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Definition: Groening, Matt(hew) (1954– ) from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

US animator, writer, and producer. He created the irreverent cartoon The Simpsons, the first animated prime-time series in the USA for 20 years. It debuted in 1990 on Fox television and quickly became the network's highest-rated programme. Groening launched his second animated series, Futurama, in 1999.

His success as a cartoonist began with his cynical Life in Hell comic strip, which led to a series of books including Work is Hell, Love Is Hell, Childhood is Hell, and School is Hell. A feature film The Simpsons Movie was released in 2007.

Summary Article: Groening, Matt(hew Abram)
from Chambers Biographical Dictionary


♦ US cartoonist

He was born in Portland, Oregon, and educated at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. In the late 1970s he moved to Los Angeles, where he began drawing comic strips as well as working at the Los Angeles Reader, a weekly newspaper. The success of his comic strip Life in Hell from 1980, later anthologized in numerous books and still carried in newspapers worldwide, brought him to popular notice. His cartoon family, The Simpsons, first appeared on television in 1987 and was a huge critical and popular success, subsequently becoming the longest-running animated series in television history. Groening went on to create another cartoon series, Futurama, in 1999 and, despite cancellation of the show in 2003, popular demand led to the commissioning of further episodes in 2009.

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