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Flanders spills a bit on the SIMPSONS feature length flick!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a bit of an update from the lips of one Harry Shearer about the current goings on with the SIMPSONS movie (animated, of course). Shearer does tons of voices, including Rev. Lovejoy and everyone's favorite Jesus-freak neighbor, Ned Flanders. It's not much, but he confirms they have been doing dialogue recordings and even gives us an idea of the tone of the movie! Thanks to BlackBeltJones for taking some time off from chasing that killer cookie in order to send us this tidbit!

Not sure if this has been mentioned before, but Harry Shearer was on the Mancow radio show this morning and they were talking about all things Simpsons. He mentioned the two year contract extension and then was asked the question if this will delay the movie project by two years. His response was that it would not delay it, because they were recording dialogue for it right now. He then was asked if the movie would be more edgy to which he said that it pushed the boundaries, but it wasn't going to be an R rated movie. Asked if there was swearing in the movie, he said a little more than normal, but not the characters he voices, since he voices Rev. Lovejoy and Ned Flanders.

They talked a bit about the Simpsons live action intro that is on the web and then he had to go.

BlackBeltJones signing off.

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  • March 22, 2006, 2:50 a.m. CST

    simpsons has run out of ideas

    by Gwai Lo

    why would a movie be promising? not doing the whole "first" thing

  • March 22, 2006, 2:51 a.m. CST


    by HavocZer0

    This is only ten years too late. *sigh*

  • March 22, 2006, 2:56 a.m. CST

    I was hoping they'd save the movie for Christmas '09...

    by Flim Springfield

    ...for the 20th anniversary.

  • March 22, 2006, 2:59 a.m. CST


    by ipolo action intro? and honestly. the simpsons is waaaaaaaaayyyyy funnier than family guy. i am not saying family guy is not funny, BUT the simpsons is funny without being too vulgar, it is almost eliest humor, while family guy is mostly dick and fart jokes. funny, but not timless. after a few views family guy episodes get stale. while simpsons episodes get better with age. even the new ones that are not funny become funny after viewed five+ times in syndication. also the simpsons movie should be followed by a final season or two.

  • March 22, 2006, 3:12 a.m. CST

    Live Intro

    by dude_gimme_tabs

    The live action Simpsons intro is a TV commercial advertising the Simpsons on Sky One in the UK, that's all. Not some moment of genius by some fanboys with a video camera. It's a promo to let Sky TV talk about being "The Home of The Simpsons" in the UK.

  • March 22, 2006, 3:20 a.m. CST

    If it's not R, it's not pushing boundaries...

    by zikade zarathos

    but it doesn't matter at all because it will suck copious amounts of ass. They should have stopped at Season 7, made an expanded Season 8's "You Only Move Twice" the movie, and then ended it right then. Too bad. It's sad to realize that by the time Simpsons ends, it will have sucked for a longer period of time (perhaps MUCH longer) than when it was good.

  • March 22, 2006, 3:22 a.m. CST

    The Simpsons aren't exactly 'zeitgeist' anymore...

    by dr_buggerlugs

    ...but you have to be insame not to believe that a 80-90 minute, multi-plotted feature length tale wouldn't be a thing of absolute beauty. Yes it should have been done sometime in the 90s but better late than never.

  • March 22, 2006, 3:40 a.m. CST

    Here's hopeing it's worth the wait

    by BendersShinyAss

    But honestly, it feels to late in the game, with Futurama and Family guy taking over the realm. Personally, i hope it's Southpark movie-ish.

  • March 22, 2006, 3:42 a.m. CST


    by BendersShinyAss

    Just curious how you can have a final season *or two* ?

  • March 22, 2006, 3:42 a.m. CST

    Did they talk to Shearer about anything else?

    by 3 Bag Enema

    The guy's brilliant, and if they didn't, he's probably pissed.

  • March 22, 2006, 3:51 a.m. CST

    The Simpsons jumped the shark a damn long time ago...

    by a goonie

    Seriously, I'm just so damn sick of the show. I gave up watching the new eps a good couple seasons ago and still occasionally check a new one out simply out of curiousity. I am then quickly reminded how much the show sucks now. It still offers a laugh or two here or there, but the show's soul was sucked out long ago if you ask me. It's all meandering plotlines and silliness for the sake of silliness, with no real interest in reminding us of why we once actually cared about these characters. The bad seasons have become so numerous now that I'm reluctant to watch the show even in reruns, because there's close to a fifty-fifty chance that I'll catch a bad ep instead of a classic oldie. It's too bad and I hate reading that the show is continuing on for another couple seasons. But on top of that, the movie talk won't go away! I hate the idea of a feature-length flick. I wouldn't have liked the idea back when I was a gigantic fan of the show, back when it was brilliant, so I sure as hell hate the hell out of it now. Either way, I know there are many people out there who feel the same way I do, but there are probably just as many that still love the show (hopefully not, though). So the movie'll get made and some people will be happy, which I guess is the point. But I'm going to buy a rocket launcher and blow up all the prints. Or at least the movie theaters playing them.

