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The Simpsons, television debut (1987)

April 21st, 2009 by Anne Richardson · No Comments · 1980's, Oregon animator, Oregon film, Oregon film new definition, Oregon writer, Oregonians as inspiration

First version of America’s most beloved nuclear family, The Simpsons, as unveiled on The Traci Ullman Show.

The Simpsons eventually became movie stars, but for two decades they labored away on the small screen. You may have heard of them.

Matt Groening, their Portland born and raised creator, is second generation show biz — Homer Groening, his father, was an independent filmmaker and advertising man in Portland. Abraham Groening, his grandfather, was a professor at Lewis and Clark College.

I hereby claim everything ever made starring Bart, Maggie, Lisa, Homer and Marge Simpson as an Oregon film, based on the Oregon origin of their creator, Lincoln High School alumnus Matt Groening.

This post brought to you by the Oregon Cartoon Institute, your source for Oregon animation and cartooning history since 2003.

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