One of the “The Simpsons” mysteries revealed: why Homer and Krusty are almost identical
Matt Groening, creator of the series, referred to the physical similarities between the two characters.
The Simpsons managed to transcend time. Since its creation, back in 1989 by the cartoonist and producer, Matt Groening, it has become one of the longest running series on the small screen. It takes 31 seasons of uninterrupted success. The story, it is known, is centered on the life of a middle-class family (Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie) who lives in Springfield, a fictional city located in the United States.
From its beginnings, innumerable questions and enigmas arose. Mysteries that were unveiled in these years and others that still have to be solved. One of them has to do with two of the most emblematic characters, Homer and Krusty, the clown. Two of the most loved by fans, which are drawn identically. The appearance is traced. A small detail differentiates them: one is bare and the other is not. But the pattern is the same, as if they were cut by the same scissors.
While many of the fans noticed this detail, there had been no mention of it. Until now, its creator appeared to explain it and end the guesswork. “The original idea behind Krusty the clown was for Homer to be in disguise, even though Homer is not respected by his son, who does adore Krusty. If you look at Krusty, he’s just Homer with his hair spread out and a lock on his head, ”Groening began explaining to Entertainment Weekly.
He then added: “We were so busy at the beginning of the series that I thought, ‘Oh, this is too complicated,’ so we just dismissed it. But when I look at Krusty, I think, ‘Yes, that’s Homer.’ Another of the ideas was that in some chapter Bart discovered that Krusty, in fact, was his father in disguise ”.
Far from giving up or forgetting the original idea that appeared at the beginning, they knew how to take advantage of this in season six. In one of the chapters, Homer was enrolled at Krusty’s clown school. Disguised as him, they mistaken him for the real clown. For this, for example, he managed to evade a police control and was even persecuted by the mafia because of a debt that the real Krusty had.
What is striking in this question focuses on little Bart. In the “black sheep” of the Simpson family. The boy lives making displeasures to his father. He is always looking to do evil to him and, as a counterpart, he loves and defends the clown through and through. Here the irony is present if we stop at the possibility that they almost end up being the same person.
That scene was shown at the end of season six and the start of season seven. In between, in the four months that passed between the chapters, it served to entertain fans with the idea of solving the big puzzle. “The idea was from Matt Groening, he came into our office and said, ‘We have to do a double episode and he said exactly the phrase, Who Shot Mr. Burns?'”
“There we got to work. The original idea was to put Barney in jail, who at the time had us a little tired, and we wanted to put him behind bars. We found it funny. But then it changed and it was finally decided to be a member of the family, that’s how Maggie was the one to be shot. ”