Classic Review: The Simpsons Movie

After 18 seasons of the most popular television cartoon ever, it was about time Matt Groening’s creation The Simpsons finally came to the big screen in a huge way. In the times where adaptation of a TV show to a movie has become hard, it was a breath of fresh to see a start one.

The Story: After Homer accidentally pollutes the town’s water supply, Springfield is encased in a gigantic dome by the EPA and the Simpson family (Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie) are declared fugitives.

Before this came out back in 2007, I primary watch The Simpsons from time to time. It was occasionally on and it’s was very funny back then and sometimes even now. I remembered the first time I heard that a Simpsons movie was happening. It was back in 2006 and me and my family were about to watch Ice Age: The Meltdown and the last trailer they showed was the very first teaser just showing Homer in his underwear and a Superman shirt on. And I was over-the-moon excited, but I had to wait over a year to see it. Let’s not forget, this was a huge movie back in 2007, and I was there opening day with my dad, sister, and our cousin. It was a packed house and it was warranted as this was one of the funniest movies I sat through in years.

The film starts out with the family watching an Itchy & Scratchy movie, and it still has that kind of irreverent humor it’s known for. Taken to the theme and then shows Green Day performing the theme song. That’s in the first three minutes right there and you know the kind of movie it’s gaining across. This pleased its fans in a good way and it didn’t feel annoying in any shape performed.

It’s a great thing that this didn’t go to the live-action route and just ruins the show entirely. But they kept it in animation form. The story could’ve been dumb as it’s just plots of a few episodes that are stretched out in a 90-minute movie, but the writers and David Silverman did a fantastic job at keeping the laughs full effect. Some of the plotlines don’t feel contrived in any way. Even the political side of the coin actually made it more bearable. The fast-paced animation was bright and pretty as it’s different from the show and has a bigger budget to span on the screen.

The laughs never became lazy as it rarely gives a chance to run out of steam to have anyone catch their breath. The visual gags work in a great way as well. It involves the meta-humor being directed at the audience quite literally as Homer said at the beginning that everyone’s a giant sucker. Plus it has those references and callbacks to a substantial point that doesn’t feel overbearing.

All of the voice talents still give their strongest performances with the martial that never feels old to them. From Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith, Nancy Cartwright, and so on brings their all. Kavner as Marge is a highlight as one of the best emotional scenes in the series history.

This is also rare for an animated movie to get a PG-13 rating. The show does have that adult humor and it works in here. Only show that actually worked with an R-rating is the South Park movie. I’m still shocked at how they got away with showing Bart’s penis during the sequence where he rides his skateboard nude throughout the town.

Before Deadpool had the most popular marketing for a film, this absolutely killed it ten years ago. Fox did a brilliant job with how they were going to market this as they turned 7-Elevens into Kwik-E-Marts, Burger King selling toys, and Homer appearing on The Tonight Show. It’s like their section at Universal Studios where the surroundings are Simpsons.

I’m still surprised there hasn’t been a sequel announced. This did very well at the box office and it gained positive reviews. But that’s maybe because the show has been running on TV years later after the release of the movie. Even though the quality of the humor did wear off later on, it isn’t a bad idea, to be honest.

This film as a whole is way better than the seasons that come after it’s released. In the end, Spider-Pig.

The Simpsons Movie managed to handle the all the hysterical laughs on the big screen in the best way possible.

Grade: A-

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