GROEN DRAIN

No, really:

Mr. Mann, whose subjects have included underground cartoonists (“Comic Book Confidential”) and avant-garde jazz musicians (“Imagine the Sound”), takes a light, zippy approach to his material. His main conceit is to have much of the story told by the hot rods themselves, voiced by sympathetic celebs like Jay Leno (a car and motorcycle hobbyist), the Smothers Brothers, and “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, with John Goodman as the disembodied voice of Big Daddy himself, speaking to us from the great body shop beyond.

[New York Sun]

SPRINGFIELD SHOPPER

The Simpsons Mobile: Coming soon, Jamba will exclusively offer mobile content from the popular FOX series, The Simpsons, through the industry’s first subscription package tied to exclusive content called the “Yellow Plan”. Available to consumers for the first time, the “Yellow Plan” will include an array of uniquely designed Simpsons mobile content, such as wallpapers, screensavers, ringtones and video.

SOUNDS EXCITING!!!!!!!!!! [splashphone.com]

TOON BEAT

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has declared that he will prolong the epic CARTOON WARS that are threatening the very fabric of our society with more shots at supposed rival show The Simpsons, after they semi-recently took a shot at Family Guy and American Dad. It’s like the Cold War nuclear arms race except with cartoons and nerds [ToonZone]

GROEN DRAIN

As a cartoon animator, Mike Gerard always wanted to produce the best drawings he could.

But when he started work on [the first season of “The Simpsons”], he was astonished to be told that the creators did not want good animation.

“Matt Groening (creator of “The Simpsons”) was adamant that the show should be about humor, the characters, and that the animation should not look good. That was really difficult for me and I would get frustrated when he would tell me something was too good. So one day I picked up a scene I had thrown in the trash and he loved it.”

[KVOA]