TV as it was meant to be seen, in a movie theater! Not to mention how much more entertaining it is.
Jun 18, 2009
Growing up, I loved The Simpsons a sitcom cartoon that was more real then most families you saw on TV with bratty kids who behaved how they should and parents that were just on the ball to raise them. The Simpsons grew and grew and grew and a movie had always been talked about and no joke, my favorite episode of the entire shows run "Kamp Krusty" had been talked about as a possible film. The Simpsons and I fell by the wayside with me just checking in on them to see how they were doing as I felt the show "jumped the shark" as they say and was never the same again at one point.
When I heard that a movie was in the works, I thought "right on" but then I thought right away, "They better not screw this up." Thankfully The Simpsons movie after being labored over and had time being made and not simply being churned out. Matt Groening The Simpsons creator had grown weary of his nuclear family and wanted to move on with his show Futurama. Futurama fizzled and he was back to taking care of the house. I don't know if this movie reinvigorated Matt's tired creative juices or what but the Simpsons haven't been this good since the early ninties.
In Springfield a health emergency is on the rise with it's citizens treating Lake Springfield like a toxic waste dump. After a major effort to clean it up is successful, it all comes undone when Homer dumps his pet pig's waste into the lake rendering it uninhabitable and grewing mutated creatures. The EPA gets involved and at the behest of President Schwartzenager (dear Lord don't joke about it, it could happen) Springfield is sealed off from the rest of the world and the enclosed town of Springfield is hungry for Homer's blood. The Simpson family is able to escape but only to discover more sinister motives are at work.
The story could have been done on the small screen but the way the movie plays out and with the story unfolding the way it does you can appreciate why it got to be the movie for it's epic nature. It could have played small but it went big.
The charm of older episodes never shines better then it does here where the characters really thought about problems and felt with emotion and thankfully none of the corny sappyness of the first two seasons is to be found.
Secondly it's a PG13 movie which the show had always teetered on and they can use it full force to good effect and in small doses so you don't see it coming. The Simpsons had always been a crude show but it was never crude for crude's sake or tasteless (we're not talking about that other Fox animated family show, you know the one with the stupid dad and doting wife and bratty kids and, oh wait.)
If your like me and left The Simpsons behind a long time ago after it's dip down in quality, you do owe it to yourself to revisit it in the form of this movie. It doens't take itself too serously and even has the smarts to continue to credit Albert Brooks as A Brooks the way he's always been credited on the show. Trust me, Homers line at the begining of the movie about watching something he can see in the theater for free may be clever, but he's incorrect, had he been correct, I'd still be watching The Simpsons to this day.
The Simpsons is, in my opinion, the best show currently on television. Whether you love it or hate it, you have to acknowledge that it's lasted so long for a reason. I also love the new ones, but my personal favourites are seasons 5-17. Naturally, a movie adaptation was decided upon and me and my dad were in hysterics going to see it. Needless to say, we were not disappointed because this is one hilarious movie. Some may think that a perfect score is ridiculous for a film of this nature, but … more
Let's get one thing straight from the get go. The Simpsons is one of the most beloved TV shows in the world. Let's also get another thing straight, the show has been around for nearly twenty years and has actually caused a divide among fans. Those who believe the show is still good (or sometimes better than ever) and still has legs; and those who believe the show has been declining in quality for years. I warn you of two things before you read on. The first: I am one of the Simpsons fans who believes … more
It's hard to believe that the famous family from Springfield have finally released their first movie after twenty years of small screen success. After all, the time we live in is one of bringing anything that is remotely popular to the big screen. So what were the first thoughts that came to mind? Bomb! It's a pleasant surprise to say that this is the best Simpsons movie ever....so far. The movie begins with an Itchy and Scratchy skit and the humor continues throughout....Homer's opening line is … more
Spiderpig, Spiderpig, Does whatever a spiderpig does Can he swing from a web? No he can't, he's a pig. Look out! He is a Spiderpig! If there are any kids in your neighborhood, you already know this little song by heart, and if not, let me warn you that once you hear it, it's stuck in your head FOREVER. Cockroaches may become extinct, Pampers may degrade into mulch, Paris Hilton may be forgotten, but this tune will live on. &nb … more
If you are one of those folks who doesn't have a TV, you probably feel pretty smug. You think of all the hours you have for reading, exercise and gardening and you congratulate yourself on keeping the big, stupid tube out of your life. The only downsides are that you have to beg for invitations to NFL games on sunday and that you don't get to have the Simpsons in your life. At the beginning of The Simpsons Movie, Homer Simpson stands up in a crowded theatre and says "I can't … more
"The Simpsons Movie" plays out like a large-scale, decent episode of the show. It's not in the same category as the best episodes, but far from the worst. It is, in it's way, entirely acceptable. The movie centers around a bizarre series of events that results in the Simpsons being attacked by an angry mob after the city is covered by a giant dome ("Peasants Under Glass" as the Springfield news broadcast puts it in a deleted scene). There's some decent … more
There's a scene in 'The Wizard of Oz' when Dorothy ventures from the wreckage of the tornado and finds a technicolor world of enchantment. That's what I kept thinking as the first scenes played out into the remaining four-fifths of 'The Simpson's Movie'. Wisely, I took the advice of fellow reviewer, Chris Pandolfi*, who shared that 'The Simpson's Movie' is meant for the big screen. He's right. That transformation happens, though, with more than the animation. There are many … more
It was a movie that was nearly two-decades in the making. The creators and writers said they wanted to make sure that when they brought America's favorite prime time animated family to the big screen that it would be done right. Many past writers were brought back to flesh out the story and enliven the characters. Most of it was done under a veil of secrecy. Over 150 different drafts were written and copies of scripts were shredded after each scene was taped. It was a massive undertaking, but for … more
Born in Wausau Wisconsin. Move at an early age to Ventura California and lived for 8 years. Growing up in a big city landscape didn't prepare me for my next move: Archbold Ohio with a population of … more
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THE SIMPSONS MOVIE may not qualify for the honor of "Best. Movie. Ever," but even the harshest critics like Comic Book Guy will find little to dislike in this hilarious comedy. Springing from Fox?s hit series, the movie expands the adventures of the Springfield residents into a feature-length film. Here Homer?s selfish antics (and a hankering for free donuts) are responsible for a horrific ecological disaster that could spell the end for Springfield. So it?s up to the paunchy patriarch to save his family and the town from the mess that he has created.
Just as in the Emmy-winning show, THE SIMPSONS MOVIE skillfully combines smart satire with inspired silliness. Dan Castellaneta, Harry Shearer, Hank Azaria, and other regulars of the series provide laughs with their vocal talents, while Albert Brooks is hilarious as the film?s villain. Though THE SIMPSONS MOVIE is best seen after a lifetime of watching reruns of the show and repeating its endlessly quotable lines, viewers don?t have to be die-har...