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If you like the Simpsons then you will like the movie. It's as simple as that. Most often when they try to make movies out of television shows, the ending results aren't too impressive. When it comes to the Simpsons, you either like it or you don't. People like different kinds of humor, and with this movie sometimes it's just a few "duh" moments of entertaining and fun humor.
Personally I'm not a full die hard Simpsons fans, though I do enjoy every episode I watch and always have a good laugh. My fiance on the other hand can quote entire episodes, and apparently has noticed a decline in the television show as the years go on. The movie he did enjoy. It's like watching one long episode of the Simpsons. It was laugh out loud funny, fast paced, and entertaining.
The Simpsons for anyone who do not know the show, is not made for children, and the same goes for the movie. This movie has many inappropriate moments and is full of adult appropriate humor. Now, a teenager I would personally have no problem with watching it, but this is not a child's cartoon for a 8 year old.
If you're looking for something Simpson's related because you're a fan, this is a good choice. If you enjoy pure comedies and adult humor, this is a good choice. If you need a movie that will let you zone out, and just simply enjoy something that is stupid funny, this is a good choice.
I have being watching the Simpsons since I was a very young age. I can even remember sitting down with my parents brother and sister, every week day after school watching the Simpsons before our tea! It has been one of my favorite cartoons for years, which is why i was very happy that they made a movie! I am just a big kid at heart really!
The Simpsons movie was released in 2007, and directed by David Silverman. The makers of the Simpsons are very talented and have created a personality for each one of the characters, which is a brilliant trait for any program.
The movie starts with the Simpsons and the rest of Springfield listening to Green Day perform on a floating barge on the lake, but the pollution is that bad from people dumping in the lake, the barge sinks!
The pollution in the lake gets so bad, that the EPA get involved, which is the Environmental protection agency, and they give the president a number of options to address the issue. The president picks number three out of the six options available to him, and quickly declares " I am paid to lead, not to read", which is very funny in the accent he has! Option three was to cover Springfield in a big glass dome, so that the pollution cannot spread.
Later in the film, it comes down to Homer to save the day. After escaping the dome with the rest of his family, they split up after Marge and Homer have a fight. Homer is found by the "Boob lady" who says he needs to have a vision, which he soon does and it tells him what hes has to do.
Homer returns to Springfield, where the EPA have planted a bomb to blow up the city, therefore destroying the pollution, but Homer has other plans. The movie has a brilliant ending, which i wont give away for those who have not seen it just yet.
This is a very funny film, with adult comedy embedded into it too, which some parts really did make me laugh! We all love this film, especially my son, who laughs when he sees Homer with his pig, which he saves from Krusty Burger! The film has been made really well and every detail has been catered too perfection. The graphics are really good, especially compared to some of The Simpsons earlier episodes. I still remember the old Simpsons family, they look a lot different now to what they did when the program was first made!
Worth a watch in my opinion, it is cheap to buy too, only around three pounds from most stores now. A cheap alternative to spending a fortune on taking the family out, instead have a relaxing day/night in with The Simpsons movie, a bag of popcorn, couple of bottles of pop and it will cost you less than a tenner!! If that's not a good deal then I don't know what is!
Hope you enjoyed reading!
As a huge lifelong Simpsons fan it was inevitable I would watch the Simspons Movie should they eventually release one. According to Matt Groening all those years back the eventuality of this happening in future was next to none and yet here we are 5 years later talking about it. I remember being around 10/11 years old in my car being driven to school and my Mum was listeing to Capital radio. It just so happens that on this particular broadcast the hosts guest was Matt Groening and he was discussing a future Simpsons Movie that was due to be released in a few years time. I remember being appalled and shocked at his revelation that Bart Simpson's penis would be right there smack on the big screen for all to see, and perhaps my child mind blew this trivial matter way out of proportion (as many others did also) which is something I released when I finally got around to watching it in around 2009.
