Story: Homer Simpson, known as one of the most populist and funniest father figures that we have come to love over the many years and seasons of American’s most beloved family The Simpsons. With Homers love for eating donuts, will this be one giant donut enough for Homer to eat it all up.
Creating: As a massive fan of The Simpsons from my childhood to playing the games, reading the comic books and other merchandises Homer was a character I had to take his photograph. During my university training and studying on the Film Production course in 2015, while living in accommodation I happened to come across a box of donuts from one of roommates with a note saying take one and enjoy. Just as I was about to eat my donut I remember saying the words hmmmm donut and this became my inspiration to take a photograph of Homer with a donut. With a small collection of The Simpsons as Lego characters I had collected, I would use my Lego Homer and put him in the middle of my donut and capture this moment of him in the biggest donut of his life.
Facts: Created and designed by cartoon artist Matt Groening, Homer was first designed by Groening while he was sitting in the lobby of James L. Brooks office who would become a major role to the creation of The Simpsons. As Groening went to pitch a series of shorts of his own comic strip called Life in Hell to Brooks, Groening would later decide on making a new cartoon of creating a family of characters that were not like other families from 80’s television shows like Family Ties, Diff’rent Strokes and Full house but to make them the opposite.
. When creating Homer, Groening would name Homer after his father Homer Groening which according to Groening he would say “Homer originated with my goal to both amuse my father, and just annoy him a little bit” and would also base his father’s love for eating donuts I the cartoon as Homers favorite food and becoming a well-known catchphrase hmmmm donuts. Another inspiration to naming Homer was based from the character from 1939 Nathanael West novel The Day of the Locust and as for the J, Homer’s middle was given the J for just basic Jay, but was also a tribute to the animated characters known as Bullwinkle and Rocket from the show The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show and both had J’s in their names.
. When designing Homers appearance, Groening wanted his characters to be recognizable and colorful and let people know it was his work. Groening would even use his initials on Homer as his trademark where the Homer’s hairline is resembled as an M for Matt and his right ear resembled a G for Groening, but Groening thought the G in the ear was distracting but still uses it in some episodes as an Easter egg for fans to spot.
. When finding an actor for the role to create Homer’s voice, actor Dan Castellaneta would betray homers voice from his inspiration from doing an impression actor Walter Matthau but couldn’t do it for 10 hours a day in the recording studio. Dan then would find another inspiration from a cartoon character called Mr. Magoo which Dan even said in an interview using Homer’s voice “Homer has a little bit of Mr. Magoo in him” and his first ever words of Homer was “well goodnight son”. The only time Dan didn’t do the voice of Homer was the episode Homer’s barbershop Quartet for a real life vocal quartet singer from The Dapper Dan’s was provided to do the singing for Homer.
. In 1987 Homer and his family would make their first debuted on April 19th 1987 on The Tracey Allen Show appearing for three seasons and The Simpsons would eventually have their own series with Fox on December 17th 1989 with their first episode Roasting on an open fire as Christmas special and history was made for television.
. Today Homer is recognized around the world as one of greatest created characters of all time and voted number 1 in 2010. Homer has had 187 side jobs, he’s got a walk of fame on Hollywood boulevard in 2000 and because of the classic episode of Homer at the Bat, Homer was actually inducted in the Baseball hall of fame 2017. As for the famous quote of D’oh, D’oh was actually based from the Laurel and Hardy films by an actor called James Finlayson who would say the words D’oh instead of dam and because of Homer D’oh was added in the Oxford English Dictionary in 2001.