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Matt Groening answers your questions
15 April 2004 1033 BST

Richard Greenaway (RG) and the BBC weatherman for Bristol, Richard Angwin (RA) spoke to the creator of The Simpsons, Matt Groening, about his visit to Bristol in 2002.
Matt will visit Bristol as part of the Animated Encounters film festival.
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"I imagine there will be a Simpsons movie sooner rather than later "

Matt continued the interview by answering some of the questions sent into the website by fans of The Simpsons.

RG: We've had quite a few questions from people like Glen Wilson and Rod Dennis all wanting to know how they should start their own adventure in animation - how they should get involved in the industry.

I wonder whether you might have a couple of top tips?
MG: Well, I think it really helps to be able to draw.

My shocking confession is that if I tried out to be animator, I would not be hired because my drawing technique is not that great.

However, if you want to do your own stuff then you can draw whatever way you want to. I think the way to go these days is to attend some school that teaches animation.

There are more and more of them nowadays.

People are realising this is actually a real career that one could can pursue.

And then there's the Internet. There is lots of animation going on in the Internet. I don't think it makes any money, but it definitely does showcase people's talents and I think that's the way to go.
RA: One question which I desperately need answering Matt, and so do Mark Hemus and Stephen Saul.

When will there be a Simpsons movie?
MG: The idea of doing of a Simpsons movie is quite daunting to us because we basically pack a feature length movie's worth of incident and jokes and side gags into a single half hour episode of the show so how do you pad it out to an hour and a half?

That's a question that, creatively, has been something we've been struggling with for a number of years now.

Just two reasons. How do you do it? How do you expand and remain true to the show?

And the second thing is what's the artistic reason for doing it? Is there something we can do on the big screen that we don't do on TV?

The bags of money that have been dangled in front of our faces are very enticing, but again coming back to the creative thing, we haven't figured out the exact way to do pursue this.

However, we are starting to talk about it seriously and I imagine there will be a Simpsons movie sooner rather than later.
RG: Do you think a movie would replace the episodes on television?

Would you like to see some sort of climactic, Hitchcockian finale to the Simpsons, or do you think it will just continue going on and on?
MG: I imagine at some point we will give up on doing the episodes, but right now there is no end in sight.

I would just hate to see us start to do movies based on the show and have that kill the show.

If there is a way of doing both I think that would be good.

Or if the show finally runs out of steam and then we go into the movie business that would be good too, but I don't want a movie to kill the show.

I think that everybody who works on the show has similar feelings.

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