The London Sunday Times has a lengthy piece on Matt Groenig and his thoughts on his major and minor cartoon creations.
(And why would old Rupe be allowing one of the cornerstones of his media empire waste ink and pixels on an unregerate Lefty? Because the Lefty has made old Rupe mountains of money.)
... Futurama is simply an alternative perspective on the primary dynamic of the Groening psyche. So, since The Simpsons perspective has been such a global success for so long, why isn’t Futurama? Well, for a start, the latter isn’t exactly real. “In the course of doing Futurama, I came to the realisation that one of the reasons The Simpsons resonates the way it does is because people relate to human beings, even though they have car-toonishly yellow skin, more than they can relate to robots and cyclops and alien crab creatures.” As a result, Futurama ran for just four years on Fox – The Simpsons will hit 20 years in December 2009 – before moving to the Cartoon Network. The latest deal between Fox and Comedy Central is for four feature-length DVDs, which will be shown on TV as 16 episodes. This is scarcely a failure, but the contrast with The Simpsons is stark. Yet now it’s back.
Of course, TAG's wants are simple. We desire that Matt Groenig's Yellow Family goes on for a dozen more seasons on the teevee, and that Futurama one day soon come under an Animation Guild contract.
Few things could be more simple than that.