It is not unknown that being a voice-actor on the most-popular and longest-running animated show on television is the job-of-the-century. The hours are short. The hair and make-up is “come-as-you-are.” There are no marks* to hit. The lighting is friendly and functional, and the pay is pretty darn good. That said, none of these facts address what I feel is the greatest asset of all in being on The Simpsons. How do you put a price on freedom? How do you determine what “time” costs? How much would you charge someone to give you opportunities to do other things? The truth is that you can’t, you don’t, and you would drive yourself crazy to try! (more…)
Archive for 2003
The Simpsons, Emmy’s best friend! – 30. October, 2003
Well, the best show on television is still The Simpsons according to The Academy of TV Arts and Sciences. (Rufus, from Kim Possible, is a bit miffed but, and we think he responded to the knews, “Wait till next year!” But with Rufus you can never really be sure.)
This year The Simpsons won the Emmy for Animated Program (One Hour or Less) for “Three Gays of the Condo.” This Award was given out in a separate, earlier, ceremony that doesn’t get all the hoopla of the red carpet Emmys but it is a big deal to the long list of winners. Basically, there are just too many well-deserved awards to cram into one evening and not enough space on stage for 14 recipients!
Also, the phenomenally talented Alf Clausen (music), Ian Maxtone-Graham and Ken Keeler (lyrics) were nominated in the Music & Lyrics (i.e. Original Song) category for “Everybody Hates Ned Flanders” from “Dude, Where’s My Ranch?”. And we can never neglect the dynamic work of Hank Azaria. Hank, the voice of Moe, Apu, Comic Book Guy, Chief Wiggum and several other regular Simpsons characters, won the voice-over Emmy for his performance in the 14th season episode “”Moe Baby Blues.”" This was a Jury Award in a category basically created, originally in 1992, to acknowledge the work of The Simpsons cast because there just wasn’t a category to acknowledge the “unseen” voice in Hollywood.
Congratulations one and all!
Bart on Campus – 30. October, 2003
“I’m Bart Simpson. Who the hell are you?”
With those timeless words Nancy greeted an audience of nearly 400 on the evening of September 13th at Duke University’s Baldwin Auditorium. And just a few nights later, on September 25th, she used the same immortal phrase to greet an audience that exceeded 1000 at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Illinois.
Both presentations kicked off with a new compilation of animated scenes depicting Nancy’s extraordinary career as a voice artist. This fast-paced perspective includes such classics as Pound Puppies, Richie Rich, The Animatics ultimately arriving at Nancy’s current fare – featuring Chuckie from the Rugrats and Rufus from Kim Possible, not to mention Ralph, Nelson and, of course, Bart, from The Simpsons. (more…)
GRAND OPENING! THE WAY TO HAPPINESS FOUNDATION – 4. October, 2003
Nancy celebrated the Grand Opening of its new International headquarters on October 4th in Glendale California. Thousands turned out for an entire day of celebration that included music, dance and celebrities addressing the crowd. TWTH Foundation gets the messages found in The Way to Happiness book by L. Ron Hubbard to thousands of children. The simple precepts contained in the book really help to bring to life good manners, respect for others and a safer and happier world.