Simpsons: 300 and counting!
Monday evening, March 3, marked a milestone in television history when the "yellow carpet" was rolled out at one of the hangars at the Santa Monica airport. Lined up in one limo after another, the cast of The Simpsons walked the walk" amidst paparazzi and television crews for this exciting celebration of the longest-running primetime series in history.
This evening was for the "10-year-old" in all of us. The hangar was totally revamped as a carnival in mid-town Springfield, U.S.A. Games, booths, photo opportunities, music, food, treats, and a redemption center were all there for the animators, writers, actors, production crew, celebrity guests and all their families to pick out whatever prizes they "won" during the evening.
FOX Broadcasting Company has ordered two additional seasons of The Simpsons, it was announced by Gail Berman, President of Entertainment, FOX Broadcasting Company. This will take the series through 16 seasons in 2004-2005. With 18 Emmys, a Peabody and numerous other accolades, including the recent Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Series Musical or Comedy, it looks like The Simpsons might actually be a "hit"!
Be on the lookout for episodes 301, 302, 303, 304, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera...Did someone say, "Another 300?" Go for it, man!
U.S. Comedy Arts Festival: Aspen, CO
Nancy Cartwright just got back from a wild and extraordinary weekend performing at the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. Harry Shearer and Tom Leopold's musical comedy, J. Edgar the Musical, is about that most secretive of clandestine 20th-Century love affairs, between J. Edgar Hoover and his trusted companion, Clyde Tolson. Originally recorded as a radio play for Santa Monica public radio station KCRW, this crime-busting romp of forbidden love features a once-in-a-lifetime cast with Kelsey Grammer as J. Edgar, and John Goodman, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Nancy Cartwright, Tress McNeille, Annette O'Toole and Judith Owens, along with saboteur/creators Shearer and Leopold.
March 1st, 2003
Animex Festival: Teesside, England
Teesside University's world-class Animex Festival kicked off in style with Nancy as a top attraction.
Teesside is in the northern part of England, surrounded by farms, cows, sheep, beautiful rolling hills and quite unexpectedly, snow! Shortly after arriving, winter officially had set in, but it certainly didn't dampen the spirits of the locals who attended the SRO event at the university. The hall was packed to the gills with nearly 600 in attendance. True to form, the audience loved the entire event, and "smiled very loudly" in their own inimitable English fashion.
Chris Williams, principal lecturer in animation at the University of Teesside, said before the event: "Getting Nancy Cartwright to speak at Animex is a real coup for us. As the voice of one of the most famous animated characters of all time, Nancy can offer unique insights into an actor's relationship with the cartoon characters they are helping to portray. I'm sure that her talk will be incredibly enjoyable and will appeal to people of all ages, although I can't promise she'll do the entire talk as Bart!"
Get Ready for Nancy as Rufus, the Naked Mole Rat in Disneys Kim Possible
Nancy has landed the role of Rufus, the naked mole rat in Disneys new animated comedy-action series Kim Possible, premiering on the Disney Channel in June 2002.
Kim Possible follows the comedic and exciting adventures of Kim Possible, an average high school student with a brain surgeon mom and rocket scientist dad, who seeks odd jobs through a website ad declaring she "can do anything." On every adventure, she's assisted by her resourceful sidekick Ron Stoppable; his pet naked mole rat Rufus (Nancy); and her technical contact, Wade, a 10-year-old computer genius and web master who provides her vital information via the "Kimmunicator."