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UPDATE #2 - 1:13pm CST - Now receiving multiple (and very specific) reports of SIMPSONS MOVIE teaser trailers attached to ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN.

This one from The Angel of Death...

First off, being 'in the theater business,' I can say that it was part of a two-pak trailer that came with Ice Age: The Meltdown.

After the Audience sits through the trailer for 'Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties' (Wasn't that an old WB cartoon with Tweety?), they will be treated to a camera roving over the ol' 'S' shield, before zooming out, showing Homer sitting on the couch, watching TV, wearing the 'Supes' shirt.

So far, the film is just called 'Simpsons: The Movie,' and has a planned release date of July 27, 2007.

I don't know about different trailers. Of the ones [occupational allusion deleted by Merrick] all had Homer sitting there with his Superman shirt.

Earlier today...

UPDATE: Regarding whether or not this is an early April Fool's joke. It isn't, at least not by AICN. It could feasibly be some well-planned, collective conspiracy against us. But, for whatever it's worth, we've received five or six e-mails about this. So, by all means, take this with a grain of salt given our proximity to such a trixy day. If you DO see ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN, please post in the Talkback if you see, or don't see, the teaser!

Merrick didn't see this when he saw ICE AGE 2...damn it!

We're getting multiple reports that teasers for THE SIMPSONS movie are attached to some prints of ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN.

From what we're told, the teasers appear to come in at least two flavors. One of the teasers is simply Homer asleep on a couch. Another appears to be a riff on SUPERMAN movies. Both teasers indicate a July 27, 2007 release date. Both teasers are said to be rather short (30 seconds or so).

One, or both, of these teasers is/are featured in a combo trailer with GARFIELD'S A TALE OF TWO KITTIES. Whether further variants of the teaser are in circulation is unknown at this time.

Before diehard SIMPSONS fans run out to see the staggeringly uninspired ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN, please keep in mind that we don't know if these teasers were attached to every print of the film, select prints, etc. In other words, theoretically, you wouldn’t necessarily see the teasers even if you go to ICE AGE.

It's all a bit unclear, and boy do I need coffee. If you happen to lay eyes on these teasers, feel free to post a Talkback (below) telling us everything about it!

And, of course, THANK YOU to everyone who wrote in about this...

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  • March 31, 2006, 9:32 a.m. CST


    by TempusFugitive

    ...and here I was, all set to pay 7.50 to see a couple seconds worth of trailer in front of a movie I have no interest in.

  • March 31, 2006, 9:33 a.m. CST


    by TempusFugitive

    ... and what a talkback to be "FIRST!" in. Whatta revoltin' development.

  • March 31, 2006, 9:36 a.m. CST

    say what?!

    by bob oblaw

    no way, this can't be.. it's too soon!

  • March 31, 2006, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Is my calendar wrong...

    by GriffinMill

    ... or is April 1st still one full day in the future?

  • March 31, 2006, 9:47 a.m. CST

    ah, Gus, thanks... forget

    by modlight

    As I live in LA like many of you and have no concept of Time, Seasons, and or dates I always forget when its April Fools and fall prey to things I would never normally believe... but wait thats tomorrow. ah, ef it, your probably right.

  • March 31, 2006, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Good grief

    by brycemonkey

    What would make me go and see Ice Age: Melt Down? A Simpsons teaser? Probably not.

  • March 31, 2006, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Can I be the first to say "Plant".

    by jim

    Not you Merrick, the emailers who, pissed at the negative review this site gave the film, are trying to trick some poor souls into buying a ticket for this movie.

  • March 31, 2006, 10:16 a.m. CST

    is it just me or does Merrick keep posting shit

    by Cedar_Room

    after shit after shit - and the proper editors keep having to update his obviously bullshit "news". Step up your game Merrick - or you're out of here.

  • March 31, 2006, 10:17 a.m. CST

    I think I might

    by clockpolitiks

    Just wait outside a theater and if I see children walking out, I will jump in front of them and scream, "DID YOU SEE THE SIMPSONS TEASER?!? YES OR NO LITTLE MAN!AHHHHHHH"

  • March 31, 2006, 10:18 a.m. CST

    So is this movie going to suck....

    by Bean_

    ..just like the new seasons have?

  • March 31, 2006, 10:23 a.m. CST

    This MIGHT not be a joke...

    by Death Sticks

    Normally I'd expect this to be totally bogus... but there's also been some word about "something special" making an appearance during the Simpsons this Sunday - perhaps the two are related?

