Matt Groening to Create Animated Comedy Show For Netflix

Simpsons co-creator, Matt Groening revolutionized television and made it acceptable for adult audiences to watch cartoons. The Simpsons became renowned for its lovable characters, emotional storylines and remarkable comedy. While the show hasn’t been that great in recent years, older episodes still hold up remarkably well. Of course, the incredibly talented writer, and artist went onto produce, Futurama, which is one of my favourite programmes of all-time. I particularly enjoy the obscure mathematical references and over-the-top characters like Calculon! According to Deadline, Groening is set to create a brand new animated comedy for Netflix in addition to working on The Simpsons.

As you might expect, details are pretty sparse, and no-one currently knows what the new show will entail. However, this is just another example of Netflix expanding on their exclusive line-up and attempting to procure more subscribers. During the last couple of years, streaming video content has posed a legitimate rival to traditional television broadcasts especially among the younger demographic. It’s always going to be an impossible task to produce a show which comes close to matching the impact of The Simpsons. Nevertheless, Groening’s history is flawless despite Futurama being cancelled far too many times.

Are you looking forward to seeing something new from Matt Groening?

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Couple Recreates Simpsons Kitchen in Their own Home

Marcia Andreychuk and Joel Hamilton decided to renovate their kitchen with a twist and replicate The Simpsons’ iconic colour scheme. The project, entitled, “retrovation” involved careful planning and referring to stills from various angles. During the process, the couple purchased a $20 counter top in blue and even managed to recreate the instantly recognizable, corncob curtains.

The renovation job didn’t stop there as the couple laid down blue and cream tiles, and covered the stove with green contact paper. Amazingly, they analysed the cooking utensils and performed extensive research to find matching pieces of equipment. Additionally, the drawers, knobs, and even insignificant details were taken into account.

While supply issues did cause a few problems, the couple employed their DIY skills to create interesting solutions. I personally think the final piece is a remarkable achievement but it’s not something I’d like to use every day. The kitchen feels too bright and during sleep-deprived states, I could actually believe I’m part of a Simpsons episode.

Also, The Simpsons hasn’t interested me since season 8, when it started to go downhill and lacked endearing stories. Whatever the case, this is an impressive build project but I’m more enamoured by other crazy designs such as an entire replica of the Star Trek Enterprise’s bridge.

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Grab a Duff! Simpsons Beer May Become a Reality

Long-running animated cartoon show The Simpsons has morphed from a simple premise of daily family life into a cultural phenomenon, which has firmly embedded itself into the consciousness of countless fans and countries. It’s now been announced, and I am surprised this concept was not officially implemented into the commercial environment sooner, that Homer’s favourite beer could be produced in the real world.

Duff is set to be released by 21st Century Fox in Chile, with plans to expand the brand into further regions of South America and Europe by early next year. The media colossus has been discussing the notion of a Simpson’s beer with a manufacturer in order to get the flavour just right. It also plans packaging which does not identify the TV show—just an exact replica of the fictional town’s favourite beverage. This could be because The Simpsons is aimed at children as well as adults, if a child spots Bart on the label of a pack of beer, there could be legal problems.

Just to go off on a tangent for a mo, it would be nice in today’s world if everyone took personal responsibility a bit more seriously, yes you do not want a beer marketed at children, but it’s the same with video games. Said parent purchases GTA for her 10-year-old, lets him play it for hours, and then sues Rockstar for selling a game which was available to buy.

Fox are also exploring the prospect of marketing Duff within the US, but there is not an official date for this as yet. Fox are attempting to counteract replicas which have sprung up over the years, in the 90s, Lion Nathan brewery in Australia distributed a Duff beer to consumers. Fox did not like this and sued for infringing their trademark, to which the brewery had to cease trade of the iconic Duff name.

Personally, I am not sure I desperately need a beer which tastes like a cartoon show, but, it will find its fans and will sell well in its first run.

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Akira Trailer Remade With Simpsons Characters

I’ve seen my fair share of random internet videos, but every now and then, something rather special crops up and distracts me from technology. Almost everyone loves a bit of The Simpsons, and it’s fair to say that quite a lot of people love the iconic Anime that is Akira. Naturally, when you put the two together, you’re in for a real treat.

“Based on an idea by Ryan Humphrey articulated through comics, the concept was expanded with the Bartkira project, a comic collaboration of Simpsons fans, curated by James Harvey. In association with the comic, Moon Animate Make-Up producer Kaitlin Sullivan pitched the idea of an animated trailer to match and with the work of over fifty artists, produced the Bartkira animated trailer.”

Check out the video for “Bartkira the Animated Trailer” below and let us know what you think in the comments section!

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D’oh! No More The Simpsons Boxsets

With the first DVD boxsets of The Simpsons being released back in 2001 and many fans building collections up there is news that many won’t be able to complete their collections. There was a decision to stop making the boxsets, which comes as little surprise with streaming media dominating that of physical media sales.

Now that The Simpsons can be streamed from Hulu and Fox’s own service the demand for physical media of the series is probably taking a big hit. The previous releases of the box sets had special features such as deleted scenes, behind the scenes footage and commentary on episodes. This is something that the die-hard fans will definitely come to miss and it will be interesting to see what kind of special stuff Fox will do for streaming media.

Source: Metro

Simpsons Intro Recreated in Minecraft is Full of Win!

Minecraft is a global sensation, although that’s hardly breaking news unless you’ve had your head buried in the ground for the last few years! The modding community for Minecraft is a productive bunch, creating everything from word processors, to an iPhone with apps, to the entirety of Denmark, oh and let’s not forget how rich it made its creator Notch.