The Simpsons Movie is perhaps my favourite dvd and film in general of all time. In fact I have watched it so often that my orignal copy wore down to the point where the disk would no longer read, and then miraculously a few months later it did again (thank you computer gods for having my back there). I tend to go to bed to the sound of one of my dvds and for a year maybe even two (which is something I dont like to admit) I repeatedly watched the Simpson's Movie in my drowsy state. It got so bad, my addiction that is, I was able to run by my friend motion by motion the events of the film. Thankfully as a result of Simpsons Movie rehab I am a normal human being yet again (although in fairness, I think I am probably the only person who was so enthralled by the film they watched it that often, bar a few mega fans).
Now, moving on to the actual review, I can honestly say (perhaps somewhat unbiasedly) that the Simpsons movie in fantastic. There are many people that say in its many years the Simpsons has decreased in value and humour and is no longer as good as it was the good-ole-days. I beg to disagree. There is an abundance of excellent visual and sound elements, as well as humour and action to enjoy and love as I do (albeit to the extreme).
Hans Zimmer composed the score the film and did and excellent job, combing a classy, somewhat sophisticated sound with the bubbly vivacious nature of the Simpson family and the ensuing action. It was particularly successful at conveying a raw emotion, not to sound over the top, especially in sincere and often heart warming moments within the film.
The idea of the film is that Homer lies to Marge, which as most of us already know, is not a particularly rare event. However, she specifically asked him to follow one instruction and as result of his selfishness and greed his actions alone result in the entrapment of the whole of Springfield and their eventual revolt against him. This then leads to the family having to relocate and a whole load of other fun and endearing moments throughout the movie. There were many instances of humour that both adults and children could enjoy, as well as the usual double entendres the writers slip in for older audiences. This makes for a diverse, creative film with a unique storyline and lots of adventure to be had.
As well as this, as always, the Simpsons manages to employ a cameo appearance from a popular celebrity of the time, and this time its Tom Hanks. He appears as himself and is said to have accepted the offer after just one phone call, a true symbol of the Simpsons popularity and success in one fell swoop.
To conclude, there isn't really much that I can fault with the Simpsons Movie. Of course as someone who has watched it numourous times I could pick out minute annoyances such as the bad Irish accent employed by 'Colin', Lisa's love interest in the film, but really what effect does that have on the film as a whole. It is topical, funny without being slapstick, and equally endearing without being overly emotional. A perfect balance for a true great. The Simpsons continues to amaze me.
Matt Groening once said that when the Simpsons went into a movie it'll be the end of the franchise, but the Simpsons does not seem to be stopping.
Well on with the review about the movie, the plot is simple (an without giving too much away) Homer (isn't it always) has managed to doom Springfield and is forced to move elsewhere to continue his family's life and falls back on his back up plan (yes he actually has one).
Many of the characters from the series make some form of appearance throughout the movie, thou this is basically am extra long episode of the Simpsons alot more though has been put into the plot and the animation and cell shading is smooth and very easy on the eyes. One evident technique that has been employed is the use of 3D models in co-operation with the traditional animation, this is done that is not in a too obvious manner it is still noticeable for people who knows where to look.
I would say this movie has been long awaited for, as an extra long episode it is quite well done, some of the gags in the movie are a bit old, however they still work very well and not to be shunned.
I would suggest that any Simpsons fan should pick this up or any comedy fan for that matter.
If I haven't made it clear already, I will do so now: I absolutely love The Simpsons! The notoriously yellow family and the other inhabitants of Springfield have kept me entertained throughout my childhood and teenage years while watching the show on BBC Two, Channel 4 and Sky One. However, I do admit that the series is past its prime; having been on air for over twenty seasons inevitably episode plots are going to be treading over the same ground, to the point where some people (including myself) don't even give later seasons the time of day.
Nevertheless, I was still very excited when I heard there was a movie for 'The Simpsons' back in 2007. With many writers from earlier seasons joining the team for the screenplay, some notable guest stars and promising trailers it seemed like the crew working on the show were pulling out all the stops. My sister and I watched the movie about a week after its release and were a little underwhelmed, but a few years later I saw the DVD in HMV for £3 and decided it was worth picking up, and on later viewings of the movie I've come to the conclusion it is somewhat underrated.
