Bill Harris from the Toronto Sun made me laugh when he said: “How can a cartoon be live? I haven’t been this confused since Crystal Pepsi. It makes no sense to me.”
In a new episode of The Simpsons titled ‘Simprovised’ airing this Sunday (May 15) on Global, Homer will appear “live” for the first time on TV, answering questions from viewers. There will be separate “live” segments for the East Coast and West Coast broadcasts too.
One of the producers explained: “It’s motion capture. Dan Castellaneta (the voice of Homer) will be in a booth where he speaks into a mic, and obviously what he says goes out live. He’s not hooked up by electrodes or anything, his motions are captured and translated into Homer’s moves, which will then appear in the animation. It will look like the normal show, we have background animation that has been pre-animated with several jokes. But everything Homer does, at the centre of it, is live.”