Dan Castellana as Homer Simpson Julie Kavner as Marge Simpson Yeardley Smith as Lisa Simpson The computer animation was provided by Pacific Data Images. This message, which changes from episode to episode, has become known as the "chalkboard gag". After appearing on The Tracey Ullman Show for three years, the Simpson family received its own series on Fox, which debuted December 17, 1989. Many people are wishing Bart Simpson a happy 32nd birthday on Twitter today, which would obviously imply that his date of birth is February 23rd 1979 - but what source are people basing this on? [61] Reiss also stated the writers took the phrase from Chief Thunderthud on The Howdy Doody Show. Bart's year of birth was stated in "I Married Marge" (season three, 1991) as being in the early 1980s. He was the only fictional character to make the list. [102] Entertainment Weekly named Bart the "entertainer of the year" for 1990, writing that "Bart has proved to be a rebel who's also a good kid, a terror who's easily terrorized, and a flake who astonishes us, and himself, with serious displays of fortitude. [103][104][105] The Simpsons merchandise sold well and generated $2 billion in revenue during the first 14 months of sales. " Stark Raving Dad " is the first episode of the third season of the American animated television series The Simpsons. The Simpsons ties its episodes firmly to the contemporary pop culture of when they're released. For the filmmaker, see, fictional character from The Simpsons franchise animated series, Bart is a really good boy. [129], —Matt Groening, in a 1998 interview when asked, "How do you respond to critics who consider Bart Simpson a dreadful role model for children? The gag had been written as an apology to the city for a controversial song in the previous week's episode, "A Streetcar Named Marge", which called the city a "home of pirates, drunks and whores". Instead, Wes Archer and David Silverman drew him so that there was an outline of the spikes, then just a smooth patch in the middle because "it worked graphically. Milhouse describes their social standing as "Three and a half. I now have a 7-year-old boy and a 9-year-old boy, so all I can say is, I apologize. 1 Synopsis 2 Full Story 2.1 Sub Story 3 Citations Nelson invites Bart's classmates to his birthday party, but Bart and Martin convince the other kidsnot to go. We get beat up, but we get an explanation. [60] He had previously appeared on the cover of the edition of December 31, 1990. And yet, through any number of retcons, this is one particularly significant milestone that The Simpsons has never repeated or delegitimized. It's not a bad thing... Of course, it makes him do bad things. [143], In 1998, Time named Bart one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century. [118][119] In the 1990 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Bart made his debut as one of the giant helium-filled balloons for which the parade is known. He works as a bartender at Fat Tony's social club in "Bart the Murderer" (season three, 1991);[9] as Krusty the Clown's assistant in "Bart Gets Famous" (season five, 1994);[10] as a doorman in Springfield's burlesque house, the Maison Derrière, in "Bart After Dark" (season eight, 1996);[11] and briefly owns his own factory in "Homer's Enemy" (season eight, 1997). [123] The first single from the album was the pop rap song "Do the Bartman", performed by Nancy Cartwright and released on November 20, 1990. Bart has appeared in every Simpsons episode except "Four Great Women and a Manicure". [131][132] Robert Bianco of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote that "[Bart] outwits his parents and outtalks his teachers; in short, he's the child we wish we'd been, and fear our children will become. Bart regularly addresses Homer by his given name instead of "Dad", while Homer in turn often refers to him as "the boy". Bart and the Simpson family remained the main characters on this new show. Who the hell are you?". [87] Bart is a bad influence on Milhouse, and the two have been involved in a lot of mischief together. [154][155] Other books include Bart Simpson's Guide to Life. [96], In 1990, Bart quickly became one of the most popular characters on television in what was termed "Bartmania". A one-stop shop for all things video games. [167], On April 9, 2009, the United States Postal Service unveiled a series of five 44-cent stamps featuring Bart and the four other members of the Simpson family. Some featured Bart announcing various slogans, others depicted redesigns of the character, including "Teenage Mutant Ninja Bart, Air Simpson Bart, [and] RastaBart". [113] Because of his popularity, Bart was often the most promoted member of the Simpson family in advertisements for the show, even for episodes in which he was not involved in the main plot. Yeardley Smith had initially been asked to audition for the role of Bart, but casting director Bonita Pietila believed her voice was too high. came from a Portuguese flamenco dancer[57] and "Don't have a cow!" [95] Bob has appeared in fourteen episodes, generally plotting various evil schemes which often have to do with getting revenge on Bart (and sometimes the entire Simpson family by proxy), but is always foiled in the end. Matt Groening normally starts with the eyes, then the nose, and the rest of the outline of Bart's head. "[136], In 1990 William Bennett, who at the time was drug czar of the United States, visited a drug treatment centre in Pittsburgh and upon noticing a poster of Bart remarked, "You guys aren't watching The Simpsons, are you? During the first two seasons of The Simpsons, Bart was the show's breakout character and "Bartmania" ensued, spawning Bart Simpson-themed merchandise touting his rebellious attitude and pride at underachieving, which caused many parents and educators to cast him as a bad role model for children. At ten years old, Bart is the eldest child and only son of Homer and Marge, and the brother of Lisa and Maggie. "[31] In "The Blue and the Gray", Bart (along with Lisa and Maggie) finally questions why his hair has no visible border to separate head from hair. Meanwhile, behind and unbeknownst to him, the television briefly shows a Bart Simpson balloon. On a show with such a conspicuous floating timeline, Bart having had only one 10th birthday might seem counter-intuitive to some viewers. Time named Bart one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century, and