When “The Simpsons” returns to television this season, it will be embarking on its amazing 20th season. Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Spurlock (“Super Size Me,” “30 Days”) is set to produce and direct The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special — in 3-D! on Ice! airing Thursday, January 14 on FOX. The documentary special will be the momentous conclusion to the “Best. 20 Years. Ever.,” a year-long global celebration of THE SIMPSONS that launched in January 2009 and culminates on the 20th anniversary of the series’ debut.
Additionally, Spurlock in collaboration with THE SIMPSONS will be hosting an open casting call for on Saturday, July 25 in San Diego . If you are a SIMPSONS super-fan, or look or sound like anyone in Springfield , then this is your opportunity to appear in the upcoming anniversary special. Auditions will take place from 10:00 AM-8:00 PM at:
Marriot Hotel & Marina (located next to Comic-Con)
The San Diego Ballroom
333 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
Recently, Morgan Spurlock took some time out to share his TwoCents about this upcoming Simpson’s special episode. Enjoy!
Q: Could you talk about how a Simpsons obsession or Simpsons gluttony might compare to say, hypothetically, fast-food gluttony?
MS: Well, seeing as how now I’m on a fine diet of about 440 episodes of The Simpsons, I think it’s incredible, the way that –well, for me what I love about it is it really is something when you look at kind of, if you compare it to something like a fast-food, it has become a part of America, like this is a family that literally has become a part of all of our lives, and it’s a show that has touched everyone. I mean, when we call people about this show, it’s incredible, the minute you get anyone on the phone they’re spouting lines from the show, and it’s incredible for me to see just the massive – not just the massive exposure on an American level, but on a worldwide scale. So that’s also one of the things we want to talk about in the special and when we start filming, is we don’t want to just shoot in America, we want to shoot around the world and show that this has literally become a global phenomenon, much again, like fast-food has.
Q: What are you looking for in San Diego? What are you hoping to find?
MS: I hope we find some of the most incredible, super fans that the world has ever seen. You see, this is my first Comic-Con, so I’m psyched just to go down there and kind of see the fervor that is Comic-Con, and I think that there’s no better place to find people who love The Simpsons and who are going to be excited to be a part of this show than this place. So hopefully, we’ll get people who will come out who, maybe there will be people who want to dress up like characters in The Simpsons, maybe there’s people who want to tell stories about how it changed their life, and maybe saved the day one day in their childhood, who knows, but we hope we get great people who have great stories to tell.
Q: What will the special entail?
MS: Well, for me I think that the special will entail kind of us talking about the history of this show. I think the reason that they called me to begin with was to not have a show that would kind of be a glad-hand, pat everyone on the back special. We really want to dive in and find the interesting people, the interesting stories, the things that are a little more than just like a typical kind of “look how great we are” kind of special. And so for me, that’s why really trying to root it in the fans and the people who really kept this show on the air for the last 20 years I think is important and kind of hearing how people have been affected by this. You know, there’s so many interesting and unique things that we continue to find, and I think that as we continue to shoot that will end up making it into the show.
Q: Are you working closely with Matt Groening and all the big guys there?
MS: He’s been really supportive. When we first came on we had a couple real long download sessions with everybody, with Jim Brooks and Matt Groening and Al Jean, just to kind of talk about the show, talk about what they wanted; their vision for it. Literally they said, “Here’s what we like, here’s what we think about the show, we love what you do, so kind of take what we’re saying and go with God, and go…”
Q: Do you have a favorite episode or memory of The Simpsons?
MS: My favorite episode – there’s so many episodes that I love, but I think one of my – there’s a couple that I like. I love the episode where Homer comes to New York City and literally goes to the hotdog vendor, the guy at the vendor cart, and he has a choice between a hot dog or like Khlav Kalash. He says, “I’ll have the Khlav Kalash.” He’s like stomaching through it, he’s like “Oh, oh, this is terrible. Oh, this is – okay, I’ll have two more Khlav Kalash.” And he says, “What do you have to drink?” He goes, “We have Mountain Dew and crab juice.” And he goes, “Oh, alright, crab juice.”
The New York episode is one of my favorites, and I love the “Tomacco” episode, where Homer becomes a farmer and crosses a tomato and tobacco to create tomacco, and what’s even more fantastic about this – this is what I love about the special that I think is going to be great – is now scientists have actually created tomacco as a result of this. There was a scientist in Oregon who did it and now there’s a group of scientists in Spain who are now growing fields of tomacco.
Many thanks to Morgan Spurlock for taking the time. Be sure to set those DVR’s to catch the Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special — in 3-D! on Ice! airing Thursday, January 14 on FOX.