Recently, I started thinking about, well, what if this is a 20-year show? I don’t think I am interested in staying on a show for 20 years, but it’s just the fact that The Simpsons is very stuck in time, and most cartoons are. And we are a cartoon where things change and grow in a way that live-action shows do, but because it’s animated, there are certain budgetary reasons that we can go much longer than a live-action show could.
There’s a real Boyhood potential in being, like, oh, what is the longitudinal arc of this show? And can we continue to go through multiple marriages and relationships and kids getting older and characters falling apart for multiple seasons at a time and then coming back together? Or is that going to be torture?
This is an interesting concept to hear about. It’s a unique contrast to other long running cartoon shows like The Simpsons, where they’re mostly static. This would be a hard goal to achieve though, considering how hard it is to keep the quality high as the years go on for a show, and also what may happen to the main cast if they choose to leave. Since the show has an important focus on characters like Diane, Todd, Princess Carolyn, and Mr. Peanutbutter, the safety net is much smaller if anyone drops out.