The Simpsons Movie



The Simpsons Movie is an upcoming animated film based on the animated sitcom series The Simpsons. It is being produced by Gracie Films for 20th Century Fox with animation produced by Film Roman and Rough Draft Studios and is scheduled to be released worldwide by July 27, 2007. James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean, Mike Scully, and Richard Sakai are the producers and it is written by eleven of the television series' most prolific writers. It features the voices of Kelsey Grammer, Joe Mantegna, Albert Brooks, Minnie Driver and Erin Brockovich.

The whole range of "notable" Simpsons actors and characters are expected to be used. Along with the regular series cast, frequent guest stars Albert Brooks, Kelsey Grammer (Sideshow Bob), and Joe Mantegna (Fat Tony) will be in the film, as will Minnie Driver and activist Erin Brockovich.

The film's producers expect that the film will be rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America, as it is likely to contain stronger language and subject matter than that of the TV series.

A teaser trailer for the film was attached to the Fox movie, Ice Age: The Meltdown and could be seen in most theaters in the U.S. starting on March 31, 2006; this same trailer (cropped for television) was broadcast during the April 2 episode of The Simpsons, Million Dollar Abie.

The teaser begins with the camera panning closely over the Superman "S" insignia, while a voice-over actor dramatically announces "In 2007, leaping his way onto the silver screen, the greatest hero in American history." This is meant to give the impression of the trailer being for Superman Returns, one of the high-profile releases of the summer of 2006.

The shot then zooms out to show Homer, wearing only a tiny Superman T-shirt and briefs, sitting on his couch. He blinks and timidly states, "I forgot what I'm supposed to say!"

The words "The Simpsons" appear, followed a moment later by the word "Movie" in large letters, as simultaneously the announcer says "The Simpsons Movie Opening worldwide, July 27, 2007." Homer is heard in the background, saying "Uh oh, we'd better get started!" It then displays the release date, while Mr. Burns says "excellent" in the background.

The teaser was later shown alongside Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties in cinemas and is available for download in full quality surround sound HD from Xbox Live Marketplace to Xbox 360.

In July 2006, two clips of early, unfinished footage from the movie were shown to audiences during a Simpsons panel at Comic-Con 2006.[6] The clips are black and white animatics, presented in a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. Additionally, a new logo for the movie debuted at Comic-Con. The second animatic clip can also be found on the X-Men 3 DVD. A third animatic clip was also released on The Simpsons Season 9 DVD.

On the February 14, 2007 episode of American Idol, footage was shown of the contestants attending a private screening where the animatics were shown in color.

And heading for the Simpsons' house, where Marge and Homer are hiding, looking out through a bedroom window.

Marge: Look what you've done to us! Our only hope is for you to face that mob and apologize for what you did.
Homer: I would, but I'm afraid if I open the door they'll take all of you!
Carl: (off screen) No, we won't. We just want Homer!
Homer: Well maybe not you, but they'll kill Grampa!
Grampa: (off screen) I'm part of the mob!

The angry mob brings a ladder up and climbs up to the bedroom.

Lisa: Ladders! They've got ladders!

The mob breaks the window and people start climbing up one by one as Homer throws items at them as he shouts out puns.

Homer: (throwing a lamp at the Sea Captain) Lights out! (throwing a camera at the Blue Haired Lawyer) Say cheese! (throwing a doily at Dr. Hibbert) And uh... hello doily!
Dr. Hibbert: I'll kill you, you son of a bitch!

Homer screams and runs as the crowd starts coming in through the window. Downstairs, the mob breaks through the front door and runs into the house, breaking everything in their way.

Krusty: Teeny! Take out the baby.

Maggie smashes her bottle, points it at Mr. Teeny as a weapon and they make karate gestures at each other.

Homer: "Hi I'm Homer Simpson, and don't tell Fox, but here's an unfinished scene from The Simpsons Movie. It's a work in progress so I don't want anyone asking stupid questions like 'Hey, what happened to the color?'".

As Homer says this, the movie logo on screen fades to black and white and he yells "Hey, what happened to the color?!"
In the first scene, Homer is in an arctic location on a dogsled, whipping the dogs and repeatedly yelling "Run!" at them. In the next scene, the dogs are sleeping and Homer continues to whip them, now yelling "Rest!" The dogs are then seen running again.

Homer: "Okay. That's enough whipping for now... (dogs look happily at each other) with this arm!"

