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Writers Working on 'The Simpsons' Movie
AP/Miami Herald ^ | 4.7.2004

Posted on 04/07/2004 10:36:37 AM PDT by NYC GOP Chick

Lisa Simpson will still be 8 when "The Simpsons" movie comes out - but we'll be a lot older.

Writers are working now, but the voice of Lisa Simpson, Yeardley Smith, said the film won't be made until the series is over, and it still has at least two seasons to go. Smith said it will then take three years to make the movie because "animation takes forever."

Despite the lengthy process, Smith says she's glad to hear about the movie. "My wish for the show is that it go out with a bang and not a pimple," Smith told AP Radio. "And if we can do a movie and it can be as good as our best episodes, I'm thrilled. I think that would be wonderful."

Smith said she hopes the writers will keep Lisa's childlike sense of humor in the movie.

"If they just make her too esoteric, too philosophical, too bright, too much the voice of reason then she really becomes insufferable," she said. "You have to always, always, always remember that she's 8 and that she's a huge Itchy and Scratchy fan, that she loves Krusty the Clown. And that in spite of her beliefs and her issues, she's a kid."


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1 posted on 04/07/2004 10:36:39 AM PDT by NYC GOP Chick
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To: NYC GOP Chick
So five years from now we may see a Simpsons movie? I just can't see it. The Simpsons fits good in thirty minute spots. Not sure I would want to sit through a two hour movie of them
2 posted on 04/07/2004 10:38:33 AM PDT by billbears (Deo Vindice.)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Two more seasons? I've been a fan of "The Simpsons" since the beginning, but it's really gone downhill in the past few years. Frankly, they should have ended it several seasons ago.
3 posted on 04/07/2004 10:40:03 AM PDT by Polonius (It's called logic, it'll help you.)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
They talked about doing it years ago but apparently decided to put it off until the end of the series.
4 posted on 04/07/2004 10:40:45 AM PDT by GulliverSwift (Keep the <a href="http://www.johnkerry.com/">gigolo</a> out of the White House!)
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5 posted on 04/07/2004 10:40:50 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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"Smith said it will then take three years to make the movie because 'animation takes forever.'"

Shouldn't it just take about 4 times as long as it take to draw a regular weekly episode?
6 posted on 04/07/2004 10:41:37 AM PDT by Dancing Jane
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To: GulliverSwift
They talked about doing it years ago but apparently decided to put it off until the end of the series.

Sure. One last tug on the teat, and they know it doesn't have to be stellar to bring in $120 million.

7 posted on 04/07/2004 10:43:02 AM PDT by Hank Rearden (Is Fallujah gone yet?)
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To: Polonius
This article highlights the recent problem with the Simpson's: too much Lisa. There is nothing more annoying than a know-it-all liberal 8 year old. When they focus more on Homer then it is still a top notch show.
8 posted on 04/07/2004 10:43:36 AM PDT by KJacob
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To: Dancing Jane
From what I understand the guys who make South Park can crank out an episode in under a week.

Whats the problem with the creators of the simpsons, havent they discovered computers yet?
9 posted on 04/07/2004 10:44:56 AM PDT by Sabretooth (I'm not SabERtooth, Im SabREtooth.)
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To: KJacob
Absolutely. I have a Simpsons litmus test for new acquaintances: I ask their favorite Simpson and their favorite non-Simpson. I know I'm okay if they answer anything but Lisa for the first part; the second part is just for enrichment. (I like Homer and Mr. Burns, myself.)
10 posted on 04/07/2004 10:45:21 AM PDT by Xenalyte (in memory of James Edward Peck, my grandfather, who passed on 3/23/04)
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To: Dancing Jane
There's about 22-24 minutes per episode.
Think I read one time it takes 6-8 weeks from start to finish.
11 posted on 04/07/2004 10:46:17 AM PDT by Gun142 (Where Will You Be When You Get Where You're Going? -- Jerry Clower)
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To: Xenalyte
Homer, Ned Flanders
12 posted on 04/07/2004 10:47:21 AM PDT by spiffy
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To: Xenalyte
My favorite Simpson is the old, non-whiny Bart. My favorite non-Simpson is Moe.
13 posted on 04/07/2004 10:47:24 AM PDT by GulliverSwift (Keep the <a href="http://www.johnkerry.com/">gigolo</a> out of the White House!)
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To: Polonius
Two more seasons? I've been a fan of "The Simpsons" since the beginning, but it's really gone downhill in the past few years. Frankly, they should have ended it several seasons ago