  • March 22, 2006, 4:02 a.m. CST

    Yeah the Simpons isn't exactly South Park...

    by photoboy

    ... when is comes to pushing the boundaries and tackling issues that are relevant to today. The Simpsons is sadly stuck in a rut of doing stories that are very bizarre as well as crow barring celebs into the show. Given how many people turn up and voice themselves in The Simpsons pay Fox for the privilege? Also it really dates the show, in 20 years time no-one will know or care who n-sync are. But in 20 years classic stories with Sideshow Bob will still be funny because the celebrity voice actor wasn't the whole point of the plot.

  • March 22, 2006, 4:06 a.m. CST

    This past Sunday's episode was the best in ages

    by Grando


  • March 22, 2006, 4:16 a.m. CST

    Bring back Josh Weinstein and Bill Oakley!!

    by G'ster

    They were writers and exec producers on the show in its golden period! Why did they ever leave? Get rid of Ian Maxtone Graham and the other idiots who are killing the show with their hideously unfunny scripts and bring back Weinstein and Oakley!!

  • March 22, 2006, 4:27 a.m. CST

    Best Simpson's Season

    by joelschumacher

    Can anyone tell me the best Simpson's seasons from the early days so I can buy the DVD's?

  • March 22, 2006, 4:46 a.m. CST

    the simpsons sucks

    by shalashaska

    it used to be a pretty entertaining show back in the day but it really has just lost it. it does not appeal to me at all anymore, especially with newer shows like family guy. i'll probably see this movie because i have nothing better to do, so i hope at least they do it well.

  • March 22, 2006, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Well, ya know geniuses...

    by Red Grant

    there would be no fucking South Park or Family Guy if it weren't for the Simpsons. The show broke ground and made way for all these follow on series to be as successful as they have become. So, how about a little respect, ya wankers? The Simpsons have been and always will be TV's first family. The series is in my book, without question one of the top 5 sitcoms in history. Animated or live action. Count me as looking forward to the film.

  • March 22, 2006, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Best Seasons: two - seven (or eight)

    by zikade zarathos

    All of those are gold. Nine is OK. It'll probably be the last boxset I buy, and watch the least of. None from ten on, though.

  • March 22, 2006, 5:09 a.m. CST

    There have been Talk of this for over a Decade!!!!!!!

    by Ines5

    As some of You might Remember Back in The Late 90s There was a Rumor that The Simpsons Film would be about(and I am Not making This up) Bart Simpson Losing His Virginity!

  • March 22, 2006, 5:19 a.m. CST

    Will John Jay Smith AKA Wacko Jacko be in the movie?

    by G'ster

    John Jay Smith, who was actually Michael Jackson, played the "big fat mental patient" in an episode. His career is doing SO great in the US, people still love him and his last album sold 30 million copies, so I wonder if they're gonna get this huge star for the movie. His name will guarantee big bucks, won't it?!

  • March 22, 2006, 5:39 a.m. CST

    shalashaska's entire post is the Every Post

    by DOGSOUP

    The whole thing is what we do here every damn day and don't you fucking deny it.

  • March 22, 2006, 5:39 a.m. CST

    Red Grant

    by Demon Disco

    Totally agree that The Simpsons is in the top 5 sitcoms of all time BUT that doesn't stop it from sucking now! I say they should put it out of its misery. Let the citizens of Springfield go with whatever dignity they have left. It's for purely monetary reasons that the show keeps going, not creative at all. The writing is on the wall, people. When a show, series of films, novels, what have you, has its glory days truly behind it it's time to say adieu. It's like keeping a beloved relative with no quality of life on a life-support machine just because they may eventually tell you where their secret will is hidden or because you were fond of them once. LET THEM GO!

  • March 22, 2006, 5:41 a.m. CST

    In my opinion anyone...

    by themanlikedave

    who disses the simpsons a cock so far up their own arse they cant see the sunshine for shit. Cheers

  • March 22, 2006, 5:46 a.m. CST

    agreed, Disco...

    by Red Grant

    the show has seen better days and it's best seasons are long behind it. I just can't abide the Simpsons bashing that accompanies praise for South Park and Family Guy. I enjoy those shows as well, but I also recognize that they simply would have never been without Groening's innovative series.

  • March 22, 2006, 6:04 a.m. CST

    Wasn't Shearer the one...

    by Armer

    that a while back was dissing the writers for not taking advantage of the current climate in the US to write clever satires anymore? He's right. I'm not a fan of the new ones, I always feel let down, but up to season 8 it was one of the best shows ever made.

  • March 22, 2006, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Any Homer-centric episode of the Simpsons...

    by tripp5

    is funnier than anything else on TV. Eat my shorts, bitches.

  • March 22, 2006, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Check out that live-action Simpsons TV intro...

    by Zardoz

    It's too cool! It's on Very clever. (although small parts of it are animated, too!)

