“The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening found himself in a bit of controversy when he recently made it sound like the animated show takes place in Oregon. While he later attempted to clarify his comments, this didn’t appear to be enough. So the program chose to address the topic as only they can.
During the show’s opening credits on Sunday (April 15), the animators write, “Now entering Oregon.” To clear up matters further, during Bart’s weekly chalkboard routine, he writes, “The true location of Springfield is in any state but yours.”
The confusion began when Groening tells Smithsonian magazine, “When I was a kid, the TV show ‘Father Knows Best’ took place in the town of Springfield, and I was thrilled because I imagined that it was the town next to Portland, my hometown. When I grew up, I realized it was just a fictitious name. I also figured out that Springfield was one of the most common names for a city in the U.S. In anticipation of the success of the show, I thought, ‘This will be cool; everyone will think it’s their Springfield.’ And they do.”
He attempted to explain these thoughts when he says, “I never said Springfield was in Oregon…I said Springfield was the name of my sled.”
So Zappers, will we ever find out where Springfield really is?