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Encyclopedia > Lisa Simpson
The Simpsons character
Lisa Simpson
Gender Female
Hair color Yellow
Job Student
Relatives Parents: Homer and Marge
Siblings: Bart and Maggie
(See also Simpson family)
Voice actor Yeardley Smith
First appearance
Ullman shorts "Good Night"
The Simpsons "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"

Lisa Marie Simpson is a character in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Yeardley Smith; Lisa is the only character Smith voices on a regular basis. Matt Groening, the creator of the series, named her after his sister. Her birthday is 3rd October and she is 8. Simpsons redirects here. ... Image File history File links Lisa_Simpson. ... For other uses, see Female (disambiguation). ... A yellow Tulip. ... For other uses, see Student (disambiguation). ... Homer Simpson is also a character in the book and film The Day of the Locust. ... Marjorie Marge Simpson (née Bouvier) is a fictional character featured in the animated television series The Simpsons and is voiced by Julie Kavner. ... For the comic book series of the same name, see Bart Simpson comics. ... For the singer-songwriter, see Maggie Simpson (musician). ... The Simpson Family The Simpson family is the family featured in the United States animated sitcom The Simpsons. ... Martha Maria Yeardley Smith (; born July 3, 1964) is an American actress and voice actor who is best known for providing the voice of Lisa Simpson on the animated television series The Simpsons. ... The Simpsons made their TV debut on The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987 The Simpsons shorts is a series of one-minute shorts that ran on the variety show The Tracey Ullman Show for three seasons, before the characters spun off into their own half-hour prime time show called... Homer tucks in Bart in the very first scene. ... Season 2episode list header}} {{Template:Infobox Simpsons season 1 Season 2episode list}} Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire, also known as The Simpsons Christmas Special,[2] is the first episode of The Simpsons to air. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Martha Maria Yeardley Smith (; born July 3, 1964) is an American actress and voice actor who is best known for providing the voice of Lisa Simpson on the animated television series The Simpsons. ... Matthew Abram Groening is an American cartoonist (Life in Hell) and the Emmy Award-winning creator of the animated series, The Simpsons and Futurama. ...


Lisa is an extremely intelligent girl, one of the brightest characters on the show, with an I.Q. of either 156 or 159. She plays what appears to be a Baritone Saxophone. Lisa is also a Buddhist and often serves as a mouthpiece for the show's writers, many of whom are postgraduates, to voice their knowledge of philosophy, science and history.[citation needed] ... Homers Enemy is the twenty-third episode of The Simpsons’ eighth season, first broadcast by Fox on May 4, 1997. ... For the The Suite Life of Zack & Cody episode, see Smart & Smarterer Smart and Smarter is the thirteenth episode of The Simpsons fifteenth season. ... The baritone saxophone, often called bari sax (to avoid confusion with the baritone horn, which is often referred to simply as baritone), is one of the larger and lower pitched members of the saxophone family. ...

Contents

Personality

Toddler Bart holding baby Lisa as seen in "Lisa's First Word".
Toddler Bart holding baby Lisa as seen in "Lisa's First Word".
Lisa with her saxophone.
"Well, Dad, as intelligence goes up, happiness often goes down. In fact, I made a graph. I make a lot of graphs."