  • March 31, 2006, 10:23 a.m. CST

    I seen it. That is to say, I saw it.

    by Spaceman Spliff

    Well, not really. But my best friend works at a movie theater, and he did. He said he nearly had a coronary when he saw the list of trailers they'd gotten. He and all his coworkers poured into the theater to watch the 30-second Superman-version of the trailer. He described it in great detail, which isn't saying much given its length, but I'd trust this guy with my life, and I can safely say that this is NOT BULLSHIT.

  • March 31, 2006, 10:24 a.m. CST


    by Karl Childers

    Someone in a rush to get this one out...

  • March 31, 2006, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Worst Voice-Over Cast In History

    by Karl Childers

    Romano, Leguizamo, and Leary.

  • March 31, 2006, 10:26 a.m. CST


    by Joseph Merrick

    You're referring to only one other instance. In that situation, the post was made after close consultation with Harry - and closely following his instructions. I have no problems with criticism, but please try not to over-generalize when doing so. The "update" to my article, today, was added by me personally

  • March 31, 2006, 10:26 a.m. CST


    by Jubba

    I just hope they can somehow get Conan O'Brien attached to the movie - the man made Simpsons gold with his writing in the early days.

  • March 31, 2006, 10:28 a.m. CST

    its march 31st, not april 1st which is april fools day

    by digital8


  • March 31, 2006, 10:30 a.m. CST


    by Joseph Merrick

    (Laughing) That's funny. Thanks for pointing it out. Good God. Ironically, I wasn't in a rush. If anything, I work a bit too slowly. I'm just the world's lousiest proof reader. Plain and simple.

  • March 31, 2006, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Hey Merrick

    by clockpolitiks

    Pay no mind to all the hatas.

  • March 31, 2006, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Come on Merrick

    by brycemonkey

    You need to flame these haters! Reasoning is not a legitimate tactic in the TBs...

  • March 31, 2006, 10:38 a.m. CST


    by imkindofabigdeal

    let this be true, a rebirth for The Simpsons, Merrick don't listen to the're doing fine.

  • March 31, 2006, 10:40 a.m. CST

    If this is true....

    by vinceklortho

    Best idea ever. Keep everyone on their toes. Classic Simpsons. ummm, wasn't there an interview with Harry Shearer and he said that they are recording voices right at this very moment? This is not that far fetched. Man, I don't know what to do now...I need pure confirmation, for anyone that lives in the LA area, if there is actually a teaser in front of Ice Age. Please include what theatre you went to...thank you and I love you if it is true.

  • March 31, 2006, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Simpsons Teaser

    by Capt. Spaulding

    Here's the skinny, for all those that are interested. I work at a theater in SC, and last night we had a sneak of Ice Age 2, the sneak print DID NOT have the Simpsons trailer on it. However, the other two prints of Ice Age 2 were held until 8 pm because of a "special trailer." When we finally got the prints and saw what it was, we ran that print as soon as we could and yes, it is on there. It's right after the trailer for Garfield 2 (why god why?) and there ain't a whole hell of a lot to it, but it's enough to get Simpsons geeks like myself exctied. In conclusion, yes, this is real. No it is not a joke, and no I'm not a fucking plant.

  • March 31, 2006, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Merrick: Thumbs up

    by Godardwhowhatnow

    Say what you will about Merrick- his writing style is actually pretty good. Not to rip on anyone, but Merrick seems much more readable than some other editors.

  • March 31, 2006, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Voice over casts

    by hktelemacher

    The trouble with all of these animated movie voice casts is that they're casting name stars rather than talent. Pixar seems able to do both - I mean Craig T. Nelson in The Incredibles isn't exactly going to draw in Coach fans and their kids - but Ray Romano? So many of these flicks are clunky because of the voices. They're so afraid to cast unknown talent. Does the fact that it's Cameron Diaz in Shrek really make that much difference to the grosses?

  • March 31, 2006, 10:49 a.m. CST

    FILLION FOR CAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by SamBlackChvrch21


  • March 31, 2006, 10:51 a.m. CST

    FILLION FOR CAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by SamBlackChvrch21


  • March 31, 2006, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Here is some Slack Merrick

    by casinoskunk

    dont worry about these knucklecunts Merrick. you got the information to us, and we talked back. what else do you want? this is not a spelling bee, or a thesis on the Simpsons teaser being on the Ice Age 2 film. Just relax, its AICN for god's sake, not a white house memo! well i am sure Mr. Bush would be excited to hear this news.

