Quote: "They misinterpreted something I've heard him say for at least 10 or 20 year. He was inspired by growing up in Portland, but it's really an every town. It's really funny. Matt grew up in Oregon and parts of The Simpsons were definitely inspired by his childhood. But there is no specific state that Springfield is in, and we will never reveal that secret." The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean insists remarks show creator Matt Groening made about the fictional Springfield's location have been blown out of proportion.
Fact: The Simpsons creator Matt Groening will celebrate the 500th episode of his hit cartoon series on St. Valentine's Day (14Feb12) by unveiling a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Simpsons stars Hank Azaria and Yeardley Smith will pay tribute to the animator, whose star will be the 2,459th on the famous sidewalk.
Fact: Actress America Ferrera, director Jason Reitman and The Simpsons creator Matt Groening are among the famous faces who will act as jury members at Robert Redford's 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Utah, which kicks off on 20 January (11).
Quote: "I can't draw The Simpsons strictly to template. If I walked into The Simpsons animation studio in disguise and took the test, they wouldn't hire me. There are now rules to drawing The Simpsons, but I don't actually draw that way. I don't know if Bart has nine points of hair or whatever." THE SIMPSONS creator Matt Groening is out of practice.
Fact: The Simpsons creator Matt Groening is set to curate Britain's All Tomorrow's Parties music festival next year (10). The cartoonist will be responsible for selecting the entire line-up for the event, which will take place in Minehead, England in May (10).
Fact: The Simpsons are to be honoured by the U.S. Postal service with their own commemorative stamps to celebrate the comedys 20th year anniversary. The stamps will be designed by the shows creator Matt Groening.
Quote: "The message is that a man should listen to his wife. But it's also a romantic film - HOMER falls in love with a pig." THE SIMPSONS MOVIE creator Matt Groening explains what the film is all about.