Release Date: July 27th, 2007 by 20th Century Fox.
The Voices: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Harry Shearer, Hank Azaria, Pamela Hayden, Tress MacNeille, Marcia Wallace, Philip Rosenthal, Joe Mantegna, Albert Brooks, Russi Taylor, Karl Wiedergott, Billie Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool, Mike Dirnt, Maile Flanagan, Tom Hanks.
Directed by David Silverman.
BASIC PREMISE: After wreaking havoc on the environment and causing the EPA to install a huge dome around Springfield, Homer (voice of Castallenta) must save his hometown and his reputation before President Schwarzenegger (voice of Shearer) orders for the town to be demolished.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: “The Simpsons” was meant for the small screen with its crazy yet oddly likable characters and a zany plot. Along comes the movie version, which has a lively, larger scaled plot, but with fewer laughs and just plain crazy characters. Within the first act, Bart runs around town naked and—yes—you get to briefly see his cartoon manhood as an attempt to make you laugh. Soon enough, Homer brings a pig home and awkwardly flirts with it in manners that just barely imply bestiality. He makes the biggest mistake of his life when he empties the pig’s crap into the river, which pisses off the EPA and the town. Now that the EPA puts Springfield under a large dome and threatens to demolish it, Homer might not only lose his town, but his family, too. Unfortunately, the screenplay, written by 11 writers, focuses too much on the silly, formulaic plot rather than on the silly characters who every “Simpsons” fan loves. Not enough funny gags and satire makes for an experience that feels duller than expected. The funniest gag comes at the beginning when Bart writes “I Will Not Illegally Download This Movie” over and over on a blackboard. More witty scenes like that would have been helpful. Compared to Beavis and Butthead Do America and South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, The Simpsons Movie ultimately fails to make a successful leap to the giant screen from the small screen, where it has always been meant to be watched.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you suspend your disbelief.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 3
IN A NUTSHELL: A lively, zany plot with not enough of the trademark laughs or wit found on the television show.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: DVD
The "S" Menu