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The Simpsons Movie

The Simpsons Movie

Genre: Animated Comedy
Rated: PG-13
Directed by:
David Silverman
Starring:
The voices of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Albert Brooks, Joe Mantegna, Harry Shearer
Released by: 20th Century Fox

In Short: Surpassing every possible expectation, The Simpsons Movie is a triumph of comic animation and cutting-edge satire.  

DOH! HOMER HITS A HOME RUN
“The Simpsons” Gets Bigger and Better Than Ever
by Jenny Peters

It is hard to imagine that a television show, which has been on air for almost twenty years (since 1989, believe it or not), could possibly have the oomph to successfully graduate to the big screen at this late date. Then again, when “The Simpsons” began airing way back when, it was hard to imagine that the show would still be on TV so many years later.

Maggie Simpson in The Simpsons Movie
Homer Simpson meets his match

So it shouldn’t be a surprise that creators Matt Groening and James L. Brooks have succeeded so triumphantly with The Simpsons Movie. By ramping up the animation techniques (don’t worry—Homer, Marge and the kids still look the same), mixing in an important environmental message, and throwing in a barrage of hilarious sight gags and verbal jokes, they, along with director David Silverman and the veteran cast of vocal talent, have made a top-notch comedic satire that’s well worth the price of admission.

As the story begins, Springfield is in the midst of a crisis. The local lake is so polluted because of senseless garbage dumping that it threatens the whole ecosystem of the town. It’s a cause that little Lisa Simpson knows is important, even if the rest of her neighbors don’t think so. Her efforts get the dumping banned, and all is well—that is, until Homer, her knucklehead dad, decides to secretly dump his new pet pig’s silo of dung into the water.

The Simpson family on the run
A mob gathers in The Simpsons Movie

It’s a bad move (doh!), and all hell breaks loose, not the least of which is that the U.S. President (who is now Arnold Schwarzenegger, as voiced by Harry Shearer) and the evil head of the EPA drop a dome over the whole town.

Will the citizens of Springfield survive? Will they hunt down Homer before he can make amends for his bonehead move? Will baby Maggie speak up after almost twenty years of barely saying a word? All these and many other questions will be answered in this big-screen romp that will keep you laughing from start to finish.

The Simpsons Movie is a triumph of creativity and inescapable proof that the animators and writers involved in this classic American satire still have miles to go before they finally put down their pens and close up shop.



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