  • March 22, 2006, 6:24 a.m. CST

    live action thing

    by vicious_bastard

    Viral marketing for Sky isn't it? Or did they 'acquire' it?

  • March 22, 2006, 7:03 a.m. CST

    It's true about The Simpsons being out of it...

    by dr_dreadlocks

    A few years ago that show was essentially the ONLY thing on television for most people. Now it's the ONLY thing that people watch out of habit, rather than choice. It's just on and people visit it like that old retarded friend who we once loved, and now find annoying. It's over. Unless the movie is a serious jump creatively, it'll tank like nothing we've ever seen before.

  • March 22, 2006, 7:04 a.m. CST

    "Zeitgist" isn't exactly zeitgiest anymore...

    by FiendishMilt37

    No but really: come on, Shelley. Come on.

  • March 22, 2006, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Ricky Gervais wrote next weeks new episode...

    by brolly

    and so next week will be the first new episode of The Simpson Ive watched in 4 years!

  • March 22, 2006, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Feature Length Simpsons

    by fiester

    Might be a little too long. They've never even done an hour-long episode. I can think of one two-parter (Who Shot Mr. Burns?) and that was a season ending cliffhanger and doesn't really work all that well as one continuous episode. On the plus side, the fact that it took so very long might mean that they have a working script that is satisfying. We'll see.

  • March 22, 2006, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Link to live intro

    by jim

  • March 22, 2006, 8:31 a.m. CST

    WHoever outlined the best course for this series....

    by Childe Roland having eneded with an expanded "You only move twice" episode has really done his homework. Virtually everything SImpsons after that point is either forgettable or only memorable because it was such shit compared to all that had come before it. The show was the best at one time, but that was almost a decade ago. It has gone on far too long and every subpar episode to come out now doiminishes the memory of what a great show it once was. As for a feature film: Yeah, if those Flintstones animated movies are any indication (and they really can't help but be) this should be great (if by "great" you mean "make me want to claw my fucking eyes out and stuff them in my ears to block out the unfunny"). Could a live-action Simpsons be on the docket for ten or fifteen years from now? How horribly would THAT suck? Just let it go, Groening and Fox.

  • March 22, 2006, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Family Guy sucks and South Park is past its prime

    by Cerebud

    Really, South Park was shocking for the first two or three years, but now it's the same thing over and over. And Team America? That movie SUCKED! I can't believe how everyone drooled over that movie here. Is anyone still talking about it? NO! Family Guy is just a wannabe Simpsons/South Park show that has never appealed to me. I'm not saying that the Simpsons is as great as its ever been, but with as much money as Fox puts in to it, they'll always be able to bring in new blood to fix it. No new ideas? The series is so open ended, if there are no new ideas for the Simpsons, then we're all in trouble. I have faith that they'll have some great talent for a great flick. Although I agree that it should have been better to make this in the 90s.

  • March 22, 2006, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Mancow? Is that poser still on the air?

    by Photoman

    I can't believe this poser and Steve Dahl/Howard Stern wanna-be is still on the air. People still listen to him? Come-on...

  • March 22, 2006, 9:05 a.m. CST

    When did it jump the shark

    by Tocksick

    It is very clear when The Simpson's jumped the shark. After the conclusion of "Who Shot Mr. Burns" the writing took a very clear and evident nosedive. A funny sidenote: For the longest time I didn't know exactly what "jump the shark" meant until very recently. I looked it up on (best website on the internet) and it had a whole three page article on it. It turns out its a reference to Fonzie literally jumping over a shark on Happy Days signifying the beginning of the decline of that show.

  • March 22, 2006, 9:08 a.m. CST

    If the Simpsons sucked it wouldn't be on for 19 seasons

    by BurtGummer

  • March 22, 2006, 9:13 a.m. CST

    I figured it would be PG-13 at the most

    by Terry_1978

    Just so they can get a few shots of risque nudity, a few "shits" and maybe one unexpected "fuck" in there.

  • March 22, 2006, 9:14 a.m. CST

    anyone can bitch bout the simpsons...

    by misnomer

    but you know theyll pull this movie out of the bag..... Plus-its so iconic that I can forgive a few crap seasons-not bad for *16yr?* run I just hope they focus on homer mainly *those episodes are always the best-lisa episodes always the worst* the simpsons picked up when the focus shifted away from bart and onto homer-and went downhill when they strayed from homer and delved into the sidecharacters so heres hopin

  • March 22, 2006, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Thank the Simpsons for Family Guy and South Park

    by Jeditemple

    Yes, The Simpsons paved the way for Beavis and Butthead, South Park, and Family Guy (which borrows heavily from The Simpsons, especially the flash-back scenes, which the Simpsons did first). In 1990, the Simpsons was THE cutting-edge cartoon, so I can forgive it aging a bit over the last 16 years. Will Family Guy be around in 16 years? NOPE.

