‘Super Size Me’ Director Morgan Spurlock To Honor ‘The Simpsons’

This isn’t really movie news, but there’s a movie based on “The Simpsons” and Morgan Spurlock is an Oscar-nominated director. Put the two of them together, and that’s enough for me to write it up here. Especially since I’m a pretty serious “Simpsons” nut.

Fox has announced that Spurlock is producing a for-TV documentary special to air on January 14, 2010 in celebration of “The Simpsons”’ 20 years on television. Spurlock’s “The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special in 3-D on Ice” will cap off Fox’s “Best. 20. Years. Ever.” campaign, which launched last January to celebrate the long-running TV series’ irreplaceable contributions to our culture. Where else could we have a quote like: “Alcohol is a way of life, alcohol is my way of life and I aim to keep it.”

While I’m guessing that the upcoming special will be neither “in 3-D” nor “on ice,” Spurlock is uniquely suited to examine “The Simpsons” as a cultural touchstone. He’s the right age, for starters. He also has a knack for exploring modern day obsessions: in “Super Size Me” he committed to living on McDonald’s meals for a month and his TV series “30 Days” is all about immersing a person in a particular lifestyle. Of course it doesn’t hurt that Spurlock is a fan of “The Simpsons” as well.

“When they first called me about this, I thought it was a prank and I hung up,” Spurlock said. “And then my agent called back and said, ’No, no, this is for real,’ at which point I fainted. Then when I woke up, I called everyone I knew because it was the coolest thing I could ever get to do in my career.”

I hear you Morgan. Now you just have to go into hiding until this thing is in the can, lest some crazy obsessive “Simpsons” fan (coughMecough) takes you out for a shot at the job. In all seriousness, I think Spurlock is a top-notch choice for this special and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.

Creator Matt Groening’s “The Simpsons” started life in 1987 as a recurring short on “The Tracey Ullman Show,” a sketch comedy series conceived by the oft-disguised comedian and voiced by the show’s cast members. The first proper episode — “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” — hit the airwaves on December 17, 1989.

I’ve been tuning in since that very first episode. While I haven’t caught every single episode as it has premiered, I have seen them all over the years. Anyone who knows me is always prepared to be assaulted with random, often nonsensical “Simpsons” quotes; as I am fond of saying, there’s (at least) one for every occasion.

Are you a fan of “The Simpsons”? Excited to see how Spurlock approaches his subject? What are some of your favorite “Simpsons” quotes?

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