Saturday, August 11, 2007

The Simpsons Movie

We finally got to see The Simpsons Movie last night after a couple of postponed attempts. We've both watched The Simpsons on TV for years and love it so the movie, however much we've had to wait for it, was a must see anyway. Both of my kids had seen the movie and said it was hilarious so that just added to the anticipation. The storyline is absurd but that's what makes it so funny…
Homer rescues a pig from a Krusty Burger advert and then falls in love with it. Lisa finally persuades Springfield to clean up its act and stop dumping their rubbish and industrial waste in Lake Springfield and, just to make sure, the mayor has a wall built around it.

When Marge asks Homer what he's doing with the pig's droppings, he shows her a huge tank of he's buried in the garden. Marge wants rid of it but, faced with a choice between free donuts and disposing of the pig crap responsibly, Homer does exactly what you'd imagine he'd do. The consequences of what Homer does leads to the town facing destruction and they and the government want Homer's blood for it.

Obviously I don't want to go into to much detail as it'd give the story away but that's the gist of it. I didn't think I could sit through almost one and half hours of Homer strangling Bart, etc. but it's really, really funny.

I really can't say much more about the plot but this is definitely a must-see for any Simpsons fan. Most of your favourite characters get a showing but this is mostly about the family so they are all pretty much minor appearances except for Flanders. The animation is still as flat and yellow as the TV version so there's been no move to try and get the series onto 3-D CGI and that's probably a good thing as I'm sure we'd see a lot less Simpsons with the expense that would add to the budget.

The jokes flow constantly and there's even a few only adults will appreciate and there's no way they'd have got away with Bart's naked ride to the Krusty Burger on TV; the animated choreography of it all is superb. Even Arnold Schwarzenegger as president is very funny.

Genre: Animation, Comedy
My Rating: 8/10

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