Further proof that machines are slowly conquering the world – apparently one episode of The Simpsons at a time.
Fox has announced that it will feature a short segment of Homer Simpson, voiced by Dan Castellaneta, answering questions live on May 15.
The three-minute instalment will see the patriarchal animated character discussing “topical subjects” and answering fan questions. It will air live during both the East and West coast broadcasts.
Curious as to how the show is planning to pull of such a feat? The Hollywood Reporter spoke with showrunner, Al Jean, who revealed that they “will use a motion capture technology in which Homer’s voice and motions will be depicted in an animated scene talking about things he ‘could only be saying live on that day.'”
It was also revealed that the theme of the episode preceding the live segment, explores improv comedy. Jean added that “Dan is a great improviser.”
“As far as I know, this is the first time that’s been done by any animated show,” said Jean.
Fox is asking fans to tweet their questions using #HomerLive starting on Sunday, May 1, through Wednesday, May 4.
Are you excited to see The Simpsons go live?