The Simpsons’ Shadows
The Simpsons is the classic television series that has been airing for more than twenty years and has over a billion viewers. Besides portraying the typical American family, the animated is family is loved for much more: specifically their character traits. Among the characters in the Simpson family, the two siblings, Bart and Lisa, are two of the most beloved siblings in television history.
Bart Simpson is the mischievous, rambunctious, dim-witted and prank-pulling older brother while Lisa Simpson is the smart, sweet, mild-mannered, generous and loving younger sister.
The image above portrays the two in a humorous/eerie light. Above the two are walking hand in hand; the traditional heartwarming scene. But their shadows show two completely distinct forms. Bart’s shadow depicts him as the devil, complete with two horns on either side of his head, while Lisa’s shadow depicts her as an angel donned with a halo above her head.
The small changes in the appearance of the two characters creates a big impact. At a first glimpse of the show, the two fit the stereotype of the brother-sister characteristics; what they should be portrayed as. But as the image above illustrates, the personalities of the two resemble the figures of the devil and the angel more than that of a brother and sister.
Another important thing to note about the image is the position of the two Simpsons. Their actual selves are holding hands and walking together into the distance. Their shadows, however, are holding their hands at the side. This could possibly suggest that Bart and Lisa may “appear” to be getting along and walking in harmony, but their true desire and intentions do not wish to do so.
Realistically, the image is supposed to make you laugh or even chuckle to yourself, since it was meant for comedic purposes. Albeit, one cannot help but imagine the true forms of the Simpson siblings and the eerie message their shadows seem to convey.