  • March 22, 2006, 9:23 a.m. CST

    yeah BurtGummer, longevity is proof of quality

    by INWOsuxRED

    Thats why daytime soap operas are the longest running shows on TV. The Simpsons doesn't "need" to go off the air, but it SHOULD either be fixed or removed. It is obvious there isn't a good crew of people behind it these days. Too many people watch it out of habit for it to go away gracefully.

  • March 22, 2006, 9:37 a.m. CST

    It's like I'm wearing nuthin' at all, nuthin' at

    by AnimeJune

    "Damn you sexy Flanders!" Jeditemple, let us not forget "King of the Hill". I haven't watched the Simpsons for, like, two years now. Cut them off already - they have an heir (Southpark) and a spare (Family Guy). Let them die with dignity!

  • March 22, 2006, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Red Grant? The Simpsons are TV's first family?

    by Otter

    How about the Nelson's back in the 50's? Wouldn't they qualify?

  • March 22, 2006, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Ricky Gervais wrote and voices this Sunday's Simpsons

    by HypeEndsHere

    leave it to Fox to not fucking advertise that fact. oh, and for the dude who just learned what "jump the shark" means: welcome to 2002. just bustin' balls.

  • March 22, 2006, 9:44 a.m. CST


    by shalashaska

    "The whole thing is what we do here every damn day and don't you fucking deny it." what does that even mean?

  • March 22, 2006, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Side character shows are usually my least favourite

    by jim

    Moe episodes especially. How about a Lenny & Carl episode? Or Lou the cop? Ricky Gervais being on The Simpsons reminds me of all the other great guest stars they have had over the years. Like Patrick Stewart on the Stone Cutters episode. Of course now I have the Stone Cutters song stuck in my head.

  • March 22, 2006, 10:02 a.m. CST

    by TheFount

    I get tired of hearing how the Simpsons have died/jumped the shark/should have ended years ago/are not as funny since <name> left. It&#39;s a TV show, sometimes great, sometimes not. Much like the joke about pizza and sex, even when it&#39;s bad, it&#39;s good. (Insert obligatory fanboy=virgin joke here and I&#39;m done.)

  • March 22, 2006, 10:03 a.m. CST

    The simpsons made Fox

    by emeraldboy

    What it was financially and those who want to see its end. Dont understand the enormouse fiancial pulling power of this series. There is a lot of milk left in the simpsons cash cow. People wanted it pulled off the air. Fox will end this series in the run up to its 20th anniversary, making it the longest running and most successful modern animated show in Foxs history or tv for that matter. Its final episode, groening wrote over 15 years ago and its in a vault. That will be an historic event when it happens.

  • March 22, 2006, 10:16 a.m. CST


    by Osmosis Jones

    Once the show&#39;s two upcoming seasons are over, the show will offically have had more terrible seasons than great ones, and that just makes me want to cry. Honestly, when was the last time you heard someone at work raving about last night&#39;s Simpsons? After whatever season had the "Sharry Bobbins" episode, the series started to REALLY show it&#39;s age, and now it&#39;s all but unwatchable. The sad thing is, Fox is genuinely tarnishing the show&#39;s legacy by dragging it out like this (just like they did with The X-Files, which had 6 brilliant seasons, two okay seasons, and one atrocious season which really soured what came before in the minds of many fans). Just let these two upcoming seasons be the show&#39;s last ones, PLEASE...

  • March 22, 2006, 10:18 a.m. CST

    I gave up the Simpsons long ago...

    by Magunga

    ...after I realized the show had become a bad parody of itself. It&#39;s amazing to me that the show has a following so devoted it borders on religious fanaticism. It&#39;s just a show, and when it stopped being consistently funny, I stopped watching - end of story. I am vaguely interested to see what they do with a feature-length film, so I may just shell out the ten bucks to see it, even though the reason center of my brain is telling me it&#39;ll be a waste of time and money.

  • March 22, 2006, 10:56 a.m. CST

    The best simpsons season?

    by Thumper2k1

    I think it&#39;s 5. I&#39;m not sure. The season that had the episode where homer goes into space. "In rod we trust" After that season, The Simpsons went warp speed into the toilet.

  • March 22, 2006, 11:04 a.m. CST

    The Simpsons was great, but...

    by Nodwick

    They recylce too many of their old show ideas. How many more times are we going to see Homer have to win back Bart&#39;s love from a celebrity guest star? Or win back Marge&#39;s love after he screws something up for her? Or win back Lisa&#39;s love after he forgets for the umpteenth time what it is she likes to do? And the Halloween shows need to return to more of a "Simpsons meets the Twilight Zone" kind of show (like the time-travelling toaster story) instead of making lame parodies of even lamer horror movies.

  • March 22, 2006, 11:16 a.m. CST

    change the fucking channel already

    by blue7

    Waaaah! I like the old Simpsons episodes BETTER! What a bunch of crying little bitches. Even the stupid load who had to learn what Jump the Shark meant from fucking Wikipedia (?!) is trying to talk shit. There has never been a better television show than the Simpsons. Not Star Trek, or the UK Office, or the Sopranos, whatever. Don&#39;t even try to act like any cartoon has been fit to shake the piss off the Simpsons&#39; metaphorical dick. Family Guy is actually pretty funny, although the humor is only from the sadassed "fun of recognition" factor that powers toilet chowder like Shrek. Besides, what other series has a character that completely represents about 85% of you dipshits? Well, almost, considering the amount of you whining cunts who might possibly have masters degrees in folklore and mythology.