Homer adopts a large pig used in a Krusty the Clown advert whom he names "Spiderpig" (later "Harry Plopper"). Meanwhile the huge amount of litter and pollution in the Springfield Lake results in an injunction against dumping anymore stuff in there. Unfortunately Homer in a rush dumps in a huge silo full of pig excrement in there, and the consequent environmental danger here causes the Springfield to be sealed off in a huge glass dome as ordered by head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Russ Cargill (Albert Brooks).
When Homer is discovered to be the culprit the family manage to get out of the dome and escape to Alaska. However they soon learn that Cargill wants to destroy Springfield and make a second Grand Canyon. Therefore it is up to Homer to stop the destruction that he himself caused.
The movie definitely has all the aspects that make a regular episode of The Simpsons great because it blends different kinds of humour: slapstick, satire, and various highbrow and lowbrow moments, so it generally should appeal to different demographics. Yet there are also some heartwarming moments here and even character development; while Homer begins spending more time with Spiderpig/Harry Plopper, Bart begins bonding with his kind neighbour Ned Flanders, seeing him as a better father figure. Lisa, who was one of the champions of protecting Springfield's environment and found a new boyfriend in Irish boy Colin, is understandably angry. Even Marge is disgusted with Homer's initial refusal to help Springfield and leaves him in Alaska alone. As a result Homer comes to realize how much his actions have affected his home and his family, eventually resolving to rescue everyone.
The animation is very good too, with some scenes (the motorcycle rides, some bits in Bart's rollerblading dare) having CG animation and so stand out as particularly impressive. Furthermore, practically every character that ever appeared in The Simpsons is here at some point in the movie even if for a tiny moment onscreen. Not all of even the commonly recurring characters have lines but I guess it's better than having them saying something irrelevant to show they're here.
Throughout it all, the voice cast delivers excellent performances. Albert Brooks is great is an affable villain with ulterior motives, but Tom Hanks's cameo felt unnecessary as it was just for a television advert and brought nothing new or special to the movie. I have to give special props to Julie Kavner, who voices Marge Simpson; in the most emotional scene of the movie as Marge speaks into a video camera about why she is leaving Homer with the kids, her voice is sounds tired and is cracking before she even breaks down towards the end of the video. This helps to make a teary scene even more poignant.
'The Simpsons Movie' is a solid, enjoyable film. Granted, it wasn't groundbreaking and the B-plots were stuff that has been done before. However it's still something I like to watch from time to time. If you aren't a fan of The Simpsons the film probably won't convert you but is entertaining nonetheless; if you are a fan then you should enjoy this too unless you really hate any season that's come out since 2001.
This film is rated PG, although there are some scenes unsuitable for young children (flipping the bird and a second or two of Bart's genitals). You can find it on DVD for about £5 or £8 on Bluray at most online stores.
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I've been a big Simpsons fan since the start and couldn't wait to see the movie. I was given the DVD as a christmas present back in 2007. The Simpsons has been around for 21 years, and the decision to make a movie was planned years before the film was released. The writers and producers were sceptical about making the movie, as they were worried about the impact it would have on The Simpsons reputation and how successful the movie would be.
Homer Simpson - Dan Castallaneta
Marge Simpson - Julie Kavner
Bart Simpson - Nancy Cartwright
Lisa Simpson - Yeardly Smith
After rock band Green Day are killed (whilst performing on a barge) by polluted water in a lake, Grampa has a vision that something bad is going to happen. Homer adopts a pig and disposes it's waste in the already polluted lake, ignorant to the fact that polluting the lake even more would endanger the lives of others. When the residents of Springfield find out that Homer is responsible for the re-pollution of the lake, the Simpons are forced to go on the run. The only way that the Simpsons can stop living life on the run, is to save Springfield and its residents.
The Simpsons movie featured the familiar faces from the TV episodes including the Flanders, Krusty the Clown, Nelson, Barney. There were several guest stars whose parts were cut from the movie. The only guest stars who remained were Tom Hanks (as himself) and the rock band Green Day (as themselves).
