Simpsons Creator Matt Groening Joins Instagram To Share New Cartoons

The Simpsons creator Matt Groening is now on Instagram to promote¬†his¬†latest¬†side project. The¬†writer and animator behind¬†Futurama¬†and Netflix’s¬†Disenchantment¬†has mostly stayed away from social media in the past‚ÄĒGroening has a Twitter account, but his last Tweet¬†is from 2011.

Currently¬†in season 32 with 687 episodes in its wake, The Simpsons¬†has been on the air since 1989¬†and holds the records for the longest-running¬†animated TV show, American sitcom, and scripted American primetime series. The¬†cartoon¬†is responsible for popularizing adult animation and has influenced¬†other¬†satirical cartoons¬†like¬†Family Guy and¬†South Park. Because of its remarkably long run,¬†The¬†Simpsons gained a reputation¬†for¬†its uncanny ability to predict¬†trends in American culture¬†and¬†even foresee¬†the occasional¬†news event. In an episode from 2000 titled “Bart to the Future” (season 11, episode 17), a reference is made to Donald Trump becoming president. The show’s creators¬†have never been shy about venturing into the realm of political satire¬†and have¬†been critical of Trump’s presidency.

With the 2020 election less than a week away, Groening is¬†directing¬†his satirical skills¬†in a¬†more explicitly political¬†direction with a short cartoon lampooning Donald Trump. Groening created new YouTube and Instagram accounts in order to post the video¬†in which¬†Dan Castellaneta¬†takes a break from voicing Homer Simpson to try his hand at a musical impression of the president. The video, titled “Trumpy’s Rhapsody,” features a very “grumpy Trumpy”¬†soliloquizing¬†about his various woes and wishes for a second term in song. Watch the full YouTube video below:

Groening wrote the lyrics for Trumpy’s solo with musical accompaniment provided by¬†Mutato Muzika,¬†Mark Mothersbaugh‚Äôs company. Groening¬†says¬†in a press statement to The Wrap that¬†“it‚Äôs a fun little song,” and¬†encourages viewers¬†to¬†“stop the #TrumpyTantrum.”¬†He¬†hopes that a Trump loss next week will eventually render the political video irrelevant: “Let‚Äôs hope after Election Day it becomes a quaint historical artifact,” he said.

Rough Draft Studios animated¬†the especially orange Trump designed by Edmund Fong. Both posts on¬†Groening’s new Instagram account are¬†clips from the Youtube video, which was directed by Futurama¬†episode director¬†Dwayne Carey-Hill. Whether¬†Groening¬†plans to post anything else, personal or professional, is TBD‚ÄĒhis profile picture is an apt Simpsons-style¬†drawing of himself holding a doll of Bender from¬†Futurama.

The¬†musical parody adds some much-needed levity to¬†an exhausting election, year, and presidency. Groening’s¬†rhymes and¬†Castellaneta’s solid impression are worth checking out, especially if The Simpsons¬†creator¬†gets his wish and the video does¬†end up becoming a historical artifact. Still, it’s tough to make the same Trump jokes that are making the rounds feel fresh, even with a¬†lyrical spin. With every late-night host,¬†sketch writer, stand-up comedian, and¬†even some sitcoms dutifully recycling the same material¬†from the same “very stable genius” for the past four years, any joke about the orange man in office¬†is bound to feel a little tired at this point. Perhaps, after next week, they’ll all have a little more creative freedom.

Source: Matt Groening/Instagram, The Wrap

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