The Simpsons Movie



The Simpsons Movie (working title) is an upcoming animated film based on the American animated sitcom 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" on 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.

We're going to put some fake plots out there, just to make it interesting.
—James L. Brooks

The plot of the film is generally unknown. However, in April 2006, Ain't It Cool News reported this "scoop": "In the movie Homer causes an accident at the nuclear power plant, which causes the town’s drinking water to be spoiled (something Homer actually does in the comics, but quickly changes the subject when talking to Mr. Burns). Therefore, Erin Brockovich is guest starring - playing herself. After the incident, Homer gets fired from the plant, and majority of Springfield's citizens move away." However, it was reported by a speculative source, so it may not actually turn out to be the plot at all.

In July 2006, two clips of early, unfinished footage from the movie were shown to audiences during a Simpsons panel at Comic-Con 2006. 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.

* Dan Castellaneta as Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, Mayor Quimby, Sideshow Mel, Itchy, Big Rich Texan, Squeaky-voiced Teen, Santa's Little Helper, and others
* Julie Kavner as Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, Selma Bouvier and Mrs. Jacqueline "Jackie" Bouvier
* Nancy Cartwright as Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Todd Flanders, Ralph Wiggum, Kearney, and others
* Yeardley Smith as Lisa Simpson
* Hank Azaria as Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Carl Carlson, Dr. Nick Riviera, Snake (Jailbird), Kirk Van Houten, Captain McAllister (Sea Captain), Superintendent Chalmers, Professor Frink,Disco Stu, and others
* Harry Shearer as Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Otto, Reverend Timothy Lovejoy, Dr. Julius Hibbert, Lenny Leonard, Scratchy, Dr. Marvin Monroe, Kent Brockman, and others
* Marcia Wallace as Mrs. Edna Krabappel
* Russi Taylor as Martin Prince, Üter, Sherri and Terri, and others
* Pamela Hayden as Milhouse van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo "Corky" Jones, and others
* Tress MacNeille as Mrs. Agnes Skinner, Lindsay Naegle, Dolph, and others
* Maggie Roswell as Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Elizabeth Hoover, Luann Van Houten, and others
* Karl Wiedergott as Various

Guests:

* Kelsey Grammer as Sideshow Bob
* Minnie Driver
* Albert Brooks
* Erin Brockovich-Ellis as herself
* Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony

Crew

* Music by Hans Zimmer
* Songs by David A. Stewart
* Main theme by Danny Elfman
* Executive producers James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and Al Jean
* Produced by Richard Sakai and Mike Scully
* Based on the television series created by Matt Groening
* Based on the television series 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 Silverman

The people behind The Simpsons had entertained the thought of a movie since early in the series, but things never came together. Rumors of a movie have been circulating for just as long. The episode "Kamp Krusty" was originally going to be a movie, but difficulties were encountered in writing a script the length of a normal episode, 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.

News website Corona posted an April Fool's Day hoax describing fictional plans for a live action movie in 2000.

In 2004, rumors of a movie development resumed, with sources claiming that it would premiere on July 27, 2007; this was confirmed by 20th Century Fox on June 6, 2005. Matt Groening revealed that they had been offered the chance to make a live-action version, but turned it down as it would have likely ruined the franchise and angered fans.

The writers of the show have been working on the current script since 2001.

There will be new characters introduced in the movie. It has been stated that Albert Brooks is scheduled to provide a guest voice for an all-new character in the movie, and may reprise some of his past characters (Brad Goodman, Jacques, Hank Scorpio, Cowboy Bob and Tab Spangler). Also, Minnie Driver and Erin Brockovich (the real-life activist) are confirmed to have parts.

Kelsey Grammer has said that his character, Sideshow Bob, will make an appearance in the movie, although he may not be a main character.

On July 13, Joe Mantegna confirmed on The Late Late Show that his character, Fat Tony, will make an appearance in the movie.

Marcia Wallace has confirmed that her character, Edna Krabappel, has a part in the movie.

If, as is likely, the film has a PG-13 rating, it would be able to contain language that would not usually be acceptable on broadcast television.

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 very "cinematic" feel and sets it apart from the 4:3 full frame format of the television 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 trailer 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 an Xbox 360.

The whole range of "notable" Simpsons actors and characters are expected to be used.

Plans to replace the Back to the Future ride at Universal Orlando Resort with a Simpsons Movie themed ride in 2007 are rumored. The ride will use the same IMAX system already in place with some added theater effects. Its working title is "The Simpsons: Sprint Through Springfield".

There are current rumours flying that one of the major charachters to die in this movie. They only did this one, back when they killed off, Maude Flanders.

Related quotes:

* "We're very excited about the performances in this movie. Come next Oscars, we think it's going to be Milhouse's night" - Matt Groening
* "Since 2001 we'd been working to get a script that would be worthy of people actually paying to see the Simpsons" - Matt Groening
* "We've been running a little behind schedule- But only by about 15 years or so." - Matt Groening
* "If I were feeling any more pressure, I'd be a diamond" - Al Jean
* "We're going to put some fake plots out there just to make it interesting." - James L. Brooks
* "The idea of the movie is that all of us who ran the show at one point and who have been there from the beginning come together as the writing team for this movie. That's the idea of it." - James L. Brooks
* "That trailer is running on 7,000 screens this weekend, committing us to opening every place in the world on the same date, which means, we'd better get started." - James L. Brooks
* "We've taken script security to the point of lunacy, though it helped that we wrote it in Aramaic" - Mike Scully
* "This was enormously challenging, because it involved filling 120 blank pages with an actual story and words people say." - James L. Brooks
* "I can absolutely guarantee that this film will far exceed the wildest expectations of every Simpsons fan. Start lining up at the theater now, preferably in costume." - Al Jean
* "The movie is a result of the very singular vision of eleven people." - Mike Scully
* "It’s been rough. We worked at it for a long time and then found out that Snakes on a Plane was doing the same story." - James L. BrooksPermission 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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