When I first watched The Simpsons Movie I was disappointed, as it lacked the humour that it has in the TV episodes. I felt that it was unnecessary to make a movie, and should have been left as it is - a great tv series (though I'm not a fan of the so-called 'scary' episodes). The Simpsons Movie wasn't that bad, but it definitely does not live up to the tv episodes. Hopefully the writers and producers will decide not to make another film. It's amazing how long The Simpsons tv series has been around, at present there have been 22 seasons, though who knows how long it can keep going for.
The Simpsons DVD features include:
Deleted scenes and slightly alternative ending
A lot of trailers
PG rating - contains mild language, sexual innuendo and comic violence.
83 mins approx
The Simpsons Movie is a 2007 Animated full length feature film based on the long running animated sitcom of the same name, it features the voices of Dan Castallanetta, Yeardley Smith, Julie Kavner, Hank Azeria and Tress McNeille .
The movie opens with a performance on Lake Springfield by Green Day, however the band is killed when pollution in the lake dissolves their floating barge, at a memorial service for the band, Grampa Simpson has a vision where he predicts the impending doom for the town, only Marge takes it seriously however and she begins to look into it,meanwhile Lisa meets an Irish boy named Colin and they vow to clean up the lake.
Homer adopts a pig from Krusty Burger when he realises that it will be killed, he names it Spider Pig and finds himself storing the pigs waste in a silo in the backyard, however it soon becomes clear the Silo will become full very shortly and he'll have to dispose of it, ignoring a warning from the town that one more item dumped in the lake will create irreversible harm to the lake, Homer dumps the silo in the lake, and sure enough it turns into a toxic wasteland
The EPA learn of this and the head of the EPA, Russ Cargill presents president McBain with 5 options, picking option 3 which involves enclosing springfield in a massive dome to isolate it from the rest of the world, however Homer and the Simpson family find a way out through a sinkhole in their backyard, however the Simpsons and Homer himself must redeem themselves and save the town when the EPA's intentions become more sinister.
In my opinion the Simpsons movie is about 15 years too late, they should have done as the creators of South Park did and capitalise on the rabid success of its early days, however now over 20 years later we see them attempt to capture some of the TV Shows peak glory.
I think they have managed it to a certain extent, while I think they'll never again achieve the magic of the shows first 7 or 8 seasons it is a wonderful script, full of gags and some adult based humour, the story works and its a nice warning tale of how we should end pollution and be a little more conscious of our planet, however its more a tale of how a man should listen to his wife, as she's probably correct !!
The animation is a highpoint of the movie, it has all the feel of the Simpsons animation thats been displayed for the last 23 years, however it also clearly utilises the technology available to animators today and we see some great scenes with some really slick animation, also a highlight of the movie is the movie's score, it still uses Danny Elfman's original iconic theme, however it also incorporates a tremendous score by my favourite hollywood composer, Hans Zimmer, every piece of music fits its situation perfectly.
Overall the Simpsons Movie is a must see, not only for fans of the show, but also for movie fans in general, as you see a crisp well written script with enough gags to keep you engaged for the whole 83 minutes...I just wish they'd done this 15 years ago !
I watched 'The Simpsons' for years, and when the movie was coming out I was so excited and was dying to see it, however I sadly had to wait till it came out on DVD, and I bought it as me being a avid Simpsons watcher.
This unique Simpson story isn't like any of the Simpsons episodes on the TV. It is longer, bigger, better and introduces the Spider pig! The most loved pig in TV and film!
Lisa is now popular in springfield after cleaning up it's rivers and water supply making the whole of Springfield feeling cleaner. Homer adopts a new pig from Krusty Burger after waiters slaughter him for burgers and hot dogs, Homer then calls him Spider pig, Spider Pig isn't doing much help in the Simpson household and keeps going to the toilet and the Simpsons have no place to dump the dung, Homer decides to take the dung outside in a countryside but accidently pollutes Springfield town water supply with Spider pig's toilet business and all of a sudden a EPA surrounds Springfield and block the surroundings, Arnold Schwarznegger have five opitions on what to do with this EPA, sadly one of them is destroy Springfield but this could be the last opition for Schwarznegger.
