Simpsons Sunday – Simpsons Canadian Connections

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. Before I get into the meat of this weeks post, I would like to wish my fellow Canadians a Happy Canada Day this coming Tuesday. As well as our friends to the south a Happy July 4th on Friday.
This week I am going to talk about the Canadian content in the show, as best I can.
If you have done your homework on the important people involved with the show, you know that Matt Groening has some Canadian background dew to his Father Homer, being born in Main Centre Saskatchewan. Some of the writers are also from Canada such as: Joel H. Coaen (born in Calgary Alberta) and Tim Long (born in Brandon Manitoba). Oh, let’s not forget Phill Hartman who voiced: Troy McClure, Lionel Hutz and Lyle Lanley was even born in Canada in the city of Brantford Ontario.
As for others who are from Canada, Dave Thomas voiced Rex Banner in the episode Homer VS. The Eighteenth Amendment. He was born in St Catharines Ontario and he is most famous for his character of Doug McKenzie in the Canadian comedy duo Bob and Doug McKenzie with Rick Moranis. His real brother is singer and song writer Ian Thomas who has also done well for himself and is still active in the music business.
As for characters, there are Canadian versions of: Flanders, Nelson and Milhouse, along with other background characters. For example: Gordy, one of the students in Barts new school in his class is from somewhere in Canada. He appears in the episode You Only Move Twice in Season 8.
The show has even taken the characters to parts of Canada in certain episodes. For example: Bart and Milhouse have traveled to Toronto in the episode The Bart Wants What It Wants. I think it is really cool that Toronto was used because I live there and was born there. Even Take Off by Bob And Doug McKenzie is featured in the episode. Even what was formerly known as Sky Dome, now Rogers Centre is also featured. If you are a baseball fan, this is where the Toronto Blue Jays play.
For more on the episode check this link out.
http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/The_Bart_Wants_What_It_Wants
On a sad note, we acknowledge the death of one time Simpsons writer Steve Viksten who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 53. He co-wrote the Season 21 episode Homer ScisorHands.
As usual to end each Simpsons Sunday post, I recommend checking out Chris Ladesma’s blog. He is the Music Editor for The Simpsons and has been since day 1.
http://simpsonsmusic500.wordpress.com/author/simpsonsmusic500/
I also recommend checking out Yeardley Smith’s blog at http://gobbingoff.tumblr.com
I should also mention Marchez Vous, which is her women’s shoe designer company, which she started earlier in the decade. You can check out their website at
http://www.marchesvous.com
For some strange reason everyone I know hasn’t heard of them yet. Hopefully I can change that.
You can also comment here or you can email me at blindgordie@gmail.com and I will reply as soon as I can to all messages I receive. I would much prefer getting an email so I can reply directly to you, but that’s just me.
One final thing to mention is that you can follow Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean on Twitter and his Twitter handle is @AlJean.
He has ran the show since Season 13 and has ran it during Seasons 3 and 4.
You can also follow most of the voice actors on Twitter too. Harry Shearer is probably the most active with other things outside The Simpsons that he is involved with.
Anyway, that is it for this weeks post. Talk to you again on another Weather Wednesday.

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