The Simpsons Movie (Widescreen Edition) was long anticipated. Then during the summer of 2007, shortly after the end of season 18, it finally premiered and I was so thrilled to see it. In fact, this movie helped me remember some of the old Simpsons merchandise I had over the years, like these classic figures and dolls from the 90s.
This movie goes into several different subplots. It starts out like any other episode, but all reflects on one topic, the environment. First Grandpa Simpson has a horrible premonition of doom, but everyone ignores it except for Marge, who tries to figure it out. Meanwhile, Lisa tries to save the highly polluted Lake Springfield, but nobody cares. Then she meets Colin, an Irish boy she falls for. And Bart has issues with Homer as a father and prefers Ned Flanders over him.
When Bart skateboards around Springfield in the nude, it’s real smooth how various things always cover his “crucial area”. “Don’t look where I’m pointing!”
Soon Lake Springfield is at the breaking point of a toxic nightmare, but Lisa finally manages to get through to everyone just in time. Unfortunately, Homer foolishly throws a silo of pig poop into the lake as a quick way to get rid of it and make it to the free donuts. Then it all comes down to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) sealing the entire town in an escape proof dome. Grandpa Simpson’s premonition has clearly come true. Being trapped also means having outside resources cut off from the outside world. All kinds from gasoline to food to even new books for the book club.
Everyone soon discovers that Homer is the cause of their situation and now the entire town becomes a lynch mob. Those are some neat graphics showing all of those angry torches. Then it becomes real exciting as the Simpsons escape the mob and the dome through a sinkhole. In a way, it pays off that Homer didn’t fix it. However, the entire house gets destroyed after the escape and the EPA tries to recapture them.
Homer has been foolish before, but this is bigger than anything the Simpsons have ever faced. So they move to Alaska to start a new life. They soon discover that Springfield will be blown up along with everyone in it. Homer refuses to go back, but Marge and the kids decide to stop the EPA and save Springfield.
Thanks to an old medicine woman throat singing some sense into Homer, he soon realizes that he should save Springfield too. But how did she know about Homer’s situation?
This was a terrific movie and a real classic for years to come with its humor and exciting story line.