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 a show that has grown to include a massive cast of secondary characters it had to be that way. And for the most part, the efforts to create THE SIMPSONS MOVIE were a success.
In THE SIMPSONS MOVIE, Homer almost single handedly destroys Springfield while also threatening the existence of life on the rest of the planet. Things start off simply enough with a Green Day concert that turns into a disaster. Then the next day at church Grampa Simpson makes a prophecy of doom that seems to be a message sent by God. Marge believes the message and tries to decipher the meaning while everyone else thinks Grampa was just rambling like the old man he is. Lisa finds love with a new boy named Colin who shares the same passions as she does. Meanwhile, Homer dares Bart to skateboard naked to Krusty Burger and Bart bares his "doodle" for the whole world to see. It turns out to be the most embarrassing moment of Bart's life. He starts to view Homer in a negative light and see Ned Flanders as the kind, loving, and caring father that he is. Later, Homer saves a pig from being slaughtered by Krusty and names him Spider-Pig. Ignored by many, the pig is part of Grampa's prophecy and signals a terrible government sanctioned disaster that forces the Simpsons to become fugitives in Alaska and wipe out all life in Springfield. Homer finds himself at a major crisis. He realizes that since he's the cause of all the trouble, he's the only one who can save Springfield and in doing so perhaps restore his relationship with his family.
I enjoyed THE SIMPSONS MOVIE. I thought it was both funny and witty. I especially enjoyed some of the nods and touches to long time fans of the series. The movie basically feels like a super-extended episode of the show, but with clearer and brighter visuals. That is perhaps the movie's biggest draw and its biggest flaw at the same time. Non-fans of the show might become attracted to the show through the film, but die-hard fans of the show might feel disappointed because overall the movie doesn't appear more than an extended regular episode of the show that just looks better. Of course, that's a problem that any television series attempting to make the leap to the big screen faces.
Overall, a slightly disappointing big screen adaptation of THE SIMPSONS television show, but one that is entertaining nonetheless.
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
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 … 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
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...