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English coursework - The Simpsons

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English coursework "The Simpsons" EN3 The Simpsons was created by Matt Groening. The programme is mainly about a crazy "yellow" family. It's been broadcasting for about over a decade. The idea of creating The Simpsons came from a framed cartoon strip "Life in Hell". It was hanging in the office of James L. Brooks, executive producer of "The Tracy Ulman Show" for the Twentieth century Fox in America. Groening then wrote and directed 30- and 60 second sections using The Simpsons characters to lead in to and out of commercials for the Tracy Ulman Show. The characters are based on Matt Groening's family, Homer is his Father and Marge (Margeret) is his mother. To make the animated T.V show, it takes the whole production team 9-10 months to complete it. Firstly, they have to write it, re-write it approximately eight times, pitch it, read it, record it, edit it, storyboard it using the recorded material, review the storyboards, send off to the artists; they get shot, drawings are turned in animation, sent to Korea, then finally re-written again just in case there needs to be any slight adjustment. The Simpsons has been successful with two very different types of audiences; children and adults. ...read more.

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It works so well as a cartoon because, to put it in simple words, it can break the rules, therefore it can go beyond reality. One other reason is that it can bring anyone from the past, present and future which would be highly unlikely in a real T.V. serial. The Simpsons is a sitcom. The word "Sitcom" comes from SITuation and COMedy. In this case, Simpson's family is the situation and from there comes the comedy. Many people have asked why Simpsons are human. There are many reasons behind this; firstly, it can break the rules; secondly, it can stretch reality without a limit, for example: if they wanted to, they could send Bart to space within seconds - hence rubber band reality. Finally, in the real world, they would not be able to use the same principles as they do in the fictional form; for instance, they have been through seventeen years being the same age has they've always been - this would not be possible in real life. There are numerous types of humours used in the show. For example rubber band reality as mentioned before, slapstick (physical humour) mainly aimed at children, visnal gags( things happening in the background), jokes, sative (sativical humour, used to mock politics, irony/commenting on everyday events/topical news, film references and many more. ...read more.

Conclusion

Homer then tells Bart off for making horrible comments about the play. This implies that although Homer is not very idealistic nor is he bright, he still has the knowledge on how to discipline his children; in this case, the difference between what is right and wrong. The animated cartoon show has been so successful for thirteen years and still remains popular today because they are so dissimilar from other sitcom T.V. shows. It pokes fun at the current world issues and sees the joke side of the situation to make the public see their standpoint to the circumstances. Also, another reason is its cartoon format - the cartoon set-up is so flexible and adaptable, that the writers can create a storyboard based on practically everything and anything. Also, the characters' personalities contrast in such a way that the possible for amusing storylines is endless. Even if the Simpsons seem to be incredibly dysfunctional at times, they always end up back to normal at the end of each episode, ready to start it all over again and so on and so forth. Despite the show not really illustrating an educational value to the viewers, it does on the contrary seem to show some sort of lesson where the family sees what it has done wrong at the end of the day and how to resolve each other's dilemmas. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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