“The Simpsons” Behind-The-Scenes Facts From Comic-Con


Georgie Peluse is the reason why The Simpsons are yellow!

Due to the coronavirus, this year’s Comic-Con was online — fine by me! — and I virtually attended The Simpsons @ Home panel from, you know, the comfort of my own home.

The panel, moderated by Yeardly Smith — the voice of Lisa Simpson — consisted of Simpsons writers, animators, and directors and they shared some fun facts about the acclaimed series!


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So sit back and enjoy the content!

1.

“Treehouse of Horror” episodes are the hardest to execute because there are different backgrounds (sets for animation), different costumes, etc.


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Not to mention, each “Treehouse of Horror” episode is three mini episodes, rather than one full episode.

2.

The first “Treehouse of Horror” was split between three directors (since the episode was three parts), but now one director takes on each episode.


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It’s seen as a badge of honor to do a whole “Treehouse of Horror” on your own.

3.

David Silverman — Simpsons animator and director — plays a lot of horns — including the tuba.


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Perhaps he was the inspiration behind Lisa’s proficiency with the saxophone? Or she was the inspiration for him? Chicken and egg, folks.

4.

There was a test animation for when Marge she got her cast removed — they were testing between her leg hair looking like regular leg hair or mimicking the hair on her head.


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They went with the former, thank goodness.

5.

There’s been a lot of novelty merch for The Simpsons. Like, a lot.


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Some of the iconic pieces of memorabilia include, but are not limited to: Bart Simpson dental floss, a Bart Simpson asthma inhaler, a limited edition Moleman figurine, Bart Simpson cereal, Homer Simpson action figurines, a Matt Groening mini-figure, a Hank Scorpio mini-figure, and, my personal favorite, a Mr. Sparkle mini-figure.

6.

Yeardley Smith’s home office has iconic cels of Lisa Simpson — the character she voices — on the wall, but has no other Simpsons memorabilia in her home.


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Cels are one-of-a-kind pieces of art used in the creation of an animated series or film. A still, if you will.

7.

The writers and directors would love for The Simpsons to travel to Mexico for an episode.

8.

Hannibal Buress, Olivia Coleman, David Harbour, and Ben Platt will be in Season 32 of The Simpsons.


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9.

Jon Lovitz, Kelsey Grammer, Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Sacha Baron Cohen, Don Cheadle, and Jack Black have been some crew favorites in terms of guest stars.

10.

Don Cheadle brought in MUSIC for his episode.

11.

Jack Black had to learn the Korean versions for “Goldfinger” and “What’s New Pussycat” for his episode.


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The James Bond estate did not clear their use of “Goldfinger” so they had to switch over to “What’s New Pussycat.”

12.

In the ’50s, there were comics called the EC Comics, and Matt Groening — the creator — used them as inspiration to launch “Treehouse of Horror.”

13.

The earlier “Treehouse of Horror” episodes used to have a message from Marge warning the viewer that it was going to be a spooky episode.


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In reality, the scariest thing that happened was Maggie carrying a knife. But hey, it was the ’90s!

14.

This was the unused ending of the Christmas special.


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Which, if you’re a fan of The Simpsons, is painfully on brand.

15.

Finally, Georgie Peluse — an animator and colorist for the show — had the idea to make the Simpsons yellow and Matt Groening was like, “Yeah, okay.”


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The reason why she thought of this was because Bart, Lisa, and Maggie didn’t have hairlines, so they had to think of a skin color that would also translate into a hair color.

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