AI-generated images have turned The Simpsons into live-action characters in a sitcom directed by Wes Anderson. The photos, shared on the Midjourney Subreddit, feature a relatively anonymous Bart and Lisa.
The other characters featured actors who have previously worked with Anderson, such as Tilda Swinton as Edna Krabappel, Tom Hanks as Principal Skinner, and Ian McKellen as Mr. Burns.
Paul Rudd is seen as Ned Flanders stands with Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard serves as Bart’s friend Milhouse. Nick Offerman and Danny McBride’s likenesses were also blended with various online images to create other iconic characters from The Simpsons that would fit a Wes Anderson aesthetic. According to the poster, the images were created using ChatGPT celebrity suggestions.
The live-action The Simpsons characters from Wes Anderson were made using MidJourney with suggestions from ChatGPT.
A live-action adaptation of The Simpsons was previously discussed, although its focus wouldn’t have been on the main or supporting characters. Phil Hartman, a recurring guest on the show, expressed his interest in developing a live-action movie centered on his character Troy McClure. But the project, which had the support of the show’s production team, was scrapped after Hartman died in 1998.
What’s truly admirable about The Simpsons is its decision to avoid turning itself into a sprawling franchise through adaptations and spinoffs. Instead, the show has taken on the role of a trailblazer for other animated series like Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers.
Created by cartoonist Matt Groening, The Simpsons premiered on December 17, 1989, and quickly became one of the most influential and longest-running television shows in history. The series is centered around the Simpson family, consisting of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie, as well as the colorful residents of the fictional town of Springfield.
The Simpsons were initially created by Groening for a series of animated shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show. The shorts were so well-received that they eventually led to the development of a half-hour prime-time show. The characters were loosely based on Groening’s family members, with their names taken from them, except for Bart, whose name is an anagram of “brat.”
Following its debut, The Simpsons was met with critical acclaim for its humor, wit, and unique animation style. It quickly gained a massive fanbase and earned numerous awards. The Simpsons Movie, a full-length animated cinematic release, premiered globally on July 26 and 27, 2007, with total box office takings of $526.2 million.
The first twenty seasons of The Simpsons can be purchased on DVD. Furthermore, to commemorate the series’ 20th anniversary, the twentieth season was made available on Blu-ray formats in 2010.
The show was renewed for seasons 35 and 36 in January 2023. Season 34 premiered on Fox in September 2022 and ended in May 2023.
Season 35 of The Simpsons will debut on October 1, 2023, with a promise of more satirical adventures that have kept audiences entertained for over three decades. However, over the years, some critics began to question whether the show’s quality had declined in later seasons.
Nevertheless, it maintains strong viewership and continues to be a beloved staple in popular culture.