He proceeds to whip them with his other arm. Night falls, they stop to rest, and Homer begins to untie them.

Homer:"Now I know we've had a rough day, but I'm sure we can put all that behind us and just..."

The dogs viciously attack Homer as he screams and yells "Ow, that's my whipping arm!" and then dogs run away.

Homer:"Why does everything I whip leave me?"

This clip is shown as a special feature on the X-Men: The Last Stand DVD, and the Ice Age: The Meltdown DVD, except the clip ends after the dogs run away and Homer does not say the final line.

The third clip is found on the Simpsons Season 9 DVD boxset, providing you don't press root menu on the 20th Century Fox logo. It begins with the same voice over as the previous clip. Marge and Homer are standing in their back yard next to a small silo Homer built labeled "PIG CRAP".

Marge: Hmm, I don't think that's what silos are for.
Homer: Are you questioning my farming skills?
Marge: Homer, it's leaking.
Homer: It's not leaking, it's overflowing.
Marge: He filled up the whole silo in just two days?!
Homer: Well, I helped.
Marge: Homer, stop! I know it's easy for your mind to wander...

We see a monkey inside Homer's brain playing cymbals and dancing.

Marge: ...But I want you to really concentrate on me.

The monkey stops playing and points at Marge

Marge: God spoke to us for a reason. I'm not quite sure what that reason is, but I'm asking you, please dispose of that waste properly.
Homer: Okay, Marge.

Homer drives (with a pig in the passenger seat) to a lake with hundreds of "No dumping" signs placed about and proceeds to run over all of them in his path. As he does this, we see the camera from his point of view and the signs he runs over read, "No Dumping", "We Mean It", "Please Reconsider", "Have You No Heart?", "Stop Dammit Stop", "Why Must You Do This?", "You're Killing Us, Dude", and "Bastard!!!". He stops beside the river.

Homer: This feels right.

He cuts the silo loose and it drops into the lake.

A 1½-minute-long trailer was first seen on November 12, 2006 on FOX, immediately after the second act of The Simpsons episode G.I. (Annoyed Grunt).

The trailer begins with a 3D computer generated scene of a picturesque meadow, filled with flowers and butterflies. A rabbit hops from a hole in the ground, and begins dancing from rock to rock to the tune of Tchaikovsky's Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The rabbit continues dancing, now along with flowers, as a voice over says "In a time when computer animation brings us worlds of unsurpassed beauty, one film dares to be ugly."

The Simpsons Movie logo with Moe in the center of the donut falls into view, and knocks down the rabbit and the flowers. Moe says "The Simpsons Movie", and then holds out his arms and grandly announces "In 2D!" Moe then looks down at the rabbit, and says "Uh... The bunny's not breathing."

The trailer then changes to a scene of Homer driving a crane with a wrecking ball, and saying "Time to save my family" in a determined voice. Ironically, this shot utilizes motion tracking with the aid of 3D computer animation, just moments after Moe insinuated that the movie would not feature 3D computer animation.

The crane moves forward, and swings the wrecking ball towards a truck on an adjacent road. The ball reaches the end of its arc as it reaches the truck, and merely nudges it. As the ball reaches the truck, there is a stop sign in the background. It actually says SOP. The ball then swings back towards the crane, smashes through the cab, and carries Homer up into the air.

The ball continues to swing back and forth, crashing Homer into the elbow of a large Paul Bunyan statue in front of a gas station, and a big fake fork attached to a billboard advertising the "Zesty Fork" restaurant. Homer is then swung repeatedly back and forth between a large rock and a building with the sign "A Hard Place", before the wrecking ball finally loses momentum and stays still.

Then, the message "In Theaters Worldwide July 27, 2007" appears. After a few seconds, the trailer flashes back to the previous scene, where the stilled wrecking ball, with Homer still aboard, suddenly smashes into the rock again and then breaks from its chain and crashes into the ground.

The trailer then ends as the movie's website is shown, while Homer says "This film is not yet rated" woozily in the background.

In Australia, Network Ten aired the trailer on November 13, 2006.

Seven countries will have the movie released before the "In Theaters Worldwide July 27, 2007" release date - this is shown on the official 20th Century Fox international websites for the countries listed. Belgium and France will release it 25 July and Argentina, Australia, Germany, Israel and The Netherlands will release it on 26 July 2007.

The 1½-minute trailer appeared on the Sun Newspaper's website and first shown on December 11, 2006.

