Matt Groening

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Matthew Abraham Groening (born February 15, 1954) is an American cartoonist, writer, producer, animator, and voice actor.wikipedia
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The Simpsons

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He is the creator of the comic strip Life in Hell (1977–2012) and the television series The Simpsons (1989–present), Futurama (1999–2003, 2008–2013), and Disenchantment (2018–present).
The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company.

Life in Hell

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He is the creator of the comic strip Life in Hell (1977–2012) and the television series The Simpsons (1989–present), Futurama (1999–2003, 2008–2013), and Disenchantment (2018–present).
Life in Hell is a comic strip by Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, Futurama, and Disenchantment, which was published weekly from 1977 to 2012.

Disenchantment (TV series)

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He is the creator of the comic strip Life in Hell (1977–2012) and the television series The Simpsons (1989–present), Futurama (1999–2003, 2008–2013), and Disenchantment (2018–present).
Disenchantment is an American adult animated fantasy sitcom created by Matt Groening.

Bart Simpson

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Fearing the loss of ownership rights, Groening decided to create something new and came up with a cartoon family, the Simpson family, and named the members after his own parents and sisters—while Bart was an anagram of the word "brat". Groening feared that he would have to give up his ownership rights, and that the show would fail and would take down his comic strip with it. Groening conceived of the idea for the Simpsons in the lobby of James L. Brooks's office and hurriedly sketched out his version of a dysfunctional family: Homer, the overweight father; Marge, the slim mother; Bart, the bratty oldest child; Lisa, the intelligent middle child; and Maggie, the baby.
Cartoonist Matt Groening created and designed Bart while waiting in the lobby of James L. Brooks' office.

List of The Simpsons episodes

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The shorts would be spun off into their own series The Simpsons, which has since aired episodes.
The Simpsons is an American animated television sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company.

David X. Cohen

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In 1997, Groening and former Simpsons writer David X. Cohen developed Futurama, an animated series about life in the year 3000, which premiered in 1999, running for four years on Fox, then picked up by Comedy Central for additional seasons.
Cohen is a producer of Disenchantment, Matt Groening's series for Netflix.

James L. Brooks

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Life in Hell caught the attention of James L. Brooks. Life in Hell caught the eye of Hollywood writer-producer and Gracie Films founder James L. Brooks, who had been shown the strip by fellow producer Polly Platt.
He hired cartoonist Matt Groening to create a series of shorts for the show, which eventually led to The Simpsons in 1989.

The Tracey Ullman Show

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In 1985, Brooks contacted Groening with the proposition of working in animation for the Fox variety show The Tracey Ullman Show.
Estin was given with a drawing of Life in Hell by Matt Groening from Richard Sakai.

Fox Broadcasting Company

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In 1985, Brooks contacted Groening with the proposition of working in animation for the Fox variety show The Tracey Ullman Show.
Family Guy (the first of three adult-oriented animated series from Seth MacFarlane to air on the network) and Futurama (from Simpsons creator Matt Groening) would make their debuts in 1999; however, they were canceled in 2002 and 2003 respectively.

Plautdietsch language

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Homer, born in Main Centre, Saskatchewan, Canada, grew up in a Mennonite, Plautdietsch-speaking family.
For example, Homer Groening, the father of Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons), spoke Plautdietsch as a child in a Mennonite community in Saskatchewan in the 1920s, but Matt never learned the language.

Charles M. Schulz

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He first became interested in cartoons after watching the Disney animated film One Hundred and One Dalmatians, and he has also cited Robert Crumb, Ernie Bushmiller, Ronald Searle and Charles M. Schulz as inspirations.
He is widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists of all time, cited by cartoonists including Jim Davis, Bill Watterson, and Matt Groening.

Homer Simpson

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Groening feared that he would have to give up his ownership rights, and that the show would fail and would take down his comic strip with it. Groening conceived of the idea for the Simpsons in the lobby of James L. Brooks's office and hurriedly sketched out his version of a dysfunctional family: Homer, the overweight father; Marge, the slim mother; Bart, the bratty oldest child; Lisa, the intelligent middle child; and Maggie, the baby.
Homer was created and designed by cartoonist Matt Groening while he was waiting in the lobby of James L. Brooks' office.

Marge Simpson

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Groening feared that he would have to give up his ownership rights, and that the show would fail and would take down his comic strip with it. Groening conceived of the idea for the Simpsons in the lobby of James L. Brooks's office and hurriedly sketched out his version of a dysfunctional family: Homer, the overweight father; Marge, the slim mother; Bart, the bratty oldest child; Lisa, the intelligent middle child; and Maggie, the baby.
Marge was created and designed by cartoonist Matt Groening while he was waiting in the lobby of James L. Brooks' office.