  • March 22, 2006, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Blue 7...

    by Magunga

    ...Wow. I can appreciate that you love the show, but your devotion is a little over-the-top. No show merits that much of an emotional bond, regardless of how long it&#39;s been on TV. I cannot speak for everyone here who dislikes the more recent incarnation of the Simpsons, but for me, the show lacks the care and depth that made the show brilliant in the 90&#39;s. Furthermore, I felt this the appropriate forum to express this opinion, as did everyone else who has posted here, whether they love the show or hate it.

  • March 22, 2006, 11:54 a.m. CST

    and ANOTHER thing...

    by Traumnovelle

    Not only did the writing completely plummet into obvious slapstick and gross-out and pop-culture "humor", but the ANIMATION is one of the things that bugs me the most about the recent seasons. It&#39;s too CLEAN. Even if they nailed some classic Simpsons comedy (which they never will) it won&#39;t ever feel right because the animation itself is unfunny now. In the older, glorious episodes Homer&#39;s eyes were a bit vacant, they kind of stared off in two different directions, slightly. Small things like that. ANYWAY, seriously, FUCK the Simpsons, fuck the writers, and, this pains me a little to say it, but FUCK all the voice actors on the show. They could have done something about the sickening plunge of the Simpsons. If Castalanetta quit, the show would have been cancelled ages ago. You&#39;d think they could recognize the quality of their own show rotting and withering in front of their eyes. Or maybe they are too busy counting their stacks of money. Fuck those motherfuckers. Arhghghgh. Whenever I watch a new episode of the Simpsons out of morbid curiousity, it genuinely makes me SAD. What it was, to what it&#39;s become. It shows that there wasn&#39;t a true love for the show by the producers and everyone involved, like Seinfeld had. Going out on top of it&#39;s game. Ahh, fuck it, who cares.

  • March 22, 2006, 11:57 a.m. CST

    I love the Simpsons, think it&#39;s one of the best ever

    by moviemaniac-7

    But even I have to admit that the best time are behind us. Simpsons used to be ahead of everybody with the most laughs a minute of all tv shows. Sadly, as with other franchises (Star Wars and Bond, for instance), the others that came after The Simpsons (my favorites are Futurama and South Park) have gone to further and better places than the Simpsons. Love it or loathe it, The Simpsons might be one of the most influential tv shows ever put on the air.

  • March 22, 2006, noon CST

    Simpsons seasons four thru ten.....

    by vinceklortho

    Probably some of the best television writing ever. And, yes, The Simpsons is a religious experience. I&#39;m not afraid to say that I will probably cry during the last episode. For us early twenty kids, this was the basis for our humor growing up. Remember in middle school, talking about how fucking funny Sunday night&#39;s episode was? Now, I&#39;ll catch a few episodes here and there and might cringe at a lot of the jokes, but it will definitely be a historic event when this show leaves. Also, the whole network of Fox can thank the show, it pretty much being the beginnings of the network. There is no way they will get rid of it as long at it is able to produce shows.

  • March 22, 2006, 12:07 p.m. CST

    According to Rich Johnston...

    by Brendon

    ...posting on my blog, the live action promo was made specifically for Sky specifically to promte the new season. Not my favourite promo of the crruent wave - that would be the M. Nigh Shyamalan one for Amex.

  • March 22, 2006, 12:59 p.m. CST

    What a surprise...

    by woemcats

    A bunch of bitching about the Simpsons! I never! Except you can go back in time to season 5 and read all these same comments on the Simpsons newsgroups. Simpsons has apparently sucked since about season 4. Who know?

  • March 22, 2006, 1:11 p.m. CST

    LOVE the Simpsons!

    by ironburl

    I just sit there with a big grin! Yes, it has moved more from the sappier, more sit-com feel of the early days, to just a crazed onslaught of gags, but so what?! Last week&#39;s episode was really good. Homer getting crushed through the mill. Battling the Mother Duck and throwing the duckling across the finish line! Laughed my ass off. The Zoo Lady tring to distract Homer from Bart&#39;s abduction with dead Flipper! DAMNED FUNNY! See if your precious Family Guy is still this funny after 500 episodes. Doubtful!

  • March 22, 2006, 1:14 p.m. CST

    simpsons hasn&#39;t been top-notch for a long time

    by lopan

    but still, light years better than the fucking Family Guy. That&#39;s always how I can tell if someone is a total douche drinker - if they own the Family Guy on DVD. That shows sucks shit shit out of assholes in different time zones.

  • March 22, 2006, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Should have done this in the early 90&#39;s...

    by BigTuna

    When the Simpsons were in their peak on popularity. Anyone remember those Bart Simpson t-shirts and posters everywhere in 90-91&#39;?

