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Earthican

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« on: 12-23-2008 23:55 »

Hopefully no one has discussed this before, but in season 1 episode 13 of The Simpsons, "Some Enchanted Evening", when Maggie is watching the typical elf show in one scene a green elf version of Professor Farnsworth can be seen.

This episode aired 1989 and Futurama launched 1999.


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The aired TV version is much clearer, this is a screen cap from a online version.

What do you think - coincidence or secret origin of the Farnsworth design?
Smarty

Professor
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« Reply #1 on: 12-24-2008 00:50 »

I don't know...but the glasses are obviously the same. Very interesting.
BirthdayClown

Urban Legend
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« Reply #2 on: 12-24-2008 00:52 »

That's Bart...
x.Bianca.x

Urban Legend
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« Reply #3 on: 12-24-2008 01:25 »

nah ive seen the early drawings of the prof, sure the glasses are the same, but the drafts of the prof had his head all strange-like.
gudbjorg

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #4 on: 12-24-2008 01:25 »

Yeah, the glasses look very much like Professor Farnsworth's. Definetely a secret origin of the Farnsworth design, I think.
Earthican

Crustacean
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« Reply #5 on: 12-24-2008 01:47 »

x.Bianca.x do you say it's just coincidence, or do you think maybe it influenced the cartoonists?

I like to think it's tied together...somewhat wishful thinking I suppose lol
chay´s head

Space Pope
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« Reply #6 on: 12-24-2008 03:20 »

:O!

Matt Groening should sue himself.
gudbjorg

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #7 on: 12-24-2008 15:17 »

Huh? He should demote himself?
DrThunder88

DOOP Secretary
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« Reply #8 on: 12-24-2008 15:54 »

This is the worst thread I've ever seen on PEEL, and I've seen 7 years of hjs and winna.

No, I'm kidding about that, but this is a coincidence so obvious it begs for stupid conspiracy theories.
Books

Near Death Star Inhabitant
Urban Legend
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« Reply #9 on: 12-24-2008 16:02 »

Because glasses like that have never been drawn before, and must directly relate to the very creation of a Futurama character two decades later.
gudbjorg

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #10 on: 12-24-2008 17:35 »

It shouldn't?
Smarty

Professor
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« Reply #11 on: 12-24-2008 18:05 »

They just probably took the glasses because they were so thick.
iceiwynd

Bending Unit
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« Reply #12 on: 12-24-2008 18:07 »

It's doubtful they even took them.

Some Enchanted Evening is not known for its fine animation, and the commentary on the S1 Simpsons DVD makes that pretty clear. There's no way Groening would go back and look through that episode for an idea of a potential character design.

It's a coincidence.
Smarty

Professor
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« Reply #13 on: 12-24-2008 18:17 »

Yeah, he probably just draws thick glasses like that. I mean, you see same things all over the place but that is just the artist's style.
SpaceCase

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #14 on: 12-24-2008 18:54 »

Hopefully no one has discussed this before...

'Fraid so.  hmpf

Earthican

Crustacean
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« Reply #15 on: 12-25-2008 00:00 »

^No! I was so happy I caught it  frown

Just to clarify "secret origin of the Farnsworth design" wasn't meant very seriously. I'm not saying M.G. intentionally hid this correlation, rather I just wanted to give two polar opposites for discussion. The other thread SpaceCase posted has a much clearer image which looks even more so Prof. Farnsworth in my opinion, but I guess it can be argued Prof. Fink also has similar glasses. I'm undecided.

To lighten up the mood;
"Animation is built on plagiarism! If it weren't for someone plagiarizing The Honeymooners, we wouldn't have The Flintstones. If someone hadn't ripped off Sergeant Bilko, there'd be no Top Cat. Huckleberry Hound, Chief Wiggum, Yogi Bear? Hah! Andy Griffith, Edward G. Robinson, Art Carney." - Roger Meyers Jr. big grin
Bear

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« Reply #16 on: 01-17-2009 13:42 »

I don't get that bit about Yogi Bear confused Yogi Bear was a true patriot! mad
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