I agree. All good things come to an end - and lately, the writing lacks the biting and accurate satire that made it an American classic. Also, they're getting to be knee-jerk leftists in their lampooning of Republicans and conservatives. It's always good to be able to laugh at oneself, but their caricatures are so off the mark, you can't even do that.

14 posted on 04/07/2004 10:47:37 AM PDT by guitfiddlist
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To: Sabretooth
South Park isn't animated as well as the Simpsons, which actually gets animated in Korea (at Rough Draft Studio, last time I checked). Also, the voices take lots of time, especially guest voices who haven't tried to sync lines with animated mouth movement. SP, iirc, is all done here, and Parker and Stone keep it timely because they have creative control and they CAN make an episode in such a short time.
15 posted on 04/07/2004 10:48:03 AM PDT by Xenalyte (in memory of James Edward Peck, my grandfather, who passed on 3/23/04)
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To: spiffy
Those are both good. If you'd said Rod or Todd, I'd have had to suspect you.
16 posted on 04/07/2004 10:48:35 AM PDT by Xenalyte (in memory of James Edward Peck, my grandfather, who passed on 3/23/04)
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To: GulliverSwift
Good choices . . . I also must admit to a quiet fondness for Barney and Apu.
17 posted on 04/07/2004 10:48:54 AM PDT by Xenalyte (in memory of James Edward Peck, my grandfather, who passed on 3/23/04)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
"My wish for the show is that it go out with a bang and not a pimple."

I've never heard this expression before. Some possibilities:

1. She made it up.
2. The AP reporter is an idiot and did not hear her correctly.
3. It's a Simpson's reference.

18 posted on 04/07/2004 10:50:37 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: Xenalyte
Homer and Sideshow Bob.

By the way did you know that Lisa is John Ashcroft's favorite? scarry.
19 posted on 04/07/2004 10:50:48 AM PDT by KJacob
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To: Xenalyte
Also, the voices take lots of time, especially guest voices who haven't tried to sync lines with animated mouth movement.

The voices are recorded FIRST, and then the animated mouth movement is done to the voices.

20 posted on 04/07/2004 10:51:25 AM PDT by Maceman (Too nuanced for a bumper sticker)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
The Simpsons greatness was in being anti-PC. The occasional new show I've seen now has the characters name dropping to seem "hip" and saying bizarre stuff. One show had Homer saying something like "Rock musicians are just another example of whites exploiting black achievements." or something like that- trying to say blacks invented rock and roll and whites get to take the credit.

Screw Lisa Simpson! A child that screams in anger that if Bart is president he would "fill the supreme court with boys" is no good.

IMHO:)
21 posted on 04/07/2004 10:52:58 AM PDT by Vision (Always Faithful)
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To: Xenalyte
Homer and Apu.
22 posted on 04/07/2004 10:53:43 AM PDT by Modernman (Work is the curse of the drinking classes. -Oscar Wilde)
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To: Sabretooth
"From what I understand the guys who make South Park can crank out an episode in under a week. Whats the problem with the creators of the simpsons, havent they discovered computers yet?"

You might note that the two shows utilize two very different animation techniques. "South Park" is sort of like Colorforms and stop-motion photography. "The Simpsons" is your traditional, frame-by-frame animated cartoon - much more time-consuming.

23 posted on 04/07/2004 10:54:13 AM PDT by Sicon
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To: Xenalyte
Homer and Apu, although Disco Stu runs a close second.
24 posted on 04/07/2004 10:54:33 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Count Petofi will not be denied!)
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To: Xenalyte
That makes sense.

