The Simpsons Movie [Blu-ray]
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Homer accidentally causes an environmental catastrophe which could doom Springfield forever. Homer now must save the city and rescue his family. Springfield's usual characters and new favorites all turn up in the first ever movie length version of the hit TV show, 18 years in the making.
The Simpsons had already ruled TV land for many years by the time they finally attempted to conquer the movie world as well. It was never any big secret that a Simpsons movie was in the works: Fox registered the domain name "Simpsonsmovie.com" in 1997, a full nine years before the film was finally greenlighted. When creator/producer Matt Groening’s creation finally made it to the big screen in 2007, it only turned out to be the biggest hit of the summer, raking in over $100 million gross in box-office receipts in its first week, before heading on to do over $500 million worldwide, proving that the best joke in the movie was actually played on the audience: "Why pay for something when you can see it for free?" asks Homer at the movie’s start. Naturally, all the trouble starts with him. When he adopts a pig ("Sir Oinks-A-Lot") destined for Krusty’s slaughterhouse, it triggers an environmental catastrophe, forcing the government to seal Springfield into a dome and destroy the city. While the family manages to escape and flee to Alaska, they eventually decide to return and help save the city in more-or-less classic Simpson fashion. As Homer’s joke about the audience shows, Groening and producer Al Jean are keenly aware that their franchise is first and foremost a TV show. Maybe a little too aware, as the movie fails to ever rise above anything more than an extended episode, and not even one of its best episodes at that. True, there are plenty of good jokes; the animation has been kicked up a notch to be particularly sharp and detailed; and there are some truly memorable moments such as Bart’s nude skateboard ride and the "Spider-Pig" song. But when the film finally materialized, the payoff for long years of anticipation turned out to be small as the movie failed to live up to its potential; it’s amusing but not truly funny. The Simpsons Movie leaves the impression that maybe the show’s writers and producers had already spent their best ideas on the best years of the TV show. Had it been made years earlier… well, we can only wonder what could have been. --Daniel Vancini
Get to Know The Simpsons
"Oh, so they have internet on computers now!" -- Homer Simpson
"I'd like to visit that Long Island Place, if only it were real." -- Marge Simpson (drinking a Long Island Iced Tea)
"Aren't we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas? You know, the birth of Santa." -- Bart Simpson
"If cartoons were meant for adults, they'd put them on in prime time." -- Lisa Simpson
"Daddy" -- Maggie Simpson
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I'm a long time Simpsons fan but they've REALLY toned the show down over the years. No more are we hearing some classic-porn music as Bart and students watch the bunnies' honeymoon. No more are we seeing Bart mooning people while humming an American anthem. No more is there any sacrilege of the church by Homer. No...now it's just another cartoon that's safe for kids.
What? I said it's safe for kids. The TV show I'm talking about. The movie? It's just as tame. There's one questionable part where one character is fully nude, but nothing is shown until the end of this part...where it shows some anatomy briefly.
Therein lies the problem with this movie. It's too tame. "Tame" is not what got Simpsons popular. Simpsons became popular because they pushed the envelope. "King of the Hill" and even that other show with the baby are a lot more risque than this, and that's sad, considering the price you're forced to pay to see this, which was literally YEARS in the making, only to end up, as so many reviewers have so aptly mentioned, a "longer version of a regular episode".
So that's complaint #1. Complaint #2 is the lack of character depth. The other selling point of the Simpsons is the sheer variety of memorable characters. The issue with the movie is that 99% of these characters aren't even explored. The movie centers around Homer, Bart, Flanders and Marge. Burns/Smithers get a 2 minute quick spot; Comic Book Guy says 2 lines and that's it; Bain is renamed to Schwarzenegger, which kills the original joke; Santa's Little Helper shows up inexplicably at the end of the movie; etc etc etc. All of the other characters are just thrown in there for their one little piece of the spotlight and that's it. I don't even remember seeing Apu. Oh, and by the way, three of the funniest characters on the show were not to be seen; Skinner, Krabappel, and Chalmers.
The picture quality of this movie is top notch. It's not just the clean appearance of the animation, even though it's absolutely striking, it's the animation technique. The regular Simpsons used blurry transitions and "film strip" methods to transition between scenes. If you recall the intro with the Simpsons name, and how that's animated, this whole movie is animated the same way; it comes across a lot better than the show.
Buy it? No. Not unless you're a Blu-ray collector like myself.
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