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      David Silverman

      David Silverman

      Highest Rated: 96% Monsters, Inc. (2001)

      Lowest Rated: 43% Extinct (2021)

      Birthday: Mar 15, 1957

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      While not a household name like Matt Groening, animation director David Silverman was arguably one of the most instrumental behind-the-scenes craftsmen of the perennial sitcom family "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989- ). Silverman was a struggling animator in the 1980s before the boom in feature film and primetime animation, and was on the verge of quitting the business altogether when he took a chance on a series of short bumpers about a dysfunctional cartoon family on "The Tracey Ullman Show" (Fox, 1987-1990). A key player in laying the ground rules for transforming Groening's two-dimensional drawings into characters that, for a time, were a pop culture phenomenon, Silverman also directed countless episodes during the first several seasons. After branching out to try his hand on other projects, including a co-directing stint on the feature hit "Monsters Inc." (2001) and consulting on "Ice Age" (2002), Silverman was brought back to fictional Springfield to direct the long-awaited feature, "The Simpsons Movie" (2007). But it was television that proved to be his bread and butter, as Silverman was the creator of other animated shows like "Cleghorne!" (The WB, 1995-96) and "The Wild Thornberrys" (Nickelodeon, 1998-2004), while also writing for "Dilbert" (UPN, 1998-2000) and the live-action "Undressed" (MTV, 1999-2002), making Silverman as versatile as he was talented.

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      THE SIMPSONS MOVIE, director David Silverman, on set, 2007, TM & copyright ©20th Century Fox. All rights reserved

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 47% Maggie Simpson in 'Rogue Not Quite One' Director - 2023
      No Score Yet 62% The Simpsons Meet the Bocellis in "Feliz Navidad" Director - 2022
      No Score Yet 35% The Simpsons: Welcome to the Club Director - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet When Billie Met Lisa Director - 2022
      No Score Yet 45% Maggie Simpson in The Force Awakens From Its Nap Director - 2021
      No Score Yet 43% The Simpsons in Plusaversary Director - 2021
      43% 40% Extinct Director - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Extinct Director - 2021
      No Score Yet 67% The Good, the Bart, and the Loki Director - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Playdate With Destiny Director - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Things Don't Stay Fixed Ben Partee (Character) $5.1K 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Lover Scorned Buck (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet 83% Maggie Simpson in the Longest Daycare Director - 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zack's Zap Pack Dad (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pony Rides Are for Girls Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Co-Producer
      - 2010
      87% 77% The Simpsons Movie Director $183.1M 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Simpsons Movie Director - 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Monsters, Inc. 3D Co-Director - 2001
      96% 90% Monsters, Inc. Co-Director $494.0K 2001
      49% 66% The Road to El Dorado Director $50.8M 2000

      TV

      Credit
      85% 76% The Simpsons Additional Voices (Guest Voice),
      Director,
      Self
      1990 2002 2004-2006 2014-2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dilbert Writer 1999-2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Writer 2000
      20% No Score Yet Reunited Writer 1998
      100% No Score Yet Bonnie Writer 1996
      No Score Yet 83% ALF Writer 1987 1989-1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Newhart Writer 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One Day at a Time Writer 1981-1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jeffersons Writer 1981