I wonder if the Simpsons can be done with computers and retain the feel of it.

I think the creative control is the biggest difference between the two shows, and it is a BIG difference.
25 posted on 04/07/2004 10:54:48 AM PDT by Sabretooth (I'm not SabERtooth, Im SabREtooth.)
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To: Xenalyte
Homer, Chief Wiggums
26 posted on 04/07/2004 10:56:22 AM PDT by fml ( You can twist perception, reality won't budge. -RUSH)
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To: Xenalyte
What if they don't watch the Simpsons and don't like Matt Groenig?
27 posted on 04/07/2004 10:56:24 AM PDT by Little Ray (John Ffing Kerry: Just a gigolo!)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
IMHO, The Simpsons & South Park are both excellent. Simpsons have had great character development. South Park has had great and timely story lines. Although the under-stories of Eric's Mom do surface to great amusement. And Chef is a great character, pretty good depth there.
28 posted on 04/07/2004 10:59:41 AM PDT by Khurkris (Ranger On..."Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything thats even remotely true.")
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To: Xenalyte
Homer is definitely my favorite Simpson. Favorite non-Simpson? That's a tough one. They all work so well together. Sort of like an ensemble. Which is more important, the violin or the cello? The trumpet or the trombone?
29 posted on 04/07/2004 11:00:19 AM PDT by stevio (2 wrongs don't make a right, but 3 lefts do.)
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To: Little Ray
What if they don't watch the Simpsons and don't like Matt Groenig?

Does not compute.

I knew my fiance was the one for me when I discovered she had a Homer Simpson shaped bottle-opener that said "Mmmmm..... Beer" every time you popped a bottlecap.

30 posted on 04/07/2004 11:00:19 AM PDT by Modernman (Work is the curse of the drinking classes. -Oscar Wilde)
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To: MotleyGirl70
D'oh! Ping.
31 posted on 04/07/2004 11:01:01 AM PDT by Modernman (Work is the curse of the drinking classes. -Oscar Wilde)
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To: Modernman
My father got those for the beer drinkers in the family a couple Christmases ago, and my niece LOVES it when Homer says that. She jumps up and down, claps her hands, and wiggles. My poor brother-in-law has to drink another beer to satisfy her. What kind of hideous fate is that?
32 posted on 04/07/2004 11:01:57 AM PDT by Xenalyte (in memory of James Edward Peck, my grandfather, who passed on 3/23/04)
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To: Little Ray
Then unless they've actually worked on "The Man Show," I'm afraid I can't talk to them anymore.
33 posted on 04/07/2004 11:02:40 AM PDT by Xenalyte (in memory of James Edward Peck, my grandfather, who passed on 3/23/04)
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To: wideminded
She must've meant "whimper," not "pimple"!
34 posted on 04/07/2004 11:04:18 AM PDT by Nea Wood (Dude, where's my country?)
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To: Khurkris
IMHO, The Simpsons & South Park are both excellent. Simpsons have had great character development. South Park has had great and timely story lines. Although the under-stories of Eric's Mom do surface to great amusement. And Chef is a great character, pretty good depth there.

Another personal favorite of mine was Beavis and Butthead.

Chef is great -- Isaac Hayes had an office down the hall from my last job. I never met him, but my co-workers who did meet him said he was nice...even to the guy who ran into him in the men's room and blurted out "You're Chris Isaak!" :D

35 posted on 04/07/2004 11:04:26 AM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: Xenalyte
I like Bart and Moe. What does that say about me? :)
36 posted on 04/07/2004 11:05:55 AM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: Sabretooth
I'm not SabERtooth, Im SabREtooth.)

First clue: you don't jam up bandwidth with ostentatious, look-at-me graphics every time you hiccup.

