History Creator / MattGroening

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.
5th May '15 12:47:56 PM Patachou
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''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' started off in 1987 as extremely short cartoons used as bumpers before and after commercials during ''The Creator/TraceyUllman Show''. Despite being crudely animated and a lot of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness the segments caught on with the American public. By 1989 Groening got the chance to turn the series into a full length prime time animated series, something that hadn't been done since ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' in the 1960s. The show quickly became a critically lauded mainstream success, especially thanks to BreakoutCharacter Bart Simpson. It was the first prime time cartoon series since ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' to become popular both with children and adults. Its clever satire, edgy subversiveness, hilarious gags and beyond all that recognizable emotional depth were praised. Its cult success paved the way for other adult cartoon series such as ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Yet, the show wasn't without its critics. Especially in the early years many parents and educators complained about certain scenes they deemed to be offensive or unsuitable for children. Even President UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush attacked the series during the 1992 Republican National Convention by claiming that "the American family should be a lot more like ''Series/TheWaltons'' and a lot less like The'' Simpsons''." Only a week later ''The Simpsons'' reacted by rerunning an episode and, before the episode proper began, letting Bart say: "Hey, we're just like ''The Waltons''. We're all praying for an end to the depression too." Coincidence or not, but Bush lost the election later that year.

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''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' started off in 1987 as extremely short cartoons used as bumpers before and after commercials during ''The Creator/TraceyUllman Show''. Despite being crudely animated and a lot of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness the segments caught on with the American public. By 1989 Groening got the chance to turn the series into a full length prime time animated series, something that hadn't been done since ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' in the 1960s. The show quickly became a [[BreakthroughHit critically lauded mainstream success, success]], especially thanks to BreakoutCharacter Bart Simpson. It was the first prime time cartoon series since ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' to become popular both with children and adults. Its clever satire, edgy subversiveness, hilarious gags and beyond all that recognizable emotional depth were praised. Its cult success paved the way for other adult cartoon series such as ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Yet, the show wasn't without its critics. Especially in the early years many parents and educators complained about certain scenes they deemed to be offensive or unsuitable for children. Even President UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush attacked the series during the 1992 Republican National Convention by claiming that "the American family should be a lot more like ''Series/TheWaltons'' and a lot less like The'' Simpsons''." Only a week later ''The Simpsons'' reacted by rerunning an episode and, before the episode proper began, letting Bart say: "Hey, we're just like ''The Waltons''. We're all praying for an end to the depression too." Coincidence or not, but Bush lost the election later that year.



Also worth mentioning: his entire work is very fit for analysis of the EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory kind. The themes can be interpreted in several ways, though, for the record: Groening is a liberal (in the American sense of the word) and identifies himself as agnostic (meaning he's not atheist, but he does doubt that God or a godlike figure is watching over every little thing).

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Also worth mentioning: his entire work is very fit for analysis of the EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory kind. The themes can be interpreted in several ways, though, for the record: Groening is a liberal (in the American sense of the word) and identifies himself as agnostic (meaning he's not atheist, but he does doubt that God or a godlike figure is watching over every little thing).
[[UsefulNotes/{{Agnosticism}} agnostic]].






* ''WesternAnimation/OliveTheOtherReindeer'': A Christmas special that occasionally airs on CartoonNetwork during December, centered around a dog (voiced by DrewBarrymore) who thinks she's a reindeer and tries to find Santa so she can pull his sleigh.

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* ''WesternAnimation/OliveTheOtherReindeer'': A Christmas special that occasionally airs on CartoonNetwork during December, centered around a dog (voiced by DrewBarrymore) Creator/DrewBarrymore) who thinks she's a reindeer and tries to find Santa so she can pull his sleigh.
sleigh. Groening voices Arturo.
* ''WesternAnimation/HairHigh'': The voice of Will.
* Creator/BongoComics: The company that distributes ''Simpsons'' and ''Futurama'' comics.

!! Guest appearances:
* ''Peefeeyatko'': A 1991 documentary about Music/FrankZappa.
* ''Revenge Of The Dead Indians'': A 1992 documentary about composer Music/JohnCage.
* ''The BBC Late Show Special: Frank Zappa'': A 1993 documentary about Music/FrankZappa.
* ''The Artist Formerly Known As Captain Beefheart'': A 1993 (broadcast in 1997) documentary about Music/CaptainBeefheart.
* ''Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens'': A 2000 documentary about animator Creator/ChuckJones.
* ''The Devil and Daniel Johnston'': A 2005 documentary about Music/DanielJohnston.
* ''Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents'': A 2005 documentary about Music/TheResidents.
* ''Series/{{Portlandia}}'': Appears as himself in the episode "Fashion" to sue Spyke over his "Bart Ska-mpson" shirts.



