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In an interview with BBC, Matt Groening told them They're yellow because when it was time to pick the colour for the cartoon I didn't want the conventional cartoon colours. An animator came up with the Simpsons' yellow and as soon as she showed it to me I said: 'This is the answer!' because when you're flicking through channels with your remote ...


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This is the Simpsons' recreation room. It has indeed been rarely used in the series, but has appeared on the show a few times. Here's one of them (from Lady Bouvier's Lover, Season 5, Episode 21): And here's another appearance, from Three Men and a Comic Book (Season 2, Episode 21): The fact that it is rarely seen was parodied in White Christmas Blues ...


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The gif you refer to is from Treehouse of Horror XXII, and in particular the section Dial D for Diddily. To quote from the wiki: In a parody of Dexter, after hearing who he thinks is God tell him to murder people, Ned Flanders becomes a serial killing vigilante, targeting characters who are Homer's enemies. Specifically, the gif is a parody of ...


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Undetermined. The mystery is an intentional running gag and their true state of residence is never revealed. Instances when it does seem to be revealed or at least approximated are usually illogical, altered later or contradicted with some other information. From Wikipedia: Because of the many contradictory statements regarding Springfield, it is ...


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A simple copy/paste of the title of this topic to Google reveals: To finish, Matt took questions from his hugely appreciative audience. ... One audience member asked why the Simpsons are yellow. 'Yellow wasn't my choice. You initially work in black and white, and one of the animators suggested that we colour them yellow, and it looked ...


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The Simpsons utilizes a floating timeline to explain how the world of the show advances in time while the characters remain the same age. From Wikipedia: A floating timeline (also known as a sliding timescale) is a device used in fiction, particularly in comics and animation, to explain why characters age little or not at all over a period of time ...


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Funny or Die pieced all the clips together and can be seen here and they do make one long clip. From FoD McBain from the Simpsons is actually a full length film when you put them all together.


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Talking to TMZ, Matt Groening said: He was always yellow, and they painted him wrong once. 'At the time we didn't have enough to do retakes, so when there were glitches and mistakes it stayed that way. 'He was never 'black', it was an accident. (Source:dailymail.co.uk) So he was always supposed to be yellow white like rest of the characters, not ...


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I have found no definitive reason why this is the case, only a series of possible answers to this. It would be great to find an interview with Matt Groening with an answer to this. First of all, early pictures of the Simpsons family from the days of the Tracey Ullman Show do sometimes have Bart in a blue shirt. (Low resolution picture from Wikipedia - ...


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The episode was aired on the same day as Super Bowl XXXIII and the writers want the episode to seem current. They had already animated the scene and it would have been very awkward to re-animate the whole scene just to put the team names in. So they just held up a glass over the mouth so they wouldn't have to animate their mouths to match the sound. They ...


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The 11th season finale Behind the Laughter, Lisa reveals the sick, sad truth: To prolong the run of the series, I was secretly given anti-growth hormones.


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This is a reference to the opening scene of the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey in which an alien monolith appears among a group of ancient apes and imbues them with the beginnings of human intelligence while Thus Spake Zarathustra plays. Here is a clip on YouTube:


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I believe the episode you're looking for is The Old Man and the 'C' Student Original Airdate on FOX: 25-Apr-1999 Source: http://www.snpp.com/episodes/AABF16 The International Olympic Committee has gathered to decide the site of the next Olympiad. Representatives from each country lobby the chairman to choose their homeland. The French ...


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Homer was not regrouping at a prearranged place, a safe point or a tactically strong point, but at a sea food restaurant! Typical of Homer. The only thing that would be more typical of Homer is regrouping at either Moe's or a donut shop.


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Because the actress that voiced her, Maggie Roswell, had a pay dispute with Fox which ended with her quitting. A different actress was hired to voice the other more minor characters she originally voiced until the dispute ended a few years later. The dispute is discussed in detail at the above wiki link (and other sites).


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The following Wikia link says - The aging of characters in The Simpsons has been a subject of common fan debate. The passage of time is clear, but characters only show minor, if any, signs of aging, despite openly saying that years have passed. The children also remain in the same grades at school. The writers and character designs seem to ...


