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Simpsons director David Silverman and showrunner Matt Selman talk about the series’ iconic opening couch gags and the process behind them.
The minds behind The Simpsons recently discussed the process they used to create the iconic couch gags in the legendary animated TV show’s opening sequence. The show’s 34th season premiered on September 25, continuing its run as the longest-running American sitcom of all time. The Simpsons will air its historic 750th episode later this season, as the series continues to show unparalleled three-decade staying power on television screens with no signs of slowing down.
Director David Silverman and showrunner Matt Selman recently sat down with GQ to talk about some of the biggest moments from The Simpsons’ 34-year-old series, including their unique and ever-changing opening sequences. Selman explained how producers would recruit writers who weren’t busy coming up with fun ideas for couch gags ahead of time. Selman also said that the couch gags are unrelated to the show’s creative writing and are essentially part of a side production process. These days, producers are much more creative in finding outside talent to come in and do the couch gags for them.
I think it’s really important to embrace people who love the show and love to reinterpret it in their own personal style. We had a young man who lives in Venezuela who used his designs from the teenage version of The Simpsons for a couch gag on one episode. I think it connects us to a new generation of Simpsons fans in a really special way.
The Simpsons is famous for its famous guest actors, but filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro and Oscar-nominated animator Bill Plympton are among the big names who have hit the bull’s eye with The Simpsons producers over the couch gags. Interestingly, Selman also revealed that they often hired fan artists to do some of their couch gags, including a pair of superfans from Switzerland who had a regular gig to do couch gags for the show. after sharing a live version of a classic sequence where Homer eats through New Orleans.
Will there ever be a The Simpsons 2 movie
The Simpsons broke down barriers in 2007 when they released a feature film based on the series. The Simpsons movie was widely acclaimed by fans and critics alike, not to mention grossing over $500 million at the 20th Century Fox box office. The Simpsons Movie remains beloved for its classic Simpsons humor but also for its unique plot and emotional weight to the story. It’s now been 15 years since its release, and no sequel has been officially announced, but that hasn’t stifled demand for another big-screen Simpsons adventure.
Although there has been no concrete announcement regarding the sequel, The Simpsons producer Al Jean said in November 2021 that pre-production on The Simpsons Movie 2 was underway, although it was not a direct sequel. Jean’s desire for the film to be a major theatrical release like its predecessor is a contributing cause for the delays, as such a release would require a much larger budget than a straight-to-stream release. There have been no announcements since then, but given that The Simpsons Movie happened after 18 seasons, it would be reasonable to suspect that a similar timeframe would be targeted for the sequel. That would put a possible The Simpsons 2 movie release date somewhere in the range of 2025 or 2026 if it ever happens.