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Hi! I'm Gabriel DeFrancesco - The Simpsons retake director - a vinyl junkie jazz consumer and Writer/Director/Producer of TRADING UP and ROMAN HOLIDAY and my new project CHOW-FUHN with Bobby Lee, Margaret Cho and Jon Lovitz on Kickstarter (and partnered with WUJU hot sauce!)
Ask away - I'm ready.
Thank you Reddit - it was great. If you get a chance, please watch CHOW-FUHN!!
What do you think about the bears this season being a bears fan yourself?
Heartbreak. The off-season is so long but seemingly productive - culture change, yada, yada, yada - and then to through a "Trestman"era style blow out like last Sunday, was unreal.
Bear down. FTP.
I'm trying! I'm trying!
Sorry for sounding dumb, but what is a retake director?
It's like a relief pitcher. Once the show is back in color the writers "rewrite" jokes or punch up the story - and I'm one of 3 retake directors that stitch it in.
What is your favorite type of beer? What is your favorite beer over all? What beer do you enjoy making the most?
It's changed so much! Pale Lagers are my go to at this point (I used to be a hop head) but Blushing Monk is so delicious! (Rarely can I find it here). Fav. to brew is a Pumpkin ale ('tis the season) and a rice based Ale I call "Bob Dylan's Beard" (after the Wilco song)
What's your favorite bears memory?
Sweetness. It was early on. The Bears were crappy (seems like we're there again) and he just ping ponged off Lions defenders.
The only answer is to have Homer square off with Eddie Lacy in a donut eating contest.
What has been your favorite episode of The Simpsons so far, and why? (Favorite few is okay, if you can't decide!)
Colonel Homer! Which was written by Matt Groening! It's packed with great character drama - really an astoundingly heart felt episode.
How long have you been working in the business?
Since 1999. It feels like 2 years, honestly. But my gray hair and waiste line tell me different, sadly.
How did you get Jon Lovitz and all those famous actors to work on your new project?
Two words: LINDA LAMONTAGNE - she is like my fairy god-mother. Linda casts for FAMILY GUY (where I started) - and it'll all started with a project called TRADING UP - I sent Linda the script - and said who I'd like and honestly asking for Snoop Dogg, Lavell Crawford, Joe Lo Truglio, Harland Williams and Kaitlin Olson seemed like wishful thinking - but she got them! That momentum just kept building with ROMAN HOLIDAY and now CHOW-FUHN. Jon is one of my heroes! And it took a lot of effort to not cry when he walked in to record.
often, you will see closed-captioning show different jokes than what is said by the characters -- are those typically the original jokes?
I don't know! I've never noticed! I'll have to ask.
who is your favorite Simpsons character ?
Homer. Dan Castellaneta is a genius - he brings so much warmth to Homer. The writing and acting for Homer (to me) is legendary.
Beer maker!? What's your favorite beer to make and do you sell any of your homebrews?
I give it away! Pumpkin Ale is my favorite. Roasting the pumpkin smells great, and getting the right amount of spices is key.
How long have you been into home brewing? that sounds amazing btw
14 years. Autumn '01 it started. I loved driving out to Woodland Hills, CA to get supplies - now everything is by mail. THOUGH - my wife's father (and her brother) grow their own hops! (I have yet to use any though)
How did you come up with the idea for Chow Fuhn?
The first time I decided "I'm going to get food from a food truck" I was served something I didn't order - and the guy in the window yelled, "Sneak Attack!" I thought it was a game - like the joke was on me - I really didn't know what the hell was happening. They explained that they were out of food (in their defense I was the last person to order, and it was right before they were leaving) - so we had some laughs, and I ate it! But later I felt like I had a Seinfeld experience (ala the Soup Nazi) - and it just started spinning in my head. I sketched COLONEL CHOW and that's where it started.
Very cool! I used to enjoy super hoppy beers also, but I've been leaning towards Pilsners recently since they don't annihilate my taste buds for the rest of the day.
Good luck with the kickstarter!
On the Itchy & Scratchy CD-ROM, is there a way to get out of the dungeon without using the wizard key?
I don't know! (Does that make me a bad person?)
In a serious (?) question: Which is your favorite Simpsons quote?
Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment (written by one my favorite Simpsons writers, John Swartzwelder)
Homer: To alcohol! The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems.
Thank you for doing this! What would you say your best advice is for someone that wants to get into the business - anything you wish you knew first starting out (or maybe still wish you knew!)
Also - would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or one-hundred duck-sized horses?
YES! The question! Man, this is a dream come true. Bring on the horse sized duck. Screw anatidaephobia!
Work hard, and never forget who helped you out in the beginning. I would give those guys the shirt off my back, if they'd take it.
Gabe, where can I see your other animations like roman holiday or Trading Up? Are they on youtube?
I saw your other shorts through your kick starter. Very funny. What was it like working with Snoop Dog?
Very funny. He loves stand up, and has GREAT delivery. He suggested Lavell Crawford (this was before Lavell did Breaking Bad) for Barry.
I haven't got the foggiest or a Scooby doo what you are yapping about. I still don't know what you do
Sorry! Each episode goes through a few phases. First phase is production; the script is written, the director and animators flesh it out - it's then sent overseas to be fully animated. About 5 months later the episode returns! The writers, producers, supervising director (Mike B. Anderson), David Silverman, the episode director and myself meet at FOX. The writers make their changes, and the episode is handed over to me to make those changes before it airs. I hope that's "clearer".