!” – Marge Simpson
“You found a candy bar?” – Bart Simpson
“Oh, yes, gather round, my son, and I shall tell you a tale.” – Homer Simpson

14
May
15

Please Stop With the $14 Million Number

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“If I’d spent my life listening to Dismal Doras like you, I wouldn’t be worth two-hundred-million dollars today.” – C.M. Burns
“But according to your most recent biography, you only have one-hundred-million dollars today.” – Lisa Simpson
“I’ve ha-, . . . I’ve . . . ” – C.M. Burns
“Um, actually, sir, it’s, uh, considerably less than that.” – Mr. Smithers

A nice, headline grabbing number, preferably with a dollar sign next to it, is a well known pageview booster.  So let this be my usual renewal related reminder that there is no creditable public information on what the current or past salaries of the Simpsons voice actors are/were.  Back before the 2011 renewal, the widely cited figure was $400,000 per episode.  After that it came down somewhat to $300,000 (though I saw it mentioned as low as $200,000).  Now, thanks to the feckless morons at CNN Money (a backwater in an already grossly negligent and irresponsible news outfit), the current deal is being touted at $7,000,000 per year, or $318,182 per episode:

‘Simpsons’ Mr. Burns walking away from $14 million deal

What is their source for that eye catching number?  You’ll be shocked (shocked, I tell you!) to learn it’s an anonymous source:

The actor was offered a guaranteed $14 million for two years of work, according to someone with direct knowledge of the matter.

Okay, sometimes people don’t want to go on record, and that’s okay.  That factual information reaches the public is supposed to be the important part, right?  Well, here’s the kicker:

“To me, the deal he rejected would be the dream of a lifetime for the rest of the world,” the source said.

That’s not information.  That’s spin.  Moreover, it almost certainly marks this source as someone at FOX since s/he’s painting Shearer as walking away from “the dream of a lifetime for the rest of the world”, that ungrateful bastard.

Shearer himself has said in the past that the reported salary numbers are inaccurate, and I’m far more inclined to believe him than some nameless insider who feeds bullshit like that to CNN Money.  Remember, Shearer and the rest of the cast are forbidden from discussing what they’re actually paid, so FOX and their anonymous flacks have a free hand to inflate the numbers and paint the cast as greedy jackasses, and CNN Money is only too happy to help them do it.

Shoddy information coming from CNN is nothing new, of course.  The real problem is that people repeat these numbers so many times that they seem credible even when transparent horseshit like the above link is the only basis for it.  It’s happening already:

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And it’s not just Simpsons or entertainment related outlets that unquestioningly repeat this.  The Chicago Tribune already picked it up, and I even saw it on freaking Slashdot.

So, pretty please, with sugar on top, remember that you don’t know how much money the Simpsons voice actors make.  I don’t know how much the Simpsons voice actors make.  And the business/entertainment press for damn sure doesn’t know how much the Simpsons voice actors make.




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