The Simpsons Movie:The Calgary Sun recently spoke with Simpsons creator Matt Groening, where he ranted about the cancellation of his space aged cartoon, Futurama, and raved about a possible upcoming Simpsons movie.
Groening on the cancellation of Futurama:
"The people at Fox didn't ever support the show and it wasn't to their taste and, in my opinion, they're out of their minds.
"But they don't like The Simpsons either. The idea of a TV show that they haven't gotten their greasy fingers all over creatively drives them nuts. That's why almost everything else is so lousy. The groundbreaking shows, the ones that cause the most intense reaction, are not the result of too many cooks. It's a strong, creator-driven vision.
"They just fired the guy who created The Bernie Mac Show. I'm sure that show is getting much, much better now. The fans loved (Futurama), but they couldn't find it. It never got promoted. The fans delivered a petition with 130,000 signatures and there was no reaction from Fox.
"We won the Emmy for best animated show a few months ago and I didn't even get a begrudging phone call from anyone at Fox. That's a dark company that they can't even make a fake phone call."
Well, Fox knows not to mess with the Simpsons, which ha gone down in the book as one of the longest running comedies of all time.
"I love the strength of The Simpsons -- that we can get away with so much. They don't like it. We took jabs at Fox News and we were told not to, so we decided to do it more."
As for the much anticipatedSimpsons movie, it's release is still unclear.
"We're talking about doing it. We just want to make sure, if we do, it doesn't follow in the dismal footsteps of other currently-running TV shows turned into movies. I can only think of one that worked and that was South Park."
"You want to honor the fans of the show, but you want to give them a little more. With the TV show, every week it's like a little movie. There are certainly enough incidents to fill a regular movie comedy. Whether people could stand it for an hour and a half, I don't know."