The Simpsons Movie
The Simpsons Movie (or stylized as The Simpsons M vie or The Simpsons Mvie) is a 2007 American adult animated comedy film based on the Fox television series BTSW. The film was directed by David Silverman, and stars the regular television cast of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Tress MacNeille, Pamela Hayden, Maggie Roswell and Russi Taylor, as well as recurring guest star Albert Brooks.
Homer Simpson (Dan Castellaneta) finally messes up big time when his misguided attempt to dispose of a pig waste-filled silo ends up causing Springfield to be encased in a giant glass dome. With the entire town out for his blood, it's up to Homer to save his family and stop EPA agent Russ Cargill (Albert Brooks), who plans to nuke Springfield off the face of the Earth so he can create a "New Grand Canyon".
Why It Rocks
- Astounding animation that is a considerable upgrade from the show, as it has strong colors, painted backgrounds and mixes 2D animation with 3D animation very well.
- Brings back the charm of the show's golden age (the first ten seasons), and a huge breath of fresh air during the modern seasons.
- Lots of hilarious moments and gags.
- Incredibly hilarious characters that definitely match the tone of the movie.
- The dialogue is top-notch.
- Fans of The Simpsons were finally able to see a movie adaptation after so many years of waiting.
- Russ Cargill is one of the vilest, most despicable villains in the entire Simpsons franchise, arguably even more than Mr. Burns or Sideshow Bob.
- Spider-Pig/Harry Plopper is an interesting and amusing side character.
- The plot and story of the movie are really outstanding and faithful to the series, so faithful that it's got the best plot from any TV-based movie ever made.
- It worked as the ultimate TV episode.
- It’s very faithful to the original characters.
- This is the perfect movie for people who want to see what the show is like.
- The ending was really hilarious.
- Green Day's take on the theme song was rocking!
- The moment where Bart apologizes to Homer when they think they're going to die was a touching moment.
- It also has a humorous 20th Century Fox logo where Ralph sings along to the TCF music.
- "Thank the lord for this bountiful... PENIS!" is the funniest quote in the movie.
- Some of the jokes aren't suitable for a PG-13 rated film, like Bart briefly flashing his penis during the skateboard scene, which makes you wonder how the MPAA would get away with it. Thankfully, it's portrayed very cartoonishly and is censored on American television broadcasts.
- The pacing isn't all that great.
- Some of the pop culture references are outdated.
- While the CGI looks impressive, it can look dated at times.
- False Advertising: On the Burger King bags, Snowball V is shown, but she isn't seen in the movie.
- The movie's production ran from 2001 to 2006, which means the movie took five-to-six years to be completed on time.
- As of 2018, the sequel of the first movie, along with a Family Guy movie, were both announced after Disney purchased a large part of FOX's entertainment back in 2017, with the deal finalized on March 20, 2019.
- As a promotion for the film, twelve 7-Eleven stores across the United States and Canada were transformed into Kwik-E-Marts, and sold Squishees, Buzz Cola, Krusty-O's Cereal and Duff Beer (energy drink).
- In the Season 25 finale episode, "The Yellow Badge of Cowardge", the couch gag is the family at a Comic-Con style Q&A. Comic Book Guy proceeds to ask if there will be another Simpsons movie. The cast has by then disappeared, with the exception of a very confused Maggie. Al Jean stated on his Twitter that this was the best answer that could be given at the time. It is implied that there is a possibility of another movie, but may not come into production until the entire series has finally ended and finished up its story, which may take a while.
- A teaser trailer for the film was attached to the film Ice Age: The Meltdown from March 31, 2006 onwards; the same trailer was then broadcast during the April 2nd broadcast of The Simpsons' seventeenth season episode "Million Dollar Abie".
- It was banned in Burma, as the color yellow (which is used by opposition groups in that country) is featured prominently throughout the movie.
The Simpsons Movie was released on July 27, 2007 and received positive reviews from critics, audiences and fans alike. The film currently holds an 88% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert commented on the film "There's something about the Simpsons that's radical and simple at the same time, subversive and good-hearted, offensive without really meaning to be. It's a nice balancing act." Fellow critic Richard Roeper stated that the film was "definitely worth your money."