The Simpsons Writer John Swartzwelder Reveals Homer’s Writing Secret

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Homer may be stupid, but he became one of the most iconic TV characters of all time. Surely he was only ascended such ranks by writers with the greatest respect for him as an individual, right?

It turns out that one of the most revered “Simpsons” writers of all time thinks of Homer as a big dog.

In an interview with The New Yorker, Swartzwelder described Homer, “He’s a big talking dog.” Thankfully, he offered more explanation: “One moment he’s the saddest man in the world, because he just lost his job, or dropped his sandwich, or accidentally killed his family. Then , the next moment he’s the happiest man in the world, because he’s just found a penny – maybe under one of his dead family members. really a dog, of course – he’s smarter than that – but if you write him like a dog, you’ll never be wrong.

It’s certainly been Homer’s time to provide Poochie’s voice on a loop. And it gives more meaning to some of his more eclectic personality traits. His mood often changes on the spur of the moment and he finds joy in the simple things in life. It’s open to debate whether more modern “Simpsons” bought into this ethos, but it did create some classic Homer moments all those years ago.

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