Matt Groening, the brain behind Fox favorite The Simpsons, created the iconic cartoon family in the lobby of a producer’s office while waiting for a pitch meeting. (His comic strip Life in Hell, featuring anthropomorphic rabbits and a gay couple, had caught the attention of a producer on The Tracey Ullman Show.) Groening named the newly invented family after his own on the fly, choosing Bart for the young troublemaker of the bunch (an anagram of “brat”), and the rest is history.
Groening’s family resembles the bug-eyed characters in name only. Homer, Matt’s father, was also a cartoonist who wrote, worked in advertising, and created documentary films. He was described as a quiet man who was fond of nature shows and loved his family. He created a short film featuring Matt and his siblings Lisa and Maggie wandering the woods, costarring various animals. Matt narrates the spontaneous tale, and it’s absolutely adorable. You really get a sense of the bond the family shared, and Homer’s gentle spirit really shines through.
Enjoy this brief peek at the real-life Simpsons, below. [Spotted via Dangerous Minds]
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