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NY Times on "Family Guy" Composers

The New York Times has profiled Walter Murphy and Ron Jones, the composers for the Fox television show Family Guy (free registration required). The article covers how the pair began writing music for the show, the audacious songs used on the show, and the lawsuit brought against Fox for a parody on the show of […]

Family Guy's "Star Wars" Spoof Coming to DVD

A month ago, the new season of Family Guy kicked off with “Blue Harvest”, a Star Wars spoof. Now Tvshowsondvd.com reports that “Blue Harvest” will be on DVD on January 15th. Bonus features include a behind the scenes featurette with Seth MacFarlane, and an interview with George Lucas, among others.

"The Pitts" Animated Series in the Works

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Mike Scully’s The Pitts, a short-lived 2003 sitcom about a highly unlucky family, is being remade into an animated series. Scully says, “It was so close to a cartoon, so we were talking how much easier it would be to execute it if it were animated.” Fox has currently ordered […]

Al Jean: No Plans for "Simpsons Movie 2"

A report in the New York Post quotes Simpsons executive producer and show runner Al Jean as saying that there are currently no plans to make a second Simpsons feature film. Jean stated that, “We would only do a sequel if we believed it was a movie that had to be made, just like we […]

"The Simpsons Movie" DVD Details

The Simpsons Movie will be released on DVD on 12/18/07, in both widescreen and fullscreen editions. Aside from the film itself, special features include: * Animators Commentary: David Silverman, Mike B. Anderson, Steven Dean Moore, Rich Moore. * Producers Commentary: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Richard Sakai, Al Jean, Mike Scully, David Silverman, Dan Castellaneta, […]

Simpsons 7-Eleven Mementos Selling Briskly on eBay

The New York Times is reporting a brisk business in selling the advertising materials that turned a dozen 7-Eleven stores into Kwik-E-Marts to promote the new Simpsons Movie (registration required). The materials sold range from “Squishee” cups to Kwik-E-Mart shirts worn by 7-Eleven employees.

"The Simpsons" Hits for the Fences

The Simpsons scored big at the box office over the weekend with an estimated take over over 74 million in the US alone to rank #1 by quite a distance over the competition. Disney’s summer animated offering, Ratatoullie, held on for 7.5 million over the weekend to push it’s take to 174 million domestically. The […]

TZ @ SDCC: "Futurama" DTV Notes (Updated)

Toon Zone News’ Matt Hazuda is reporting on-site from San Diego Comic-Con 2007 and brings us the following details from the panel for Futurama. The four upcoming direct to video (DTV) movies were discussed, along with some of the tradeoffs. While they will be able to push the content a little further, budget cuts have […]

Mike Scully and Matt Groening Talk "Simpsons"; Movie Debuts in VT

Interviews and articles are increasing in advance of The Simpsons Movie‘s premiere this Friday, July 27, 2007. Animated Shorts at Newsarama has interviewed Simpsons producer Mike Scully on the long process of creating the movie and the likelihood of another one. Meanwhile, LA Weekly has published an extensive interview/profile with Matt Groening, covering the complete […]

Matt Groening Talks "The Simpsons" (Briefly)

The New York Times Magazine has interviewed Matt Groening about The Simpsons in advance of the Simpsons theatrical movie opening this Friday in theaters (registration required). The brief interview delves into some technical details about the movie, his political views, the prospect of Homer and Marge getting divorced, and where the Simpsons’ Springfield is located.

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