History Creator / MattGroening

10th Feb '17 3:53:57 AM Morgenthaler
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** TheItchyAndScratchyShow is probably the most deranged Groening's work ever got.

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** TheItchyAndScratchyShow WesternAnimation/TheItchyAndScratchyShow is probably the most deranged Groening's work ever got.
31st Jan '17 6:26:54 PM TalonsofIceandFire
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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]], 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]], 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 above 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.
28th Dec '16 10:18:01 AM nombretomado
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* ''WesternAnimation/OliveTheOtherReindeer'': A Christmas special that occasionally airs on CartoonNetwork during December, centered around a dog (voiced by Creator/DrewBarrymore) who thinks she's a reindeer and tries to find Santa so she can pull his sleigh. Groening voices Arturo.

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* ''WesternAnimation/OliveTheOtherReindeer'': A Christmas special that occasionally airs on CartoonNetwork Creator/CartoonNetwork during December, centered around a dog (voiced by Creator/DrewBarrymore) who thinks she's a reindeer and tries to find Santa so she can pull his sleigh. Groening voices Arturo.
24th Sep '16 1:03:53 AM ElectroKraken
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* ''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.

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* ** ''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.
22nd Sep '16 8:36:15 PM ElectroKraken
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* AnimationAgeGhetto: Subverted. Though ''The Simpsons'' and ''Futurama'' ''"can''" be watched by children, most parents and childless MoralGuardians do find some of the humor and/or subject matter more for the adults, both in that it's too risque for kids and because kids wouldn't readily understand it.



* BreakthroughHit: Groening's a big animation name primarily thanks to ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.



* 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"]] is the only ''Simpsons'' episode to not have Groening's name in the credits.



* DoNotDoThisCoolThing:
** Bart Simpson is a cool, rebellious troublemaker with no respect for authority. The character has been criticized often for being a bad role model for children.
** Bender the robot has no sense of morality or ethics, goes around insulting everybody while drinking beer and smoking cigars. Yet as Matt Groening explained: "He can't be a bad role model for children, because he's a robot!"
** Groening himself is also a good example. He often got in trouble as a kid for disobeying his teachers, drawing cartoons in class and enjoying subversive comics, books and music. His parents and teachers often told him that he was wasting his life with watching TV and drawing cartoons...even though Matt's father was a cartoonist and amateur filmmaker himself! Yet, [[ItWillNeverCatchOn despite all the discouraging messages]], Matt Groening did manage to become rich and successful from his drawings.



* ExecutiveMeddling: Groening's artistic vision often clashes with the executives of Fox. Still, there aren't that many scenes in both ''The Simpsons'' or ''Life in Hell'' that have been censored. Most of Fox's complaints are ignored. Groening has always been lucky that ''The Simpsons'' was so successful, so the show was never ScrewedByTheNetwork, a fate that the less popular ''Futurama'' did have to cope with.



* FollowTheLeader: Matt Groening's TV shows have paved the way for several subversive TV sitcoms, sketch shows and animated series for adults that would never aired without the success of ''"The Simpsons"''.



* MutuallyFictional: In ''The Simpsons'' Matt Groening once voiced himself as "the creator of Futurama''". In the world of ''Futurama'' he solely exists as the creator of ''The Simpsons''.



* 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, ''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...



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Groening once told ''Rolling Stone'' that he wanted to become a composer like Music/FrankZappa, but lacked enough musical talent.
** 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 by redrawing his rabbit characters into people.
* WriteWhoYouKnow:
** Several names of characters in ''The Simpsons'' were derived from streetnames in Groening's hometown of UsefulNotes/{{Portland}}, Oregon: Terwilliger, Lovejoy, Flanders, Kearney, Van Houten, Quimby, Burnside,... There is even an Evergreen Terrace! The Springfield Elementary School resembles Groening's own elementary school.
** Other names were burrowed from family members (Homer, Marge, Lisa, Maggie, Patty, Wiggum), friends (Dolph) or characters from TV shows he used to watch (Krusty was based on TV clown Rusty Nails, for instance).
** A lot of jokes and scenes are winks to Groening's own childhood. The theory that ''ComicBook/RichieRich'' and ''WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost'' are the same character in ''The Simpsons'' episode "Three Men and a Comic Book" was something Matt and his school friends used to wonder about.
22nd Sep '16 8:11:20 PM ElectroKraken
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** And he especially hates WesternAnimation/{{Hanna-Barbera}} animation.

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** And he especially hates WesternAnimation/{{Hanna-Barbera}} Creator/HannaBarbera animation.
7th Sep '16 1:16:18 PM TropesForever
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* 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.


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* ShoutOut: 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.
4th Sep '16 7:48:47 PM NWolfman
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* TakeThatAudience

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* TakeThatAudienceTakeThatAudience: We ''did'' say everybody.
* TakeThatMe: '''Everybody.''' His most notable one is Comic Book Guy, who is Groeining's personal caricature of all of his worst habits and personality traits.
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."
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