"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 comedic gold to be mined in this plot idea, and a lot of it does work, but the best moments of the show come before they leave town and end up in Alaska. The film moves at a decent place, but kind of slows down at that point.
Really, the fact the movie takes the characters out of Springfield is somewhat to its detriment. We got to see some of Otto, Moe, Apu, Krusty, Sideshow Mel, Cheif Wiggum, Mayor Qumiby, Comic-Book Guy, Professor Frink, Edna Crabappel, Superintendent Chalmers, Fat Tony, Principal Skinner, Patty, Selma, Mister Burns, Smithers, and Groundskeeper Willie, but not enough. Of course, given how large that list is, I don't know that they could have ever included enough screen time for each character, but moving the film out of Springfield didn't help.
Also for the life of me I don't know why this film was rated PG-13. Yes, Marge says something vaguely naughty. Yes, Homer flips the bird. Yes, Otto smokes some weed. Yes, we see Bart's penis. But still. In other countries this all would get it the equivilant of a PG rating, but not here. Not in the country that experiences the "Terror of Janet Jackson's Nipple", or the "Crisis of Brittney Spears' Sister Getting Pregnant!" Ah, America. The most liscentious society since Rome, and the most puritanical ever...
The DVD extras are pretty nice. I haven't heard the commentary yet, but the deleted scenes were good and, for the most part, should have been left in. I'm assuming they had some pretty tight time restrictions, but still.
Ultimately I recommend the film. It has great animation, an alright story line and some very, very funny moments (I never really wanted to see Bart's penis, but having seen it, I can say that it was a funny thing to behold). The voice acting is top-notch, as always, and, well, basically it's like an episode of the TV show only bigger, longer and uncut (as it were). For what it is, it's pretty darn good and far better than much of the dreck out there on DVD (including Seasons 3, 5 and 6 of "The Dreck Squad". It really went downhill after that... I know, I know... "Worst. Simpsons. Reference. EVER!").
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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
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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...