May 16, 2016

    Live Q&A with Homer Simpson


    DURING his 27-year tenure as the bumbling patriarch of Fox's animated series The Simpsons, Homer Simpson has achieved many impossible things, from space travel to winning a Pulitzer Prize.

    But one thing he has yet to do is appear live on air.

    Until now.

    At the end of Sunday's (today, local time) 595th episode entitled Simprovised, Homer will answer fan phone calls live on air, the first time an animated show has ever attempted the feat.

    "He's going to take questions for three minutes, talk about events of the day," said Al Jean, executive producer of The Simpsons.

    The animation magic comes courtesy of motion capture technology, which will track the head and arm movements of actor Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer, and immediately animate them for broadcast across the United States and several international markets.

    A seven-second delay will prevent pranksters from asking inappropriate questions live on air, Jean said.

    Since its 1989 premiere, The Simpsons has become the longest-running sitcom and primetime scripted series in US history.

    The show, in its 27th season, often poignantly satirises American culture.

    One episode in 2000 depicted Lisa as US president 30 years in the future, after a Trump presidency decimated America's economy - a topic that could be revisited during the live segment, Jean said.