Maintaining a television show can sometimes feel like a marriage. Sometimes you have to introduce a new element in order to spice things up. For the long-running animated series, that means hosting a live Q&A session with Homer Simpson.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox announced Monday that the May 15 episode of The Simpsons will include the foolish yet loveable father taking questions from fans. It seems like an impossible task since animation requires tedious months of story boarding, drawing, editing and adding in the voice actors. In this case, it would be Dan Castellaneta’s.
However, they found the perfect solution and you have Peter Jackson to thank for it. Showrunner Al Jean says they will use motion capture technology to show Homer talking in animated scenes about things he "could only be saying live on that day." If you find yourself thinking, “Wow! I’ve never heard of something like that become,” you’d be absolutely correct.
"As far as I know, this is the first time that's been done by any animated show," Jean said. The episode will delve into improve comedy so the live question portion should fit right in. "And Dan is a great improviser," he added.
For those looking to get involved, tweet your questions using the hashtag #HomerLive. You have from May 1 to May 4 to get them in. Happy tweeting!