The Simpsons Movie Review
The Simpsons Movie
27 Jul 2007
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Pig Version of Spider-Man
(at around 18 mins) Homer likes to pretend his pet pig is Spider-Man.
Marvel Comics actually published a comic book series about 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.
Nominated for Golden Globe
The Simpsons Movie is the only PG-13 rated animated film to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature. It is also the only film based on a TV show to do so.
Signs in the movie
(at around 42 mins) The sign in Russian, when 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 (1954) Motors.” The Greek sign reads “Dimitri’s Super Gyros-Souvlaki.”
“Close to You”
(at around 55 mins) In the wedding video, Homer and Marge dance to the song “Close to You” by The Carpenters. In The Simpsons: The Way We Was (1991), this same song was played in a flashback scene of Homer seeing Marge for the very first time.
Twentieth Century Fox registered the internet domain SIMPSONSMOVIE.COM on 22 April 1997, nine years before the movie finally was green lighted.
The Simpson Movie (2007) debuted in Springfield, Vermont on July 21, 2007. 20th Century Fox held a contest to select one of sixteen 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.
Original Draft(written around 2003)
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.
(at around 8 mins) 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
Movie took nine years to complete
In total, The Simpsons Movie (2007) took nine years to complete. This is because Fox greetlit the project back in 1997 but in the years up until release, they had to get the voice cast to sign deals, which they didn’t do up until 2001. Producing a final script also took several years because almost 160 different versions were written before choosing the final one as plots were continuously being repurposed for the TV episodes.
Major Plot point
A major plot point is that Homer is adamant about moving the family to Alaska. Appropriately, there is a city in Alaska called Homer.
RT/Meta Critic Review
Definitely worth your money.(RT)