Lisa is quite eclectic in her knowledge and is notably more concerned with world affairs than her cohorts. Critics have also pointed out that Lisa's situation alludes to the plight of real children, who are often underestimated by adults. Lisa shares her intellect and overachieving personality traits with other female members of the Simpson family ("Lisa the Simpson" revealed that Simpson males inherit a gene on the Y chromosome that prevents them from channeling their intellect). Lisa also deeply values her integrity, as demonstrated when she cheats on a test on The Wind in the Willows to attain her highest grade of A+++, but later admits her dishonesty to an unreceptive Principal Skinner. (She later re-grades the test as an F.) Lisa has received detention, like her brother Bart, quite a number of times, often because of her rebellious and sometimes bitter attitude and anti-social behavior that is capable of deeply embarrassing authority figures. Screencap from Simpsons episode Lisas First Word This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ... Screencap from Simpsons episode Lisas First Word This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ... For the comic book series of the same name, see Bart Simpson comics. ... The term baby can refer to: an infant a very early computer—the Small-Scale Experimental Machine, nicknamed Baby a musician – Brian Williams – who performs under the name Baby. ... Lisas First Word is the 10th episode of The Simpsons fourth season. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ... Image File history File links This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ... For other uses, see Female (disambiguation). ... Lisa the Simpson is the seventeenth episode of The Simpsons ninth season. ... This article is about the Male sex. ... For other uses, see Gene (disambiguation). ... The human Y chromosome is one of two sex chromosomes, it contains the genes that cause testis development, thus determining maleness. ... This article is about the ethical concept. ... Ratty and Mole, as interpreted by E. H. Shepard The Wind in the Willows is a classic of childrens literature written in 1908 by Kenneth Grahame. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Although her rebellion against social norms is usually depicted as constructive and heroic, Lisa can be whiny, cruel and self-righteous at times. Notably, in "Lisa the Vegetarian", her increasing sense of moral righteousness regarding her vegetarianism leads her to proselytize, culminating in her spiteful disruption of a "meat-based" barbecue prepared by Homer (an act she comes to rue). At times, Lisa appears to resist certain situations merely for the sake of resisting them, not because of any genuine ideological opposition. She appears to enjoy breaking the norm for its own sake; in Bart Star, she triumphantly declares that she, a girl, would like to join the football team. When it is revealed that there are already girls on the team, she declares her distaste for a sport that would use a pig's skin to make its ball. When it is revealed that the ball is actually synthetic, she is at a loss for words and runs off visibly upset. She was also able to talk at a very young age, as seen in "Homer's Barbershop Quartet". Lisa the Vegetarian is the fifth episode of The Simpsons seventh season. ... A variety of vegetarian food ingredients Vegetarianism is the practice of a diet that excludes all animal flesh, including poultry, game, fish, shellfish or crustacea, and slaughter by-products. ... A barbecue in a public park in Australia A barbecue on a trailer at a block party in Kansas City Pans on the top shelf hold hamburgers and hot dogs that were grilled earlier when the coals were hot. ... Bart Star is the sixth episode of the ninth season of the animated television series The Simpsons, which originally aired November 9, 1997. ... Homers Barbershop Quartet is the first episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ...


Despite her high IQ, Lisa does have typical childhood issues, sometimes requiring adult intervention. In "Lost Our Lisa", she tricks Homer into allowing her to ride the bus alone, only to become hopelessly lost. After his coworkers Lenny and Carl point out that he allowed his 8 year old daughter to ride a bus by herself, Homer comes to her rescue. In one episode, Lisa has a Jewish imaginary friend named Rachel who "just got into Brandeis." In the earlier seasons, Lisa displayed more personality traits of an eight-year old, including obsessing over getting a pony, being addicted to TV, fighting with Bart, and obsessing about her weight in one episode. She also finds Bart's joke-calls to Moe's tavern funny (although she never does it personally). IQ redirects here; for other uses of that term, see IQ (disambiguation). ... Lost Our Lisa is the twenty-fourth episode of the ninth season of The Simpsons. ... Homer Simpson is also a character in the book and film The Day of the Locust. ... Lenford Lenny Leonard, MPhys is a fictional character in The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer. ... Carlton Carl Carlson, MPhys is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons. ... For other uses, see Imaginary Friend. ... Brandeis University is a private university located in Waltham, Massachusetts, United States. ...


Arguably, Lisa's most notable trait about her character is that she is very intelligent. In "Homer's Enemy", it is mentioned that Lisa has an IQ of 156. She is a high-ranking member of Mensa Springfield. Lisa demonstrates an early intelligence by changing her own diaper as an infant and completing a puzzle in Principal Skinner's office at 3 years old. When unable to attend school due to a teachers' strike (in "The PTA Disbands"), she suffered a sort of "school withdrawal" and invents a perpetual motion machine that Homer describes as going "faster and faster". He goes on to chastise her, saying "In this house, we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" Homers Enemy is the twenty-third episode of The Simpsons’ eighth season, first broadcast by Fox on May 4, 1997. ... Mensa is the largest, oldest, and most famous high-IQ society in the world. ... Springfield is the fictional city in which the animated American sitcom The Simpsons is set. ... Baby cloth diaper filled with extra cloth. ... “Baby” redirects here. ... For university teachers, see professor. ... Another Simpsons Clip Show is an episode from the sixth season of The Simpsons. ... This article or section should include material from Parallel Path See also Perpetuum mobile as a musical term Perpetual motion machines (the Latin term perpetuum mobile is not uncommon) are a class of hypothetical machines which would produce useful energy in a way science cannot explain (yet). ... The laws of thermodynamics, in principle, describe the specifics for the transport of heat and work in thermodynamic processes. ...