Homer then brings shame on Springfield, himself and his family however the whole of Springfield hate him and his family and want them dead.
So join Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and Spider pig to help save Springfield and it's water supply but will they be loved again? or still full of hate?
Nancy Cartwright - various characters
Yeardly Smith - various characters
Harry Shearder - Various characters
Julie Kenver - various characters
Dan Castellaneta - various characters
Greenday - as themselves
Arnold Schwarznegger - as himself
Tom Hanks - as himself
all the original cast of the Simpsons come back playing the same and various characters and also some cameo apperances!
certificate : PG
director : David Sliverman
runtime : 87 minutes
Whether you're a Simpson fan or avid watcher you'll love this! And I loved this more than I thought I did it is amazing! and it's a laugh, Spider pig made this a good movie - well done Spider pig - hope we see you in the future! This is a great family film as all families love the Simpsons! even all my friends and family do! five out of five stars
Well, how could I not of watched the Simpsons Movie. I have been a massive Simpsons fan for as long as I can remember, and when this film was announced, I was so excited, I couldn't wait for it to finally come out.
When this film was released at the cinema, I watched it straight away and I was not disappointed.
--- PLOT --- [SPOILERS]
The Simpsons Movie is based on Springfield, and how recently, its lake, (the thoughtfully named "Lake Springfield") has become severely polluted, being called "one more piece of trash less than a toxic nightmare".
When Homer sees a pig wearing a hat at a local Krusty Burger, he is immediately impressed and decides to take it home, ignoring his own son in the process. This part of the film was very funny and I really enjoyed it. Now, everyone knows that with an animal, there comes Animal.. 'waste'. Now, Homer, being nagged by Marge to get rid of the waste.. dumps it in Lake Springfield ignoring all of the warnings and concrete barriers protecting it. Which obviously makes the lake, a toxic nightmare.
Taking an interest in the goings-on in Springfield, the EPA (or Environmental Protection Agency) visit the president, to form a plan of what they are going to with the city. The head of the EPA, Ross Cargill tricks the president into choosing a plan which involves sealing Springfield in a glass dome to prevent the pollution from spreading.
The town hear of how Homer was the cause of the dome, so they decide to try and get him in the form of an angry mob. The Simpson Family manage to escape through an old sinkhole in the sandbox, which just after they jump through, swallows the house, tricking the mob into believing they all died. The Simpson family arrive safely on the other side of the dome and look for alternate accommodation.
Homer, who is still not very well liked by the rest of his family, remembers an old poster of Alaska in his wallet and decides that is where the family will go. And so with a truck that Homer wins with the last of his money, they head to Alaska to start a new life.
After a short stay in Alaska, Homer decides to make it clear that he no longer cares for Springfield, causing the rest of the family to leave and go back to Springfield to try and save their friends. Homer realizes what he did wrong and tries to find them across the numerous snowy plains of Alaska, eventually meeting a woman who guides him to Springfield.
When he makes it there, he manages to climb inside the dome through the top, which now has a convenient hole in to allow the time bomb which will kill everyone in the dome to dangle through. The residents of the dome climb up the rope and nearly to freedom, before Homer slides down and knocks them all off. Homer spends his last moments alone.
Homer remembers his motorcycle, which he used to win the truck, and manages to convince Bart to hold the bomb to throw the hole in the top of the dome, in which they are successful. Homer regains his respect with his son as the dome shatters around them.
Homer and Marge ride off into the sunset on the motorcycle and that is the end of the film.
--- My Opinions ---
This film is definitely on my top 10, it has many funny and enjoyable moments in it, and deserves to be watched by everyone. I would happily recommend this film to anyone who even vaguely or doesn't even know of the Simpsons.
I hope you enjoyed my review of The Simpsons Movie. :-)
Ok, I LOVE The Simpsons. I've been watching them on TV since they came to the UK (showing my age now) so I was delighted when they brought a film out (about time too!)
