The Simpsons Movie (2007)

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Published on: 2007.07.28

IMDb: The Simpsons Movie
Wikipedia: The Simpsons Movie
Rating: PG-13
Length: 87 minutes (1:27)
Director: David Silverman
Genre: Animation / Comedy
My Rating: 7 of 10
Family Friendly: Mostly.
For those of us who’ve been waiting for this for years, it didn’t disappoint, but it didn’t really WOW! us either.

MAIN STARS (voices):
Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Harry Shearer, Hank Azaria, Pamela Hayden

There were some disappointments with The Simpsons Movie, which my wife and I saw on opening night, but nothing serious.

If you’re a Simpsons fan, you should see it. It’s worth it. But if you’re not, then what’s the point?

Fortunately for the film’s makers, much of America has been, or still is, fans of the Simpsons television show.

I’m one of the has-beens. I was a fan of the show from about the second season on through the 10th season or so. Since then, for the last eight seasons, I’ve been watching the weekly TV series with growing disappointment, until I finally quit watching about a year ago.

The movie wasn’t like the last eight seasons. It was more like the first 10, which was good for me.

Bad news first: There weren’t any scenes in the school, with Principal Skinner getting yelled at by Principal Chalmers, or Mrs. Krabappel wishing she could be somewhere else. There was only one short scene in Moe’s. No episodes of Krusty the Klown’s television show. There also weren’t any scenes in the Kwik-E-Mart. There was only one short scene in Monte Burns’ mansion.

In other words, a lot of the classic Simpsons gags were missing. Those places make the show feel familiar, even if the show itself is worn out.

Most of the movie takes place outdoors, surprisingly enough.

The plot, in a nutshell: Lake Springfield is so polluted that it’s about to be a catastrophe, but nobody cares (other than Lisa). Homer is the one who finally drives it over the edge, by dumping a silo of pig feces into the lake, which causes horrible mutations in nearby wildlife creatures.

The Environmental Protection Agency solves the problem by cutting off the town with a solid glass dome, sentencing the entire population to a slow death of starvation and boredom.

The Simpsons family manages to escape via a two-way sinkhole, and they go to Alaska to get away from it all, until they hear that the government is about to destroy Springfield completely, creating a “New Grand Canyon.” So they go back to save the town.

I won’t spoil with specifics, but it is of course a fantastical ending that defies laws of physics and nature.

That’s what has always been great about the Simpons — since it’s a cartoon, they don’t have to make it seem realistic, if they don’t want to.

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