cranky home
Reviews since 1993:   A-E     F-N      O-Z    Posters       Who We Are and Why We Do What We Do         Search the Site

Your Donations support the Site

amazon.gif
Top Selling DVD     Books

BLU-RAY DVDs:
50 Shades of Grey
Exodus Gods and Kings
Grand Budapest Hotel
Imitation Game, The
Into the Woods

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Robocop
Selma
Theory of Everything
Ride Along
We're the Millers
The Great Gatsby
Akira
Avatar
The Avengers
Amazing Spider-Man
Girl w/ Dragon Tattoo
Dark Knight Trilogy
World War Z
Happy Feet 2
Iton Man 3 combo
Batman Begins
Dark Knight
Fifth Element
The Hangover
Hunger Games
James Bond 11 disc coll.
Lord of the Rings trilogy
Mission Impossible GP
Sherlock Holmes AGOS
Singing in the Rain
Snow White Huntsman
Star Trek Into Darkness combo
Star Wars Saga
21 Jump Street
Ultimate Matrix coll
X-Men First Class
X-Men Trilogy
X-Men Wolverine

 BLU-Ray for Family DVDs 
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Bambi
A Bug's Life
Cars
Chronicles of Narnia set
Coraline
Ghostbusters
Harry Potter 1-8 collection
Iron Man 2 combo
Kung Fu Panda
Lord of the Rings Trilogy Pinocchio
Pirates of Caribbean trilogy
Pixar short films
Ratatouille
Rio
Shrek the Whole Story
Sleeping Beauty
The Smurfs
combo
Snow White & 7 Dwarfs
Star Trek motion pictures set
Star Trek TNG Season One
Star Wars Saga (1-6)
Toy Story combo
Toy Story 2 combo
Toy Story 3 combo
Wall-E SE

OFCS

Search engine by FreeFind
Click to add search to YOUR web site!
click to search site

 DISNEY PIXAR DVDs
Alice in Wonderland
Bambi
Beauty and the Beast
Bolt
Cinderella
Coraline
E.T.
Kung Fu Panda
The Lion King
Mary Poppins 45th LE
Pinocchio
Princess Mononoke
Ratatouille
Rio 
Shrek the Whole Story
Simpsons Movie
Spider-Man Trilogy
Spirited Away
Star Trek movies set
Star Trek TOS (TV)
ST:TNG complete tv set
Star Wars Trilogy (1-3)
Star Wars Trilogy (4-6)
Toy Story DVD combo
Toy Story 2 DVD combo
Toy Story 3 DVD combo
Wallace and Gromit
Wall-E SE

Buy Movie collectibles
TV/Movie Collectibles

movie review query engine

NY film critics online

Privacy Policy


Click for full sized poster

The Simpsons Movie

Starring Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Harry Shearer and Hank Azaria; Pamela Hayden, Tress MacNeille, with Albert Brooks, Tom Hanks

Screenplay by James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean, Ian Maxtone-Graham, George Meyer, David Mirkin, Mike Reiss, Mike Scully, Matt Selman, John Swartzwelder, Jon Vitti
Based on characters created by Matt Groenig for a television show by James L. Brooks, Matt Groening& Sam Simon

Directed by David Silverman
website: www.simpsonsmovie.com

IN SHORT: Why are you reading this when you could be laughing your butt off? [Rated PG-13 for irreverent humor throughout. 87 minutes]

Despite writing "you shouldn't have to know the Source Material to enjoy the movie" hundreds of times since we began writing as Cranky back in 1994, come on -- After almost twenty years on television, do we really have to explain anything about The Simpsons to anyone?

Yeah, actually, we do. We know one person who has refused to watch the series, ever, calling it a Honeymooners rip off. Gee, just 'cuz the show's creators tip the hat to Jackie Gleason -- the very first thing you see in The Simpsons Movie is that big ol' Honeymooners moon. Get over it. OK, in the quiet, All-American town of Springfield -- which is a lot bigger than it looks -- lives the family Simpson: Homer and wife Marge (voiced by Dan Castellaneta and Julie Kavner), kidlets Lisa (Yeardley Smith) and Bart and baby Maggie (both Nancy Cartwright). Marge keeps home while Homer works at the local nuclear power plant. The plant is owned by Mr. Burns (Hank Azaria), who ignores, even as he is fawned upon by assistant Ned Flanders (also Azaria)

Homer has a brain the size of a pea and a wife who loves him dearly. Son Bart is a troublemaker in the way all ten year old boys seem to be. Daughter Lisa is smarter than ninety nine percent of all the people in Springfield and Maggie hasn't uttered more than a word in, like forever. Local celebrity Krusty the Clown (also Castellaneta), whose Krustyburger fast food joints are the life's blood of Springfield's clogged culinary arteries, is introducing a new sandwich to his menu as the clan Simpson chow down on their burgers and watch the new television commercial being shot. It's a pork sandwich and, once the spot is finished shooting, Krusty orders the pig that was his commercial co-star rendered into something tasty and commercially profitable. Homer, shocked at the thought, rescues said pig and takes it home. Two days later, a jury rigged silo as tall as his house is filled to the brim with pig poo. Marge orders Homer to get rid of it. This he does by dumping said poo in the previously pristine Lake Springfield. The resultant ecological disaster brings the wrath of President Schwarzenegger and his right hand stooge Cargill (Albert Brooks) down on the citizenry of Springfield, who are entombed under a huge plastic dome.

None of this means anything to the Simpsons, since they split for Alaska, having found a way under the dome. There's actually a real movie here, folks. A marriage pushed to the brink. A family on the run. First love for Lisa and a lot more carefully put together so as not to feel like three plus episodes of the teevee show stapled together. And, unlike the last rib splitter of an animated surprise (South Park) there's not an obscenity to be found anywhere in the thing.

OK, we've filled enough space. We're going back for more.

On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Ten Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to The Simpsons, he would have paid . . .

$10.00

Seriously . . . laugh your butt off

amazon com link Click to buy films by David Silverman
Click to buy films starring Albert Brooks
Click to buy films starring Tom Hanks
Click Here!


The Cranky Critic website is Copyright © 1995  -  2017  by Chuck Schwartz. Articles by Paul Fischer are Copyright © 1999 - 2006 Paul Fischer. All images, unless otherwise noted, are property of,©, ®, their respective studios and are used by permission. All Rights Reserved. Not to be used or copied for any commercial purpose. Academy Award(s) and Oscar®(s) are registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.