The Simpsons Movie

  • PG
  • David Silverman (2007)
  • US
  • 83 min
The Simpsons Movie
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Twenty years after their first appearance on The Tracey Ullman Show, America's favourite dysfunctional cartoon family finally makes it on to the big screen. Cheekily described by creator Matt Groening as Homer's Odyssey, this is certainly epic, with 11 writers, a team of South Korean animators and a plot that follows Homer from Springfield to Alaska and back again after he accidentally causes an environmental disaster in his home town (D'oh!). The script is glorious in its ambition, tackling everything from lowbrow slapstick to inventive visual gags (Bart's naked skateboarding is a highlight), barbed political comment (an ill-informed President Arnold Schwarzenegger declaring "I was elected to lead, not to read") and irreverent swipes at its competitors (Walt Disney gets a bashing). The rich relentlessness of the jokes demands at least two viewings and, while some fans will undoubtedly be upset that a few of their favourite characters are sidelined (including villainous Mr Burns), this re-establishes The Simpsons as the jewel in the crown of American animation.

Plot Summary

Feature-length outing for America's most dysfunctional family, with the voices of Dan Castellaneta and Julie Kavner. When Homer adopts a pig, he doesn't count on the amount of excrement it produces. Deciding to dump a silo of the stuff in the local lake, he precipitates an environmental disaster that has dire consequences for the whole of Springfield.

Cast and crew

Cast

Homer Simpson / Krusty the Clown
Dan Castellaneta
Marge Simpson
Julie Kavner
Bart Simpson
Nancy Cartwright
Lisa Simpson
Yeardley Smith
Moe / Apu / Sea Captain
Hank Azaria
Seymour Skinner / Ned Flanders /Lenny Leonard / Dr Hibbert
Harry Shearer
Fat Tony
Joe Mantegna
Russ Cargill
Albert Brooks
Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks

Crew

Director
David Silverman

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 27 Jul 2007
Certificate PG
Categories
Comedy
Drama