Thursday, December 18, 2014

“The Simpsons” was 25 years old –

25 years ago, on 17 December 1989, on Fox released the first edition of the cult animated series “The Simpsons,” which became the longest in the history of American cinema (over 550 episodes), as well as the TV series with the largest number of star guests.

During the existence of the sitcom as the invited celebrities to participate in it more than 500 well-known personalities who give voice to the animated or herself, or specially devised for them characters.

The author of “The Simpsons” Matt Groening over the years had become not only a multi-millionaire, but also a legendary character in the media environment (except for “The Simpsons”, he created “Futurama”). He never tires of repeating that in the sweetest dreams I could not imagine that this little family is waiting such a triumph. After all, once Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie went out of his pencil in 15 minutes, almost by accident. In 1985 he was invited to make a splash for the show Ullman. He thought to go to the producer with the idea of ​​a comic book “Life in Hell”, but at the last moment decided to leave the rights to those characters yourself and chat in the lobby sketched new characters.

The first mini-series Good night was featured in “The Tracey Ullman Show” April 19, 1987. Demonstration of full episodes of the animated series began December 17, 1989 on channel Fox, reminds Time .

This is a rich satire (including social) show satirizes many clichés and stereotypes, in particular – a lifestyle “average American”, features the world’s cultures in general, celebrities and even the TV and the TV channel Fox; does not hesitate to address such slippery issues as politics and religion: in particular, the topics that gay marriage, anti Darwinists and creationists, the war in Iraq.

Today viewership animated series covers more than 100 countries worldwide. During its existence, the show has received numerous awards and nominations. Primetime-prize Emmy “The Simpsons” won 27 times (in four different categories) – more than any other animated series in the history of the award. Annie award show received 22 times. To his credit – many other US and international prizes and awards.

Time Magazine in the latest issue of 1999, dedicated to the greatest achievements of the XX century in the field of arts and entertainment, called “The Simpsons” the best television series of the century. The same magazine has included Bart Simpson in list 100 most influential people of the XX century. Bart Simpson was the only fictional character on the list.

January 14, 2000 in honor of the show was opened by a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2013, the short film “The Simpsons: painful prodlenki” was nominated for “Oscar” for best animated short film.

Many fans have repeatedly noted that, despite the fact that the show is already 25 years old, the age of his characters remains virtually unchanged: the children do not grow, adults do not age, but the time to be born, new characters, such as the son of Sideshow Bob and Selma Bouvier daughter, and son of Sideshow Bob is able to walk, talk and generally looks two years older than Maggie Simpson, though born much later. Nevertheless, each of the Simpsons celebrated on the birthday. In some episodes mentioned the age of Homer and Marge, it ranges (in different directions) between 36 and 40 years old. Homer Simpson in the seventh series of the 20th season (Mypods and Boomsticks) said that he 38 years, according to “Wikipedia” .

Unnaturalness this situation for some time and is the subject of jokes the creators of “The Simpsons.” For example, in the first episode of the 19th season, He Loves to Fly and He D’ohs Bart writes on the blackboard: “I will not wait another 20 years of full-length movie” (eng. – “I will not wait 20 years to make another movie “), and in a series of 18-th season You Kent Always Say What You Want show scenes of shooting the Simpson family with the remark,” 20 years ago “(in this case all the characters are drawn in the style of the early episodes were shown in” The Tracey Ullman Show, “but their age does not differ from the present). In the intro of the 10th series of the 21st season on the billboard shows Maggie and the inscription “The Fox network: still sucking after 20 years”.

Russian in “The Simpsons”

Since the second episode of the first season of the series present Russian. In different series of repeatedly mentioned about the Soviet ballet dancer, choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov. Also, in the animated series is mentioned several times and appears Gorbachev flashes risen from the mausoleum of Lenin, and in the machine for testing the degree of intoxication, established at the bar Mo, the highest grading of intoxication (after such degrees as “tipsy”, “a board” and ” a lord “) -” Boris Yeltsin. ”

In Springfield present Russian quarter. In the 24th episode of the ninth season of Lisa Simpson gets there and sees that it is replete with inscriptions in Russian – signs “Books”, “Meat”, “Pharmacy” and others. Residents dressed in Russian kaftans beginning of XX century, and their way of speaking is a loud shouts in broken Russian and sharp flapping hands, which frightened Lisa despite the fact that her “companion” just wanted to help, and to point the way to the phone. Russian quarter of Springfield is located near the most depressed places in the city; in the first frame, you can see that the roads in this part of the city more like country roads.

In the eighth series of the 22nd season (Christmas) at the beginning sounds Ukrainian folk carol “Shchedryk”. The fifth series of the 18th season of the song sounds Sergei Prokofiev “Arise, Russian people!” from the film “Alexander Nevsky”, as well as in different series can sometimes hear the melody chorus slaves from the opera “Prince Igor” by Borodin.

In the fifth series of the 14th season of hockey stick Kozlov gives Lisa.

In the 10th series of the fifth season of Krusty says: “Herpes, Herpes, on the head of Gorbachev’s too cold sores.”

In the 20th series of the 24th season ridiculed Russian tradition, it is shown that the Russian love vodka, bribe anyone who gets in their way, as well as different cruelty.

Let us recall that in 1998, when in power in Russia was Boris Yeltsin, and the relations between the West and Russia – warm, in an episode of the animated television series “predicted” the return of Russia to the Soviet foreign policy rhetoric Union and the beginning of a new Cold War.

It starts with the fact that the Russian ambassador to the UN said that the collapse of the Soviet Union was just a ruse, then rapidly unfolding events, including the restoration of the Berlin Wall and even revival of Lenin.

And in an episode of 1999 is a moment to describe the collapse of the ruble against the dollar due to falling oil prices. This happens at a session of the International Olympic Committee, in which Homer Simpson’s hometown of Springfield claim to the games.

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