Matt Groening is actually called Matthew Abram Groening. He was born in Portland, Oregon, USA on February 15, 1954. Matt began to draw to distract other people and then when he entered high school, in parallel with his studies, he began to draw more and more with the encouragement of Homer Groening (his father), who was a draftsman. His first comic, Life in Hell was published in American newspapers. This comic was so successful that it was spotted by James Brooks of Gracie Film. Together, they would create the Simpsons.
Matt Groening is the designer, producer and screenwriter of The Simpsons. He also founded “Bongo Comics”, a publishing house that produces the Simpson comics. Groening first got the idea for The Simpsons in the lobby of James L. Brooks ’office. Brooks invited him to a deal to create a short animated series based on Groening’s comic book Life in Hell. When Groening realized that creating an animated series based on his comic would require a waiver of copyright, he decided to go the other way. In a hurry, he sketched out his version of a dysfunctional family. He shaped the characters according to members of his own family, and chose the name “Bart” for his character because it is an anagram of the English word “brother” (brat). The Simpson family first appeared in a short animation on the Tracey Ullman show, and the first episode, “Good Night,” aired on April 19, 1987. The family was pretty “roughly” drawn because Groening handed the animators only sketches believing they would be fixed, but they continued to draw according to his sketches.
He is also the creator of the famous cartoon “Futurama”. Very popular with science fiction enthusiasts, the series spans five seasons – it was canceled by Fox for lack of a sufficient audience. Now credited with a multitude of talents thanks to the Simpsons, Groening dabbles in the script of the film adapted from his creation and dons the costume of executive producer – the fulfillment of a dream he had cherished since the first television broadcasts of the series.
Having become a real phenomenon over the years, The Simpsons, which is in its 32nd season (a record!), has become a staple on screens around the world. In 1989, The Simpsons was adapted for a half-hour series for Fox TV. The first episode aired was “The Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” instead of the planned first episode of “Some Enchanted Evening.” That episode had to be redrawn after the authors noticed the poor quality of the animation and was aired as the last episode of the first season. The Simpsons was one of the first real Fox hit TV series. It was the first Fox series to make the list of the thirty most watched series of the season.
Let’s remember some words by Groening about the Simpsons…
- Some people forget what it is like to be a child when they grow up. I swore that I would not forget this.
- The animations of The Simpsons are often overlooked, as well-written scenarios in TV animated series are rare.
- I don’t understand how education will make me a smarter person. Also, every new thing I learn rules out other old information from my brain. For example, do you remember how I forgot how to drive after taking a winemaking course at home?
- Romance is dead! It was fraudulently confiscated, homogenized, and sold piece by piece by Hallmark and Disney.
- If you don’t want your child to turn out like Bart Simpson, then don’t act like Homer Simpson.
- Keep your expectations low, you will live a life that is full of whining.
- The world of adults is corrupt and stupid.
- I used to think I would do crazy drawings all my life and never make any money from this job. I didn’t even think I was drawing well enough, I was only happy when I drew.
If you are also a big fan of the Simpsons, why don’t you create your own artwork as you please? You can go to Art of Yellow and create your own Simpsons character as well as custom Simpson family portraits. There are several options for your artwork, you can get a digital copy, get it printed on a canvas, framed poster or go the extra mile and get a mug, t-shirt or even socks after you turn into a Simpson character. All you need to do is upload photos of yourself or your family and wait as our artists turn you into a Simpsons character – you will definitely be over the moon with the end result. It is such a fun thing to see yourself as a Simpsons character as well as having a Simpsons family drawing – what an awesome gift!