Executive producer Al Jean tells EW.com what was right and wrong about those early shows

By Brian Hiatt
October 31, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST
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Good news for all the ”Simpsons” lovers who’ve snapped up copies of the first-season DVD box set like Homer on the loose in a Krispy Kreme shop: There’s more on the way. The comic minds behind the 12-year-old ‘toon, including series creator Matt Groening, have already laid down commentary tracks (Mmmm, commentaries!) for a planned season 2 release, due sometime next year.

And it’s likely that every season will get the same deluxe treatment, according to executive producer and show-runner Al Jean, who’s been on staff with ”The Simpsons” since the beginning. ”It’s not like they’re gonna leave an extra nickel on the floor in this place,” he tells EW.com.

According to national retail home entertainment chain Suncoast, ”The Simpsons: The Complete First Season” became the fastest-selling TV collection ever when it was released late last month. Perhaps not coincidentally, it’s also the first TV DVD to give fans episode-by-episode commentaries, deleted scenes, and other goodies (snacks come separately). But because it chronicles the very first season (1989-1990), the 13 episodes have their quirks — like Homer’s gratingly high-pitched original voice, which doesn’t even sound like the same Simpson.

”I think what happened with the voice is that Dan Castellaneta originally had a variety [show] background and he was doing a little bit of Walter Matthau, a little bit of this, a little of that,” Jean explains. ”As he got into the character, it went sort of down lower in the throat, and it became second nature to him — and that’s how we got the Homer we know today. I don’t think that [first voice] would have lasted 300 episodes.”

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