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nerdlingus

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« on: 03-26-2004 04:52 »

I just read the news and I feel... well, I'm not quite sure how I feel!

Matt Groening is making a guest appearence in his own show The Simpsons signing Bender toys?  Is it a promotion or a sign?  Or just a quick plug....?

Also he is appearing on Adult Swim introducing various episodes from futurama - shame I cant get Adult Swim what with living in the UK so can the peeps who see this use this thread to discuss what he says? If any of its relevent to the future of the show that is.

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SlackJawedMoron

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« Reply #1 on: 03-26-2004 05:00 »

Groovy. I wonder what his favourite eps are...
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I think it's just a plug. Though it's sad to no longer think of Simpsons as ficton and Futurama as fact... bugger it, I'm still thinking that way. After all, you can't prove it won't happen.
Gocad

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« Reply #2 on: 03-26-2004 06:17 »
« Last Edit on: 03-26-2004 06:17 »

anyway, it's not the first time that bender has appeared in a simpsons episode, but what's really weird is the fact that matt groening appears in his own show...
Beamer

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« Reply #3 on: 03-26-2004 06:29 »

Matt Groening's shown up a few times in the show before. He's shown up as a court room artist once, and let's not forgot his appearance as a bald cowboy with a shotgun.  tongue
SwanMan3000

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« Reply #4 on: 03-26-2004 14:12 »

 
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Originally posted by Beamer:
Matt Groening's shown up a few times in the show before. He's shown up as a court room artist once, and let's not forgot his appearance as a bald cowboy with a shotgun.   tongue

could someone please post the pictures of those please?   smile



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Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #5 on: 03-26-2004 14:26 »

Don't forget his head in a jar; 'Space Pilot 3000'...
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« Reply #6 on: 03-26-2004 14:37 »

It still technically makes sense. simpsons if a fictional universe, there just happens to be a show called futurama with a charcter called bender.
Jamesbondcja

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« Reply #7 on: 03-26-2004 14:57 »

 
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Originally posted by Gocad:
but what's really weird is the fact that matt groening appears in his own show...

Its not that weird, James L. Brooks was in not so long ago wasent he?

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« Reply #8 on: 03-26-2004 15:04 »

He's also in one of the couch gags when Marge rubs out his signiture, the he runs in and does it again.
newhook_1

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« Reply #9 on: 03-26-2004 16:34 »

He's also in "Worst Episode Ever". His picture is on the board of people not allowed in The Android's Dungen. He's also in another couch gag where OFF are string puppets and Matt is the one pulling the strings.
Coilette

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« Reply #10 on: 03-26-2004 16:44 »

Me-thinks there is a bit of favouritism happening.  smile
sheep555

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« Reply #11 on: 03-26-2004 16:55 »

So if I understand this correctly:

In 2F31, "A Star Is Burns" Matt Groening famously yanked his name from the credits for (and I'm quoting him here):

"The two reasons I am opposed to this crossover is that I don't want any credit or blame for 'The Critic' and I feel this (encroachment of another cartoon character) violates the Simpsons' universe [...] 'The Critic' has nothing to do with the Simpsons' world. [Fans of The Simpsons will] accuse us of making the crossover episode just to advertise 'The Critic.' That's why I've had my name removed on this episode."


But yet here he is cross promoting Futurama.

Discuss.
Chelsea

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« Reply #12 on: 03-26-2004 16:59 »

Well, The Critic wasn't one of his creations, while Futurama is, so he takes credit or blame for that regardless. If he sees fit to do a crossover episode of his own programs, that's his choice.
DotheBartman

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« Reply #13 on: 03-26-2004 17:05 »

That's different.  "A Star is Burns" was, no matter how you dress it up, a 23 minute advertisement for "The Critic".  The show was premiering after the episode (I believe) and the whole episode was basically made to bring fans to The Critic.  And unlike The Simpsons, The Critic was not created by Matt Groening or featured his involvement in any way.

Showing Bender as a joke is not the same thing.  Not only is it from the same creator, but in the context that Bender has been used (and in the context that he will be used) it is purely a joke, something for fans of both shows to notice and laugh at.  Its no different from all the Simpsons references on Futurama, and in no way is intended as an actual advertisement.

Although, I have actually not heard about Groening signing Bender dolls in the episode (I know he's voicing himself, but not that there will be a Futurama reference).  Where'd you read that?
newhook_1

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« Reply #14 on: 03-26-2004 17:06 »
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Also keep in mind that Jay Sherman was the focal point of "A Star Is Burns", while this Matt & Futurama will most likly only have a breif 30 second cameo in this episode.

