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Saturday, 2 October 2010
The Simpsons Movie
Two decades after first appearing as a short on The Tracey Ullman Show, everyone's favourite cartoon family have their biggest adventure yet in their first ever feature length outing. In a moment of stupidity Homer (Dan Castellaneta) unintentionally causes an environmental disaster, resulting in the town being sealed in a giant dome. The whole town vigilante to get Homer, the family manage to escape the dome and flee to Alaska, and it soon transpires that Head of the Environmental Protection Agency Russ Cargill (Albert Brooks), has been given the go-ahead to destroy Springfield by the ignorant, moronic President Schwarzenegger (Harry Shearer), and it's up to Homer, Marge (Julie Kavner), Bart (Nancy Cartwright), Lisa (Yeardley Smith) and Maggie (Cartwright) to save the town.
A true triumph of a cartoon and as a Simpsons adventure, the film features almost all of everyone's favourite supporting characters doing what they do best, although the majority of them get too little screen time, which proves dissatisfying. Grampa (Castellaneta) is his old senile self; Nelson (Cartwright) punches Milhouse (Pamela Hayden) and goes "Ha Ha"; Ned (Shearer) is his usual loving neighbour; Wiggum (Hank Azaria) fails to realize that Fat Tony (Joe Mantegna) and the mob are trying to dump a dead body; Moe (Azaria) is bad tempered; Barney (Castellaneta) goes to Alcoholics Anonymous; Burns (Shearer) releases the hounds; and Ralph (Cartwright) is just Ralph. And like most good Simpsons adventures the film has some great guest voices, with Tom Hanks and Green Day appearing as themselves.
The film is also a good piece of comedy, featuring a very funny screenplay that includes everything from physical slapstick, to risque innuendos and verbal humour, political satire, dramatic irony, and even mocking of Disney. Add neat references to a number of other films, including Titanic (1997), the Harry Potter franchise (2001-present) and Spider-Man (2002), and you have a fun cartoon comedy full of good characters on your hands, which the whole family will laugh at again and again. The screenplay does occasionally resort to cheap innuendo and power hungry type gags, but aside from the lack of time spent with supporting characters, this is the only major flaw, and doesn't stop this from being in the superior half of the 2007 summer blockbusters.
Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Harry Shearer, Hank Azaria, Tress MacNeille, Albert Brooks, Pamela Hayden, Russi Taylor, Maggie Roswell, Karl Wiedergott, Joe Mantegna, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt (as Michael Pritchard), Tre Cool (as Frank Edwin Wright III), Tom Hanks, Philip Rosenthal.
BAFTA nomination: Best Animated Film (David Silverman).