With his wife Colleen and three children, Joel A. Sutherland – an author based in the Durham region – took advantage of the time of self-isolation to not only forge ties with his family and overcome the doldrums of his forties, but also to help spread the word. on the appropriate social distancing label in a very creative way.
After spending almost four weeks together in quarantine, Joel and Colleen, both 39, had to clean their basement in the hope of finding something new to keep their children entertained.
What they finally discovered sparked the overall project: their 2018 mixed family costume – which, of course, was the beloved animated family.
So on April 8, after two weeks of hard work and dedication, the Sutherlands released their fully costumed version, scene by scene, The simpsons’ opening up to YouTube for the rest of the world to see.
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Similar to the opening of the animated television show – where Bart Simpson spends detention admitting his mistakes by writing them on a blackboard – Joel’s 10-year-old son Charles can be seen writing ” I’m going to outrun “on his own blackboard, before I jump on his scooter and cross the city.
Viewers then meet the rest of the Simpsons (or Sutherlands). Daughters Bronwen, 8, and Fiona, 3, fill the roles of Lisa and Maggie Simpson, respectively, while Joel is described as noisy Homer Simpson and Colleen, 39, plays the blue-haired Marge Simpson.
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Inspired by the idea, Joel, 39, told Global News that he and Colleen “were trying to keep children from feeling stressed during this difficult time.”
Expanding on the challenges quarantine posed for his children, Joel continued, “It’s hard for them not to have their activities or their friends, so we thought of making a video – which we generally wouldn’t no time – would be a great way to look for the positives in this situation. ”
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“We had a ton of brainstorming with the kids to brainstorm the list of shots, film each scene and put it all together,” he added.
“It turned out to be much better than we hoped for! “
At the end of their tribute, the Sutherlands even share their own unique approach to The simpsons’ “Couch gag”, which is different with each episode of the award-winning show.
This time, the “Simpsons” are about to exchange high-fives, before stopping short – effectively promoting good hand washing.
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Since The simpsons’ first in 1989, Joel was a fan of the show. Colleen also said that she enjoyed the series, adding that they all enjoyed their visit to “The Simpsons Land” at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.
Among a myriad of other novels, Joel is best known as the author of Scholastic Canada’s bestseller Haunted canada series, so he revealed that he spent a lot of his free time working and writing future books.
Colleen, meanwhile, said she was doing her best to keep the kids busy while “making a lot of stress.”
“I wouldn’t say we are bored,” said Global News, “but there is a lot of similarity every day, so we try to mix as much as possible.”
Speaking of Canada’s response to the new coronavirus, the family said, “We think they do a great job in very difficult circumstances.”
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“The most important thing is to try to take care of each other, and even if it is not perfect, I think they are really trying,” they concluded.
For more information on Joel’s work, you can visit Joel Sutherland’s official website.
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