The Simpsons shorts

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The Simpsons shorts are an American animated TV series of 48 one-minute shorts that ran on the variety television program The Tracey Ullman Show for three seasons, before the characters spun off into The Simpsons, their own half-hour prime-time show.wikipedia
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The Simpsons shorts are an American animated TV series of 48 one-minute shorts that ran on the variety television program The Tracey Ullman Show for three seasons, before the characters spun off into The Simpsons, their own half-hour prime-time show. When producer James L. Brooks was working on the television variety show The Tracey Ullman Show, he decided that he wanted to include short animated wraparounds before and after the commercial breaks.
The show is also known for producing a series of shorts featuring the Simpson family, which was later adapted into the longest running American scripted primetime television series The Simpsons.

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The Simpsons shorts are an American animated TV series of 48 one-minute shorts that ran on the variety television program The Tracey Ullman Show for three seasons, before the characters spun off into The Simpsons, their own half-hour prime-time show.
The family was conceived by Groening shortly before a solicitation for a series of animated shorts with producer James L. Brooks.

Homer Simpson

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It features Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. Dan Castellaneta performed the voices of Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, and Krusty the Clown.
He is voiced by Dan Castellaneta and first appeared on television, along with the rest of his family, in The Tracey Ullman Show short "Good Night" on April 19, 1987.

Bart Simpson

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It features Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie.
He is voiced by Nancy Cartwright and first appeared on television in The Tracey Ullman Show short "Good Night" on April 19, 1987.

Lisa Simpson

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It features Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie.
Voiced by Yeardley Smith, Lisa was born as a character in The Tracey Ullman Show short "Good Night" on April 19, 1987.

Good Night (The Simpsons)

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The shorts first aired on April 19, 1987 starting with "Good Night".
"Good Night" (also known as "Good Night Simpsons") is the first of forty-eight Simpsons shorts that appeared on the variety show The Tracey Ullman Show.

List of The Simpsons home video releases

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"Good Night" was included on The Simpsons Season 1 DVD.
The family was conceived by Groening shortly before a pitch for a series of animated shorts with producer James L. Brooks.

The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular

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Five of these shorts were later used in the clip-show episode "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular" on the half-hour show, which was released on the Season 7 DVD.
While the "138th Episode Spectacular" compiles sequences from episodes throughout the entire series like the previous two, it also shows clips from the original Simpsons shorts from The Tracey Ullman Show and other previously unaired material.

Marge Simpson

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It features Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie.
Marge debuted with the rest of the Simpson family on April 19, 1987, in The Tracey Ullman Show short "Good Night".

Matt Groening

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The series was created by Matt Groening, who designed the Simpson family and wrote many of the shorts.
Groening storyboarded and scripted every short (now known as The Simpsons shorts), which were then animated by a team including David Silverman and Wes Archer, both of whom would later become directors on the series.

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In "You Kent Always Say What You Want", the short "Family Portrait" replaces the entire opening sequence in celebration of the 400th episode.
followed by a showing of The Tracey Ullman Show Simpsons short "Family Portrait".

Maggie Simpson

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It features Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie.
Maggie then made her debut with the rest of the Simpsons family on April 19, 1987 in the short "Good Night".

Treehouse of Horror XXV

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The version of the Simpson family from the shorts was depicted as ghosts haunting the Simpsons house in the season twenty six episode "Treehouse of Horror XXV".
In "School Is Hell", Bart finds his ideal new school in Hell; in "A Clockwork Yellow", Moe leads a Clockwork Orange gang; and in "The Others", the Simpson family are visited by their former selves.

James L. Brooks

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When producer James L. Brooks was working on the television variety show The Tracey Ullman Show, he decided that he wanted to include short animated wraparounds before and after the commercial breaks.
He hired cartoonist Matt Groening to create a series of shorts for the show, which eventually led to The Simpsons in 1989.

Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire

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The Simpsons later debuted on December 17, 1989, as an independent series with the Christmas special "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire".
The Simpson family first appeared as shorts in The Tracey Ullman Show on April 19, 1987.

Klasky Csupo

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The animation was produced domestically at Klasky Csupo, with Wesley Archer, David Silverman, and Bill Kopp being animators for the first season.
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.

Wes Archer

Wesley Archer
The animation was produced domestically at Klasky Csupo, with Wesley Archer, David Silverman, and Bill Kopp being animators for the first season.
He was one of the original three animators (along with David Silverman and Bill Kopp) on The Simpsons, Tracey Ullman shorts, and subsequently directed a number of The Simpsons episodes (many of which had John Swartzwelder as an episode writer) before becoming supervising director at King of the Hill. A few years later he left King of the Hill to direct for Futurama, before eventually returning to King of the Hill.

David Silverman (animator)

David Silverman
The animation was produced domestically at Klasky Csupo, with Wesley Archer, David Silverman, and Bill Kopp being animators for the first season.
Silverman was involved with the series from the very beginning, animating all of the original short Simpsons cartoons that aired on The Tracey Ullman Show. He went on to serve as director of animation for several years.

Grampa Simpson

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Dan Castellaneta performed the voices of Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, and Krusty the Clown.
He made his first appearance in the episode entitled "Grampa and the Kids", a one-minute Simpsons short on The Tracey Ullman Show, before the debut of the television show in 1989.

Krusty the Clown

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Dan Castellaneta performed the voices of Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, and Krusty the Clown.
Krusty made his television debut on January 15, 1989 in the Tracey Ullman Show short "The Krusty the Clown Show".

Julie Kavner

The producers of the show were in need of someone to do voiceovers, so rather than hire actors, they asked Castellaneta (who had already done some voice work) and Julie Kavner, both members of the Ullman Show cast, to do it.
The Tracey Ullman Show included a series of animated shorts about a dysfunctional family.

Nancy Cartwright

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The kids still needed voices, and Nancy Cartwright, a journeyman voice actress, came in to audition.
After continuing to search for acting work, in 1987, Cartwright auditioned for a role in a series of animated shorts about a dysfunctional family that was to appear on The Tracey Ullman Show.

Bill Kopp

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The animation was produced domestically at Klasky Csupo, with Wesley Archer, David Silverman, and Bill Kopp being animators for the first season.
He was also an animator for The Tracey Ullman Show "The Simpsons" shorts, but left after a season.

Yeardley Smith

Some time later, Yeardley Smith, a 22-year-old B-movie actress whose most notable accomplishment to date was featuring in the notorious 1986 Stephen King film Maximum Overdrive, was brought in to do Lisa's voice.
In 1987, she auditioned for a role in a series of animated shorts about the Simpson family on The Tracey Ullman Show.

Tracey Ullman

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Tracey Ullman later filed a lawsuit, claiming that her show was the source of The Simpsons' success and therefore should receive a share of the show's profit.
Looking to add "bumpers" (before and after commercial breaks) to the show, two cartoon shorts were created: "Dr. N!Godatu" and "The Simpsons."