Lisa's political convictions are generally leftist and rather liberal. She is a vegetarian, and a supporter of the Free Tibet movement.[1] [2] While still supportive of the Christian church she was raised in,[3] Lisa is now a practicing Buddhist following her decision to follow the Noble Eightfold Path.[4] She also supports the theory of Darwinism and evolution, calling Darwin "one of the greatest minds" of all time, as seen in the episode, "The Monkey Suit." Though apparently not an adherent, she mentions in one episode that she considers Wicca "very empowering." [5] In politics, left-wing, political left, leftism, or simply the left, are terms which refer (with no particular precision) to the segment of the political spectrum typically associated with any of several strains of socialism, social democracy, or liberalism (especially in the American sense of the word), or with opposition... Liberalism is an ideology, philosophical view, and political tradition which holds that liberty is the primary political value. ... A variety of vegetarian food ingredients Vegetarianism is the practice of a diet that excludes all animal flesh, including poultry, game, fish, shellfish or crustacea, and slaughter by-products. ... The Free Tibet movement is a worldwide movement with the goal of helping Tibet separate from Peoples Republic of China, be it full Tibetan independence or true autonomy under the PRC. Many in the movement see the Government of Tibet in exile as the true leaders of the Tibetan... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      Christianity is... A statue of the Sakyamuni Buddha in Tawang Gompa, India. ... The Dharma wheel, often used to represent the Noble Eightfold Path The Noble Eightfold Path (Pāli: Ariyo aá¹­á¹­haá¹…giko maggo; Sanskrit: Ä€rya ṣṭāṅga mārgaḥ; Chinese: 八正道, Bāzhèngdào; Japanese: 八正道, Hasshōdō, Thai: อริยมรรคแปด, Ariya Mugg Paad, Mongolian qutuÉ£tan-u naiman gesigün-ü mör) is, in... Charles Darwin Darwinism is a term for the underlying theory in those ideas of Charles Darwin concerning evolution and natural selection. ... This article is about evolution in biology. ... “The Monkey Suit” is the 21st episode of The Simpsons seventeenth season that originally aired on May 14, 2006. ... For other uses, see Wicca (disambiguation). ...


Lisa, despite her young age, has had relationships with several different boys, including Ralph Wiggum ("I Love Lisa"), Nelson Muntz ("Lisa's Date with Density") and Colin (The Simpsons Movie). Milhouse Van Houten also has a crush on her, and tries to get her to kiss or date him frequently, and as yet has been unsuccessful. Ralph Wiggum is a fictional character on the animated series The Simpsons, voiced by Nancy Cartwright. ... I Love Lisa is the fifteenth episode from the fourth season of The Simpsons, in which the dim-witted and socially-awkward Ralph Wiggum plays a prominent role. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Lisas Date with Density is the 7th episode from the eighth season of The Simpsons. ... This following is a list, by episode, of one-time fictional characters from the American animated television comedy series The Simpsons. ... The Simpsons Movie is a 2007 animated comedy film based on the animated television series The Simpsons, directed by David Silverman, and scheduled to be released worldwide by July 27, 2007. ... Milhouse Mussolini Van Houten is a fictional character featured in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Pamela Hayden. ...


Character

Creation

Voice actress Yeardley Smith.
Voice actress Yeardley Smith.

Matt Groening first conceived the Simpson family in the lobby of James L. Brooks' office. He had been called in to pitch a series of animated shorts, and had intended to present his Life in Hell series. When he realized that animating Life in Hell would require him to rescind publication rights for his life's work, Groening decided to go in another direction.[6] He hurriedly sketched out his version of a dysfunctional family, and named the characters after various members of his own family, and Lisa is the name of one of his sisters.[6] Lisa then made her debut with the rest of the Simpsons clan on 19 April 1987 in the Tracey Ullman short "Good Night".[7] Nancy Cartwright, originally auditioned for the role of Lisa, but soon thought that her voice would be better suited voicing Bart.[8] Image File history File links Yeardley_smith. ... Image File history File links Yeardley_smith. ... Martha Maria Yeardley Smith (; born July 3, 1964) is an American actress and voice actor who is best known for providing the voice of Lisa Simpson on the animated television series The Simpsons. ... Matthew Abram Groening is an American cartoonist (Life in Hell) and the Emmy Award-winning creator of the animated series, The Simpsons and Futurama. ... James L. Brooks (born May 9, 1940) is a three-time Academy Award, nineteen-time Emmy and Golden Globe-winning American producer, writer, and film director. ... Life in Hell is a weekly comic strip by Matt Groening. ... is the 109th day of the year (110th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... The Simpsons made their TV debut on The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987 The Simpsons shorts is a series of one-minute shorts that ran on the variety show The Tracey Ullman Show for three seasons, before the characters spun off into their own half-hour prime time show called... Homer tucks in Bart in the very first scene. ... Nancy Cartwright (actress) is an American actress, best noted for providing the voice of Bart Simpson. ...


