The Simpsons Movie (Widescreen Edition)
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The Springfield citizenry has every reason to be out for Simpson blood. The calamity triggered by Homer has drawn the attention of U.S. President Arnold Schwarzenegger and Environmental Protection Agency head Russ Cargill (voiced by Albert Brooks). "You know sir," Cargill tells the president, "when you made me head of the EPA, you were applauded for appointing one of the most successful men in America to the least successful agency in government. And why did I take the job? Because I'm a rich man who wanted to give something back. Not the money, but something." That "something" is a devil's plan to contain the disaster.As the fates of Springfield and the world hang in the balance, Homer embarks on a personal odyssey of redemption -- seeking forgiveness from Marge, the reunion of his splintered family, and the salvation of his hometown.
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 Groenings 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 movies start. Naturally, all the trouble starts with him. When he adopts a pig ("Sir Oinks-A-Lot") destined for Krustys 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 Homers 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 Barts 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; its amusing but not truly funny. The Simpsons Movie leaves the impression that maybe the shows 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
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"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 love the way that ANYTHING crashes or bumps into anything immediately catches on fire, and explodes! My kind of humor!
I asked my son to pick something he wanted me to order and he picked this movie. This movie kept them entertained for hours. If the kids are happy - I'm happy!!
I've been an occasional fan, but always enjoyed the series.
Also, I've recently purchased a number of the TV series seasons, and I've yet to find an episode I didn't like or laugh out loud while watching.
This movie seemed, in many ways to, "try too hard". From Bart's skateboard scene to the disconnect felt among all the family members, it just didn't feel right. I'm not saying it's not watchable or fun at times, but overall, not good.
I think the appeal of the Simpsons on TV is largely the distorted view on a family that is dysfunctional at times, but also loving.
I didn't get that feeling with this movie.
Maybe it just doesn't translate well to a longer format. Maybe bridled censorship enhances how they deliver their humor on TV. Regardless, I didn't come away with a sense of "...wow, that was clever..", like I normally do when watching the TV show.
I'll take my Simpsons in 30 minute increments. Thank you.
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I expected miren than that.
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