All of you out there must have heard of The Simpsons, if not, where have you been? Luckily, Jellie are going to give you a quick guide to this 18 time Emmy winning comedy cartoon about the dysfunctional family living in Springfield.
Homer Jay Simpson
Homer Simpson, (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) works as a nuclear power technician, and head of the Simpson household. It may seem, from his lazy ways that all he does is mooch off other people, but Homer isn’t all bad: he loves his family and always (most of the time) has good intentions.
Marge Simpson, (voiced by Julie Kavner) is a happy homemaker and mother of three. In the past she’s been a police woman, a pretzel maker, and an anti-war campaignist. She’s very proud of her children and her husband, although Homer frequently loses his keys.
Bart JoJo Simpson
Bart Simpson, (voiced by Nancy Cartwright) loves pulling pranks. He’s always in trouble of some kind and doesn’t is always bottom of the class. Bart does posses some decent qualities: He looks out for his sister, Lisa and he's befriended outcasts and misfits like Milhouse Van Houten and Ralph Wiggum.
Lisa Marie Simpson
Lisa Simpson, (voiced by Yeardley Smith) is only 8 years old but can’t wait for college. She has an IQ of 155 and is a very talented saxophonist. Lisa wants everyone to know that she is a vegetarian and that if she could have one thing (besides world peace), it would be a pony. Lisa is the most sensible of the Simpson family.
Despite being only one, Maggie has achieved an awful lot in her life, the most exciting was shooting Mr Burns. She loves her mother Marge dearly, and sucking on her pacifier while others comment on how cute she is.
Did you know…
Crazy facts that you never knew about The Simpsons…….
· It costs around $50,000 to make an episode of The Simpsons and takes around three weeks.
· “The Simpsons” is the most popular cartoon ever created.
· Homer is named after Matt Groening’s dad.
· The sucking noise of Maggie was recorded by Matt Groening himself.
· The Simpsons started life as slightly wobbly short animations in The Tracy Ullman show.
· Believe it or not, the first ever episode of The Simpsons was aired in 1989. This cartoon has been going on for 14 years!
· Recently, The Simpsons celebrated their 300th episode, an episode called “Barting Around.”
· The Simpsons have had over 300 special guest stars, and these are just a few of them: Phil Hartman, Tom Jones, David Duchovny & Gillian Anderson, Robbie Williams, Lisa Kudrow, Meryl Streep, Danny DeVito, Pierce Brosnan, and lots lots more.
If that hasn’t convinced you to watch this great show, I don’t know what will!
By 1999 everyone had heard of The Simpsons, but Matt Groening wanted something different. He wanted to create another cartoon, but instead of it being about families, he wanted its theme to be “the future.” Matt Groening and The Simpsons' co-producer and writer David X Cohen has a few meetings, came up with the entire thing, and that was how Futurama came to be.
Phillip J. Fry
Fry, (voiced by Billy West) got frozen while delivering a pizza. He woke up on December 31 2999, where he met Leela. She found him and together Leela and Fry got jobs working on a delivery plane. Although he had affairs with Amy before, the woman he is really into is Leela who acknowledges his feelings but won't return them. Fry isn’t exactly the brightest apple on the tree, but he has a good heart and always tries to do the best he can (which isn't very good.)
Leela, (voiced by Katey Sagal) is the only person from her species that lives on earth. She was brought up in an orphanage but because of her one eye she was often made fun of. She later got a job as a fate assignment officer and after a while met Fry while she was assigning a career to him. He convinced her to quit and she was then offered a job, along with Fry and Bender, on the Planet Express delivery crew where she impressed Professor Farnsworth enough for him to make her captain.
Bender Bending Rodriquez
Bender, (voiced) by John DiMaggio took up a successful career in bending Girders but tried to kill himself when he found out they were for suicide booths. He was saved by Fry and later took up the job of ships cook at Planet Express. His other pastimes include watching TV, smoking cigars and stealing. Bender is a selfish robot who likes manipulating everything he meets. Deep, deep, down, Bender has a heart, but that’s just a human heart, which he ate for lunch.
Other Main Characters
· Hubert J Farnsworth
· John Zoidberg
· Amy Wong
· Hermes Conrad
What Happened Next?
Futurama aired on 31st December, 1999. It was an instant hit. Many people loved it, and they loved it for it’s new style of jokes, the great storylines, not because it was created by the same person who brought us The Simpsons. Futurama then went on for four more successful series, each time getting better and better.
People have always asked, “what is the difference between The Simpsons and Futurama and which one should I watch?”
There are many differences between The Simpsons and Futurama. Firstly, Futurama, is set in the year 3000, The Simpsons is not. The characters are different, the feel is different, even the cartoon characters have slight differences, despite them being drawn by the same person. But despite the differences, Jellie think that the two shows are equally brilliant.
But if you just want to pick one show to watch, take out advice: Futurama is more cynical than The Simpsons, and suited to a slightly older audience (10 +)