The main premise of the film is: Lisa persuades Springfield to clean up the lake, and Homer, as always, messes it up by dumping pig waste in there. The town is then covered by a glass dome, and then threatened with being blown up, all becuase of Homer. However, in the garden there is a sinkhole, which the family use to escape, and start a new life elsewhere, but again, Homer messes up and it's down to Marge and the kids to save the day (but then again, Homer does pretty well :) )
There's lots of in-jokes and extra stuff in there that could NEVER go in the series because of the time it's shown, but it really is good if you're a Simpsons fan, as I am. There are some moments where you just want to laugh and play it over and over (especially when Lisa punches Bart) All in, it's a good film and good for the whole family, as there are some jokes that'll go over little kiddies heads.
The simpsons movie is a lot better than the programme basically because the director can be that bit naughtier as it is not shown at certain times restricting the programme to be naughty and foul.
The simpsons movie is all that but a laugh a great funny movie. The film is funny and humourus and just has a great storyline wacky and crazy though but thats the simpsons for you. The film storyline is all about Homer saving a pig from Krusty as Krusty is going to slaughter the pig and have a feast. Well the part of homer that is loving which is not much feels for the pig and steals it naming it spider pig. The pig has stayed for two weeks and its foul wastage is gathering up so Homer goes and dumps his waste in a local river polluting the town of springfeild. So the epa take action and decide to build a dome over the town so contamination wont spread and Homer escapes with his family. So it is up to Homer and his family to safe springfeild. The film is just a brillant film and very funny. If you like simpsons watch it you wont be let down
I went to the cinema to watch this movie with my family, as i was not a Simpsons fan i was not looking forward to watching it very much , but i was pleasantly surprised as it was lot better than the series, even the storyline was very funny. Spoiler alert!! This film is about springfield becoming very conscience about the amount of pollution they are producing ( this of cause is led by Lisa Simpson) they start to clean up springfield lake as it is very polluted, it however tipped back over to the edge my homer who chooses the lake to dispose of the pigs waste. The environment departed then finds it necessary to put the whole of springfield in bubble to stop the contamination spreading elsewhere. When the locals find out it is Homer that as caused the problem , the Simpsons are forced to flee to Canada using the hole in maggies sandpit. On hearing the news that they intend to blow up springfield they return to try to help. I especially like Arnies interpretation of the president of the united states of America, and i also could not get the spider pig song out of my head for days. I would recommend this film to anyone even you are not a Simpsons fan,
The Simpsons has to be the most well known TV show in history. Anywhere you go in the world people have heard of the Simpsons. They are the most well known family on the planet. We have been watching them on TV for twenty years now, but this is something a little different. This is a film that hit the big screen.
The Simpsons movie came out back in 2007. The film is directed by David Silverman and stars all the cast from the Simpsons such as Julia Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Harry Shearer Etc... The film was massive at the box office as the show itself has such a vast van base. People all wanted to see there favourite family on the big screen. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe and won a few other awards.
The story tells of the yellow family in trouble. Homer manages to pollute the town water supply as only he could and then the EPA decides to put Springfield in a giant dome to keep the pollution in. However the Simpsons get out of the dome and become fugitives. So we follow there adventures as they try and escape the law and start new lives.
I enjoyed this film but its not really anything special. Its just like a long episode for me. There are plenty of laughs and things that made me smile so maybe the writers got this right, why change anything. The story is interesting and there is plenty going on to keep everyone interested.
There is some good music in the film and a few guest stars to make it more interesting. I would not be surprised if we see more of the films in the future as its a great way for the creators to make some money.
The film runs for 87 minutes which is about average for an animated film. There is plenty to enjoy and the story really does move at a fast pace so at no point in the film was I bored or did I feel like it was dragging. Although it may have got a little slow of the film was any longer.
The film is rated as PG. There are some rude jokes and we do see Bart naked so maybe this film is not for young children. But other than that there is not really anything that should offend to many people.
The DVD itself is good fun, a few extras including trailers and extra scenes but nothing that really got me to excited. Buy this for the film itself and not the extras.