  • March 31, 2006, 11:02 a.m. CST


    by isildur29

    I build simpsons ...

  • March 31, 2006, 11:03 a.m. CST

    theyre not appealing to the right demographic surely?

    by misnomer

    A simpsons/superman parody trailer sounds pretty legit though. (theyll run this in front of superman no doubt too) Not counting the chickens just yet.... and I may see garfield in london merely for the fact it has billy connolly in it "he's a weee fuuuukin orANGE caaaaat"

  • March 31, 2006, 11:07 a.m. CST

    AICN Games

    by Captain Comet

    does anyone else remember this? what happened to it?

  • March 31, 2006, 11:10 a.m. CST

    I have noticed something

    by emeraldboy

    There hasnt been a review from Harry for ages. I know he is the owner of this site has he given up reviewing stuff. Where is the news?

  • March 31, 2006, 11:11 a.m. CST

    by QuiGonCheezwhipr

    Merrick, just laugh off the haters. AICN finally feels "scoopy" again, or at least it feels less like a cut and paste site. Good work.

  • March 31, 2006, 11:16 a.m. CST

    ^^^my thoughts exactly

    by freak2thec0re

  • March 31, 2006, 11:23 a.m. CST

    On TV Sunday Night I believe

    by moviezzz

    During an ad yesterday for Sunday's episode of the Simpsons, it said something like "During this episode, stay tuned for something Simpsons fans have been waiting almost 17 years to hear about". They must be showing the trailer, since the film has been talked about that long.

  • March 31, 2006, 11:40 a.m. CST

    does anyone know where I can download

    by misnomer

    the ricky gervais simpsons episode? Im dying to see it-but I dont think theyll show it on british satellite for a good while... :/

  • March 31, 2006, 11:46 a.m. CST

    i'm not sure about all ice age prints..

    by DangerPete

    but my girlfriend works at a theatre and last night she informed that YES there is a very short simpsons teaser on the print she built with a release date of july 27th 2007.

  • March 31, 2006, 11:48 a.m. CST

    What was the animation style like?..

    by Dolph

    Matt Groening said they were going to do something a little bit special with the movie animation...

  • March 31, 2006, 11:54 a.m. CST


    by casinoskunk

    the Ricky Gervais episode wasnt that good. it was no different than the lame simpsons episodes that they have been putting out the last couple of years

  • March 31, 2006, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Even when in its prime, bad idea.

    by PushTheButton

    A Simpsons movie is a terrible idea. What does the show have to offer you on the big screen? It's obvious that they've exhusted their best plotlines years ago. While they still are known to tell an original tale, their best efforts are far behind them. We don't really need to see the Simpsons swear or do anything uncensored. It's just not that kind of show. The show today is already taking creative leaps in bounds in their presentation (computer animation, claymation, live-action...) So it wouldn't be all that special or new for a movie. And finally, as we learned from the dreadful seasons 11-12, the show just doesn't work with "big adventures". They're a family. Futurama on the other hand... would make for a FANTASTIC big-screen movie.

  • March 31, 2006, 11:59 a.m. CST

    It's easy ...

    by Judas_Noose

    For someone to be an "armchair general" and blast projects for how much they, as you say, "suck". YOU try spending 17 years writing episode after episode and see how long it takes you before the quality and freshness starts to dwindle a bit. I still watch the show "religiously", and I'm very excited to see a motion picture up on the big screen - My bet is that they've been saving some REALLY good stuff for this project. No way Groening and Co. would live it down if the film blew donkey dick. Here's hopin'

  • March 31, 2006, 12:05 p.m. CST

    It's there.

    by Kibblesmith

    Thus begins and ends my talkback career. Bye!

  • March 31, 2006, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Even if it's true....

    by MattCG

    ...who gives a shit? Simpsons hasn't been worth shit in years. I'm not paying to see the shit.

  • March 31, 2006, 12:10 p.m. CST

    I have a feeling....

    by vinceklortho

    that Groening had the idea for a while and now they finally have realized some sort of a script. I'm pretty sure they waited for the right moment to unleash this beast for the big screen. I think it's going to be good and we will be seeing the end of The Simpsons shortly afterwards. These two more seasons just added on I feel could be the last; especially with this unbelievable confirmation of a release date for a movie. Anyone around their early twenties here? We have been waiting most of our lives for this! Yes, super fans of the show should be this excited for this thing, no matter how dreadful some of the episodes have been the past couple of seasons. It's still the fucking SIMPSONS.