Lisa Simpson

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Groening feared that he would have to give up his ownership rights, and that the show would fail and would take down his comic strip with it. Groening conceived of the idea for the Simpsons in the lobby of James L. Brooks's office and hurriedly sketched out his version of a dysfunctional family: Homer, the overweight father; Marge, the slim mother; Bart, the bratty oldest child; Lisa, the intelligent middle child; and Maggie, the baby.
Cartoonist Matt Groening created and designed her while waiting to meet James L. Brooks.

Maggie Simpson

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Groening feared that he would have to give up his ownership rights, and that the show would fail and would take down his comic strip with it. Groening conceived of the idea for the Simpsons in the lobby of James L. Brooks's office and hurriedly sketched out his version of a dysfunctional family: Homer, the overweight father; Marge, the slim mother; Bart, the bratty oldest child; Lisa, the intelligent middle child; and Maggie, the baby.
Maggie was created and designed by cartoonist Matt Groening while he was waiting in the lobby of James L. Brooks' office.

Lynda Barry

He befriended fellow cartoonist Lynda Barry after discovering that she had written a fan letter to Joseph Heller, one of Groening's favorite authors, and had received a reply.
At The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, Barry met fellow cartoonist Matt Groening.

Klasky Csupo

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The team included what is now the Klasky Csupo animation house.
In addition to the main title, Klasky Csupo was given the opportunity to produce a series of one-minute cartoons which featured a group of characters called The Simpsons, created by Matt Groening.

List of The Simpsons characters

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The names of a few other characters were taken from major street names in Groening's hometown of Portland, Oregon, including Flanders, Lovejoy, Powell, Quimby and Kearney.
According to creator Matt Groening, the show adopted the concept of a large supporting cast from the Canadian sketch comedy show Second City Television.

Some Enchanted Evening (The Simpsons)

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"Some Enchanted Evening" was the first full-length episode produced, but it did not broadcast until May 1990, as the last episode of the first season, because of animation problems.
Written by Matt Groening and Sam Simon and directed by David Silverman and Kent Butterworth, "Some Enchanted Evening" was the first episode produced for season one and was intended to air as the series premiere, but served as the final episode of the season due to significant animation problems.

Simpson family

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Fearing the loss of ownership rights, Groening decided to create something new and came up with a cartoon family, the Simpson family, and named the members after his own parents and sisters—while Bart was an anagram of the word "brat". The names of a few other characters were taken from major street names in Groening's hometown of Portland, Oregon, including Flanders, Lovejoy, Powell, Quimby and Kearney.
They live at 742 Evergreen Terrace in the fictional town of Springfield, United States, and they were created by cartoonist Matt Groening, who conceived the characters after his own family members, substituting "Bart" for his own name.

Sam Simon

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The Simpsons was co-developed by Groening, Brooks, and Sam Simon, a writer-producer with whom Brooks had worked on previous projects.
In 1989, Simon developed the animated sitcom The Simpsons with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks.

Springfield (The Simpsons)

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Groening has also pitched "Young Homer" and a spin-off about the non-Simpsons citizens of Springfield.
Springfield is intended to represent "anytown, USA" and not be a specific real town, although the producers acknowledge basing the town on numerous locations including The Simpsons creator Matt Groening's hometown of Portland, Oregon, and Mike Scully's hometown, Springfield, Massachusetts.

Wet (magazine)

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Groening made his first professional cartoon sale of Life in Hell to the avant-garde Wet magazine in 1978.
WET also included artwork by Rip Georges, April Greiman, Matt Groening, Jim Heimann, Thomas Ingalls, Kim Jones, Jayme Odgers, Taki Ono, Futzie Nutzle, Gary Panter, Peter Shire, John Van Hamersveld, David Jordan Williams, Teruhiko Yumura, and Bob Zoell.

Gracie Films

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Life in Hell caught the eye of Hollywood writer-producer and Gracie Films founder James L. Brooks, who had been shown the strip by fellow producer Polly Platt.

Alternative newspaper

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Groening had gained employment at the Los Angeles Reader, a newly formed alternative newspaper, delivering papers, typesetting, editing and answering phones.
Quirky, non-mainstream comics, such as Matt Groening's Life in Hell, Lynda Barry's Ernie Pook's Comeek, Ruben Bolling's Tom the Dancing Bug, and Ted Rall's political cartoons are also common.