The Simpsons Movie

2007

PG-13

87 Min

The Simpsons Movie

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After Homer accidentally pollutes the town's water supply, Springfield is encased in a gigantic dome by the EPA and the Simpsons are declared fugitives.

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N/A
Released:
Jul 27th, 2007
Revenue:
$527,068,851.00
Country:
USA

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  • The magazine Grandpa is reading, when Homer falls through the roof, is called Oatmeal Enthusiast. This is in fact a genuine Internet based magazine/journal.
  • SPOILER: Marge claims that "sequel" is Maggie's first word during the end credits, which is not true. Maggie said her first word in "The Simpsons" (1989) {Lisa's First Word (#4.10)}, and it was "Daddy". But since no one was around when she did say it, it is only natural that Marge assumes that her daughter's first word is "sequel".
  • Kelsey Grammer, Minnie Driver, Isla Fisher and Erin Brockovich-Ellis all recorded lines for the film but their scenes were cut.
  • Albert Brooks is credited as "A. Brooks," just as he has been in all five (as of 2007) Simpsons episodes he has appeared in (each time as a different character).
  • For the entire month of July 2007, as part of a campaign to hype the July 27th opening of the movie, 12 "7-Elevens" stores all over North America changed their names to Kwik-E-Marts, and begun selling products like Buzz Cola, KrustyO's cereal, Radioactive Man comics, and Squishees - including WooHoo! Blue Vanilla flavor. One store in Burbank, CA reported selling over 57,000 sprinkled donuts matching the one featured in the movie poster. Only 1 of the 12 locations was in Canada - located in Coquitlam, British Columbia (a suburb near Vancouver).
  • Work on the script began in 2003. 158 drafts were written.
  • Twentieth Century Fox registered the internet domain SIMPSONSMOVIE.COM on 22 April 1997, nine years before the movie finally was green lighted.
  • The ring tone from Homer's cell phone is an "anti-cell" joke to warn viewers about turning their cell phones off.
  • The script for the voice work was to be kept so secret that the producers personally shred the script after every voicing session.
  • SPOILER: The bar in Alaska is called "Eski-Moe's", a homage to "Moe's Tavern" in Springfield.
  • A message from EPA head Russ Cargill precedes the FBI Warning on the DVD.
  • SPOILER: Homer also tried to jump the "Springfield Gorge" in "The Simpsons" (1989) {Bart the Daredevil (#2.8)}. The ambulance used to transport Homer to the hospital can still be seen sitting where it collided with a nearby tree.
  • SPOILER: The painting hanging above Homer and Marge's bed in Alaska is signed "Marge". This pays homage to the painting of the sail-boat above the couch in The Simpson's house, also done by Marge.
  • Release prints were delivered to theaters with the fake title "Yellow Harvest". This was also used as a fake working title. It references "Blue Harvest", the fake working title of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.
  • SPOILER: The movie marks the first time in the Simpsons canon that a celebrity actually dies. Green Day die during their concert at the lake at the start of the film. Celebrities have died in Halloween specials though.
  • Moe's Tavern, as it's called in the show, is called "Moe's Bar" in the movie.
  • The Simpson's movie debuted in Springfield, Vermont on 21st July 2007. 20th Century Fox held a contest to select 1 of 16 possible Springfields (spanning from Oregon to Nebraska to Massachusetts) to decide which city would host the premiere. Springfield, Vermont won, just beating out Springfield, Illinois.
  • SPOILER: The double-arched bridge that Homer and Bart pass in front of on the motorcycle when trying to dispose of the bomb resembles the Sixth St. Bridge in Los Angeles.
  • The Spider Pig Song has been remixed as a techno Version on YouTube.
  • The character of Russ Cargill went through two different designs. Burger King, which licensed the right to make give away figurines of the characters, had started making figures of the rejected design when the change was made for the movie. Also, a number of mutated animals were considered for use, including a four eyed deer and five eyed raccoon, when it was decided to use a multi eyed squirrel as the result of Springfield Lake's pollution. However, the five eyed raccoon was included on the BK Marge Simpson figurine.
  • The states bordering Springfield are: Nevada, Maine, Kentucky and Ohio. This pays homage the long running joke in the TV series of not pinning down exactly where Springfield is located.
  • Although Julie Kavner is credited for providing the voices of Marge, Patty and Selma, only Marge has a speaking role in the final film. In addition, Marcia Wallace is credited as Mrs. Krabappel, but she has no dialogue. A scene with Patty, Selma and Mrs. Krabappel speaking can be seen as a deleted scene on the DVD.
  • At the end of the wedding video, Homer and Marge dance to the song "Close to You" by The Carpenters. On The Simpsons, this is the same song that is played in a flashback scene where Homer sees Marge for the very first time.
  • 'Spiderpig' by Hans Zimmer reached #3 after climbing from the 20s in the Irish Music Charts. At just over a minute it is the shortest track ever to make it in to the Irish Music Charts. In the UK it got as far as the Top 20.
  • The sign in Russian, in the scene where Homer tells the family to "believe in America" and pulls aside the curtains in their hotel room, reads "Learn to Speak English or Get Out". The Japanese sign reads "Godzilla Motors". The Greek sign reads "Dimitri's Super Gyros-Souvlaki".
  • A 180ft doughnut-brandishing Homer Simpson was painted next to the Cerne Abbas chalk giant on the hill above Cerne Abbas, Dorset, UK, to promote this film. Pagans pledged to perform "rain magic" to wash away the image, which was created with biodegradable paint that would wash away as soon as it rained.
  • The tilt-rotor aircraft depositing the giant dome over Springfield are drawn in a style clearly reminiscent of famed Japanese writer/director Hayao Miyazaki, whose fascination with aircraft is a director's trademark.
  • According to the DVD commentary, virtually none of the gags from the original draft (written around 2003) made it to the final cut. One of the few exceptions was the fishing scene between Homer and Bart.
  • Two versions were filmed of the scene in which Homer slides into the domed-off Springfield down the bomb rope, knocking people off of it - one was done from Homer's perspective, and another was done from a third-person perspective, showing a side view of Homer coming down the rope. Although the latter scene was used for the final version of the film, the former appeared in theatrical trailers and TV spots.
  • When Homer dreams of going up and down thru several truncated stairs into the 'Boob Lady' tent, is a homage to the 1951 art work of M.C. Escher titled "House of Stairs".
  • Marvel Comics actually published a comic book series based on a pig version of Spider-Man in the early 1980s. It was called Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham and featured animal versions of other Marvel Comics characters.
  • Among the list of foreign language signs the one in Korean translates to "Learn English with a Texas accent", and the one in Russian says "Learn English or leave".
  • In the original script, Marge was going to have the vision in church. However, it was changed when the crew felt it would make more sense for the family to be ignoring Grandpa than Marge.
  • The choral version of "Spider Pig" from the movie soundtrack, credited to Hans Zimmer, reached #24 on the British singles chart for the week ending 2007-08-05.
  • SPOILER: The first new episode of the series broadcast after the release of the movie featured an altered opening credit sequence which included a number of references to the movie including Bart skateboarding through a destroyed Springfield, the multi-eyed squirrel, Russ Cargill, President Schwartzeneger, the Simpson's home in the process of being rebuilt, and Homer pulling into the driveway with the silo strapped to the roof of his car. The couch gag featured Spiderpig/Harry Plopper sitting on the couch, waiting for them. Homer cuddles him and says, "Ah, my summer love!"
  • Director David Silverman had Julie Kavner do over 100 takes of a monologue in which Marge makes an impassioned plea to Homer.
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