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The Simpsons Movie (2007)

Following in the footsteps of South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut & Beavis & Butt-Head Do America comes another animated television series which has been brought to the big screen.  After being on the air for nearly 20 years, creator Matt Groening finally brought his beloved animated comedy to the big screen in the 2007 film The Simpsons Movie.  Directed by David Silverman, the film takes place in Springfield as well as in Alaska & stars the regular cast of the show which consists of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Albert Brooks, Tress MacNeille, & Pamela Hayden.  It also features cameos from Tom Hanks & Green Day.    

After Green Day is killed in Lake Springfield during their concert as a result of it being polluted, Lisa decides to hold a town hall meeting that night, explaining that the lake is so polluted; it cannot sustain any more pollution.  As a result, not only do they clean up the lake, but they also put a barrier around it.  However, in a rush to get free donuts, Homer dumps his pig silo into the lake, thereby re-polluting it.  This causes Russ Cargill, head of the EPA, to place a giant dome over Springfield.  Once the police reveal that it was Homer who polluted it, an angry mob comes after him.  The Simpsons manage to escape & move to Alaska.  Once finding out that Springfield is going to be destroyed, Marge & the kids decide that they must save their town, even though Homer chooses not to & would rather stay in Alaska.  Then again, Homer has an epiphany in that he must find his family.  After returning to Springfield, Homer must save not only his family, but also the entire town from a bomb, which will blow the entire town away.

One aspect of the filmmaking, which I thought was incredibly brave, was the direction they decided to take this film in.  Since this is on the silver screen & not on prime time television, it allowed them to take some chances & step outside the box.  For example, there is brief nudity in this film when Bart skateboards through Springfield nude & for a few seconds, there is a scene of his genitals.  Second, there is a scene where each Simpson family member is escaping through a hole & when Homer tries, he doesn’t fit.  Nonetheless, Homer extends the middle finger to the mob using both hands, which is ironic considering they only have four fingers, which technically means they have no middle finger.  Finally, Marge uses vulgar language when she tells Homer & Bart to throw the goddamn bomb.  Sometimes, in life you have to take chances, as there is no reward without risk. 

The other aspect of the filmmaking, which I thought was a nice addition to this film, was the music.  I thought the addition of Green Day, doing not only the theme song, but the Spider-Pig song as well, was a great way to upgrade the normal theme song normally done on television.  In the end, it turned out to be something unique as it made Green Day’s version of the theme song as well as making the Spider-Pig song into a chorus stand out from the show.

My overall reaction to this film is that I would recommend this film to the entire family, as this is one of those movies where the entire family can enjoy it.  Having said that, however, that doesn’t mean that I would let any child watch this film, considering the fact that there is brief nudity, vulgar language, & an obscene gesture.  I would say that, while this may be family entertainment, parents should take into account what I just said before letting their children watch, as it’s not quite the same as the show.  Finally, I enjoyed this film.  My only complaint is that we didn’t get to see some characters.  One is Sideshow Bob, who we didn’t see because his scenes were cut.  It’s also a shame that Phil Hartman (R.I.P.), who provided the voice for Lionel Hutz & Troy McClure, is not around to lend his voice to the film.  I really liked this film, as it’s good old family fun.

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