  • March 22, 2006, 1:21 p.m. CST

    You Only Move Twice

    by SamBlackChvrch21

    BEST EPISODE EVER. "Ever see a man say goodbye to a shoe?"

  • March 22, 2006, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Re: This past Sunday&#39;s episode was the best in ages

    by johncage

    It&#39;s the damnedest thing, but I was actually laughing out loud during the last episode. Plus the story was actually character-based for the first time in, like, eight years. Personally I love that the Simpsons are still on the air. The show hasn&#39;t been that great in recent years, but there&#39;s something comforting in the fact it&#39;s still making new episodes.

  • March 22, 2006, 2:11 p.m. CST

    The only thing worse than sitting through the movie...

    by chaplinatemyshoe

    ...would be listening to the commentary on the dvd. Holy crap do they produce the worst commentaries in the history of dvd. It sounds like junior high kids snickering at their own jokes. Here&#39;s hoping this one is straight to dvd.

  • March 22, 2006, 2:12 p.m. CST

    woemcats: EXACTLY...

    by Flim Springfield

    People have been complaining about the Simpsons&#39; decline pretty much since the second season. I remember the newsgroups in the mid-90s being just as negative as people are today. People just love to complain, that&#39;s it. I hope the Simpsons goes on for years, there may be bad shows, but there&#39;s still plenty of good shows...

  • March 22, 2006, 2:41 p.m. CST

    I have to agree...

    by GaiustheBrave

    I&#39;ve been kinda disappointed with the Simpsons for the last few years. I&#39;m watching syndicated reruns of the second season now. They&#39;re hilarious. But, lately, not so much...Last good laugh was Homer in a speedo, and the flying nun. Keeping the faith. The duck race was funny, admittedly.

  • March 22, 2006, 2:46 p.m. CST


    by GaiustheBrave

    you have to admit, though, that the scene in Family Guy, where Peter drives his penis metaphor on wheels back and forth into the tunnel only to be hit by an eighteen wheeler, causing poor under-endowed Peter to sit by the side of the road being laughed at by a bus of models will never get stale. Generally, however, I agree that most of the eps do get old after two viewings.

  • March 22, 2006, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Yellow Submarine

    by Incrediburgible

    We all know what fantastic musical numbers The Simpsons are capable of. Let&#39;s home the film takes it cue from the South Park movie and delivers a cartoon musical for the ages. Springfield is every bit as visually wonderful as Pepperland was in Yellow Submarine. The Simpsons Movie (whether it&#39;s late or early or just right on time) deserves to be one for the ages, LIKE YELLOW SUBMARINE. - - - I can&#39;t believe Fox isn&#39;t plugging the Ricky Gervais appearance. Fucking turd burglars. - - - Oh, and I agree with the person who said Family Guy sucks shit out of assholes across 4 time zones. - - - I also agree with the person who said The Simpsons is drawn just a little too well ("clean") at this point. But now we&#39;re finding ways to complain about high quality. Some one stop me.

  • March 22, 2006, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Season 13

    by Blok Narpin

    The Simpsons hasn&#39;t been good since season 13.

  • March 22, 2006, 4 p.m. CST

    Family Guy is lame

    by Gungan Slayer

  • March 22, 2006, 4:20 p.m. CST

    why has it become cool to hate simpsons

    by slappy jones

    it is still fucking funny....much funnier than south park or family guy....both of those shows have well and truly lost their touch.....south park mocks scientology!!! awesome and they even suggest that tom cruise might be gay!!! cutting edge stuff......and the less said about family guy the better.....

  • March 22, 2006, 4:57 p.m. CST

    yeah family guy really sucks

    by shalashaska

    youre all morons.

  • March 22, 2006, 5:02 p.m. CST

    the carbon rod

    by d1138

    To all who think this is a black & white issue... please realize that Simpsons naysayers (of which I count myself one) are mourning the drop in quality of a great show. We used to love it, which is why we&#39;re so passionately against the recent suckness. And for the record, I&#39;ll call the death of Maude Flanders the shark-jumping moment of this particular show. I know it&#39;s "just a cartoon", but that was heartless and anti-Simpsons.

  • March 22, 2006, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Simpsons Movie Cameos

    by Jonas Grumpy

    I hear this movie is casting folks like Dustin Hoffman and Michael Jackson. (They won&#39;t use their real names, but you&#39;ll know it&#39;s them.)

  • March 22, 2006, 5:13 p.m. CST

    What D1138 said

    by chaplinatemyshoe

    I don&#39;t think it&#39;s cool to hate the Simpsons, it&#39;s just hard to get back into them because of the direction they took the show in the past five seasons. Lately, The Simpsons are just as guilty as Family Guy of stealing from pop culture and other shows. It&#39;s just in the Simpsons case the other shows are old Jack Benny and Three Stooges episodes. Half the time, they&#39;re just parodying old Simpsons episodes which is extremely fucking boring. Give me Home Movies, King of the Hill, South Park and Adult Swim over either Family Guy or The Simpsons.

