Directed by: David Silverman
Starring: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright
I’ve been watching through all of the 23 seasons of The Simpsons recently, and as part of that I watched the movie. Why do I do things like this? You might as well ask why the sun watches bad movies, or why the tides don’t enjoy popular films. You can ask all the questions you want, you’ll never find THE TRUTH! THE TRUTH THAT I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M DOING PRETTY MUCH ALL THE TIME!!
There are several subplots in The Simpsons Movie (which is to be expected when you make a feature-length film out of a half hour sitcom), but the main one is that the city of Springfield where our titular family lives is enclosed in a big dome by an evil government official who wants to keep the pollution of a lake enclosed. The Simpsons travel to Alaska to avoid it, but end up returning to save their hometown using a combination of circus motorcycle stunts and stupid sitcom logic.
The Simpsons Movie borrows heavily from the series it’s based off of, recycling large parts of plots from previous episodes to combine into one large SUPER-EPISODE. Basically they give a story to each character (Lisa gets a boyfriend, Bart becomes disillusioned with his dad, Marge nearly splits up with Homer, Homer is stupid and does stupid things) which has been done a thousand times, and they all end up with the same result. There are a few funny gags in the film, none of which I can actually remember, but the whole thing just reeks of the same difficulty the show had at this point: endless regurgitation of a few decent episodes from decades past. All you really have to say about it is that there are 19 different people credited as writing the thing. Damn.