Toy Box Tales, part IV


Homer Simpson is widely considered one of the most significant characters not only in the history of animation, but perhaps on television. Entertainment Weeklymagazine argued that only Bugs Bunny proved more influential than Homer. The first time the world ever met the bumbling, crude blue-collar worker with the heart of gold was on April 19, 1987, in a series of short segments on The Tracey Ullman Show, a sketch comedy on a new network created for television – Fox.


Actors on the show were asked to voice the Simpsons family members, Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa (Maggie didn’t speak). It’s safe to guess that none of them thought it would lead to steady work for over thirty years! When The Simpsons became an actual series, it was the first significant animated show on primetime television in decades. Now, it’s considered normal to see cartoons at night. And it all started with Homer and his clan. Homer consistently messes up pretty close to everything he touches. He is rude, ignorant, and often obnoxious, but he is also eternally devoted to the family that drives him crazy, and has kept America entertained for decades.