  • March 31, 2006, 12:15 p.m. CST

    You are NOT a fan of the show...

    by vinceklortho

    if you do not want to see this movie. That is fucking unbelievable. You HAVE to see it if you have ever sat down Sunday nights(or remember when it was on Thurs. nights before Martin?) religiously to catch the show since you were a kid. It's like a pilgrimmage to fucking Mecca. You will be scared for it to suck, you will weep if its good. But you know deep down inside, you HAVE to do it.

  • March 31, 2006, 12:16 p.m. CST

    How could you NOT want to see a Simpsons movie?

    by Death Sticks

    Gee, I can't wait to shell out $10 to see Bart say "Eat my fuckin' shorts!" I also can't wait to see Fox chop the film up into 3 "very special episodes" during the following season... ;P

  • March 31, 2006, 12:17 p.m. CST

    they'll stop after an even 20 seasons...

    by keyserSOZE

    that's my gut feeling. and vince, i'm in my mid-20s...i remember in 3rd grade when the show first came on (and it was on thursdays back then, wasnt it?), i've been a devoted fan since i was 8. thrilled to see it coming to the big screen FINALLY...but i have no clue how it'll translate into a feature film...

  • March 31, 2006, 12:22 p.m. CST

    So Yes or No?

    by SpikeZoft

    Is this true or has it been debunked?

  • March 31, 2006, 12:26 p.m. CST


    by Germster

    I work for a newspaper and went to my theater to check. It's there.

  • March 31, 2006, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Sideshow Bob is in the movie

    by durhay

    One half-hour is spent on him stepping on rakes.

  • March 31, 2006, 12:34 p.m. CST

    A McBain movie would kick ass

    by PushTheButton


  • March 31, 2006, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Sideshow Bob Stepping On Rakes


    The thing is, durhay, I WOULD pay ten bucks to see that. Aaaand then the rest can be some musical number or something, it wouldn't matter.

  • March 31, 2006, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Come on

    by clockpolitiks

    I personally think they wouldnt make a simpsons movie unless they had some decent story. Its not some crappy sequel or straight to dvd movie(Family Guy). Hopefully they spent so much time working on the story for the movie that the stories for the episodes lacked. I can hope right?

  • March 31, 2006, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Yes but also...

    by Germster

    Just spoke to 20th Century Fox publicity, they said "we have no information at this time." I still dont think it could be a joke, it would be too expensive to remove trailers off of all those prints.

  • March 31, 2006, 12:47 p.m. CST


    by Jake Mongoose

    Talked to two theater owners, both said they saw it, July 27, 2007 release date.

  • March 31, 2006, 1 p.m. CST

    Well, maybe if it was rated R....

    by MattCG

    and the plot concerned Homer desperately trying to conceal the fact that he got drunk and crushed Ralph under the wheels of his car. Marge discovers the joys of smack and ends up sucking off Disco Stu for H, then starring in a bukkake film, in which one of the guys who jerks off in her face is Milhouse's father, who has his own problems as Milhouse has become addicted to Ritalin. Lisa sinks into a deep depression and begins cutting herself. In the meantime, Bart has discovered the easy money afforded by drugs and begins hawking weed and painkillers to the school children, having to off Principal Skinner and Groundskeeper Willie after they discover his stash. Notice how I haven't said anything about Maggie? That's the trick ending. Even after all these things are resolved and Bart dies in a bloody gunfight, Scarface style, during which he knifes Sideshow Bob in the eye with an American flag. The family realizes they forgot all about her and run upstairs to find her corpse in the crib, unfed for days and being feasted on by Snowball 2 and Santa's Little Helper. Fade out. That's the only place the Simpsons has left to go. Well, Incest, but who gives a fuck about that?

  • March 31, 2006, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Nomally, I am not a praying man...

    by Billyeveryteen

    But if you're up there, please let this movie be good, Superman.

  • March 31, 2006, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Simpsons Movie = 8 years too late

    by Elmore Rigby

    This would have been a great thing during the peak of the show...but right now, who cares? It would be like them making a Seinfeld movie right now - too little too late.

