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you should check them out. He is a very funny guy
My favourite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArMf6xbMsLI
I'll handle it... BOB NEWHART EVERYONE!
and Bob Newhart was in the Simpsons...
Didn't know that.
great character too
Coincidentally enough, I was having a conversation yesterday about what circumstances would cause The Simpsons to end, and we came to the conclusion that it would have to be the death of a major cast member. The show can apparently limp on without Phil Hartman or Doris Grau (or now Marcia Wallace), but I doubt they could continue without, say, Harry Shearer on board.
Although it was never going to be the same without two of the best characters, on the plus side they never suffered the indignity of Flanderisation as the writing went down the toilet. The biggest worry has been the inability to create new characters, when they used to spring up all the time.
Anyway, RIP Mrs. Crandall. You were oddly integral to my childhood.
I was just saying that the death of a major cast member is probably the only thing that would put an end to the zombie cash cow The Simpsons has become. Not that I want that to happen, obviously.
You made an interesting point about the show's inability to create new characters. They've been squeezing tired jokes out of characters like Cletus and Gil for a decade.
they would just replace them with sound a likes, it will limp on as long as people still watch it
Have to say I quite like Gil, he's not really any more one-note than Chief Wiggum or Lenny and Carl I reckon, and he's usually pretty funny.
If you look at the list of voice actors on the show then it's probably one of Catellaneta, Shearer or Azaria who would probably be unreplaceable, both practically and financially (think how unlikely it would be that you could hire just one person to replace someone who died). So much of the show is having a wide, established cast of characters to draw from, retiring loads of them would just kill the show.
The Simpsons used to put across in a single frame, whether emotionally or just a clever yet simple joke in the corner of the screen
It looked like a person, or people, took the script and created art.
15 years since Hutz and McClure were retired out of respect, and now it looks like a computer script rendered pre-set movements and shading on a background.
This is also the premise of the Eye On Springfield tumblr - http://eyeonspringfield.tumblr.com/ - it's only seasons 1 to 9. 10 onwards the animation becomes noticeably less human.
(You start only seeing the living room from a set number of positions, etc)
that a lot of the "heart" of the show went when it fully crossed over to digital animation (season 12 I think). It was on the decline anyway but there's a notable jump to the basically un-watchable once it happens. Basically I think this was the point that making the Simpsons just became "a job" rather than something the writers, actors and animators were genuinely excited about making.