By Stephanie Ciccarelli
January 10, 2010
Can you believe that The Simpsons has been on the air for 20 years?
According to ABC News, the cartoon has now seized the mantle of TV's longest-running scripted nighttime series!
What are your favorite Simpsons moments? Did the Simpsons inspire you to become a voice actor?
Share your memories and thoughts here on VOX Daily!
We are just hours away from the 450th Simpsons episode... ay caramba!
Part of our lives now for two decades, The Simpsons is a household name and has also become a dream gig for voice over artists including cast mainstays Dan Castellaneta (Homer), Julie Kavner (Marge), Nancy Cartwright (Bart), Yeardley Smith (Lisa), Harry Shearer (Mr. Burns), and Hank Azaria (Chief Wiggum).
Many of the cast members voice multiple characters and can do so on demand. Dan Castellaneta has been the voice of over 100 Simpsons characters alone!
Audiences have been amazed by appearances on popular television programs featuring The Simpsons voice actors in dialogue with each other in character voice, shifting from one to another with ease.
On a professional level, The Simpsons has brought more awareness to voice over talent and voice acting. The show was also one of the first cartoons to feature celebrities, voice acting as themselves, and Simpsonize them, often sharing the Springfielders' trademark sunny complexions (you can create your own Simpsons avatar if you're so inclined - check out mine!).
Being part of an animated project is a dream in itself for many voice over talent but to be part of a voice cast that makes $400,000 per episode each, be a fixture in pop culture, be in your own movie, and have the series run beyond a handful of seasons is nearly unheard of let alone a decade or two.
Is this a dream job or what?!
While the voice actors on The Simpsons are living their dreams, I expect that they may have directly (or indirectly) played a role in helping you to realize and or identify yours.
Do you do impressions of Simpsons characters? Did the cartoon play a role in your becoming a voice over talent?
I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Looking forward to hearing from you,
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