  • March 31, 2006, 1:26 p.m. CST

    my bad...

    by isildur29

    its hidden in the garfield trailer and isn't on our trailer report...but its on all ice age's and guess what... the teaser sucks

  • March 31, 2006, 1:32 p.m. CST

    I remember my brother telling me about the Simpsons

    by emeraldboy

    That was before Sky showed it and when they did, I was hooked straight away. I have Season one on Dvd and will get more and build up my simpsons collection that. Kwjibo is still 17 years later, one of the funniest, things ever committed to modern tv. Then there are the crank calls, Bart Verses SideShow bob(The rakes are the 2nd funniest thing on tv after Kwjibo). Their slating of Cheesy clips, How many people have gone to a company picnic and brought with them a plate of food that is going to get dumped, the slating of cartoon tv violence, thier slating of Arnie, The original Fat Tony and that brilliant riff-off the sopranos theme, that episode where they Bush Snr ass and that episode where take the piss out of Clinton by saying he likes sex with animals, the scene where Homer sidles up to Lorne Micheals and starts talking about the economy and Micheals leaves in a sulk. The slating of Cosbies is the third funniest thing," Ya see Rudy, hey, in my day, hey, you had, hey, the jizzin and the jazzin, hey and now you, hey, you have, hey the rippin and the rapping and the hippin and the hoppin and the bobbin, hey, you got the jello pudding. The fourth funniest thing is the episode where Homer goes into outer space and the sixth is where homer goes to clown college. 7, is the one where Bart skips school and has to go court to testify agains Joe Quimby Jnr. 8, Who Shot mr Burns. 9. Is the one where Homer becomes Sanitation commissioner, there sendup of Bono is Hilarious. 10, the one where Homer rebuilds Ned Flanders House. 11. The kwiki mart episode where Homer has to go with Apu to find the Scared Kwiki, that was the one with James Woods. Finally, there is one with Itchy Scratchy the Movie and bart gets punished so that he cant see it and at the end Homer goes over to concession stand and send and says Hmmmmm....Solylent green. If I was to choose one more of my favourite episodes. Its the one where we meet the aliens for the first time and there is one scene in it where Kang is being chased by moe and kang says Oh my god he has a board with a nail, dont worry there'll be bigger boards with bigger", i think that is from the one where the two aliens come down and abduct Clinton and Dole. "I am naked in a tube". I dont understand anyone who doesnt like the simpson, sure they are patchy these after 17 years on air, who wouldnt be, people who dislike the simpson, must moralists or something. My view is that despite the decline: No simpsons, no king of the hill, No beavis and butthead, no family guy, futurama and no southpark. even if the Simpsons, will be on the air longer than those shows, no one denies that Groening and his cast and writers have earned their place tv history. It will be colorless place without them when they are gone. I would be suprised if one day there is even a simpsons channel. Now matter How good or bad this movie is, this one will be an event. One last thing. The simpsons had the last word on Stars wars. I dont know what the episode is called But that whole thing with the clone wars and Jam Jar bonks, was one the best and funniest slaying of anything I have ever seen.

  • March 31, 2006, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Gus Van Rant...

    by The Atomic Worm

    What the hell is wrong with you?

  • March 31, 2006, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Great. What does it mean for the Futurama movies?

    by Harold The Great

    Yeah, Simpsons is great and all, used to love them, but come on now.

  • March 31, 2006, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Article on the trailer

    by Germster

  • March 31, 2006, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Aprils Fools Day is tomorrow, so if this is a joke

    by zikade zarathos

    it's a dumb one. I don't want to have to start disbelieving everything I hear the WEEK surrounding this horrible "holiday."

  • March 31, 2006, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Oh, and everyone whose a fan WILL see this movie

    by zikade zarathos

    and this is someone who can say he genuinely HATES the current incarnation. It just doesn't matter, though -- I've been waiting for a SIMPSONS movie for almost as long as I've been alive. I don't care if it's awful, it'll just be good closure at this point.

  • March 31, 2006, 2:24 p.m. CST

    I saw the teaser last night on ICE AGE 2

    by eppdude

    It pretty much fits the description exactly. It's announced for release July '07 and Homer says, "Gee, we better get started."

  • March 31, 2006, 2:26 p.m. CST

    no trailer

    by metsrulein2k

    If there is a trailer, it isn't on the official trailer report that gets e-mailed to theatres so projectionists know which ones to put on. And after looking through it today it goes from garfield to a blue sky ice logo, so its very doubtful that trailer exists.

  • March 31, 2006, 3:17 p.m. CST

    I love the Simpsons, but..

    by acroyear77

    It seems weird to have a full length movie. I wonder if they improve the animation (god forbid, cgi like the Toy Story movies-ugh) to make it more than a made-for-tv/straight-to-dvd movie..

