David Silverman

David Silverman


3/15/1957, New York, New York, USA

Birth Name

David Adam Silverman



Also Known As

David Adam Silverman, Pound Foolish, David 'Dry Bones' Silverman, David A. Silverman
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David Silverman is an animator best known for directing numerous episodes of the animated TV series The Simpsons as well as animating some of the original Simpsons Tracey Ullman shorts. He was once credited as Pound Foolish as the director of the episode 'The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular'.…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2008, Silverman was one of 105 people invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    • David Silverman has named his two favorite episodes of The Simpsons as "Homie the Clown" and "Three Men and a Comic Book."

    • David's writing partner has been Stephen Sustarsic, since the early '90s.

    • Silverman makes an animated cameo in the Simpsons episode "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show."

    • Silverman met the future voice of Bart Simpson, Nancy Cartwright, when they were both students in UCLA's Art Department in the late 1970s. They jokingly made an agreement they would one day work on a show together, but didn't find out their deal came through until they saw the credits of the first episode of The Simpsons.

    • David Silverman is often referred to as "The Flaming Tuba Guy."

    • Homer and Krusty are David's favorite Simpsons characters to draw.

    • Silverman has won four Emmy awards in the field of Outstanding Animated Program for his work on The Simpsons. Silverman also won an Annie Award in 1992 for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in the Field of Animation" and was nominated for a BAFTA for "Best Animated Film" with "The Simpsons Movie".

    • On June 23, 2006, Silverman played a flaming sousaphone on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

    • Silverman attended the University of Maryland for two years before transferring to UCLA in 1974 to persue his knack for animation.

    • David Silverman, along with Wesley Archer and Bill Kopp, helped animate all 48 of the original The Simpsons Tracey Ullman Shorts.

    • Davids 'Treehouse of Horror' is David 'Dry Bones' Silverman.

  • Quotes

    • Silverman: It's amazing for me when I see kids of 8 years old and they tell me how much they love The Simpsons. It's great that it's still fresh to people that young. That's an amazing feeling, so I don't see any end in sight.

    • Silverman: (about The Simpsons Movie) I hope we can help regenerate interest in 2D animation. That would be a great bonus.

    • Silverman: (during an interview) Remember when you were a kid and "underwear" was the funniest word ever created? I'm sorry, could you repeat the question?

    • Silverman: The Simpsons has opened the door for many animated shows that have gained popularity in recent years.

    • Silverman: (about working with Conan O'Brien) Conan was the best at selling his material, because he's a good actor. He's extremely funny and witty. When the NBC Late Night audition came along, we just had a feeling he would get it.

    • Silverman: (talking about animating The Simpsons) On the surface, they have very few lines, but their expressions require an underneath construction. When they turn in space, we have to find ways to convey their shape in 3-D. It does get complex.

    • Silverman: (talking about The Adventures of Mr. T) I pity the fool that watched that show.

    • Silverman: The Simpsons paved the way for South Park.

    • Silverman: (talking about The Simpsons Tracey Ullman Shorts) We were working an average of 60 to 80 hours a week. Bill Hedge was the cameraman and Georgie Peluse was the colorist. She was amazing! She was a one-woman show, painting all the cels. I don't know how she did it. She was the one who made the characters yellow.

    • Silverman: (talking about The Simpsons Tracey Ullman Shorts) Matt had done one initial drawing of the characters, and he had done fairly tight layouts, and we really followed those to the letter. We made efforts to give more dimension to the drawings so they could develop performance personas.

    • Silverman: Kids aren't stupid, and even at that early stage I could tell which cartoons were better animated.

    • Silverman: I decided at a really young age I wanted to be a cartoonist. I was always drawing. When I was four, I was drawing these things called "funnybooks." They were inspired by watching old Warner Bros. cartoons, which were my main source of animation.

  • There would be no Simpsons without this guy

    David Silverman is one of the animators and directors of The Simpsons and despite his lack of fame, his merit as an animator makes one of the driving forces of the show with his direction contributing to most classic episodes.

    Silverman is one of the more unconventional directors on animated TV; his extremely energetic and quick style and use of daring designs and acting makes him the Baz Lurhman of animation. You find yourself often wishing you could analyse each frame because you know how much care and detail Silverman has lavished on it. He also broke the mold in regards to the facial expressions on the show; forget the basic floorplan of happy, sad, angry, bored....this guy threw away the rule book and penned many freakish yet a lot more realistic expressions. His biggest animation triumph however was Homer's trippy dream in "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)". In 2007, Silverman was finally able to play around with cell shading and 3D effects when he directed the Simpsons Movie, even though the movie itself wasn't that great for reasons beyond the control of anyone except the lazy writers. Because of him it was visually spectacular. As well as showing talent on the show he has made an even bigger impact behind - the - scenes; i'm sure every person who owns a Simpsons DVD would be familiar with Silverman's entertaining commentary and informative videos that give backgroud to the show; see, not every guy on the Simpsons is a recluse, *cough* Swartzwelder.

    All in all, Silverman is just an all - around great guy of TV, by bringing his flair to entertain to every area he works in, be it TV or movie animation and even the real-life stuff. Silverman is gold, man.moreless