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As creator of The Simpsons, Matt Groening knows more about the residents of Springfield than anyone else – so who better to tell us about the new movie?
The Simpsons is a global phenomenon. International viewers have shared in the adventures of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson for almost 20 years, and to many they have become a familiar part of the family. So it’s no surprise, then, that ever since The Simpsons Movie was announced, rumours have abounded about just what it might be about. And, although Groening and his team are remaining resolutely tight-lipped on the details, he himself has not been immune to the whispers and speculation. “[There was a rumour that] the movie was going to be about Bart losing his virginity,” laughs Groening, clearly amused at the prospect. “Somebody asked one of the writers ‘What’s the Simpsons movie about?’ He goes ‘Bart losing his virginity’. That was a joke, and that’s not what the movie’s about!” And he also quashes the theory that the movie will focus on just one of the characters. “It’s about the family,” he states. “It’s one of the nice things about having a full-length feature, that we don’t have to just tell one or two small stories.”
Although The Simpsons has always been a family affair, it’s undoubtedly the dynamic duo of father and son Homer and Bart who provide the greatest quota of laughs. Voiced by Dan Castellaneta and Nancy Cartwright respectively, the love/hate relationship between the two is at the centre of the family’s dynamic. And Groening concedes that this was also central to the movie. “There’s a lot of gags with Homer,” he reveals. “It’s funnier to see Homer get smashed than just about anybody!
“Everybody loves Homer, and [he’s] the easiest character to write for because the consequences of his lousy decisions are bigger, and more drastic,” Groening continues of everyone’s favourite buffoon. “With Bart, he my get expelled, but Homer may cause a meltdown! And I think the writers can relate to Homer a little bit more. We’ve never called it a kids’ show, we said the show is for adults. When you’re writing about kids, you have to be conscious that kids are watching, so we try to walk that tightrope.”
by Jim Reynolds
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