Simpsonize Me

by Kieran Healy on July 22, 2007

Simpsons Kieran Simpsonize yourself by uploading a headshot, providing a few variables, and (allegedly) having it automatically converted. You can tweak the image afterwards. JamesJoyner thinks it’s lame. Here I am — I’ll leave the veridicality of the representation for others to judge. The site is a bit finicky, perhaps because it’s overloaded with users. If you get it to work, post a link to yourself in the comments.



James Joyner 07.22.07 at 9:40 pm

Heh. I just think the photograph is totally irrelevant to the process. The image seems to be entirely dependent on the age, gender, race, hair type, etc. entered. Indeed, if it’s based on the photo, why does it even need the other data?


ab 07.22.07 at 9:54 pm

It doesn’t work :(


kth 07.22.07 at 10:21 pm

Maybe if you put the picture you used next to the simpsonized version, we could better tell if the one resembled the other.


Eszter 07.22.07 at 10:29 pm

I tried this with four different photos a few days ago and nothing worked.:(

This one of you isn’t too bad.:)


ben saunders 07.22.07 at 10:38 pm

I was wondering whether the photo had any purpose too…

Here’s me:


thag 07.22.07 at 10:50 pm

I haven’t seen you in a couple of years, but that’s really pretty irrelevant to what you looked like a couple of years ago.


Brian 07.22.07 at 11:10 pm

I don’t know if the photo is relevant or not – but it rejected a photo that was not 640×480. Somewhere a program is running that thinks it’s doing something.


mds 07.23.07 at 1:54 pm

Hmm… take Frank “Grimy” Grimes, add a few pounds, and make him somewhat more “hip,” complete with black attire… Yep, that’s Professor Healy, all right.*

*No, I don’t actually know/remember what Professor Healy looks like. Please don’t think I’m a stalker. Or Jason Bourne.**

**I see you’re not in your office yet, even though it’s almost 7 AM. Slacker.


theophylact 07.23.07 at 2:35 pm

I did it when the site was apparently working (although I had to use a screen capture, because I couldn’t import the final result). My guess is that the photo is irrelevant except for hair color. I used a similar site to South-Parkify my self and it didn’t need a photo at all; it just provided a large number of options for body parts, accessories und so weiter, and it worked at least as well.


Josh 07.23.07 at 3:48 pm

For those who’ve got this to work, any details on what the photo you used looked like? I’ve tried five different shots and none have gone through.


theophylact 07.23.07 at 8:47 pm

I think the site is banjaxed. It worked for me a couple of days ago, as I said, but using the same photo now gives the error message I’m sure you’re getting.


danielle 07.23.07 at 8:59 pm

it doesn’t work!!!!! >:(


Neil 07.24.07 at 6:46 am

I uploaded a picture, depicting me (as I am) as a short-haired male. My Simpsons avatar is a long-haired female. This leaves me in a quandary, given that I know I am a short-haired male AND that the Simpsons is never wrong.


Yaou 07.25.07 at 9:13 am

I think this promotion would have been great.. if it doesn’t take too long to load.


brandon 07.25.07 at 3:37 pm

im doing it right now to two pics of me and its been going for like 1 1/2 and stillgoing and i know the computer isnt frozen


Fadi 07.25.07 at 4:16 pm

ok i tried it and it sucks.. doesn’t work even though it takes forever to load


Shad0wFlame 07.26.07 at 4:58 am

I wish this worked; it’d be quite neat to see. This sucks. =(


xsnrg 07.26.07 at 5:07 am

Photo processing didn’t take a long time for me to upload…except that every time I did with a photo it would say it’s an error. I never got it to work. Someone should really fix the site. It’s total BS. :-(


chaotic 07.26.07 at 7:58 am

I tried it and the only way i could save it was if i registerd and well it wouldnt let me put in my age, and i tried everything, it wasnt telling me what was wrong.. its pretty gay that cartoon didnt not even look like me.


michael 07.26.07 at 8:03 am



jason 07.26.07 at 6:01 pm

We’re sorry your photo could not be processed! Looks like the doo-hickey isn’t reading the what-cha-call-it. Please use a new photo.


magan 07.27.07 at 1:06 am

My brother just Simpsonized himself, and he got a girl. It took forever, though, with the first time having 1 second left for about 10 minutes. We just decided to restart, and it was fine. Except that he turned into a girl.


Sarah 07.27.07 at 1:48 am

How long does it usally take?


krista 07.27.07 at 4:14 am

ive tried this 8 times now…does not work..grrrr


Anders 07.27.07 at 5:01 am

I finished it and waited the time limit but the loading thing is stuck at 92%


adriana 07.27.07 at 5:54 am

Wow its FRUSTRATING!I got all the way to where its says 2-d flatters you and it wouldnt go any further. It just got stuck and said continue simpson makeover… but didnt do anything!!!wtf?


adriana 07.27.07 at 5:54 am



an0nymous 07.27.07 at 8:29 am

I noticed it said ‘powered by cortona and betaface’ – hmm – maybe its just hard to tell what its doing with the original photo because its so cartoony. the demos on seem pretty slick


Brian 07.27.07 at 4:51 pm

Mine came back under a minute. Then I wanted to go back and do it again to remove the biz suit and .. it got stuck.


quita 07.27.07 at 5:46 pm

I’ve tried it a million times on diff days and the only time it came close to workin is when i accidentaly used a pic w/ me and 2 otha ppl and it didnt even do me it did the person next to me, and it didnt even look like her


Lilly 07.27.07 at 11:53 pm

I tried five different times and sometimes with different photos. It doesn’t work! Argh!!!!! What a waste of a morning.


MARK 07.28.07 at 12:33 am

A well yea tha simsonize me thing dont work. even on the 640×480. well the people who know how can you help me please. i want to see how i look. thanks


Matrinka 07.28.07 at 12:54 am

Wow, if the Simpsons marketers wanted to frustrate their fans, they managed to do it with gusto! Promise a neat “makeover” — but provide a shoddy site to do so. I’ve tried this about 10 different times – it simply DOES NOT WORK. I get hung up at “2-D Flatters you.” It shows my original… and a big ‘ole blank space where my 2-d cartoon should be. Bah! I’m so frustrated! And there is NO guidance to let you know why things don’t work!


Julie 07.28.07 at 1:10 am

I tried with a variety of pictures as well. I think I got close??? I got a message that said, “2D flatters you” (whatever that means) and it showed two picture boxes, one with my original (left) and an empty one (right) which I guess was supposed to be the simpsonized picture. It then let me proceed to the customization section, though I only had a blank picture. Disappointing, especially after such a long a wait.


Joseph 07.28.07 at 3:29 am

I put a 6mp pic to use on the simpsonize and it
comes up blank every time even with new pics
there is a error line 155 char 4 error access denided maby this is why it is not working for every body maby you need to check your program code


1der 07.28.07 at 3:31 am

this shit didnt work…..u guys need to upgrade this asap.


Hanz Zinherhole 07.28.07 at 3:46 am

Simpsonize me is a waste of time. The shit does not work and no matter what size photo you use it will be either to small or to big. Fuck you Fox for wasting 41 minutes of my life!


n8 07.28.07 at 5:37 am

Simpsonize Me, you have disapointed me. You truly ruined my life.


Josh 07.28.07 at 6:06 am

after uploading my picture for the simpsonize after its done with the countdown when the results comes up to see what you will look like after as a simpson, it does not show what i would look like its just a white box, i did it over again using different picture but the results still shows nothing just a white box so i can’t see what i would look like.

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