*Edit* Damn, DTB beat me to it. The info about Matt signing Benders is on CGEF   tongue
DotheBartman

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« Reply #15 on: 03-26-2004 17:13 »

Ah okay, hadn't checked there yet.  That Groening caricuature is great, heh.
EvilLunch

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« Reply #16 on: 03-26-2004 17:19 »

There was a couch gag in which the family fell onto the couch from transportation tubs and Fry falls down with them, then quickly exits. That's my favorite. I really got a kick out of "A Star is Burns" because I love The Critic.. But I can understand why as a Simpsons episode it was somewhat cheap. Though you gotta love the Oscar Mayer Wiener number. It by no means stunk.
Chelsea

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« Reply #17 on: 03-26-2004 17:20 »

Aww, I always miss all the good couch gags...
DanMan4040

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« Reply #18 on: 03-26-2004 17:57 »

He was also in "Enter the Collector".  If I remember correctly he is inside a bag hanging on the wall.  What episode will he be appearing in signing bender dolls?
DotheBartman

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« Reply #19 on: 03-27-2004 00:53 »

"My Big Fat Geek Wedding" on April 4th.  Long story short, Edna cuts out on her wedding with Skinner and runs off with Comic Book Guy (apparently they wind up at a comic collection where Groening will make his appearance).
Woodbot 2.0

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« Reply #20 on: 03-27-2004 10:08 »

I think the reason they did "A Star is Burns" was for Al Jean and Mike Resis,two
former producers of the Simpsons(this was when they left after Season Three)
Also,Matt apperaing sounds cool.
TheLampIncident

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« Reply #21 on: 03-27-2004 10:39 »

Apparently Matt was originally supposed to be in A Bicyclops Built For Two as one of those nerds in the Internet scenes(hey, they put Eric Horsted, Ken Keeler, and David X. Cohen in there...)
Nasty Pasty

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« Reply #22 on: 03-27-2004 10:50 »

Huh, didnt notice them, I'll have to watch that episode over again.

But in reference to Groening on the Simpsons, I'd love to see him at least making a reference to Futurama in his show. It's better than nothing i guess...
Lurrr

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« Reply #23 on: 03-27-2004 13:26 »

 
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Apparently Matt was originally supposed to be in A Bicyclops Built For Two as one of those nerds in the Internet scenes(hey, they put Eric Horsted, Ken Keeler, and David X. Cohen in there...)

Yeah, they mention it on the DVD commentary. Groening used his clout to get his likeness pulled from that scene. Probably a good idea too, 'cause all us nerds would have recognised him instantly.
SlaytanicMaggot
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« Reply #24 on: 03-27-2004 14:00 »
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Matt Groening was a head in a jar in the pilot of Futurama, remember?

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Gorky

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« Reply #25 on: 03-27-2004 14:56 »

 
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Originally posted by Woodbot 2.0:
I think the reason they did "A Star is Burns" was for Al Jean and Mike Resis,two
former producers of the Simpsons

That's one of the reasons, seeing as how it was written by a writer for The Critic, Ken Keeler.

 
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(this was when they left after season three)

Actually, it was after season 4. Remember, they ran the show for two seasons, 3 and 4 .

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« Reply #26 on: 03-27-2004 15:34 »

I belive James.L.Brooks was the one who came up with the idea since he was still an Executive Producer on both.
Mouse On Venus

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« Reply #27 on: 03-27-2004 17:29 »

 
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Originally posted by TheLampIncident:
Apparently Matt was originally supposed to be in A Bicyclops Built For Two as one of those nerds in the Internet scenes(hey, they put Eric Kaplan, Ken Keeler, and David X. Cohen in there...)

Fixed.
Gocad

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« Reply #28 on: 03-30-2004 07:35 »

from the imdb news:

'Simpsons' Creator Makes Debut Appearance on Show

The Simpsons creator Matt Groening will finally make a guest appearance on his massively popular show - 15 seasons after it debut. While a host of celebrities have appeared on the hit cartoon Groening has taken a back seat, but will now be seen in an episode which will air on American screens on April 4. He says, "The writers wrote it in as a goof. I thought, 'I'll show them. I'll do it.'" But Groening, who plays himself in the episode, will be introduced as the creator of cartoon Futurama, as he insists he couldn't be identified as the creator of the show on The Simpsons because "the whole universe would implode".
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