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Over the course of the series there have been a number of proposed spin-offs from The Simpsons. These have included both other TV series and films. The producers and writers have stated that most of these were never more than ideas, but they would consider them in the future. Others were scrapped, or became other episodes. The release of The Simpsons Movie is 2007 saw the first, and so far only, film or TV spin-off production based on the show.

This page does not include rejected plot ideas for the show or for The Simpsons Movie, only projects which were designed to be separate are included.

Proposed TV series Edit

Tales from Springfield Edit

Tales from Springfield was a proposed animated spin-off, which the episode "22 Short Films About Springfield" had sparked amongst the staff. The show would focus on the town in general, rather than the Simpson family. Every week would be a different scenario: three short stories, an adventure with young Homer, an episode set in the future, or a story about a background character that was not tied in to the Simpson family at all.[1][2] The idea never came to anything, as Matt Groening realized that the staff did not have the manpower to produce another show as well as The Simpsons.[2] The staff believe it is something that they would still be interested in doing,[3] and that "could happen someday."[2]

Krusty Edit

In 1994, Groening pitched a live action spin-off that centered around Krusty and would star his voice actor Dan Castellaneta. He and Michael Weithorn[2] wrote a pilot script where Krusty moved to Los Angeles and got his own talk show. A recurring joke throughout the script was that Krusty lived in a house on wooden stilts which were continuously being gnawed by beavers. Eventually, the contract negotiations fell apart and Groening decided to stop work on the project.[4]

Films Edit

Before the release of The Simpsons Movie, the production staff had considered a film adaptation since early in the series.

  • There were attempts to adapt the fourth season episode "Kamp Krusty" into a film, but difficulties were encountered in expanding the episode to feature-length.[5]
  • Groening expressed a wish to make Simpstasia, a parody of Fantasia; it was produced, partly because it was easy to write a feature-length script.[6]
  • Before his death, Phil Hartman had said he had wished to make a live action Troy McClure film, and several of the show's staff had expressed a desire to help create it.[7]

See also Edit

Citations Edit

  1. Groening, Matt. (2006). The Simpsons The Complete Seventh Season DVD commentary for the episode "22 Short Films About Springfield" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Olly Richards. "Life In Development Hell", Empire,, pp. 76. Retrieved on 2007-10-19. 
  3. Weinstein, Josh. (2006). The Simpsons The Complete Seventh Season DVD commentary for the episode "22 Short Films About Springfield" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  4. Dan Snierson. "Send in the Clown", Entertainment Weekly,. Retrieved on 2008-04-04. 
  5. Groening, Matt; Al Jean, Mark Kirkland, David Silverman. (2004). The Simpsons The Complete Fourth Season DVD commentary for the episode "Kamp Krusty" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  6. Groening, Matt. (2004). The Simpsons The Complete Fourth Season DVD commentary for the episode "A Streetcar Named Marge" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  7. Oakley, Bill. (2006). The Simpsons The Complete Seventh Season DVD commentary for the episode "Homerpalooza" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.

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