There’s a joke about how the Simpsons has done everything already, but now it seems Minecraft has done everything, going as far as recreating the intro scene to the much-loved TV series, the Simpson.

While not as smoothly animated as the TV show, it no doubt took a lot of work to get this setup and put it together. So for those of you out there still tinkering away at the world of Minecraft, creating these marvelous things, thank you for being so awesome!

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Homer Simpson Predicts Mass of Higgs Boson 14 Years Before It Was Discovered

The Simpsons has many claims to its name. It’s one of the most popular TV shows in the world and has run for an incredible 26 seasons with more on the way. Now it’s going down as a side note in science books, as it seems Homer Simpson is quite the unlikely scientist!

He may have been into space, traveled through time and more, but all this was in the realm of a cartoon. However, there was one episode that featured some very real world mathematics, which very closely predicted the mass of the elusive Higgs Boson particle – 14 years before it was actually discovered!

“The Simpsons is the most mathematical TV show on prime-time television in history. A lot of the writers on The Simpsons are mathematicians,” said Simon Singh, the author of The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets. “That equation predicts the mass of the Higgs boson. If you work it out, you get the mass of a Higgs boson that’s only a bit larger than the nano-mass of a Higgs boson actually is. It’s kind of amazing as Homer makes this prediction 14 years before it was discovered.” he added.

There’s a lot of hidden messages in the Simpsons, but this is by far one of the best ever. I wonder if the writer who made up the equation knew he was onto something?

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Take a Psychedelic Trip With The Simpsons in Pixel Art

Pixel Art is becoming increasingly popular these days. We’re always seeing music videos, entire movies and nostalgic video games created in this unique style. Paul Robertson, creator of the Scott Pilgrim video game and Ivan Dixon have created this masterful reimagining of The Simpsons intro in psychedelic pixel art.

It comes with everything you know and love from the classic Simpsons intro, but with even more, including a spectacular ending. I don’t know about you, but I think an entire episode made in this style wouldn’t be such a crazy idea. If not that, a Simpsons video game like this would look just as good too.

Source: The Verge

Elon Musk Debunks Electric Space Rockets after Simpsons Episode

Elon Musk appeared in last night’s episode of the Simpsons, an episode full of future and current concepts such as self-driving cards, violin playing quadcopters, self-packing luggage and a working hyperloop.

Elon Musk was treated well in the episodes, as guest stars always are. There is some witty banter at his expense, but always mocking something good – and in good humour. At the end of the episode, he jets off in his Dragon spacecraft and Lisa points out that “for a man who likes electric cards, he sure burns a lot of rocket fuel”.

Before this could get out of hand in any way, Elon Musk used his twitter account to debunk electrical rockets. They are simply not possible. The “reason is Newton’s Third Law. In vacuum, there is nothing to “push” against. You must react against ejected mass … Ion thrusters are great, but have extremely tiny force (photon thruster even less). Must have more thrust than weight or you don’t go up.”

He also notes that another futuristic trope for getting off the planet, the space elevator, needs a lot more research in raw materials before it will be a possible.

So both space elevators and electric rockets will stay a thing of Hollywood’s for now. Elon Musk had one more things to say, that railgun launches wouldn’t work either – at least if your plan is to not explode.

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The Simpsons Are Coming to Minecraft on Xbox

Microsoft announced today that everybody’s favourite yellow family is coming to Minecraft. From late February the whole Simpsons family will be available alongside 19 other characters from the animated series as part of a downloadable skin pack.

“We have an active community of more than 14 million die-hard Minecraft fans on Xbox Live enjoying the wide range of downloadable content on Xbox, and they have been clamoring for us to bring Simpsons characters to the game,” – Xbox’s Phil Spencer.

The $1.99 pack will be available for Xbox One and Xbox 360 in pretty much in the same way Doctor Who characters were back in October. This new deal and that previous one with the BBC, appears to be part of Microsoft’s efforts to get the most out of its $2.5 Billion purchase of Minecraft developer Mojang.

Source: The Verge

 

Homer Simpson Takes The Ice Bucket Challenge

It has been a busy few weeks for the ALS Association, they’ve gained over $30 million in donations and we’ve seen hundreds of videos from celebrities, video game characters and now cartoon characters as Homer Simpson takes the plunge!

It’s an interesting change of pace for the challenges and it’s another key example of how people are trying to come up with more original videos. Now we just need to see if Homers nomination of Ned Flanders, Lenny and Donald Trump will turn up any results. No comments on the video stating if Matt Groening and his crew have donated, but I’d like to think they have.

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Complete Simpsons Catalogue To Be Available For Steaming

Great news for Simpsons fans as a deal has finally been struck that will allow the entire 24 season catalogue of episodes to be streamed online. However, the show will no be coming to NetFlix, Prime or any of the other popular choices as FXX have secured the exclusive rights and plan to keep the show all to themselves.

In a deal that is valued at around $750 million, FXX scored the winning bid after a long and complicated bidding process that involved many major networks. FXNOW is an as yet unlaunched mobile viewing app of the FX network and will be made available for all authenticated subscribers, although it is unclear on how they plan to release the episodes. Could we be looking at all 24 seasons being made available immediately, or a staggered roll-out? Who knows.

An official news release about the bid reads;

After a vigorous bidding war which resulted in what is believed to be the biggest off-network deal ever, FXX has secured the exclusive cable, VOD and non-linear rights to The Simpsons, the longest-running, most successful comedy series in television history, it was announced today by John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions and Chuck Saftler, President, Program Strategy, and COO, FX Networks.

Are you looking forward to streaming the Simpsons to mobile devices?

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