  • March 22, 2006, 5:14 p.m. CST

    I agree with d1138....

    by vinceklortho

    for the reason of all the Simpsons "hate". The shows length on air is a testament unto itself, but no show has ever done that before. Hell, you could never go 14-15 seasons with a real life cast. The reason why the show was so revolutionary is now its downfall. The idea that you can do anything in animation within a sitcom formula has now been stretched too far for them. It&#39;s like when you are watching someone you love dying and the only thing good is to pull the plug. End the misery and remember the good things. It&#39;s too hard to watch. Sorry for the morbid and depressing analogy, get the point.

  • March 22, 2006, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Mad Max 2, I agree with you...

    by chaplinatemyshoe

    if you think adults that sound like 12 year olds geeking out about getting their W.C. Fields reference in an episode is interesting. I mean for God&#39;s sake, they make jokes about Simpsons writers for a reason...

  • March 22, 2006, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Bruce needs a CG cartoon show

    by Turtlepride

    Lets face it, Bruce is old and fat. What he does have left is his voice and wit. Has anyone played EVIL DEAD REGENERATION? The CUT SCENes are great.He needs a show like this. Guess starring Ted Raimi. What do you guy&#39;s think?

  • March 22, 2006, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Side Show Bob is a Celebrity voice

    by Turtlepride

    Kelsey Grammer was so good they wrote him in.

  • March 22, 2006, 5:22 p.m. CST

    The Cosby Movie 2007 Spoiler plots.....

    by W3bzpinn3r

    Heathcliff Huxtable is now 80 years old living in an old folks home, Claire having left him for a younger man (being a lawyer, whe got everything!). Cliff&#39;s last xmas at the old folks home is made a little sweeter by all his kids, grand kids, and great grand kids popping in to share some x-mas jell-o pudding. At the end, several old jazz music legends make a guest appearance as angels when Cliff passes away. Cliff (only 70) wakes up from this horrid nightmare, follows Claire to work the next day, then beats the crap out of Bernie Mac, who plays her younger law partner... Then the credits roll with the Cosby cast dancing with the Madagascar Lemurs to "You want to move it!"

  • March 22, 2006, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Bruce needs a CG cartoon show

    by Turtlepride

    Lets face it, Bruce is old and fat. What he does have left is his voice and wit. Has anyone played EVIL DEAD REGENERATION? The CUT SCENes are great.He needs a show like this. Guess starring Ted Raimi. What do you guy&#39;s think?

  • March 22, 2006, 5:51 p.m. CST


    by therightclique

    being that you&#39;re at least the 2nd person to make that analogy in this thread alone, you have no reason to apologize, as you stole it in the first place.

  • March 22, 2006, 6:09 p.m. CST

    My Lord, he&#39;s right!

    by vinceklortho

    I apologize then to Demon Disco, who even said it more eloquently than me. Damn you! I thought it was a good one too. Alright, how about this one: The Simpsons suck now, it used to be good. I guess I&#39;ll see the movie when it comes out, though. Nobody has said that yet, right?

  • March 22, 2006, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Longevity does not equal "old"...

    by Flim Springfield

    There&#39;s always calls to "pull the plug" on long-lived shows like the Simpsons or SNL. But these shows aren&#39;t like the usual sitcom or drama, all they need is some fresh writers and the show can be re-invigorated. There&#39;s ALWAYS new ideas, just because you can&#39;t think of them doesn&#39;t mean no one else can.

  • March 22, 2006, 7:35 p.m. CST

    another "jumping" moment...

    by d1138

    ..when the guest stars became something they advertised on the commercials for an upcoming ep, whereas before it was a pleasant understated surprise.

  • March 22, 2006, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Homer did jump a shark, years ago...

    by Flim Springfield

    During the "We&#39;ll Never Stop the Simpsons" song, one picture showed Homer jumping a shark. A nice little joke for all the internet naysayers...

  • March 22, 2006, 10:09 p.m. CST

    There&#39;s great deal of passion here...

    by Magunga

    ...for a TV show. This needn&#39;t be such a vicious, rancorous debate. There wasn&#39;t a great deal of emotion in my decision to stop watching the Simpsons, so there&#39;s no need to inject any now. I simply stopped watching when I percieved that the characters were being used as props to assert the writers&#39; political agendas rather than being "entities unto themselves," so to speak.

  • March 22, 2006, 11:36 p.m. CST


    by meta4

    aren&#39;t funny anymore... i dont care about "character pieces" because uhhhh last time i checked these ARE CARTOON CHAR-AC-TERS! and you know what hasn&#39;t been brought up but i think it should be said the ONLY reason this movie is being made is because the simpsons are losing in the ratings and popularity so they want to use the show as a vehicle to boost the ratings to go another 10 years....FUCK FOX....FUCK THEM IN THEIR STUPID ASSES

  • March 23, 2006, 2:04 a.m. CST

    The 2

    by Darth Maui

    Do people really think a movie becomes better when swearing is added to it?