In the Tracey Ullman Show shorts, Lisa was more of a "female Bart" and was equally mischievous. As the series progressed, Lisa began to develop into a more intelligent and more emotional character with "Krusty Gets Busted" being one of the first episodes where her true intelligence is fully shown.[9] Many episodes focusing on Lisa have an emotional nature, the first one being "Moaning Lisa". The idea for the episode was pitched by James L. Brooks, who had wanted to do an emotional episode where Lisa is sad because the show had done a lot of "jokey episodes".[10] Krusty Gets Busted is the 12th episode of the first season of The Simpsons. ... Moaning Lisa is the sixth full-length episode of The Simpsons. ... James L. Brooks (born May 9, 1940) is a three-time Academy Award, nineteen-time Emmy and Golden Globe-winning American producer, writer, and film director. ...


Cultural influence

In 2001 Lisa received a special "Board of Directors Ongoing Commitment Award" at the Environmental Media Awards.[11] "Lisa the Vegetarian", an episode from the seventh season, won both an Environmental Media Award for "Best Television Episodic Comedy"[12] and a Genesis Award for "Best Television Comedy Series, Ongoing Commitment".[13] The Environmental Media Awards are a group that give awards to movies, television shows and other media that promote awareness of environmental issues. ... Lisa the Vegetarian is the fifth episode of The Simpsons seventh season. ... The Simpsons Season 7 DVD Digipak. ... For 20 years, the Genesis Awards has paid tribute to the major news and entertainment media for producing outstanding works which raise public understanding of animal issues. ...


Both Lisa and Bart ranked #11 in TV Guide's "Top 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All Time."[14] TV Guide is the name of two North American weekly magazines about television programming, one in the United States and one in Canada. ...


In Japan, the broadcasters of the series found they were able to turn the apparent viewer dislike of the series around by focusing marketing attention on Lisa. Lisa's well-intended but ill-fated struggles to be a voice of reason and a force of good in her family and city struck a chord with the Japanese [15]


References

  1. ^ "I'm Spelling as Fast as I Can". The Simpsons. Fox. 2003-02-16. No. 303, season 14. Lisa yells "Free Tibet!" after winning the school spelling bee.
  2. ^ Rasmussen, Claus; et al (2004-06-10). A Foreign Affair. The Simpsons Archive. Archived from the original on 2004-08-12. Retrieved on 2007-06-16. “Lisa yells "Free Tibet!" after winning the school spelling bee.”
  3. ^ Episode DAB-F02
  4. ^ "She of Little Faith". The Simpsons. Fox. 2001-12-16. No. 275, season 13.
  5. ^ "Catch 'Em if You Can"
  6. ^ a b BBC. (2000). 'The Simpsons': America's First Family (6 minute edit for the season 1 DVD) (DVD). UK: 20th Century Fox.
  7. ^ Richmond, Ray; Antonia Coffman (1997). The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to our Favorite Family. Harper Collins Publishers, pg. 14. ISBN 0-00-638898-1
  8. ^ Bart's voice tells all. BBC News (2000-11-10). Retrieved on 2007-05-16.
  9. ^ Reiss, Mike. (2001). The Simpsons season 1 DVD commentary for the episode "Krusty Gets Busted" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  10. ^ Reiss, Mike. (2001). The Simpsons season 1 DVD commentary for the episode "Moaning Lisa" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  11. ^ W. Reed Moran. "Lisa Simpson animates environmental awards", USA Today, 2001-11-15. Retrieved on 2007-10-17. 
  12. ^ "Awards for "The Simpsons"", Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on 2007-10-17. 
  13. ^ "1995 Genesis Awards", hsus.org. Retrieved on 2007-10-21. 
  14. ^ CNN - TV Guide's 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters
  15. ^ Tucker, Chris. Planet Simpson: How a Cartoon Masterpiece Defined a Generation. Chapter 8, page 319.

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See also

This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The following is a list of characters featured in the American animated television series The Simpsons. ...

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Lisa Simpson may not be the funniest character on the show, but she may be the smartest.
At eight years old, Lisa is the middle Simpsons' child, but she often acts at least twice her age.
Lisa: Yes, but the records only go back to 1978 when the hall of records was mysteriously blown away.
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