Simpsons Movie, The (2007)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 1 hr., 29 mins.
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  • Review by Trent Russi
    Rating: 8.0

    After years of anticipation, Simpsons fans finally get to see them on the big screen. So how does creator Matt Groening and producers James Brooks and Al Jean do this? By having Homer insult you. And it couldn't feel better.

    Homer grows up... again

    The great thing about the The Simpsons Movie is that it stuck to the classic Simpsons story. At least, this is a great thing for me, being a Simpsons fan. However, while the the feel is there, and the gags are there, the Simpsons have grown up a little. Homer is faced with some real problems as a husband and a father, again. But this time they take it to the next level. Bart starts to realize that maybe Homer isn't the worlds best role-model. Lisa finds someone that she can share her passions with.

    In glorious 2-D

    As Moe proudly proclaims, this film is in 2-D. Kind of. There is some 3-D animation ala Futurama. Some of the set pieces and vehicles are computer animated with cell shading. But I don't think it destroys the effect. The Simpson animation looks cleaner than it ever has, and it looks like they actually did some things with camera angles that they never had the time/money/energy to do on the television series. In fact this is the first cell-animated film that I've seen in a long time. Quickly glancing at animated films that have come out this year (Ratatouille, Bee Movie, Meet the Robisons, Shrek the Third, Surf's Up, TMNT, etc), I realized they're all 3D nowadays.

    Cowabunga! dudes

    In short, the movie was extremely silly, but a lot of fun. I'd definitely check it out.