+ When The
Simpsons came around, there really was nothing else like it on TV. It's hard to
imagine, but when Fox first took the plunge with it, it was considered controversial
to put animation on prime time.
+ I love the idea that we put in jokes
the kids don't get. And that later, when they grow up and read a few books and
go to college and watch the show again, they can get it on a completely different
+ I've gotten less interested in fantasy as I've grown older.
I'm more interested in human emotion and the ways people really behave now.
+ I've become aware of the fact that I'm not a kid anymore, and that I'll
probably never do anything bigger than "The Simpsons".
life changed when I was able to not only get seated in nice restaurants, I was
given free appetizers. That was like, "Oh, my God, I've arrived."
+ The demise of a family is unbelievable painful, to a degree I hadn't anticipated,
and the amount of lingering grief can't be quantified. I thought everything was
on a track and was going to stay that way for a long time, and I didn't expect
to be living alone. I suppose the one interesting thing about this turn of events
in my life is that it really is an opportunity to reinvent myself.
The history of TV has traditionally been not to do anything that would scandalize
grandma or upset junior. Our solution on The Simpsons is to do jokes that people
who have an education and some frame of reference can get. And the ones who don't,
it doesn't matter, because we have Homer banging his head and saying, "D'oh!"
+ We're in negotiations with Rupert Murdoch to play himself. It will be the
smallest paycheck he'll ever receive. (talking about Rupert Murdoch playing a
part on a Simpsons episode)