Matt GroeningLatest News and Opinion
Posted Saturday 9/08/18 at 12:54AM EDT
Disenchantment would've worked better if it had more key female characters
Source: The Mary Sue
Matt Groening said he wanted his Netflix medieval animated series to have a "feminist bent." But having the show star Abbi Jacobson and Sharon Horgan while surrounded by male characters isn't sufficient to fulfilling Groening's goal, says Princess Weekes. "In season two," she says, "I hope they bring in a more balanced collection of male and female writers and really start crafting out a story for Bean where she can be pro-active and interesting as an anti-hero, instead of just being a collection of bland 'cool girl tropes."
Posted Wednesday 8/29/18 at 5:36PM EDT
Matt Groening: Michael Jackson really did make a cameo on The Simpsons
In honor of Jackson's 60th birthday, Groening cleared up rumors about pop icon's cameo in the 1990s. “You don’t have to put it in quotes,” said Groening. “We really did have him.”
Posted Friday 8/24/18 at 10:43PM EDT
Stop trying to place Disenchantment and Futurama in the same universe
Source: The A.V. Club
A new Nerdist investigative video does a deep dive into the two Matt Groening series, questioning whether they take place in the same universe. The problem is that the video turns an inside joke into a conspiracy theory. As William Hughes says of a both shows existing in the same world, "sure, it’s hypothetically neat, but isn’t there a point where this encyclopedic need to “solve” all of pop culture starts to simply suck all the joy out of things?"
Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 7:59AM EDT
Real-life The Simpsons-inspired Kwik-E-Mart opens in South Carolina
The Myrtle Beach convenience store opened Friday with products ranging from Duff non-alcoholic energy drinks to Squishees to Lard Lad Donuts. ALSO: Watch Matt Groening's reaction to an artist's 3D human rendering of Homer Simpson.
Posted Saturday 8/18/18 at 6:39AM EDT
Matt Groening's Disenchantment feels like a never-ending "Treehouse of Horror" sketch
Source: Entertainment Weekly
A lot of Groening's medieval animated series seems nasty -- gross without being funny, says Darren Franich. "The main feeling you get is that everyone’s stoked to work for a service without any apparent standards and practices division," says Franich. He adds: "There’s a low-key boom in brilliant TV animation these days: The deranged anti-humanism of Rick and Morty, the candy-colored muchness of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time and Steven Universe, the kinetically rebooted DuckTales. Next month sees the return of Bojack Horseman, Netflix’s best ongoing series. Catch me on the right night with way too much Duff on the brain, and I’ll tell you Bojack is the modern-day Simpsons, an ever-expanding silly city symphony carving a precise path between brilliant cultural commentary and up-close emotionality. Compared to all that, Disenchantment feels half-formed, a bit plastic. The vibe is like one of the wilder 'Treehouse of Horror' segments, the kind where the big joke is how many grotesque ways Simpsons characters can die."
- Disenchantment is comfort food for Simpsons and Futurama fans
- Disenchantment plays it too safe and winds up looking bland and dated compared to other Netflix animated series
- Groening's influence catches up with him with Disenchantment: He's looking backwards instead of forward
- Anybody expecting Disenchantment to be great from the get-go should also remember that The Simpsons and Futurama had early struggles
- Disenchantment starts rough, but it instills high stakes and emotional resonance toward the end of the season
- On the cleverness and hilarity spectrum, Disenchantment is much closer to The Simpsons Season 29 than Season 4
- Disenchatment's voice cast rescues it from mediocrity
- Groening avoided watching Game of Thrones, but added a reference "to get it out of the way"
Posted Saturday 8/11/18 at 4:53AM EDT
Matt Groening to visit Seth Meyers on Thursday for his first late-night TV appearance since 2007
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Simpsons creator will promote his new Netflix animated series Disenchantment. His last visit to a late-night show was in 2007 when he appeared on former The Simpsons writer Conan O'Brien's Late Night to promote The Simpsons movie.
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 10:51PM EDT
Matt Groening: Netflix's support for Disenchantment is night and day compared to Fox's treatment of Futurama
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Netflix couldn't have been more supportive," says Groening of his first new TV series in two decades. "They basically said yes after a very quick pitch and have been completely supportive thereon — and that is unusual in the history of TV. There is usually a lot more worry and second-guessing as time goes on." His experience with Fox was completely different. Groening says of Fox's treatment of Futurama: "They so much didn't like it, they scheduled the show for 7 p.m. on Sunday nights and then made the slogan of the network: 'The fun begins at 8 p.m.' So, I wasn't able to just read between the lines, I was able to read the line."
