Matt Groening - Creative Genius Behind "The Simpsons"
Sure, you're heard of Bart, Homer, Lisa, Marge and Maggie Simpson, and all the characters from The Simpsons. But how about Matt Groening? Doh! He's the guy who brought them to life. Learn more about the man who created The Simpsons, the longest-running animated series in TV history, as well as favorites such as Futurama.
Matt Groening Quote:
Families are about love overcoming emotional torture.
According to Wikipedia, The Simpsons family "was conceived by Groening shortly before a pitch for a series of animated shorts with the producer James L. Brooks. Groening created a dysfunctional family and named the characters after members of his own family, substituting Bart for his own name. The shorts became a part of The Tracey Ullman Show on April 19, 1987. After a three-season run, the sketch was developed into a half-hour prime time show and was an early hit for Fox, becoming the first Fox series to land in the Top 30 ratings in a season (1989-1990)."
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Simpsons Library of Wisdom - The world according to Groening's characters
Futurama by Matt Groening - Critically-acclaimed series was shorter-lived than The Simpsons
Futurama is an American animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening (The Simpsons) and developed by Groening and David X. Cohen for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series follows the adventures of a late 20th-century New York City pizza delivery boy, Philip J. Fry, who, after being unwittingly cryogenically frozen for a thousand years, finds employment at Planet Express, an interplanetary delivery company in the retrofuturistic 31st-century.
In the United States, the series aired from March 28, 1999 to August 10, 2003 on Fox before ceasing production. Futurama was then aired in reruns, on Adult Swim and Cartoon Network. It was revived in 2007 as four straight-to-DVD films; the last of the four was released in early 2009.
Throughout its run, Futurama has consistently received high critical acclaim, culminating in a Guiness World Record for "Current Most Critically-Acclaimed Animated Series" in 2010. Futurama has also been nominated for 13 Annie Awards and 8 Emmy Awards, winning five and three respectively. Futurama has also been nominated twice for a Writers Guild of America Award, winning one for the episode "Godfellas", and nominated for a Nebula Award. The show also received an Environmental Media Award for "The Problem With Popplers".
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