* AdultsAreUseless: While not every adult is useless, most are fairly incompetent. Matt Groening talks about many of the adult characters as morons. He said in an interview that authority isn't always quite as smart as it should be, and people like teachers and doctors all have flaws. Invoked in the "Nightmare Cafeteria" segment from ''[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E6TreehouseOfHorrorV Treehouse Of Horror V]]'' where Bart and Lisa tell Marge about the cannibalism going on in their school, and Marge promptly dismisses them telling them that she cannot fight all their battles and they should forcefully tell the teachers to not eat them.



* ArtEvolution: Groening has ''never'' been a great artist from a technical point of view. He can only draw people with bug-like eyeballs and huge overbites. The early Simpsons cartoons look very ugly because his animators used to trace his own drawings instead of modifying them. In time, ''The Simpsons''' art became impressively better, though ''Life in Hell'' hasn't evolved that much and ''Futurama'', despite having the bug eyes and overbites of ''TheSimpsons'', has better art in its earlier episodes than ''TheSimpsons'' did.

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* ArtEvolution: Groening has ''never'' been a great artist from a technical point of view. He can only draw people with bug-like eyeballs and huge overbites. The early Simpsons cartoons look very ugly because his animators used to trace his own drawings instead of modifying them. In time, ''The Simpsons''' art became impressively better, though ''Life in Hell'' hasn't evolved that much and ''Futurama'', despite having the bug eyes and overbites of ''TheSimpsons'', ''The Simpsons'', has better art in its earlier episodes than ''TheSimpsons'' ''The Simpsons'' did.



* BlackComedy: Both ''TheSimpsons'' and ''Futurama'', though their brand of black comedy isn't as pitch black as, say, what SethMacFarlane or [[TreyParkerAndMattStone Parker and Stone]] come up with.

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* BlackComedy: Both ''TheSimpsons'' ''The Simpsons'' and ''Futurama'', though their brand of black comedy isn't as pitch black as, say, what SethMacFarlane Creator/SethMacFarlane or [[TreyParkerAndMattStone [[Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone Parker and Stone]] come up with.



* ButNotTooEvil: According to Groening Bart Simpson was created out of his frustration with this trope; as he put it, the traditional brat in television was usually just a decently mannered kid who spoke too loud, in contrast to Bart's genuinely disruptive and anti-authority behavior.
** Of course, back in the day Matt got what he wanted and more: when ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' first began airing (and particularly during the first two seasons) Bart's behavior set off a firestorm of protests from angry parents' groups saying Bart was a terrible role model. Unlike many examples on this page, though, all this complaining was roundly ignored by the show's writers, who refused to change a thing. In fact, it inspired [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E9ItchyAndScratchyAndMarge an episode where Marge stages a censorship campaign against Itchy and Scratchy]]. The campaign works, and I&S becomes incredibly bland and boring as a result.
** Ironically, either through shifting culture or VillainDecay (probably a little of both), Bart can now be reasonably accurately described as a "decently mannered kid who speaks too loud".
*** Even in his heyday, Bart could almost be a subversion. While he genuinely enjoyed causing mayhem, most of his antics were more meant to drive authority figures crazy rather than cause any genuine harm. There were lines that [[EvenEvilHasStandards even Bart wouldn't cross]], and when he realized he went too far, he'd actually feel bad about it and try to make up for it.



* CrapsaccharineWorld
* CrapsackWorld
* CreatorBacklash: Groening was so opposed to the ''Simpsons'' episode "A Star Is Burns" that he took his name off the episode. He felt that producer James L. Brooks simply wanted to make a commercial for his other animated series ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' by letting Jay Sherman and Homer Simpson have a CrossOver. To date, "A Star Is Burns" is the only ''Simpsons'' episode to not have Groening's name in the credits.
* CreatorCameo: Done regularly.

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* CrapsaccharineWorld
* CrapsackWorld
CrapsaccharineWorld and CrapsackWorld: His work can both be cynical as well as celebral of life.
* CreatorBacklash: Groening was so opposed to the ''Simpsons'' episode "A Star Is Burns" that he took his name off the episode. He felt that producer James L. Brooks simply wanted to make a commercial for his other animated series ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' by letting Jay Sherman and Homer Simpson have a CrossOver. To date, [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E18AStarIsBurns "A Star Is Burns" Burns"]] is the only ''Simpsons'' episode to not have Groening's name in the credits.
* CreatorCameo: Done regularly.
** He appears as one of the heads in the head museum in the pilot of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''.
** Groening appeared in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' where they went to a sci-fi convention and everyone was excited to see the creator of ''Futurama''. He was also a boss in ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsGame''.



* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: "The Simpsons" managed to avoid using this trope for a long time, but in the episodes "Springfield Up" and "The Way We Weren't" they did give in to it by having the middle-aged adult characters seen as children going to the same school and/or summer camp. In real life Matt Groening also went to college with cartoonists Creator/CharlesBurns and Creator/LyndaBarry.



