Friday, 17 December 2010

Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite...

Today, I won't post my usual Alice mosaics sechedule, and instead I want to share to you, that today is the 21st anniversary of the longest-running animated sitcom The Simpsons.

Yes, I love The Simpsons very much (particularly the 1990's episodes), and they're just so inspiring and the gags the writers come up with are clever, and who knows what the world would be like without the Simpsons. It was created by one of the most famous cartoonists Matt Groening, followed by Academy-Award winning movie producer James L. Brooks, and writer Sam Simon (who left the show early).

Happy Birthday Simpsons, you've aged pretty well; even though you're popularity may be slowly declining, but we all still love watching your episodes, and you've still got your strong appeal to us!

Well, let me put it straight THAT it's not the proper birth of The Simpsons, and they've really ALL started back in 1987 when they were just one minute shorts; and of course the Simpsons was around in 1989; but it wasn't as popular in the spin-off show The Tracey Ullman Show. They first appeared in the short "Good Night", and it's the official birth of the Simpsons, and it introduces the main characters: Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie (although the pets don't get introduced later on in the series), and the parents say goodnight to their children and Bart "philosophically contemplates the wonders of the mind", Lisa fears about "bed bugs" crawling on her bed when Marge uses the old saying "Don't let the bed-bugs bite...", Maggie gets sung a lullabye of the nursery rhyme, "Rock-a-Bye-Baby", and fears of her "cradle falling", and then all the children complain and then the problem is solved when they all sleep together as a family on the double-sozed bed.

So that's where it all began:

However, when the Simpsons first appeared as a full 30 minute animated sitcom; the animation started off a little bit crude; and the animators used up a lot of "squash and stretch", and they were so flexible; and even the legendary Disney animator John Lounsbery would've loved to handle the early Simpsons animation. However, the first season was a lot different, even the opening intro:

Although, a lot of it was taken off like the scenes with Bart stealing the bus-stop sign and all the people notice that and rush through a passing by bus. Even the scenes of Lisa on her bike and rushing to the house was taken off; although I always thought the staging was poor on that; and even the television looked different; it looks more like it's beige or something.

However, the latest intro for the Simpsons is pretty amusing although, the animation is certainly STIFF; and the animation now has to be done really careful; and no "squash-and-stretch" is aloud.

I won't write this article long because; I've written past articles about the Simpsons, but what can I say: it's won 27 Primetime Emmy Awards, 27 Annie Awards, 7 Environmental Meadia Awards, 5 Genesis Awards, 4 People's Choice Awards, 7 Writers' Guild of America Awards, a Golden Reel and a Peaboy Award; that's a lot of awards to keep safe in a closet.

Live on Simpsons!


Eric Noble said...

The original opening was good. I love it! Happy Birthday Simpsons!! I'm sure you'll have many more, as Fox is not going to let you go anytime soon.

Steven Hartley said...

Yes, although I have a feeling that the staff have had enough of the Simpsons; and the fact that they are sort of running out of ideas - although, let's see what the future brings.