Dan

37 posted on 04/07/2004 11:08:38 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: Xenalyte
Homer and Ralph Wiggum or Snake. Favorite episode would be any not made in the last 4 seasons. Everyone involved with the show has to know that it hasn't been that great lately.
38 posted on 04/07/2004 11:11:16 AM PDT by Chip_Douglas
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To: NYC GOP Chick; Xenalyte
Have a Flaming Moe, on me. :^)


39 posted on 04/07/2004 11:11:26 AM PDT by TheBigB ("She undercut the subtle nuance of my wiener joke." - Crow T. Robot)
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To: Xenalyte
Homer and Barney Gumble or Chief Wiggims
40 posted on 04/07/2004 11:11:29 AM PDT by hattend (Give a monthly FR donation so we can end the stupid fundraisers - I'm at $40 per mo)
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To: BibChr
Hehe

Never got that response before.

Good Point!
41 posted on 04/07/2004 11:13:14 AM PDT by Sabretooth (I'm not SabERtooth, Im SabREtooth.)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
His gig with South Park has been a boon to his career both musically and in front of the camera. I've even seen him ain a few commercials. And saw him in some music gig conducting an orchestra playing his tunes.

Personally, I owe him a great debt for his 'HOT BUTTERED SOUL' album. It was the 'go-to' sound track for much 'sweet love' during my early days.

"By the time I got to Phoenix" I was rounding 3rd base and going for home.

42 posted on 04/07/2004 11:13:22 AM PDT by Khurkris (Ranger On..."Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything thats even remotely true.")
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To: Xenalyte
My father got those for the beer drinkers in the family a couple Christmases ago, and my niece LOVES it when Homer says that

I got my 1-year old niece three jumpers for her birthday: One is a picture of Homer smacking his head and crying D'oh!, the second is Bush/Cheney '04 and the third is one that says "I'm the NRA" on the front and back.

She jumps up and down, claps her hands, and wiggles. My poor brother-in-law has to drink another beer to satisfy her. What kind of hideous fate is that?

"All right, brain, I don't like you and you don't like me so let's just do this and I'll get back to killing you with beer."

"Son, a woman is like a beer. They smell good, they look good, you'd step over your own mother just to get one! But you can't stop at one. You wanna drink another woman!"

"Now son, you don't want to drink beer. That's for daddies, and kids with fake IDs."

"To alcohol! The cause of - and solution to - all of life's problems."

"Son, when you participate in sporting events, it's not whether you win or lose. It's how drunk you get."

"I would kill everyone in this room for a drop of sweet beer."

43 posted on 04/07/2004 11:16:06 AM PDT by Modernman (Work is the curse of the drinking classes. -Oscar Wilde)
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To: Xenalyte
Homer, then Rainier Wolfcastle "your daughter is one one of those whale-kissing Dukakis-hugging moon-maidens."
44 posted on 04/07/2004 11:16:28 AM PDT by Gaetano
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To: Xenalyte
Okay, where does one find these bottle openers? I want one (or three)
45 posted on 04/07/2004 11:17:44 AM PDT by hattend (Give a monthly FR donation so we can end the stupid fundraisers - I'm at $40 per mo)
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To: hattend
Try here.

http://www.exclamationagiftshop.com/beverages/Homer_Simpson_Beer_Opener.shtml
46 posted on 04/07/2004 11:20:38 AM PDT by Modernman (Work is the curse of the drinking classes. -Oscar Wilde)
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To: Nea Wood
She must've meant "whimper," not "pimple"!

I figured that went without saying so I didn't say it.

47 posted on 04/07/2004 11:25:56 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: wideminded
Well, it goes without saying what kind of person you obviously are, so I won't say it.
48 posted on 04/07/2004 11:35:07 AM PDT by Nea Wood (Dude, where's my country?)
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To: Nea Wood
Maybe you're right. I left this out of my last post: :)
49 posted on 04/07/2004 11:44:28 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: spiffy
Grandpa, Groundskeeper Willie or Comic-book Guy

...I really miss Phil Hartman...Troy McClure was killer...
50 posted on 04/07/2004 11:46:35 AM PDT by Keith (IT'S ABOUT THE JUDGES)
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