Overall this is just what you would expect from the Simpsons movie. It has all the classic characters and all the classic gags and will make any Simpsons fan smile. I am sure if you like the Simpsons you will love this, it was good on the big screen but its also very enjoyable watching the DVD. Go and get yourself a copy of the Simpsons movie!
warning - slight spoiler within
Me and my husband have every season so far released in the UK on DVD so when this came out it seemed obvious to go see it at the cinema - we were so glad as it was such a Simpson-fest (thats stating the obvious really - Doh!) - it was like a long very good episode that you just want to keep on watching! We enjoyed the twists of the plot, as felt it mimicked lots of these end of the world films you see, where the place is about to be destroyed but someone saves the day in the end, or in this case - the loveable Simpson family save the day! I love also how Maggie kinda gets the credit for most of it as she pointed the way out, thanks to her handy daddy not getting round to his DIY! We loved the bike scene too, just seemed so imaginative, the way Simpsons have been and always will be.
We bought the DVd on day of release without any hesitation, as we had enjoyed it so much on big screen, and have since sat many a time watching it in the comfort of our home, laughing the same as we did in the cinema!
Job well done writers!
The first and hopefully last Simpson movie was released in 2007 and was directed by David Silverman. It follows the Simpson family, dim-witted husband Homer (voiced by Dan Castellenta - always the highlight of any Simpsons episode), his uptight wife Marge (Julie Kavner), trouble making son Bart (Nancy Cartwright), his eco-concerned 'genius' sister Lisa (Yeardly Smith and unfortunately she's in this film quite a lot) and baby Maggie.
I'm guessing you haven't been in a bunker for the last twenty years and are familiar with the phenomenon that is the Simpsons so I'll get straight into reviewing the film.
And unfortunately it's a bit, well average (very nearly rubbish in fact)
The plot see's homer and spider-pig (a highlight unfortunately) inadvertently pollute Springfield which causes the EPA to encase the town in a weird glass bubble type thing (think of a snow globe) and then blow the town into kingdom come. The Simpson's family escape the bubble (after the town-folk chase them out for causing the incident) and go on the run, returning when they realise their town needs them. Blah blah blah. It's a twenty minute episode stretched so thinly the jokes pop up so intermittently you'll be in a dozy state just watching things plod along.
Of course it's the Simpsons and Homer and Bart have some funny moments their just too few and far between to make this even an ok a film, the plot is rubbish and is so preachy it was probably written by Al Gore (who probably pops up in the film.
On the positive side it looked good on the big screen of a cinema, and it's the Simpsons which I'll always love (for its past glories; which will soon be a generation in the past)
It's all just such a shame really as too many cooks spoilt the broth, the following list of writers shows that; Mike Scully, Al Jean, James L Brooks, Matt Groening, George Meyer, David Mirkin, Mike Reiss (go queer duck!), John Swartzwelder, Jon Vitti, Ian Maxtone-Graham, and Matt Selman. All great writers from the Simpsons past but everything here has been diluted so much, and probably compromised to please everyone its just a bit a bit meh. The film boasts a ton of celebrities cameo's but none linger except the unfunny scene with Green Day.
Racking up impressive box office numbers right across the globe, the arrival of The Simpsons Movie onto the big screen proved, for many, to be more than worth the wait. But with its DVD release, theres a compelling argument that Springfields finest have come back to their natural home. The film itself is primarily Homer-centred, with the head of The Simpsons family seemingly consigning Springfield to certain doom when he dumps his waste where he shouldnt. But, in the true spirit of the show, the plot takes a relative back seat to the antics of Americas first family. And its those antics that offer the films gold. As youd hope, it boasts several laugh-out-loud moments, from visual gags (the rock and hard place being a favourite) through to the by-now infamous Spider-pig. Theres not quite enough material to keep the chuckle counter going for the full duration of The Simpsons Movie, and the criticism that its effectively three episodes strung together has some truth to it. But youd still be hard-pushed to complain for one key reason: The Simpsons Movie is grand entertainment, with plenty of rewatch potential. So while you can add us to the queue of people who wanted more Mr Burns, and while it doesnt quite measure up to some of the shows best episodes, The Simpsons Movie still delivers, and does it with some quality. And Spider-pig is a work of genius --Jon Foster