"Angry Dad, you're fired."
"That's opinion, NOT NEWS!"Angry Dad
— Angry Dad, after reading the newspaper's insulting headline about him
is a series of Internet cartoons based on the amateur comic of Springfield independent comic book artist Bart Simpson
debuting in the early 2000s. It became a landmark Internet sensation, at one point in 2002 becoming the Internet's number-one non-pornographic
website (according to hearsay). Simpson's own father, Homer, provided the inspiration for the series
, and the comic book became a hit among his fellow students. From there, Angry Dad
was developed into an Internet cartoon series (known as "Barttoons") that brought the character to life. Although its production site fell victim to the collapse of the dot-com bubble, the Angry Dad
shorts remained a popular hit.
These cartoons highlight Angry Dad's daily life. In one particularly notable feature, he becomes infuriated with the local newspaper insulting him, resulting in his eyes exploding. Another portrays his workplace at a simulation of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant wherein Angry Dad unwittingly detonates the cooling towers. Even at the dinner table, Angry Dad finds that trying to get ketchup out of a glass bottle results in disaster.
The character briefly saw a resurgence in 2011 when Simpson produced an Academy Award
-winning short film based on the Angry Dad