As with everything, The Simpsons also went through its own changes before reaching the public.
The Simpsons is one of the best-known American comedy series. Worldwide. Created by Matt Groening, it is a satire of American society where the story focuses on a dysfunctional middle-class family, made up of its iconic characters: Homer, Marge, Bar, Lisa and Maggie Simpson; who, in turn, live in a fictional town known as Springfield.
Interestingly, the narrative of the series is based on the creator’s own family experience, so their names honor its members. Thus, after three seasons of shorts that were part of The Tracey Ullman Show in April 1987, The Simpsons finally became a series of half-hour episodes in prime time on the Fox network.
His debut was in December 1989, but by 1992 and 1993 it was already one of the most watched programs in the United States. Till the date, It has more than 700 episodes.being now in the thirty-second season.
The popularity of The Simpsons
As we mentioned, this long-running parody of yellow characters living in funny, uncomfortable, and particular situations took up various elements of popular culture. A known fact among the audience of the series is that references to real life events and movies It is one of the most ingrained customs in The Simpsons. For example, among the movies we have classics like Frankenstein, The Shining, The Godfather, A Space Odyssey, the Planet of the Apes and an endless number of feature films; while, in parallel, the series shows another perspective of these works and what happens in reality.
The latter, added to the large amount of artistic and popular content to which the series refers, has catapulted comedy as a crowd favorite. In addition, thanks to its acid and certainly nuanced humor that gives an absurd or nonsensical approach to most situations, The Simpsons have always known how to make people (even outside the United States) identify with the context of the series.
In other words, the influence of their characters or situations is such that, as many claim, there will always be a meme from The Simpsons that describes the events of your lifenot to mention the significant number of scenes that we can remember as iconic in our own vision of entertainment.
And if that was not enough, the success has also been extrapolated to other contents, which translates to great inspiration for other series or any type of content. There is a significant number of authors who base their work on or take up some of the most relevant aspects of the series for any type of content.
The changes behind the series
As we know The Simpsons today, it’s logical to think that the changes could be of little benefit and it might even be difficult to imagine how things could be for the series in different terms. For example, among these changes, we have the voices of the characters which are one of the main elements that have characterized the characters for many years.
Until now, fans of the series can easily identify the Spanish dubbing voices of each one of them. But, as a tweet from The Simpsons dubbing account has made clear, Eduardo Gutiérrez previously auditioned to “be the Spanish voice of Bart Simpson”, however Fox made the decision that the mischievous little boy from the family would be played by Sara Vivas. And immediately afterwards, he attaches a video in which he demonstrates how her voice would be heard. You can hear for yourself below what the tone of the iconic character would have been:
In 1990 the dubbing actor EDUARDO GUTIÉRREZ (@eduardoguti1) attended a test to be the Spanish voice of BART SIMPSON.
Finally FOX chose to give Bart a female voice, Sara Vivas.
👇This is how Bart Simpson could have sounded with Eduardo’s voice. How about? pic.twitter.com/3RSCJuRksm
— SimpsonDub🎙 (Dubbing of The Simpsons) (@SimpsonDoblaje) January 12, 2023
This short video of Bart’s dialogue is quite curious, since we had never thought of other features for Bart, right? Well, somehow this was a possibility for the character. Needless to say, we don’t know if the fans would have accepted a slightly more “older” tone for the boy, since the reason behind choosing a female voice was because of its high tones that would be more appropriate for his age. However, now only the anecdote remains of what could have been a significant change for Bart.