History Creator / MattGroening

27th Jul '16 10:23:55 PM NWolfman
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* HiddenDepths: To a lot of people ''Life in Hell'', ''The Simpsons'', and ''Futurama'' appear to be just your typical cartoon series, but they are far more mature than one would expect from a children's medium.

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* HiddenDepths: To a lot of people ''Life in Hell'', ''The Simpsons'', and ''Futurama'' appear to be just your typical cartoon series, but they are far more mature than one would expect from a children's medium.what are otherwise considered frivolous entertainment.
27th Jul '16 10:20:18 PM NWolfman
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* ArtisticLicense: Both "The Simpsons" and "Futurama" follow a certain reality, but sometimes this is thrown out of the window for absurd gags.

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* ArtisticLicense: Both "The Simpsons" and "Futurama" follow a certain reality, but sometimes this is thrown out of the window for absurd gags. WordOfGod says that his work is mainly based on "what I know I real and what I know is fictional."
1st Jul '16 11:26:48 AM Anddrix
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* ArtisticLicense: Both "The Simpsons" and "Futurama" follow a certain reality, but sometimes this is thrown out of the window for absurd gags, which is a major BaseBreaker for a lot of fans.

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* ArtisticLicense: Both "The Simpsons" and "Futurama" follow a certain reality, but sometimes this is thrown out of the window for absurd gags, which is a major BaseBreaker for a lot of fans.gags.
29th Apr '16 4:02:29 AM aye_amber
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* OneOfUs: Where to start? He may be the ultimate geek, enjoying underground comics, underground music, animated cartoons, comic strips, B-movies, exotica, cult novels, as well as 20th-century classical music, jazz, blues, reggae, arthouse stuff,... As a child he watched awful TV shows and got in trouble often for doodling during lessons. His tutors and parents often told him he was wasting his time, but as he puts it: "All this stuff was preliminary research for the TV shows I would later make." Among the many things he absolutely adores are Music/FrankZappa, Music/CaptainBeefheart, Music/TheFugs, Music/TheBeatles, WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, Creator/LaurelAndHardy, Creator/MontyPython, Radio/TheGoonShow, ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'', Creator/RobertCrumb, ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', Music/LeeScratchPerry, Music/AugustusPablo, Music/BobMarley, Music/IgorStravinsky, Creator/LyndaBarry, Creator/DanielClowes, Creator/WaltDisney, Creator/CarlBarks, ''WesternAnimation/BettyBoop'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}'', Music/OlivierMessiaen, Creator/JDSalinger, Creator/PhilipKDick, Creator/IsaacAsimov, ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'', Creator/StanleyKubrick, Creator/QuentinTarantino, Music/YmaSumac, Music/JuanGarciaEsquivel, Creator/TheCoenBrothers, Creator/FriedrichWilhelmMurnau, Creator/DianeArbus, Creator/JackieChan, Music/FelaKuti, Music/PereUbu, Music/TheResidents...

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* OneOfUs: Where to start? He may be the ultimate geek, enjoying underground comics, underground music, animated cartoons, comic strips, B-movies, exotica, cult novels, as well as 20th-century classical music, jazz, blues, reggae, arthouse stuff,... As a child he watched awful TV shows and got in trouble often for doodling during lessons. His tutors and parents often told him he was wasting his time, but as he puts it: "All this stuff was preliminary research for the TV shows I would later make." Among the many things he absolutely adores are Music/FrankZappa, Music/CaptainBeefheart, Music/TheFugs, Music/TheBeatles, WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, Creator/LaurelAndHardy, Creator/MontyPython, Radio/TheGoonShow, ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'', Creator/RobertCrumb, ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', Music/LeeScratchPerry, Music/AugustusPablo, ''Augustus Pablo,'' Music/BobMarley, Music/IgorStravinsky, Creator/LyndaBarry, Creator/DanielClowes, Creator/WaltDisney, Creator/CarlBarks, ''WesternAnimation/BettyBoop'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}'', Music/OlivierMessiaen, Creator/JDSalinger, Creator/PhilipKDick, Creator/IsaacAsimov, ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'', Creator/StanleyKubrick, Creator/QuentinTarantino, Music/YmaSumac, Music/JuanGarciaEsquivel, Creator/TheCoenBrothers, Creator/FriedrichWilhelmMurnau, Creator/DianeArbus, Creator/JackieChan, Music/FelaKuti, Music/PereUbu, Music/TheResidents...
10th Apr '16 4:57:18 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatVoice: Both ''The Simpsons'' and ''Futurama'' have featured many celebrities lending their voices in special guest appearances.
1st Feb '16 12:39:39 AM eroock
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'''Matthew Abram Groening''' (born February 15, 1954) began in 1977 as a underground cartoonist, best known for his comic strip ''ComicStrip/LifeInHell''. Influenced by ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', UndergroundComics and cult artists like Music/FrankZappa, Music/CaptainBeefheart and Music/TheFugs, the comic is perhaps Groening's most personal work. Its central characters are two gay little men called Akbar and Jeff and a white rabbit family. The cartoons already poked fun at topics that Groening would later attack in his animated shows: politics, religion, school, family, work, relationships and modern society in general. The comic became a cult success and by the mid 1980s Groening was approached by Creator/JamesLBrooks to make an animated TV adaptation of ''Life In Hell''. Initially Groening agreed, until he learned that he would lose the rights to the comic strip. So instead, he came up with a totally new concept, which became ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.

