- "G-good night!"
- ―Maggie Simpson
||April 19, 1987
"Good Night" is the first Simpsons short of the first season of the Tracy Ullman shorts, and was the first one made. It was first aired on The Tracy Ullman Show on April 19, 1987. It was also the Simpson family's first ever debut.
Homer and Marge say good night to the kids although what they say to them makes them worried instead of going to sleep.
Homer tucks Bart into bed, saying good night to him. Bart asks him what is "the mind" and how it works. Homer replies that it is not something to be worried about although Bart ends up worried about it while Homer switches off the lights.
Marge tucks Lisa into bed, saying good night to her and also tells her to slept tight as well as not to let the bed bugs bite. The latter which worries Lisa, thinking bed bugs are harmful while Marge turns off the lights.
Marge then sings Rock-a-bye Baby to Maggie, which Maggie then imagines she is in a crib on a tree and falling down endlessly in the course of the song. Marge eventually says sweet dreams to a worried Maggie before switching off the light in her room.
Homer and Marge go to their bed, thinking they are the best parents in the world for presumably having the kids ready to sleep soundly. They come to Homer and Marge's bedroom, both frantic about what they said. Bart worried about "the mind", Lisa worried about bed bugs and Maggie non verbally the Rock-a-bye Baby song. Homer and Marge lets the kids sleep with them and are able to sleep.
- See also: History.
Matt Groening was invited by James L. Brooks to animate bumpers of his comic strip, Life in Hell, between the advertisement breaks of The Tracey Ullman Show. With only a few minutes left until the meeting, Groening thought about if this all went wrong and then Fox would own his characters. So, he hurridly drew up what is now known as the Simpson family. He used names from his family to name the characters, substituting Bart for his name, an anagram for "brat". This short was written and storyboarded by Groening. The family was crudely drawn, because Groening had submitted basic sketches to the animators, assuming they would clean them up, but instead they just traced over his drawings. The animation was produced at Klasky Csupo, with Wesley Archer, David Silverman, and Bill Kopp animating the short.
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