The Simpsons Movie

August 1, 2007 at 4:27 am (Comedy, Movies, simpsons, TV Shows)

The Simpsons Movie was Worth the Wait. Fantastic!

The Simpsons Movie is a 2007 animated comedy film based on the animated television series The Simpsons and directed by David Silverman. The film was produced by James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean, Mike Scully, and Richard Sakai and written by eleven of the television series’ most prolific writers: Scully, Jean, Brooks, Groening, George Meyer, David Mirkin, Mike Reiss, John Swartzwelder, Jon Vitti, Ian Maxtone-Graham, and Matt Selman. It stars the regular television cast of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Pamela Hayden, and Tress MacNeille and features Albert Brooks in a prominent guest role, as well as Tom Hanks and Green Day in smaller ones.

After previous attempts to create a film version of The Simpsons had failed because of script length and lack of staff, production began in 2001. Numerous plot ideas were conceived by the writers, with Matt Groening’s being developed into the film. The script was re-written one hundred times, continuing even after animation had begun. This meant that “two films’ worth” of finished material was cut, including cameos from Isla Fisher, Minnie Driver, Erin Brockovich, and Kelsey Grammer. Tie-in promotions were made with 7-Eleven, who transformed select stores into Kwik-E-Marts, and other companies such as Burger King. The film premiered in Springfield, Vermont, which won the right to hold it through a Fox competition.

Plot

Green Day is performing at Lake Springfield, where they fail to engage the audience in talking about the environment. They are killed when the pollution in the lake eats away at their vessel, causing it to sink. At the funeral, Grampa has a vision of a great catastrophe to come, but only Marge listens. Lisa and an Irish boy named Colin hold a seminar entitled “An Irritating Truth”, which convinces the town to successfully clean up the lake. Meanwhile, Homer dares Bart to skateboard nude to Krusty Burger, but Bart is caught by Chief Wiggum. Ned Flanders comforts Bart after being humiliated, but Homer ignores him and adopts a pig. Homer keeps the pig’s waste in an overflowing silo, which horrifies Marge, who tells Homer to dispose of it safely. While waiting in a line at the dump, Homer decides on a quicker means of disposal and dumps the silo into the lake, causing it to become heavily polluted. Nearby, Flanders and Bart bond during a hike and discover a mutated squirrel, which is captured by the EPA. Russ Cargill, head of the EPA, tells President Schwarzenegger that Springfield is extremely polluted and the government must take drastic action. As a result, the EPA places Springfield in a giant glass dome.

The police discover Homer’s silo in the lake, and an angry mob approaches the Simpsons’ home and torches it. The family escapes the dome through a sinkhole and flee to Alaska. Seeing the dome begin to crack and realizing the inevitable escape of the people of Springfield, Russ Cargill manipulates the President into deciding to destroy the town. While enjoying life in Alaska, the Simpsons see an advertisement promoting a new Grand Canyon, to be located where Springfield is. Marge and the kids decide that they must save the town, but Homer refuses to help the town that tried to kill him, leading to his family abandoning and leaving for Springfield. After a visit with a mysterious Inuit shaman, Homer has a vision and reaches an epiphany: to save himself and his family he must save Springfield. Meanwhile, Marge, Lisa, Maggie, and Bart are captured by Cargill and returned to the town. Cargill appears and tells the people of Springfield that the town will be destroyed. A helicopter arrives and opens a hole at the top of the dome, lowering down a bomb. Homer climbs the dome and descends, knocking the escaping townspeople and bomb off the rope. Homer notices a motorcycle, grabs Bart, and cycles up the side of the dome. Bart throws the bomb through the hole, detonating it and shattering the dome. The town praises Homer, who rides off with Marge on the motorbike into the sunset. The film ends with everyone restoring Springfield, including the Simpsons’ house, back to the way things were.

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2 Comments

  1. kashifalvi said,

    While nothing in this motion picture quite matches the television series at its early best, this is more of a throwback than a throw-away. It’s wittier and more energetic than anything that has appeared on FOX in quite a few years

  2. sevenos said,

    Still there are many people who can not understand the real jokes :)

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