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¡Ay, caramba! Watching the actor behind Bart Simpson doing his voice in real life is incredibly strange.
Bart has been voiced by Nancy Cartwright since The Simpsons debuted in 1989, even receiving a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance and an Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in the Field of Animation.
However, like other performers in cartoons, Cartwright's voice is multifaceted; alongside Bart, she also voices Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, Kearney, Database and Maggie.
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Cartwright posted a video on TikTok showcasing all the different voices, and it's actually rather bizarre to hear those characters outside the world of Springfield on our televisions, especially Nelson's laugh and Maggie's babyish sounds.
The Simpsons is the longest-running animated show in history. 'If we go back in time, wind the clock back... I think, what was I thinking at the time I was hired and the show got picked up for that first season?' she said in another TikTok.
'And I gotta tell ya, nobody had any clue [laughs]. Not only that 30-plus years later we'd still be on the air, but also... we were finding our own, learning how to record in a booth that wasn't meant for recording in. I was way pregnant, we were sharing one microphone, it was taking two hours to record 30 seconds.
'But we just did it, because it was fun! And who knew? There wasn't anything like it on television, there was no other primetime show that was animated. I didn't have the perspective to think what could happen in the future... all I can say to that is thank you.'
In an interview from 2020, Cartwright looked back on winning an Emmy for her voice work in 1992 – the first award of its kind. 'It was the first time they ever did that. And we got it! Because quite honestly, there was no competition,' she told Awards Daily.
'There was no other animated show on primetime television, and it wouldn’t be until 2009 when there were enough animated shows to warrant an actual category. What a honour! It took that long for people to recognise that animation is a viable media.'
The Simpsons has been renewed through to its 34th season, meaning it'll last on the air until at least 2023. Amazingly, there are no plans to bring the show to an end, with showrunner Al Jean recently saying he's aiming for 1,000 episodes.
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