It is established here Does Springfield still exist in the Futurama future? that the Simpsons is a show in the Futurama universe.

Is it live-action or animated ?

  • Since the characters in Groening shows appear to us less realistic than actual actors, and the Simpsons characters appear to have the same degree of realistic appearance as the Futurama characters, I would assume it would have to be live-action. Other than that, I don't think there is any information to tell.
    – bitmask
    Commented Jun 29, 2012 at 17:21
  • How often do we make dolls of live action characters? I have this feeling that Simpsons is not live action in futurama.
    – user606723
    Commented Jun 29, 2012 at 18:39
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    @bitmask Ah but isn't Itchy and Scratchy considered a cartoon?
    – NominSim
    Commented Jun 29, 2012 at 18:40
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    @user606723 star wars and star trek, dr who, stargate come directly to mind. Then things like green lantern live action movie had a whole slew of action figures. In short where there is money to made in merchandising, merchandise will be created, which dolls and/or action figures play a large role in animated or live action... go sci-fi collecting geeks!~~~ Commented Jun 29, 2012 at 18:49
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    Aren't they shows in each others' universes? Simpsons is a show in the Futurama 'verse, and Futurama is a show in the Simpson's 'verse. (Matt Groening appears in an ep of The Simpsons and is introduced as "The creator of Futurama.")
    – Aarthi
    Commented Jul 13, 2012 at 15:25

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This was answered in the Futurama live event (see at 29:18) :

Matt Groening said they are cartoon.

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    To be fair, @Sahuagin had the correct answer already, which was confirmed when the question was asked during the event. It seems fair that he be given the accepted answer, and this "proof" should be appended to his answer. IMO.
    – NominSim
    Commented Jul 12, 2012 at 20:52
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    But Sahuagin's answer is speculation, mine is word of God!
    – DavRob60
    Commented Jul 12, 2012 at 21:13
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    References are everything. Cited claims beat uncited claims every time.
    – Wad Cheber
    Commented Nov 3, 2015 at 18:58
  • Link is dead. Any chance of a re-up?
    – Valorum
    Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 18:51

There is no reason to think that it is any different than it is in our universe, in fact as far as I know in Futurama all of 20th century pop-culture is identical to real 20th century pop-culture; this is a key point of the show: comparing the real 20th century to the fictitious 31st century.

Also consistent with it being a cartoon is the fact that the Bart Simpson dolls in A Big Piece of Garbage have the same voice and appearance as our version of Bart Simpson.


I have just seen the episode where a ball of garbage sent in the space twentieth century risks falling back on New New York after one thousand years or so journey in the galaxy. Our heroes are sent to the garbage "asteroid" with a bomb, in order to blow it up, Fry finds a pile of Bart Simpson's puppets and recognizes him. Clearly the Simpsons have been a popular show in Futurama universe.

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    I'd extend this by noting the Bart doll retains the yellow skin coloring, which would be unrealistic in Futurama's universe. I think it's safe to assume it's still a cartoon show.
    – Zelda
    Commented Jun 29, 2012 at 21:08
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    The question doesn't ask whether it is a show or not, but whether it would be a "cartoon" or "live-action" show in universe. The linked question already has established that it is a show.
    – NominSim
    Commented Jun 29, 2012 at 21:18
  • @BenBrocka: ...and I also doubt you can call any particular skin colour "unrealistic" in the Futurama universe. Commented Jun 30, 2012 at 4:20
  • @ThePopMachine for humans? Humans in Futurama all have quite "normal" skin colors and none of them are yellow.
    – Zelda
    Commented Jun 30, 2012 at 13:56
  • @BenBrocka Actually, using updated information, if it was a live show, then it's ground zero for "Simpson's jaundice", which fry contracted in the newer seasons.
    – CBredlow
    Commented Oct 30, 2015 at 17:24

It was answered by the creators here at time 19:20!

Unfortunately, this link is now broken. If anyone can supply a working link to the video, please edit.

Luckily, I have preserved the relevant quote. (This is why link-only answers are frowned upon.)

It is a cartoon.

Matt Groening: The Simpsons are a cartoon. They're a cartoon! Yes! Futurama is real. Come on! The Simpsons are yellow.

  • I'm confused; isn't this exactly the same as DavRob60's answer? Broken link and all? Commented Nov 3, 2015 at 18:57
  • @JasonBaker: Not it is not because it actually contains the useful quote from the horse's mouth. As it stands, that answer contains no information, just a blank assertion. Commented Nov 3, 2015 at 18:59
  • I'll be honest, I don't see the point. But hey, it's your question Commented Nov 3, 2015 at 19:03
  • @JasonBaker: The point is simple. This answer contains a quote. In its current form, with the broken link (not its fault of course), the other answer has no information in it. It's a link only answer which is exactly the reason for the guideline. Commented Nov 3, 2015 at 19:05

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