DVD 87 mins
PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
The Simpsons Movie
20th Century Fox (7/27/2007)
In Collection
#414

Seen It:
Yes
Animation, Comedy
USA  /  English

Dan Castellaneta
Julie Kavner
Marcia Wallace
Nancy Cartwright
Yeardley Smith
Pamela Hayden
Albert Brooks
Hank Azaria
Harry Shearer
Tress MacNeille

Director David Silverman
Producer Matt Groening; Richard Sakai
Writer James L. Brooks; Mike Reiss

The Simpsons had already ruled TV land for many years by the time they finally attempted to conquer the movie world as well. It was never any big secret that a Simpsons movie was in the works: Fox registered the domain name "Simpsonsmovie.com" in 1997, a full nine years before the film was finally greenlighted. When creator/producer Matt Groening’s creation finally made it to the big screen in 2007, it only turned out to be the biggest hit of the summer, raking in over $100 million gross in box-office receipts in its first week, before heading on to do over $500 million worldwide, proving that the best joke in the movie was actually played on the audience: "Why pay for something when you can see it for free?" asks Homer at the movie’s start. Naturally, all the trouble starts with him. When he adopts a pig ("Sir Oinks-A-Lot") destined for Krusty’s slaughterhouse, it triggers an environmental catastrophe, forcing the government to seal Springfield into a dome and destroy the city. While the family manages to escape and flee to Alaska, they eventually decide to return and help save the city in more-or-less classic Simpson fashion. As Homer’s joke about the audience shows, Groening and producer Al Jean are keenly aware that their franchise is first and foremost a TV show. Maybe a little too aware, as the movie fails to ever rise above anything more than an extended episode, and not even one of its best episodes at that. True, there are plenty of good jokes; the animation has been kicked up a notch to be particularly sharp and detailed; and there are some truly memorable moments such as Bart’s nude skateboard ride and the "Spider-Pig" song. But when the film finally materialized, the payoff for long years of anticipation turned out to be small as the movie failed to live up to its potential; it’s amusing but not truly funny. The Simpsons Movie leaves the impression that maybe the show’s writers and producers had already spent their best ideas on the best years of the TV show. Had it been made years earlier… well, we can only wonder what could have been. --Daniel Vancini

Get to Know The Simpsons

"Oh, so they have internet on computers now!" -- Homer Simpson

"I'd like to visit that Long Island Place, if only it were real." -- Marge Simpson (drinking a Long Island Iced Tea)

"Aren't we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas? You know, the birth of Santa." -- Bart Simpson

"If cartoons were meant for adults, they'd put them on in prime time." -- Lisa Simpson

"Daddy" -- Maggie Simpson


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Edition Details
Distributor 20th Century Fox
Edition Widescreen Edition
Barcode 024543484271
Region Region 1
Release Date 12/18/2007
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio 2.40:1
Subtitles English; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: DTS ES 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Surround
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Personal Details
Purchase Price $29.99
Links Amazon US
DVD Empire

Features
Commentary
Directors Commentary
Deleted Scenes and Slightly Alternate Ending
Special Stuff
A Lot of Trailers