I’ve been limiting myself to one frame per episode, and in most cases it was an easy pick. But then I got to Mark Kirkland’s “Homer Defined” from season 3. I knew one image wouldn’t be enough to demonstrate just how beautiful this episode is. So here’s just a little sample:
The tournament will continue as soon as this pesky World Cup stops distracting me, but until then let’s take a look at some of the awesome doodles and sketches from David Silverman’s multi-decade tenure as animation director for “The Simpsons.” You can find all these and a lot more on his Twitter feed, @tubatron. Click on the images to see them full size.
David Silverman’s Twitter feed is the gift that keeps on giving. Here are some more of his early Simpsons sketches he shared.
From 1987, a sketch from the Tracey Ullman Show short “House of Cards,” as well as some rough models for Maggie and Grampa:
From the 1989 short “Maggie in Peril: Chapter One,” a background cell drawn by Eric Stefani, and an animation cycle:
Also from 1989, one of Silverman’s first sketches for the Simpsons title sequence:
Also from Eric Stefani, a draft of a cut scene from 1990’s “Bart vs. Thanksgiving”:
Homer acting poses for the second season episode “Blood Feud” from 1991:
Homer’s heart attack poses from 1992’s “Homer’s Triple Bypass“:
Sketches for Mr. Burns’ big number in “Two Dozen and One Greyhounds,” 1995:
Finally, some sketches and color drawings from 1997’s “El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)”
Hey, folks! Thanks for reading this insane project. It’s been fun so far, and we’re still only in the first phase – or 256th-final, if you will.
Regular tournament scheduling will continue in 2014. First thing I’ll do is go back and do the ones that I had to skip because season 16 hadn’t been released on DVD, yet. It’s out now, so no more excuses.
Via Dead Homer Society, here’s a vintage FOX promo/making-of vignette that puts some faces behind those all too familiar voices: