Weekend Animated Movie: The Simpsons Movie


Continuing with my weekend animated movie reviews, I’ve chosen this week to look at The Simpsons MovieThe Simpsons Movie was released in 2007, was directed by David Silverman and starred Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith.

Now. I don’t need to give this review any backstory. But in case you’ve been living under a rock for your whole life or if you were born yesterday, the Simpsons are a cartoon family created by Matt Groening and they are the central family in The Simpsons TV show on Fox. This film, at its time, was considered risky because no animated show had attempted to release a feature film in cinemas before, but with the huge and global success of The Simpsons this leap seemed the next logical step. And in my opinion, it was a very successful step.

The main plot of this film focuses on the family, having escaped their town being trapped in Stephen King-style, trying to return to Springfield in order to save the town from being blown up by the US Government. Literally, this plot would only ever work as an animated film.

The movie is filled with fantastic and typical humour that you would find in a standard Simpsons episode and in that aspect you could wonder why they would make a movie if it is just the same as a TV episode. But the thing is, it’s longer. I think the main reason why people went to and enjoyed this movie is because it was an extended Simpsons episode.

The jokes worked, they’re incredibly funny and will always get a laugh no matter how many times you watch the film. An example of this is when Homer gets literally stuck between a Rock and a shop called “a hard place”. A brilliant visual gag, one that this movie is filled with.

The Simpsons is also a family friendly show, making this movie accessible to nearly everyone and the whole family would enjoy it. Unlike other animated TV shows, such as Family Guy and South Park, The Simpsons only bordered on the Adult jokes but included the same amount of childish gags that the Adult jokes would be well received by the Adults and even the kids jokes would be well revived by all ages.

Another reason as to why this film works is due to the animation. Even with the advances in animation and the success of CGI animated films, such as Shrek and Kung-Fu Panda, The Simpsons stuck with its usual and well-known 2D animation and it still holds up today with it being sleek and flawless even when converted from standard definition into high definition.

I’m sure this review is pretty much a what-youd-expect, but I haven’t heard anyone talk about The Simpsons Movie in a long time and I just thought it would be nice for people to remember it, and maybe go back and revisit it. If you didn’t like it, why not go back, re-watch it and see if it sits any better with you? If you did like it, then why not just go and watch it and give yourself a good laugh, go on, you deserve it.

Then again, you could ignore me. If you do, then I really think you should go and see Deadpool (unless you’re not old enough, naughty kids), for more information about Deadpool check out last Wednesdays review. But please, go and enjoy The Simpsons Movie, have a blast from the past.

The Simpsons Movie: 4/5

Any thoughts or opinions you’d like to share? Please feel free to comment below and share my reviews with your friends. I love to hear what people think.

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