(born on 15 March 1957
in New York City
, New York
) is an animator
best known for directing
numerous episodes of the animated TV series The Simpsons
, as well as The Simpsons Movie
. Silverman was involved with the series from the very beginning, where he animated all of the original Simpsons Tracy Ullman shorts
and went on to serve as director of animation for several years. He was also the co-director of Monsters, Inc.
for Pixar Animation Studios
Started his education at the University of Maryland, College Park
for two years, focusing on art. Then he attended UCLA
and majored in animation.
Early in his career with The Simpsons, he was a subject on the December 26, 1990 episode (#83) of To Tell the Truth.
Silverman is largely credited with creating most of the "rules" for drawing The Simpsons
. He appeared during the end credits of the Simpsons
episode "Goo Goo Gai Pan
" giving a quick method of drawing Bart
, and is a frequent participant on the Simpsons DVD audio commentaries
. A cartoon rendering of him can be seen in "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show
", where he is the animator who draws Poochie (along with renderings of other Simpsons
staffers). He was once credited as Pound Foolish
as the director of the episode "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular
Silverman is also the director of the The Simpsons Movie, which was released July 27, 2007. He originally left The Simpsons to direct The Road to El Dorado. Some of his other film work includes Monsters, Inc.. He is currently a consulting producer and occasional director.
The Simpsons episodes directed by Silverman
Silverman's direction and animation is known for its energy, sharp timing, adventurous use of design elements and often complex acting
, involving expressions and poses which are often quixotic, emotionally specific or highly exaggerated. It frequently recalls the works of Ward Kimball
, Tex Avery
, Bob Clampett
and Chuck Jones
. His most prolific period of work on The Simpsons can be roughly categorized as beginning with the "Tracy Ullman" episodes and ending in or around season eight of the series, for which he animated Homer's psychedelic dream in "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)
". Other representative examples of Silverman's work on "The Simpsons" include the Homer's histrionic, spasmodic heart attack in "Homer's Triple Bypass
", Krusty the Klown's fit of heated frustration at the horse he bets on in "Krusty Gets Kancelled
", Homer's demented hysterics over the iconic painting of poker-playing canines in "Treehouse of Horror IV
" and subsequent turn as an even-more-deranged appropriation of Jack Nicholson's character from "The Shining" in "Treehouse of Horror V
", and Homer's archetypically cartoonish reaction to Bart's prescription of Focusyn in "Brother's Little Helper
Silverman worked with Savage Steve Holland
to create Klutter!
for Fox Kids
. It was produced by Fox Kids
Company, Savage Studios Ltd
, and Film Roman
. It was part of Eek! Stravaganza
in the fourth season of the 1995-96 season. It lasted a year with 8 episodes from September 9
to April 14
Silverman has toured many college campuses, speaking about his experiences as an animator and longtime Simpsons director and producer. He describes his early experiences in the animation field, working on shows such as Turbo Teen
and Mister T
. He goes on to say that at the point he considered leaving animation to devote his time to cartoon illustration, he took a job animating on The Tracey Ullman Show
. He has pointed out that he and his fellow animators Wes Archer
and Bill Kopp
first started animating The Simpsons shorts
on March 23, 1987.
Silverman then elaborates on Simpsons production, the evolution of the show and its characters, and various show facts and trivia. He may show animatics, deleted scenes, and favorite scenes and sequences, while giving background information. He closes by hand-drawing character sketches before the audience.
Silverman plays the tuba
and has performed at events like Burning Man
and on June 23, 2006, he appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
, where he played a flaming sousaphone
. Silverman was a member of the UCLA Bruin Marching Band Sousaphone Section in the early 1980s.