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SIMPSONS MOVIE, THE: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Springfield's lake is so polluted by dumped rubbish it needs help - but Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) is too selfish to care, and when he dumps his newly found pet pig's silo-size poo container into it, it reaches the 'tipping point' and Springfield becomes an environmental disaster zone. Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) is outraged by Homer's monumental blunder, and a vengeful mob descends on the Simpson household. In Washington, U.S. President Arnold Schwarzenegger (voice of Harry Shearer) send Environmental Protection Agency head Russ Cargill (voice of Albert Brooks) to clean up the town - which he does, in dramatic, draconian fashion. Homer has to find it in himself to save the town and reunite his family - if he can rise above his natural state of lazy stupidity.

Review by Louise Keller:
Clever, cutting and irrepressible, The Simpsons Movie hits the big screen with all the humour and panache we have come to expect from the series. Playing on the notion that two minds are greater than one, eleven screenwriters have huddled together to come up with a concept that is large enough, topical enough and sustainable enough to have audiences dropping their donuts in delight. Environmental issues magnified to Simpsonesque proportions are the focus of the story and the result is quirky, witty and filled with hilarious throwaways. The integrity of the characters remains intact and those distinctive voices are a reassuring reminder of good times past and present. And of course at the heart of it all is the unshakeable bond of the world's most lovable and dysfunctional family.

The first endearing thing about the movie is that it identifies the leap from tv series to movie and immediately includes us in the joke. Yes, here we are paying to see something that we could see free on television (we're all suckers), and there is Bart busily writing 'I will not illegally download this movie' a hundred times on the school blackboard. Then we leap into the daily lives of the Simpsons. There's a funny sequence in which Bart goes skateboarding naked (to satisfy a dare from Homer), Lisa meets an Irish muso who shares her love of the environment, baby Maggie shows her smarts, Homer rescues and adopts a pig, and Marge hides their wedding video in her bee-hive of blue locks. Politics, religion and family relationships jostle jovially for screen time and President Schwarzenegger's philosophy of 'I lead, not read,' when presented with five options to determine the fate of environmentally compromised Springfield, results in its dome-isolation predicament.

Highlights include a family exodus to Alaska for a fresh start, an Innuit throat singing epiphany and a romantic interlude between Homer and Marge, when the bluebirds of happiness and Bambi help set the mood. It's jam-packed with inventive ideas and wonderfully obtuse, madcap moments. Baby Maggie even utters her first word during the closing credits, which will no doubt have cash registers pinging furiously in anticipation. Catering for all ages, The Simpsons Movie happily bridges the generation gap, using hilarity to counter life's woes.

Special features include two audio commentaries, seven deleted scenes including what is called a 'slightly alternate ending', trailers, Easter Eggs and Homer's monologue on the Tonight Show. Sheer lunacy.

Published December 6, 2007

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 2
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

SIMPSONS MOVIE, THE: DVD (M)
(US, 2007)

VOICES: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardly Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Albert Brooks, Minnie Driver, Kelsey Grammer, Billie Joe Armstrong, Erin Brokovich Ellis

PRODUCER: Richard Sakai, Mike Scully, Craig Sost

DIRECTOR: David Silverman

SCRIPT: Matt Groening, James L. Brooks & others

MUSIC: Hans Zimmer

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Dima Malanitchev

RUNNING TIME: 87 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: July 26, 2007

PRESENTATION: Widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: Two Audio Commentaries, Seven Deleted Scenes including a "Slightly Alternate Ending", Trailers,Easter Egg and much more...including Homer's monologue on the Tonight Show

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: December 6, 2007







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