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They are The Simpsons shorts. The Simpsons shorts are a series of 48 one-minute shorts that ran on the variety show The Tracey Ullman Show for three seasons, before the characters spun off into The Simpsons, their own half-hour prime time show. It features the Simpson family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. Five of ...


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This outfit is from the episode "Father Knows Worst" (S20E18): Having burned his tongue and rendered it extra-sensitive to taste Homer samples the bland food at the school cafeteria where he also sees for himself that Bart is a hopeless scholar and Lisa a social outcast. He decides to be a good father by teaching Lisa how to be a popular socialite and ...


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I believe you're thinking of the Simpson's "Wonder Years" spoof. Here's a clip: link The episode is called Three men and a comic book:link


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I believe the earliest example is the 1945 film "The Lost Weekend". "The film also made famous the "character walking toward the camera as neon signs pass by" camera effect." You can find the relevant scenes in the film here, from 01:05:00 onwards Purely as a matter of interest, There's an entire tropes page devoted to the genre of 'Drunken Montages' ...


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Wikipedia has a nice section about that It basically make the same assumptions as in the comments Simpsons becoming a shallow parody of itself Shift from plot driven to gag driven episodes Critics' reviews of early Simpsons episodes praised the show for its wit, realism, and intelligence. In the late 1990s, around the airing of season ten, the ...


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Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire was indeed the series premiere of The Simpsons (although it was the 8th episode produced). But before that, the family debuted as shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show, some of which looked cruder than later ones. The Simpson's 138th Show Spectacular features some footage from these shorts.


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Simpson is not canonical to Lego movie. Here Simpsons spokesperson’s word on the topic- The Simpsons show-runner Al Jean also explained that the episode is not trying to copy The Lego Movie, saying: "None of us saw the movie until very late in the process — long after our story was set." Matt Selman added: "Any similarities are completely ...


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The saying is not a famous quote. Precocious young Lisa is trying to sound smart by using sophisticated words like "doth" and "celestial" in a rhyme. Ever the intelligent overachiever, she's essentially trying to come up with a wisely worded quote of her own. But "hero strong and brave" is actually quite a cheesy, uninspired bit of phrase-making. And the ...


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Aside from the obvious answer: It's a cartoon--we can make some assumptions with real-world data. The average Nuclear Power Plant Operator's salary is 72.5k a year. The average house price in Springfield, oh...let's say Missouri is 107k. Let's say that this is a really nice house for the area and they paid $150k. Let's figure they got in on an OK interest ...


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Well, regarding his job as a nuclear safety inspector, according to this site: In the episode "Much Apu About Nothing", Homer's paycheck is revealed to the world when he looks at the check and sees his pay is "drastically" short. It appears as an itemized check with the following: Springfield Power Company Employee: Homer J Simpson Sector ...


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My personal opinion: Marge seems East Coast. A nasslly NY thing – like she's going for a reprise of the Edith Bunker character from the 70s TV show All in the Family. Homer and Bart seem straight Midwest/Chicago to me, but dumbed-down; and Bart with the occasional SoCal vernacular. Lisa seems neutral; but if I had to guess I'd say East Coast boarding ...


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I'm doubting that we'll ever get an answer (at least not any time soon) unless we collaborate on this one, so I figured it'd be good if someone set up a wiki post for everyone to contribute to. I've made the references that have already been cracked bold to make it easier to distinguish them from all the others. If you have any ideas or actual answers, then ...


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Most of the animals appear to be from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs whereas the action of the animals interacting with clothing comes from Sleeping Beauty. Some animated shows give reference to Disney movies, for example in Shrek with Fiona singing. It was very much intentional mostly likely as light-hearted humor. The scene is to point out the ...


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According to mainstay Simpsons fansite, The Simpsons Archive, the film bears similarities to Laurel and Hardy's March of the Wooden Soldiers: The film that Skinner shows the class is similar to the Laurel and Hardy film, the March of the Wooden Soldiers. Based on the tale Babes in Toyland, the film features the duo as Stanley Dumb and ...



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