Simpsons the Movie

Directed By: David Silverman

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Homer accidentally causes an environmental catastrophe which could doom Springfield forever. Homer now must save the city and rescue his family. Springfield's usual characters and new favorites all turn up in the first ever movie length version of the hit TV show, 18 years in the making.

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 205811837
UPC 024543484387
UPC 14 00024543484387
Format DVD
Release Date 3/2/2010
Rating Rating
Keywords
Animated Characters
Animated Worlds
Family Interaction
Family Life
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note THE SIMPSONS MOVIE may not qualify for the honor of "Best. Movie. Ever," but even the harshest critics like Comic Book Guy will find little to dislike in this hilarious comedy. Springing from Fox's hit series, the movie expands the adventures of the Springfield residents into a feature-length film. Here Homer's selfish antics (and a hankering for free donuts) are responsible for a horrific ecological disaster that could spell the end for Springfield. So it's up to the paunchy patriarch to save his family and the town from the mess that he has created.^Just as in the Emmy-winning show, THE SIMPSONS MOVIE skillfully combines smart satire with inspired silliness. Dan Castellaneta, Harry Shearer, Hank Azaria, and other regulars of the series provide laughs with their vocal talents, while Albert Brooks is hilarious as the film's villain. Though THE SIMPSONS MOVIE is best seen after a lifetime of watching reruns of the show and repeating its endlessly quotable lines, viewers don't have to be die-hard fans to get the jokes. Screenwriters Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, and Co. are at the top of their game here, channeling the show at its best. The film comes after 18 seasons of the series, but it's certainly more in the spirit (and quality) of the show's best years.
Reviews
New York Times "[I]t's a very funny movie....Full of the anarchic, generous, good-natured humor that is the show's enduring signature." 07/27/2007 p.E1
USA Today 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "If you like the TV show, you're going to love the movie....The laughs come fast and furiously on the big screen." 07/27/2007 p.14D
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "THE SIMPSONS MOVIE honours the slickness, wit and ingenuity of Matt Groenig's creating with aplomb....A triumph..." 10/01/2007 p.58
Sight and Sound "[T]he creative team have upped their game considerably for this special outing....This is certainly the funniest American animated movie since the SOUTH PARK film." 10/01/2007 p.71
Ultimate DVD 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he team of writers masterfully avoids moralizing and instead delivers a raft of social satirical digs..." 04/01/2008 p.68
Directors
David Silverman
Actors
Name Simpsons
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Albert Brooks - Voice Of
Billie Joe Armstrong - Voice Of
Dan Castellaneta - Voice Of
David Silverman - Director
Dima Malanitchev - Art Director
Hank Azaria - Voice Of
Hans Zimmer - Original Music By
Harry Shearer - Voice Of
James L. Brooks - Producer
Joe Mantegna - Voice Of
John Carnochan - Editor
Julie Kavner - Voice Of
Marcia Wallace - Voice Of
Matt Groening - Producer
Matt Groening, et. al. - Writer
Nancy Cartwright - Voice Of
Tom Hanks - Voice Of
Tress MacNeille - Voice Of
Yeardley Smith - Voice Of
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 2248446
UPC 00024543484387
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 87 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Awards
Nominee (2007) MTV Award, The Simpsons Movie, Best Summer Movie You Haven't Seen Yet
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review When it comes to The Simpsons, longevity is an asset few can ignore. 18 years old and counting, the TV series has carved its niche into pop culture. Most of today's high school students hadn't been born when The Simpsons debuted as filler on Tracey Ullman's variety show. It's no longer as fresh, as acerbic, and as popular as it once was, but could one expect anything else from a show that has turned out about 400 twenty-two minute episodes? It is a little odd that it has taken so long for The Simpsons to make the transition from the small screen to the big one; there has been talk about a movie since the mid-'90s. While nothing in this motion picture quite matches the television series at its early best, this is more of a throwback than a throw-away. It's wittier and more energetic than anything that has appeared on FOX in quite a few years...This isn't like South Park which, freed from the constraints of a more restrictive medium, pulled out all the stops. The Simpsons is interested in being a family film, although this is one of those rare animated occasions when adults are the primary audience. I, for one, couldn't be happier.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The Simpsons are fairly surprised to find themselves in a movie; they can't believe "anyone would pay to see what we did on TV for free." But I suspect a lot of people will. Here is a feature-length version of what Time magazine, no less, called "the 20th century's best television series." That may say more about Time magazine and the 20th century than it does about the Simpsons, but never mind: The movie is funny, sassy and intelligent in that moronic Simpsons' way...For me, the three biggest laughs in the movie (I won't spoil them) are a plug for the Fox network, a skateboarding sequence inspired by "Austin Powers" and a unique way to go fishing. Those, and the peculiar everyday lives of the closely knit Simpsons, fill in the gaps in the plot, along with a devout neighbor who, considering what Homer puts in his mailbox, is more sinned against than sinning...If "The Simpsons" is indeed the best television series of 100 years (almost half of them, to be sure, without television), I guess I shouldn't be surprised to visit the Internet Movie Database and discover that the movie has been voted the 166th best film of all time, seven places above "The Grapes of Wrath" and 10 ahead of "Gone With the Wind."
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), English, Spanish, Subtitled, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Simpsons
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Gene Shalit, Today You'll laugh till your knees hurt and you can't breathe!
J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader This long-awaited movie adaptation has plenty of laughs, plus an assortment of milestones for fans.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly ...a classic Simpsonian interplay of family psychology, social commentary, and brainy visual and verbal jokes tossed off at rat-a-tat speed...
Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun Like "Hairspray," it's not just a spinoff but a wised-up family comedy that's spirited and inventive.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor The movie is best when it just riffs on our compacted memories of the past 18 years of episodes. Fortunately, that's most of the time.
Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly ...the most wickedly funny arsenal of assaults on big government, organized religion and corporate America this side of "Borat."
Stephen Hunter, The Washington Post The genius is in the writing and in keeping all gambits created by the individual writers in sync...one of the best movies of the year.

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