Posted Monday 7/30/18 at 12:49AM EDT
Matt Groening: Disenchantment grew out of ideas we couldn't do on The Simpsons
“I keep sketch books that are full of characters and I started drawing fantastic creatures we couldn’t do on The Simpsons and we just went from there,” Groening said at the TV press tour while promoting his medieval animated series. “I filled up an entire sketch book full of imps and gnomes and trolls and fairies." ALSO: Groening declined to further discuss The Simpsons' Apu controversy at press tour.
Posted Saturday 7/21/18 at 9:16PM EDT
Matt Groening's Disenchantment unveils its official trailer
Source: TV Guide
Abbi Jacobson, Nat Faxon and Eric Andre lend their voices to the medieval animated comedy for Netflix.
Posted Wednesday 7/18/18 at 1:42PM EDT
The Simpsons creator Matt Groening: Apu debate is "tainted now"
Source: The New York Times
In a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times, Groening said of The Problem with Apu director, "my guess is I agree, politically, with 99 percent of the things that Hari Kondabolu believes. We just disagree on Apu." Groening said he loves the character of Apu, and "it makes me feel bad that it makes other people feel bad. But on the other hand, it’s tainted now — the conversation, there’s no nuance to the conversation now. It seems very, very clunky. I love the character. I love the show." Groening went on to say he had a "scholarly intention" with Apu by naming the character after Satyajit Ray's The Apu Trilogy. "I am sorry that The Simpsons would be criticized for having an Indian character that, because of our extraordinary popularity — I expected other people to do it. I go, maybe he’s a problem, but who’s better?" said Groening. "Who’s a better Indian animated character in the last 30 years? I’ve been to India twice and talked about The Simpsons in front of audiences. That’s why this took me by surprise. I know Indians are not the same as Indian-Americans." Groening also addressed his USA Today interview earlier this year, where he said of the controversy, "people love to pretend they’re offended.” Groening told The Times that comment "wasn’t specifically about Apu. That was about our culture in general. And that’s something I’ve noticed for the last 25 years. There is the outrage of the week and it comes and goes." As for whether Apu will appear again, Groening said: “If we come up with a good story, we’ll do it."
Posted Thursday 6/28/18 at 6:48PM EDT
Netflix teases Matt Groening's Disenchantment
The animated medieval series looks like The Simpsons meets Game of Thrones.
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 2:17PM EDT
Matt Groening's Disenchantment releases its first full images
Here's the official first look at The Simpsons creator's medieval animated comedy starring Abbi Jacobson, Nat Faxon and Eric Andre, plus a bunch of Futurama alumni.
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 10:30PM EDT
Here's your first glimpse of Matt Groening's Disenchantment Netflix animated series
Source: Dark Horizons
The Simpsons creator's medieval animated series has revealed partial images on its Twitter account. Abbi Jacobson, Nat Faxon, Eric Andre and Billy West are among the voice cast members on Disenchantment, which premieres later this year.
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 1:23PM EDT
The Problem with Apu's Hari Kondabolu thinks it's "too late" for Hank Azaria to step aside from The Simpsons' Apu role
Source: The Daily Beast
Kondabolu says he doesn't think The Simpsons writers or Matt Groening saw his truTV documentary -- but he thinks Azaria did -- because his film made clear that he didn't think Apu was made with nefarious purposes. "The Simpsons’ writers’ response is a response of people who didn’t see the film," he says. "That’s what I mean about fragility. I’m trying to have a nuanced discussion and they’re acting like the trolls on the internet who don’t read or watch anything and then question it." As for Azaria saying recently he'd step aside from the role, Kondabolu says: "I mean, personally, I think it’s too late. I think he can have the voice, but what can you do to make it more current, to make (Apu) more upwardly mobile? How about his kids’ voices? I think it would be funny if Apu’s kids were made fun of at school because of their father. Ultimately, there are creative solutions they haven’t explored and it’s bullsh*t to say they can’t change."
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 8:42PM EDT
The Problem with Apu's Hari Kondabolu: "Matt Groening finally responded & sounds like every other troll on the internet who didn’t see the documentary"
The Simpsons creator told USA Today last week when asked about the Apu controversy, "I think it’s a time in our culture where people love to pretend they’re offended." Kondabolu responded to Groening's comment, tweeting: "Well, that seals it. Matt Groening finally responded & sounds like every other troll on the internet who didn’t see the documentary. No one is offended by this character. It was, at times, insulting & was frustrating to many of us who were solely represented by that one image." ALSO: Groening's remark is "the height of willful ignorance."