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'''Matthew Matthew Abram Groening''' Groening (born February 15, 1954) began in 1977 as a underground cartoonist, best known for his comic strip ''ComicStrip/LifeInHell''. Influenced by ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', UndergroundComics and cult artists like Music/FrankZappa, Music/CaptainBeefheart and Music/TheFugs, the comic is perhaps Groening's most personal work. Its central characters are two gay little men called Akbar and Jeff and a white rabbit family. The cartoons already poked fun at topics that Groening would later attack in his animated shows: politics, religion, school, family, work, relationships and modern society in general. The comic became a cult success and by the mid 1980s Groening was approached by Creator/JamesLBrooks to make an animated TV adaptation of ''Life In Hell''. Initially Groening agreed, until he learned that he would lose the rights to the comic strip. So instead, he came up with a totally new concept, which became ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
26th Dec '15 4:48:23 PM nombretomado
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* MyCountryRightOrWrong and MyCountryTisOfTheeThatISting: In his entire work Groening shows the darker side of The AmericanDream.

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* MyCountryRightOrWrong and MyCountryTisOfTheeThatISting: In his entire work Groening shows the darker side of The AmericanDream.UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream.
22nd Sep '15 2:43:18 PM StFan
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** ''The Simpsons'' went in the air at a time when most TV animation was aimed at children (despite attempts at making adult animation in the 1960s and 1970s, as seen with ''TheFlintstones'', ''WaitTillYourFatherGetsHome'', and ''FritzTheCat'') and considered safe and formulaic. It immediately attracted attention because of its subversive content, often featuring themes that (at the time) you wouldn't see or hear in mainstream animation.

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** ''The Simpsons'' went in the air at a time when most TV animation was aimed at children (despite attempts at making adult animation in the 1960s and 1970s, as seen with ''TheFlintstones'', ''WaitTillYourFatherGetsHome'', ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', ''WesternAnimation/WaitTillYourFatherGetsHome'', and ''FritzTheCat'') ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'') and considered safe and formulaic. It immediately attracted attention because of its subversive content, often featuring themes that (at the time) you wouldn't see or hear in mainstream animation.
17th Aug '15 5:14:08 PM RampinUp46
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** One example from "Bart Sells His Soul" - for context, Bart and Milhouse are discussing the existence of the soul while Reverend Lovejoy is punishing them for a prank by making them clean the church's organ pipes:
-->'''Milhouse:''' "Every religion says there's a soul, Bart. Why would they lie? What would they have to gain?"
-->'''Reverend Lovejoy:''' *while counting the money given to the church* "I don't hear scrubbing!"
29th May '15 8:47:07 AM Prime8NStuff
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''The Simpsons'' continued its successful run and is still on television to this day, though it's becoming increasingly apparent that the show has lost the magic it once had in the 1990s. In 1999, Groening launched another animated series, ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', around a totally different concept. Set in the far future (and playing out more like a "fish-out-of-water" story mixed with a workplace comedy), ''Futurama'' mostly spoofs every science fiction or future dystopia concept in a similar satirical way like ''The Simpsons''. The program never reached ''Simpsons''-level popularity (mostly due to FOX [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwing the show out of a potential audience]]) and was canceled by FOX until Creator/ComedyCentral revived the series a few years later -- and got canceled again. Still, its audience keeps growing (thanks to DVD sales and having its entire series on streaming sites, like Netflix) and will probably be VindicatedByHistory later.

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''The Simpsons'' continued its successful run and is still on television to this day, though it's becoming increasingly apparent many fans believe that the show has lost the magic it once had in the 1990s. In 1999, Groening launched another animated series, ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', around a totally different concept. Set in the far future (and playing out more like a "fish-out-of-water" story mixed with a workplace comedy), ''Futurama'' mostly spoofs every science fiction or future dystopia concept in a similar satirical way like ''The Simpsons''. The program never reached ''Simpsons''-level popularity (mostly due to FOX [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwing the show out of a potential audience]]) and was canceled by FOX until Creator/ComedyCentral revived the series a few years later -- and got canceled again. Still, its audience keeps growing (thanks to DVD sales and having its entire series on streaming sites, like Netflix) and will probably be VindicatedByHistory later.
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