The Simpsons is currently the longest-running television series in primetime (Primetime) in the United States. With 32 seasons under its belt, the series will advance to at least season 34, guaranteeing a couple more years of life for everyone’s favorite yellow family. One of the secrets of his success is such an iconic character as Homer Simpson.
Goofy, curmudgeon, “witty” and with the craziest ideas a human being can think of, this donut eater and beer drinker won the hearts of fans three decades ago with a combination of stupidity and punctual emotionality that makes us incapable of hating it.
Recently, SwartJohnzwelder, one of the original screenwriters of The Simpson who worked on the series until 2003, has spoken with The New Yorker about his time in the series created by Matt Groening. His departure roughly coincided with what many consider to be the start of the series’ “decline.”
In the interview, Swartzwelder explained that when they had to write stories of Homer, they thought of him as if he were “a talking dog.” The radical mood swings of Homer, who as soon as he is happy for any insignificant reason and the next second he is strangling Bart, is one of the characteristics of the character. These mood swings are more common than you may soon think. The scriptwriter clarifies that, obviously, it is not a dog, but it made it much easier for them to think of him that way to create his way of being.
Now we understand why he was so good at imitating the Santa’s Little Helper Talking on the phone.