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The Lego brand is facing a resurgence with The Lego Movie currently dominating the box office and they don't plan on stopping there. Fox announced earlier today that it will air an all-Lego episode of The Simpsons on May 4 at 8 p.m. This episode will also mark the 550th episode of the long running series. The official description of the episode, titled "Brick Like Me," reads: Homer wakes up in a world where his family and everyone in Springfield are made of Legos. Will he be able to "put together" how he got there and how to get back home before he's stuck in the brick world forever? The show is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary season and has already been renewed for a 26th season set to air this fall. The Simpsons was created by Matt Groening and features voice work from: Dan Castellanaeta as Homer Simpson (and others »
Hit animation The Simpsons is best known for its dysfunctional family Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, but it isn’t just these five that make the show as popular as it is today.
Literally hundreds of other characters make up the comedy, from school teachers, bar dwellers, schoolyard bullies and even mob bosses and attempted serial killers.
Voice actors Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer lend words to most of these, but Springfield has also been frequently blessed by celebrity guest appearances throughout its two-decade-long run.
Some of the most famous stars from the world of music, film and television have appeared on The Simpsons over the years, whether in a recurring role afforded to such stars as Phil Hartman, George Takei and Kelsey Grammer, or a one-off.
- Joseph Dempsey
Fans of The Simpsons are on edge this year, as executive producer Al Jean teased back in October that the axe will fall on a character in the season 26 premiere. The only clues? The character has appeared more than twice on the show and is voiced by an actor who won an Emmy for playing the role (or roles).
While everyone scrambles to place their bets on the identity of the unlucky victim (the latest in a long line of offed characters including Maude Flanders, Fat Tony, and Bleeding Gums Murphy), Hank Azaria dropped a major clue about the Springfield »
- Marc Snetiker
This fall, the Simpsons are to kill off one of their main characters.
Last October, show producer Al Jean revealed the shock plot to bump off a long-serving Springfield resident in Season 26 of the animated comedy.
Like Johnny Tightlips, however, Jean was reticent when asked who may bite the bullet in 2014.
All he would say was that the Simpsons character to die is played by an actor who has won an Emmy for their role, which doesn’t exactly narrow things down considering Dan Castellaneta, who voices Homer, Julie Kavner, who does Marge, Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart, and Yeardley Smith, who lends Lisa her words, all also voice numerous other characters.
Even though the Simpsons maintain the status quo, in that things stay pretty much the same from one episode to the next, this is by no means the first time the writers have elected to kill »
- Joseph Dempsey
"...'Comic Book Guy' realizes his comics are nothing if he can’t share them with anyone.
"Then he meets 'Kumiko', a Japanese woman writing an autobiographical manga...
"... and he seeks out Homer’s advice on how to date her, ending happily for everyone..."
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- Michael Stevens
5 items from 2014
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