* GoodGriefAnotherPeanutsShoutOut: As a huge ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} fan Groening has referenced the franchise often in his work. Akbar and Jeff from ''ComicStrip/LifeInHell'' are in fact mutated versions of Groening's failed attempts to draw Charlie Brown, still visible by their shirts.



* HumansAreBastards
* HumansAreMorons
* HypocriticalHumor

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* HumansAreBastards
HistoricalHilarity: Many jokes poke fun at historical events and characters.
* HumansAreMorons
HumansAreBastards and HumansAreMorons: Most people in Groening's work are either incompetent or downright mean spirited.
* HypocriticalHumorHypocriticalHumor: Many characters in his universe are incredible hypocrites.



* IgnoredEpiphany

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* IgnoredEpiphanyIncorruptiblePurePureness: Ned Flanders, Lisa Simpson and Ralph Wiggum in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', each one of them for entirely different reasons. Flanders because of his faith, Lisa because she is highly intelligent and has strong ethics and Ralph because he is just naïve.
* IgnoredEpiphany: Characters will sometimes realize something of huge importance, but do absolutely nothing with it afterwards.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPay: His last name is pronounced "Gray-ning".



* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous:
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Marvin Monroe (Creator/MarilynMonroe), Milhouse ([[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Richard Milhouse Nixon]]), Barney Gumble ([[WestenAnimation/TheFlintstones Barney Rubble]]), Arnie Pye (radio presenter Ernie Pie).
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Professor Farnsworth is named after Philo Farnsworth, a pioneer in the invention of television.
* NewJobAsThePlotDemands:
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Troy [=McClure=] acts in many different B-movies. Gil perpetually dangles by a thread at whatever job he is doing. Squeaky Voiced Teen is often doing all kinds of low paid jobs. In later seasons Homer and Marge have been changing their jobs many times over.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Sal, despite being a sleazy lazy guy, is seen doing all kinds of jobs over the course of the seasons.
* NoBrows: Most of his characters have no visible eyebrows, Milhouse being a major exception.



* ShoutOut: See ReferenceOverdosed.

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* ShoutOut: See ReferenceOverdosed.SickeningCrunch: Often done in his animated series, because Groening has noticed the more painful, the funnier it will be.
5th May '15 8:32:18 AM Wartzanall
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''The Simpsons'' continued its successful run and is still on television to this day, though most people say that the show isn't as good as it used to be. In 1999 Groening launched another animated series, ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', around a totally different concept. Set in the far future, ''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 and was thus cancelled by FOX until Creator/ComedyCentral revived the series a few years later. Still, its audience keeps growing 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 most people say it's becoming increasingly apparent that the show isn't as good as has lost the magic it used to be. once had in the 1990s. In 1999 1999, Groening launched another animated series, ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', around a totally different concept. Set in the far future, 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 thus cancelled canceled by FOX until Creator/ComedyCentral revived the series a few years later. 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.



* ''WesternAnimation/OliveTheOtherReindeer''

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* ''WesternAnimation/OliveTheOtherReindeer''
''WesternAnimation/OliveTheOtherReindeer'': A Christmas special that occasionally airs on CartoonNetwork during December, centered around a dog (voiced by DrewBarrymore) who thinks she's a reindeer and tries to find Santa so she can pull his sleigh.



* AnimationAgeGhetto: Subverted. Though ''The Simpsons'' and ''Futurama'' ''"can''" be watched by children there are many subversive moments or otherwise adult themes that in most cases will just confuse them or fly over their heads.

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* AnimationAgeGhetto: Subverted. Though ''The Simpsons'' and ''Futurama'' ''"can''" be watched by children there are many subversive moments or otherwise adult themes children, most parents and childless MoralGuardians do find some of the humor and/or subject matter more for the adults, both in that in most cases will just confuse them or fly over their heads.it's too risque for kids and because kids wouldn't readily understand it.
5th May '15 8:23:08 AM Wartzanall
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** Groening voiced himself in a few ''Simpsons'' episodes.

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** Groening voiced himself in a few ''Simpsons'' episodes.episodes (and does vocal effects for Maggie's pacifier sucking).



** Originally ''ComicStrip/LifeInHell'' would be Groening's first animated show. Producer James L. Brooks had interest in adapting it into a TV series, but Groening feared he would lose the rights to his own syndicated comic strip and/or that if it failed it would damage the comic strip's reputation. So he came up with ''The Simpsons'' instead.

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** Originally ''ComicStrip/LifeInHell'' would be Groening's first animated show. Producer James L. Brooks had interest in adapting it into a TV series, but Groening feared he would lose the rights to his own syndicated comic strip and/or that if it failed it would damage the comic strip's reputation. So he came up with ''The Simpsons'' instead.instead by redrawing his rabbit characters into people.
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