The trailer begins with the same CGI dance sequence as the theatrical trailer, and then shows Homer and Bart on the roof of their house, with Homer preparing to hammer a nail into a shingle. Homer says "Steady... Steady..." holding the hammer ready over the nail. He swings, misses the nail, and embeds the hammer head in his eye, and Bart laughs at his pain. The release date is shown, and then the scene returns to Homer and Bart on the roof, with Homer again preparing to knock in a nail. Homer says "Steady... Steady..." again, swings, and suddenly the roof beneath him collapses and he falls down into the house with Bart looking down at him. The trailer ends just like the theatrical trailer, with the website being shown and the film being not rated.

This trailer was first exclusive to Australian, UK, Russian, Latin America and Spain. In other markets, this teaser trailer was shown when Eragon was released on 14 December 2006. In North America, It was shown when Night at the Museum released on December 22nd, 2006. Then on December 24th, 2006, the trailer was on Apple Movie Trailers and given an official North America name, "Trailer 2".

This trailer first aired during The Simpsons episode "Springfield Up" on on February 18, 2007, and was made available online shortly after. The theatrical version has a different opening from the trailer that aired on TV. It runs approximately 2 minutes and 15 seconds, making it the longest trailer released so far.

The trailer includes scenes of Homer being chased by angry townspeople, Bart spending time with Ned Flanders, Homer playing with a pet pig, Bart skateboarding in the nude, and Springfield being destroyed by various natural disasters, among other things.

The people behind The Simpsons had entertained the thought of a movie since early in the series, but things never came together. The episode "Kamp Krusty" was originally going to be a movie, but difficulties were encountered in writing a movie length script, at which point the movie plans were dropped in favor of a season premiere. Before his death, Phil Hartman had always wanted to do a live action Troy McClure movie. Several of the show's writers mentioned in DVD commentaries that they would have loved to do it. Matt Groening has revealed that they had been offered the chance to make a live-action Simpsons movie, but turned it down as it would have likely ruined the franchise and angered fans. The writers of the show began working on the current script in 2001.

Rumors of a Simpsons movie have been circulating since early in the series. Speculation had seen a decrease until 2000, when news website Corona posted an April Fool's Day hoax describing fictional plans for a live action movie.[12] In 2004, rumors of a movie development spiked, with sources claiming that it would premiere on July 27, 2007; this was confirmed by 20th Century Fox on June 6, 2005.

The film will be colored digitally and presented in a 2.39:1 aspect ratio (the equivalent of anamorphic widescreen film). Such a wide aspect ratio is somewhat more difficult for traditional animation, especially in long horizontal camera pans, as it requires wider backgrounds to be drawn. However, this format gives the animation a more "cinematic" feel and sets it apart from the 4:3, or "full frame", format of the television series.

NOTE: This list only includes characters who are confirmed to have speaking parts in the movie.

* Dan Castellaneta as Homer Simpson, Abraham "Grampa" Simpson, Krusty the Clown, Barney Gumble, Groundskeeper Willie and Itchy
* Julie Kavner as Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier and Selma Bouvier
* Nancy Cartwright as Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum and Todd Flanders
* Yeardley Smith as Lisa Simpson
* Hank Azaria as Moe Szyslak, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Chief Clancy Wiggum , Carl Carlson, The Sea Captain and Bumblebee Man
* Harry Shearer as Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Waylon Smithers, Seymour Skinner, Lenny Leonard, Dr. Hibbert, Reverend Lovejoy, Kent Brockman, Scratchy and Otto Mann
* Marcia Wallace as Edna Krabappel
* Pamela Hayden as Milhouse Van Houten, Jimbo Jones and Rod Flanders
* Russi Taylor
* Tress MacNeille
* Maggie Roswell

Guests

* Kelsey Grammer as Sideshow Bob
* Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony
* Erin Brockovich as herself
* Minnie Driver as a "patronizing grievance counselor in one hilarious scene."
* Albert Brooks

Crew

* Music by Hans Zimmer
o Main theme by Danny Elfman
o Songs by David A. Stewart
* Executive producers James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and Al Jean
* Produced by Richard Sakai and Mike Scully
* Based on the television series
o Created by Matt Groening
o Developed by James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and Sam Simon
* Screenplay by James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean, Ian Maxtone-Graham, George Meyer, David Mirkin, Mike Reiss, Mike Scully, Matt Selman, John Swartzwelder and Jon Vitti
* Directed by David SilvermanPermission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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