  • March 23, 2006, 3:37 a.m. CST

    yeah i concur

    by shalashaska

    it would be funnier without the swearing. i mean homer could easily say SHIT instead of D&#39;OH but thats what makes it so funny.

  • March 23, 2006, 7:52 a.m. CST


    by roc nathan

    having seen the 15th and 16th season recently, I can&#39;t understand why people think it&#39;s any less funny than the mid-90s simpsons. If anything, the episodes are even more twisted and bizarre, which in myopinion makes it far better than the often too-literal-minded early episodes. then again, I can see how that would be confusing for some people. Bring on the dick and fart jokes, why don&#39;t you. Sigh.

  • March 23, 2006, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Bitch, bitch, bitch...why are these people posting?

    by Homer Sexual

    I like the Simpsons, always have and still do. Therefore, I clicked on the movie info. My honest question to Gwai Lo, a goonie, & Co is "If you feel the Simpsons &#39;jumped the shark&#39; a long time ago, why did you even click on this topic or bother to post?" If, say, you saw the movie and wanted to post how much it sucked, that makes sense. But it makes no sense to me that every time anything Simpsons or SNL related is on this site, a whole bunch of people immediately post about how these shows haven&#39;t been interesting in many years.

  • March 23, 2006, 11:36 a.m. CST

    d1138 is right about Maude Flanders, though.

    by Homer Sexual

    I agree with him/her that the death of Maude Flanders is the worst thing ever on the Simpsons, and that it was a cheap, anti-Simpsons move to get rid of Maggie Roswell. That is the all-time worst Simpsons-event (although Maude being dead has made some amusing storylines with PraiseLand and Vegas Mom). The other horrible episode was the "Behind the Music" episode. Just awful! And I swear the very end of that episode said Springfield is in Kentucky. The much-maligned episode with the Critic that Groening disavowed is, however, very hilarious...."don&#39;t cry for me, I&#39;m already dead."

  • March 23, 2006, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Simpsons are now...

    by NightArrows

    ...a parody of themselves. Don&#39;t get me wrong, I love them at their peak, but the last 4 seasons have SUUUUCKED. Homer used to be a perfect mixture of subtle-stupid and outrageous-stupid. Now, everything he does or says has to have an exclamation point to it, with a moment for them to point out what the joke was. Everyone in the show speaks as though they are stating the obvious too. It&#39;s sad. And for those who think the Family Guy is just dick and fart jokes, well, it&#39;s brilliance is lost on you and those who didn&#39;t get Futurama too. Long live the Simpsons Golden Years

  • March 23, 2006, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Jumped the Shark

    by harrys_site_sucks

    The Simpsons pretty much jumped the shark when Troy McClure and Lineal Hutz were not longer on. (still miss Phil Hartman) Thou there is the occasionaly good episode on 3 or 4 a season now.

  • March 23, 2006, 1:22 p.m. CST

    A thought ...

    by Judas_Noose

    If Bart IS going to lose his virginity, he should lose it to Milhouse ... just a thought.

  • March 23, 2006, 9:59 p.m. CST


    by J-Dizzle

    So that those of us who still watch can keep watching. Honestly, I&#39;ll never understand why some people have the urge to spoil it for the rest of us.

  • March 24, 2006, 1:37 a.m. CST

    by haku8645

    I still find the Simpsons funny, but not as much as it used to be. The animation changed around the time they went to Japan which was back in what, 98 or 99? Then it got really goofy. Does anyone remember how they changed Homer&#39;s upper lip so that instead of coming to a point, it had a little bulge on the end? That fucking pissed me off, and the episode a few years back with the cowboy that Bart idolised was probably the worst one they ever did. However they recently changed the animation style again so it&#39;s more like the old stuff meaning their skin is now deep yellow again and not that horrid bright ass hi-lighter yellow it was, and the past few episodes have been increasingly better. I used to love Family Guy in the first two seasons but the new episodes are fucking terrible. American Dad and South Park are at least still funny. Cancel Family Guy and keep the Simpsons on the air. It still keeps me laughing; after all, I grew up with them.

  • March 24, 2006, 7:40 a.m. CST

    If you think the Simpsons sucks...

    by cookylamoo

    Then get a job with Fox and write some good episodes or else stop watching it to torment yourself. Demanding cancellation while you&#39;re watching the show is masochistic.

  • March 24, 2006, 11:57 a.m. CST

    No way man, Im not wearing a frikkin wire!

    by Seph_J

    The Simpsons does not suck. And never will. You people are assholes.

  • March 25, 2006, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Lionel Hutz ... sigh

    by JackRabbitSlim

    "This is as obvious a case of malfeasance since i sued "The NeverEnding Story" for false advertising *ahem* case pending."

  • March 25, 2006, 11:37 a.m. CST

    The movie should be called.... FINALLY A SIMPSONS MOVIE

    by Skyfly

    At least I think that would be funny...