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The Simpsons Movie is a 2007 American animated comedy film based on the Fox television series The Simpsons. The film was directed by David Silverman, and stars the regular television cast of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Tress MacNeille, Pamela Hayden, Maggie Roswell and Russi Taylor, as well as relative newcomer Albert Brooks.

Plot

Lovable idiot Homer Simpson finally messes up big time when his misguided attempt to dispose of a pig waste-filled silo ends up causing Springfield to be encased in a giant glass dome. With the entire town out for his blood, it's up to Homer to save his family and stop EPA agent Russ Cargill's diabolical plan to nuke Springfield off the face of the Earth.

Why It Rocks

  1. Incredible execution.
  2. The animation is astounding, upgrading from the usual 2D animation from the show with strong colors and painted backgrounds.
  3. Lots of hilarious moments and gags.
  4. Incredibly hilarious characters that definitely match the tone of the movie.
  5. The dialogue is top-notch.
  6. Fans of The Simpsons were finally able to see a movie adaptation after many years of waiting.
  7. Russ Cargill is one of the nastiest villains in the entire Simpsons franchise.
  8. Spider-Pig.
  9. The plot and story of the movie are really outstanding and faithful to the series, so faithful, that it's got the best plot from any movie ever made.
  10. It’s very faithful to the original characters.
  11. This is the perfect movie for people who want to see what the show is like.
  12. The ending was really hilarious.
  13. Green Day's take on the theme song was rockin'.

Bad Qualities

  1. Before and after the film's release, the show has been going downhill, similar to The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, although, the show made more good and average episodes than duds (bad episodes). At least it hasn't gotten as bad as some say like what many people said about "Family Guy", "American Dad", etc, but despite being already gone from grace after the movie, at least the post movie seasons don't try to be as bad as most of Modern Family Guy (2008-current).
  2. Some of the jokes aren't suitable for a PG-13 rated film like Homer flipping off the crowd and Bart showing his penis in one part. How did they get in the movie?
  3. It was banned in only one country stating that yellow is against its own flag.

Trivia

  • The movie's production ran from 2001 to 2006, which means the movie took five to six years to be completed on time.
  • As of 2018, the sequel of the first movie along with a Family Guy movie were both announced since Disney purchased a large part of FOX's entertainment back in 2017.
  • As a promotion for the film, twelve 7-Eleven stores across the United States and Canada were transformed into Kwik-E-Marts, and sold Squishees, Buzz Cola, Krusty-O's Cereal and Duff Beer (energy drink).
  • In the Season 25 finale episode, "The Yellow Badge of Cowardge", the couch gag is the family at a Comic-Con style Q&A. Comic Book Guy proceeds to ask if there will be another Simpsons movie. The cast has by then disappeared with a very confused Maggie. Al Jean stated on his Twitter that this was the best answer that could be given at the time. It is implied that there is a possibility of another movie, but may not come into production until the entire series has finally ended and finished up its story, which may take a while.
  • A teaser trailer for the film was attached to the film Ice Age: The Meltdown from March 31, 2006 onwards; the same trailer was then broadcast during the April 2 episode of The Simpsons seventeenth season episode, "Million Dollar Abie".

Reception

The Simpsons Movie was released on July 27, 2007 with positive reviews from critics, audiences and fans alike. The film currently holds an 88% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert commented on the film "There's something about the Simpsons that's radical and simple at the same time, subversive and good-hearted, offensive without really meaning to be. It's a nice balancing act." Fellow critic Richard Roeper stated that the film was "definitely worth your money."

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