he was named "entertainer of the year" in 1990 by Entertainment Weekly. They took the idea of the Coyote chasing the Road Runner and depicted Bob as an intelligent person obsessed with catching a bratty boy. [85][121], The album The Simpsons Sing the Blues was released in September 1990 and was a success, peaking at No. The writers have on occasion tried reconcile problems like these through retcons, such as when they moved Homer and Marge's courtship forward a couple of decades in "That '90s Show," but this technique tends to yield mixed reactions from audiences. This was the Michael Jackson-led episode, "Stark Raving Dad." After arriving at the audition, she found that Lisa was simply described as the "middle child" and at the time did not have much personality. The rating is based on the number of household televisions that were tuned into the show, but Nielsen Media Research estimated that 33.6 million viewers watched the episode, making it the number one show in terms of actual viewers that week. Rather than age-up the character, the animators seem to have smoothed out some of Bart's wrinkles. 3 on the Billboard 200[122] and becoming certified 2x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Set in the same future as "Holidays of Futures Passed," Bart Simpson has been trying to adjust to his divorce. [111] "Bart Gets an "F"" (season two, 1990) was the first episode to air against The Cosby Show, and it received a lower Nielsen rating, tying for eighth behind The Cosby Show, which had an 18.5 rating. [26] The family was crudely drawn, because Groening had submitted basic sketches to the animators, assuming they would clean them up; instead, they just traced over his drawings. While at first he pretended that he did not care, Bart eventually realizes that he needs Milhouse, and Marge manages to convince Mrs. Van Houten to reconsider. His birthday was also explicitly shown in "Treehouse of Horror III" during the Clown Without Pity segment, but, as is the case with almost all of the show's Halloween episodes, this occurrence is considered non-canon. He has appeared in every one of The Simpsons video games, including Bart vs. the World, Bart Simpson's Escape from Camp Deadly, Bart vs. the Space Mutants, Bart's House of Weirdness, Bart vs. [103] The success of Bart Simpson merchandise inspired an entire line of black market counterfeit items, especially T-shirts. "[117] In the United States congressional, senatorial and gubernatorial elections of 1990, Bart was one of the most popular write-in candidates, and in many areas was second only to Mickey Mouse amongst fictional characters. Principal Skinner told him "you've just started school, and the path you choose now may be the one you follow for the rest of your life! [78] Homer has a short temper and when enraged by Bart will strangle him on impulse in a cartoonishly violent manner. [71] Bart does poorly in school and is well aware of it, having once declared, "I am dumb, okay? Think I'm happy about it? My standard comment is, If you don't want your kids to be like Bart Simpson, don't act like Homer Simpson. Lisa wakes Bart up and reminds him that her birthday is coming up and that he neglects or forgets her birthday every year. [56], The catchphrase "Eat My Shorts" was an ad-lib by Cartwright in one of the original table readings, harking back to an incident when she was in high school. Brooks, James L.; Groening, Matt; Jean, Al; Groening, Matt; Jean, Reiss; Moore, Rich; Reiss, Mike; Vitti, Jon. In his moment of truth, Bart responded, "eat my shorts". [72] In "Separate Vocations" (season three, 1992) Bart becomes hall monitor and his grades go up, suggesting that he struggles mainly because he does not pay attention, not because he is stupid. Principal Skinner and Grandpa, for example, have fought in the Vietnam War and World War II, respectively, which makes them both much older than they are meant to be in 2020. But Bart is easy to do. Sort: Relevant Newest # happy # reaction # dancing # fun # mrw happy # reaction # dancing # fun # mrw # bart simpson # episode 11 # shot # season 16 # needle [158][159] Bart also plays a role in The Simpsons Ride, launched in 2008 at Universal Studios Florida and Hollywood. [40] Cartwright describes Bart's voice as easy to perform, saying, "Some characters take a little bit more effort, upper respiratory control, whatever it is technically. That's not going to help you any. The date is commemorated thanks to a classic Simpsons episode which gave viewers a fleeting look at Homer’s driving licence, where the date of birth was written in tiny print. The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! As far as longstanding creative decisions go, this one is so obvious as to be unquestionable. 125361 GIFs. In the episode, Bart becomes Nelson's new best friend and under Nelson's protection no one dares to mess with Bart. "[130], Bart's rebellious nature, which frequently resulted in no punishment for his misbehavior, led some parents and conservatives to characterize him as a poor role model for children. We'll straighten this thing out. "[133] In schools, educators claimed that Bart was a "threat to learning" because of his "underachiever and proud of it" attitude and negative attitude regarding his education. At the beginning of the episode, Bart protested at her over-mothering but as her attitude changed, he felt bad and made it up to her. This has naturally created a number of discrepancies in newer episodes between the characters' assumed ages and the eras in which they lived. [18] Groening has credited several different figures with providing inspiration for Bart: Matt Groening's older brother Mark provided much of the motivation for Bart's attitude. Just like any siblings, Bart and Lisa don't always get along. The date has been given as both April 1 and February 23, although the latter originates from the non-canon "Simpsorama" and is often contradicted, so it should probably be disregarded. The Juggernauts, Bartman Meets Radioactive Man, Bart's Nightmare, Bart & the Beanstalk and The Simpsons Game, released in 2007. "[137] When a backlash over the comment ensued, Bennett apologized, claiming he "was just kidding"[138] and saying "I'll sit down with the little spike head. While he is too young to hold a full-time job, he has had occasional part-time jobs. 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