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An upcoming Simpsons episode will feature Homer answering live questions

02.16.2016
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Despite the terrible strain on the animator's wrists, an upcoming episode of The Simpsons will feature a segment in which Homer Simpson (Dan Castellaneta) will be answering questions from fans...live. Pardon? You heard me. Most animated series spend many months, and in some cases close to a year, preparing a single episode, so how exactly are they planing to have Homer Simpson appearing live? By the magic of Animotion, by which I mean motion-capture.

The Simpsons show-runner Al Jean spoke with THR and said that the upcoming segment will use "a motion capture technology in which Homer's voice and motions will be depicted in an animated scene talking about things he 'could only be saying live on that day.'" The upcoming episode will air on May 15th and explore the world of improv comedy and the live segment will take up the final three minutes of the episode. The segment will air live on both the East and West Coast broadcasts, and show-runner Al Jean said that "as far as I know, this is the first time that's been done by any animated show." If you'd like the chance to have your question answered by Homer Simpson himself, Fox is letting Simpsons fans know that they can tweet their questions using the hashtag #HomerLive beginning Sunday, May 1, through Wednesday, May 4. 

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Source: THR

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10:51AM on 02/17/2016

Just sad at this point......

Its just sad that they keep this show going. Nobody watches anymore, the cast has to keep taking pay cuts every year to keep it on the air, and hasn't been relevant for a long long time. Except for 5 minutes about 10 years ago when the movie came out and then immediately went dead again. I was as big of a fan as anyone back in the day but not one person I know still watches the Simpsons. I usually forget its still on until football reminds you during commercial breaks.
Its just sad that they keep this show going. Nobody watches anymore, the cast has to keep taking pay cuts every year to keep it on the air, and hasn't been relevant for a long long time. Except for 5 minutes about 10 years ago when the movie came out and then immediately went dead again. I was as big of a fan as anyone back in the day but not one person I know still watches the Simpsons. I usually forget its still on until football reminds you during commercial breaks.
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12:21PM on 02/17/2016
Actually they have been fluctuating a bit but they are still the most watched show on Sunday nights. They range from 4-10 million viewers. To put that in perspective, Bob's Burgers only gets around 1-3 million viewers (on Fox, less on Adult Swim). I think Bob's Burgers is the best show on Sunday, but nobody else does.

Big hits like Gotham are steady at 4 million viewers. Empire is at 10-16 Million.

So there are much less viewed shows than Simpsons.
Actually they have been fluctuating a bit but they are still the most watched show on Sunday nights. They range from 4-10 million viewers. To put that in perspective, Bob's Burgers only gets around 1-3 million viewers (on Fox, less on Adult Swim). I think Bob's Burgers is the best show on Sunday, but nobody else does.

Big hits like Gotham are steady at 4 million viewers. Empire is at 10-16 Million.

So there are much less viewed shows than Simpsons.
8:13AM on 02/17/2016
Many years ago I did some work with a company who'd developed a system of live animation that was used to present links on a kids TV show. Basically the character's movement was controlled with a PC keyboard and its mouth would respond to sounds of the voice-actor speaking into a microphone. Effectively made it possible for the cartoon character to take people's calls live on air.
I still enjoy The Simpsons but these kind of gimmicky episodes really only benefit the first screening in the US.
Many years ago I did some work with a company who'd developed a system of live animation that was used to present links on a kids TV show. Basically the character's movement was controlled with a PC keyboard and its mouth would respond to sounds of the voice-actor speaking into a microphone. Effectively made it possible for the cartoon character to take people's calls live on air.
I still enjoy The Simpsons but these kind of gimmicky episodes really only benefit the first screening in the US.
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