Marcia Wallace honored in 'Simpsons' opening credits

Marcia Wallace honored in 'Simpsons' opening credits

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- The late comic actress and voice artist Marcia Wallace was honored by the U.S. animated series "The Simpsons" Sunday night.

Groundskeeper Willie hails from Orkneyys

KIRKWALL, Scotland, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Groundskeeper Willie, the red-haired Scotsman who works at Bart Simpson's school, has finally revealed he is a native of Kirkwall in the Orkneys.

'Simpsons' teases Detroit Lions

DETROIT, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- The 2-9 Detroit Lions had insult added to injury in the form of a quip from "The Simpsons."

'Simpsons' to help improve British diets

LONDON, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The British government is set to sponsor episodes of the U.S. TV series "The Simpsons" as part of a new physical fitness campaign, officials say.
Poe-stage stamp honors scribe

Poe-stage stamp honors scribe

RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. Postal Service says it's marking the 200th birthday of author and poet Edgar Allan Poe with a special stamp.

Vt. town celebrates 'Simpsons' premiere

SPRINGFIELD, Vt., July 22 (UPI) -- Springfield, Vt., this weekend celebrated the upcoming premiere of "The Simpsons Movie."

Race on for 'Simpsons' movie premiere town

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., July 6 (UPI) -- If Bart Simpson and Milhouse search around an online voting site to find out where their Springfield is they might come up with Vermont, Illinois and Oregon. The unofficial result is erroneous, says the keeper of the statistics at USA Today, sponsor of ww

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Church of England offers 'Simpsons' advice

CANTERBURY, England, June 24 (UPI) -- The Church of England is attempting to reach today's youth with a new book from a most unusual source: the edgy U.S. animated TV staple "The Simpsons."

Seven Dwarfs vs. Supreme Court justices

UTICA, N.Y., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- More U.S. residents know the Seven Dwarfs and Homer Simpson than the U.S. Supreme Court justices or British Prime Minister Tony Blair, a survey finds.

Work under way on 'Simpsons' movie

LOS ANGELES, June 8 (UPI) -- One of the voices in the highly anticipated feature film of Fox-TV's "The Simpsons" has told the BBC work is starting on the movie.

'Simpsons' episode pushed back

NEW YORK, April 20 (UPI) -- The producers of animated Fox comedy "The Simpsons" have said they postponed a religion-themed episode after the death of Pope John Paul II.

Girl chimps ape mom while boys play

CHICAGO, April 16 (UPI) -- A study of wild African chimpanzees, the closest relatives to humans in the animal kingdom, shows young females have been faster learners than males for millions of years and are more proficient in acquired skills.
AL SWANSON, United Press International

Jockstrip: The world as we know it

There are still plenty of icicle lights decorating houses nationwide, as well as wire deer grazing on lawns, but the hot decoration this Christmas is the "giant holiday inflatable."
ALEX CUKAN, United Press International

S. Korea animator readying ArK for April

SINGAPORE, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Two-years in the making, ArK, the 3-D science-fiction feature film based on photo-realistic digital characters is expected to be released next April.
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Bart Simpson
"The Simpsons Movie" producer Matt Groening (C) waves to the crowd while lined up with the characters from his television show and movie at the hometown premier of The Simpsons Movie at the Springfield Movie Theater in Springfield, Vermont on July 21, 2007. From left are Lisa Simpson, Homer Simpson, Matt Groening, Marge Simpson, Maggie Simson, and Bart Simpson. (UPI Photo/Matthew Healey)

Bartholomew JoJo "Bart" Simpson is a fictional main character in the animated television series The Simpsons and part of the eponymous family. He is voiced by actress Nancy Cartwright and first appeared on television in The Tracey Ullman Show short "Good Night" on April 19, 1987. Bart was created and designed by cartoonist Matt Groening while he was waiting in the lobby of James L. Brooks' office. Groening had been called to pitch a series of shorts based on Life in Hell but instead decided to create a new set of characters. While the rest of the characters were named after Groening's family members, Bart's name was an anagram of the word brat. After appearing on The Tracey Ullman Show for three years, the Simpson family received their own series on Fox, which debuted December 17, 1989.

At ten years old, Bart is the eldest child and only son of Homer and Marge, and the brother of Lisa and Maggie. Bart's most prominent character traits are his mischievousness, rebelliousness and disrespect for authority. He has appeared in other media relating to The Simpsons; including video games, The Simpsons Movie, The Simpsons Ride, commercials, and comic books; and inspired an entire line of merchandise.

In casting, Nancy Cartwright originally planned to audition for the role of Lisa, while Yeardley Smith tried out for Bart. Smith's voice was too high for a boy, so she was given the role of Lisa. Cartwright found that Lisa was not interesting at the time, so instead auditioned for Bart, which she thought was a better role. Hallmarks of the character include his chalkboard gags in the opening sequence; his prank calls to Moe the bartender; and his catchphrases "Eat my shorts", "¬°Ay, caramba!", and "Don't have a cow, man!"

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