The Bart Simpson topiary stands proudly in front of The Simpsons production offices on the Fox lot.
By Dan Sarto
Our day concluded with a tour of the Fox lot and a screening for Fox Feature Animation and the crew of The Simpsons. Like the Sony and Paramount lots, the Fox lot is steeped in movie legendry. Used almost exclusively these days for TV production on shows broadcast seemingly on every network, the lot includes stages used for shows like Bones. Glee and How I Met Your Mother. Home to the worldwide headquarters of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, the lot also houses facilities used for Fox’s NFL broadcasts.
We did a fast walk past a number of enormous sound stages, as well as snaking in and out of a number of buildings within the famous New York City building facades used in practically every show and commercial known to man. We also managed to get a fast glimpse at The Simpsons production offices, complete with a cool Bart Simpson topiary and statue of a hand holding a donut that decorate the front yard.
Soon it was time to join the screening for Q&A. The theatre was packed and included many of David Silverman’s co-workers on The Simpsons as well as his nominated short. After Ron introduced the filmmakers once again, Al Jean, one of the producers of Maggie Simpson and “The Longest Daycare”
was dragged down to the front of the stage to answer questions as well.