  • March 31, 2006, 3:27 p.m. CST

    From Hollwyood Reporter re: trailer

    by jake ryan

    'Simpsons' movie revealed in trailer By Sheigh Crabtree Homer Simpson hit the big screen on Friday in a short teaser trailer announcing "The Simpsons" movie. The "Simpsons" teaser debuted prior to the opening of 20th Century Fox's latest animated film "Ice Age: The Meltdown." The clip announces Fox's July 27, 2007 release date for "The Simpsons" movie. The animated 25-second clip opens on a giant superhero S. "Leaping his way onto the silver screen," intones a narrator, "the greatest hero in American history!" Cut to Homer Simpson sitting on his couch in his tighty whities. "I forgot what I was supposed to say," he says. The narrator continues, " 'The Simpsons Movie,' coming to the screen, July 27, 2007." "Uh, uh," says Homer, "we better get started." The long-running animated television series created by Matt Groening and developed by James L. Brooks is currently being adapted for the big screen at Film Roman Studios in Burbank.

  • March 31, 2006, 3:42 p.m. CST

    i love merrick

    by shalashaska

    not only do i like how he writes his articles, but i love the fact that he posts in their talkbacks

  • March 31, 2006, 3:52 p.m. CST

    They waited too long...

    by FancyKetchup

    Why didn't they do this movie when the show was actually still funny?!

  • March 31, 2006, 3:55 p.m. CST

    It's true

    by AudioKarateKid

    I just got back from taking neices and nephews to a matineed of Ice Age and the trailer played, it was Homer in a Superman shirt.

  • March 31, 2006, 4:02 p.m. CST


    by FancyKetchup

    It must mean: The Simpsons suck now!! I liked them back in the day (I even buy the DVDs, but the recent boxes are shit)when it was still good, but that hasn't been for awhile. They're just coasting now.

  • March 31, 2006, 4:16 p.m. CST


    by Kaitain

    The real problem usually faced by projects of this kind is that they feel the need to do something special, unusual, need to pull out all the stops. If this were merely a case of taking three times as long (per minute of screen time) to polish the script, that'd be fine. Often, however, the difference goes beyond that. The freedom and light structure of a 22 minute cartoon format where few actions need to have lasting consequences could so easily be lost under the weight of a "real plot", with the writers no longer having the liberty to follow whatever they think will make for the best gags. They could also feel the need to write for an audience who doesn't necessarily know all the characters already, might feel the need to introduce new minor characters etc. There might be a feeling that the animation style isn't suitable for a movie theatre. All this kind of stuff happens so often when material is adapted for the big screen, even by its original creators. There's a need to justify the change of format, and the finely-tuned formula that worked so well in the first place gets screwed up.

  • March 31, 2006, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Why doesn't....

    by Cletus Van Damme

    ...everyone stop speculating and go outside and see the movie? It's playing, for f's sake.

  • March 31, 2006, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Apparently most of y'all missed the SIMPSONS...

    by LordEnigma

    ANNOUNCEMENT last night during the OC. What am I thinking? Of course most of you missed. That aside, as soon as I saw the announcement with Kent Brockman, I figured it had to be for the movie. Since Sherer has mentioned recently, that we will see the film sooner than later. With this show going on until 08-09, then I am wondering if the MOVIE will tie into the seasons?

  • March 31, 2006, 5:44 p.m. CST


    by Elmore Rigby

  • March 31, 2006, 6 p.m. CST

    I don't watch The Simpson's anymore....

    by Mr. Profit

    But the show is a huge part of my childhood. There is no way I could NOT see this film. Even with the show now not being as good, every now and then there are just ODD WTF moments that are hilarious. The episode where Bart got fat from the vending machines totally surprised me with the "3 Months Later" gag where it was the opening sequence featuring an obese Bart destroying Springield on his skateboard.

  • March 31, 2006, 6:02 p.m. CST

    It's going to suck no matter what.

    by performingmonkey

    South Park translated to the screen so well but The Simpsons won't. Why? Well, The Simpsons has sucked since season 10 or so, maybe earlier. Also, changing the show won't make it funnier. It made South Park funnier because Trey Parker had the ability to weave in fantastic songs that took the show to new heights, and with the Saddam/Satan plotline you felt like the movie could go anywhere. The Simpsons movie won't make controversial decisions for the movie, there's too much resting on it (they don't want to piss off people who buy the merchandise). I'm sure there'll be songs, but they'll never beat the songs that have already been on the show in it's prime. And the writing will NEVER beat the show in it's prime.

  • March 31, 2006, 6:10 p.m. CST


    by tripp5

    Why are you reading this? didnt you read the subject line? Find a link!

  • March 31, 2006, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Gus Van Rant

    by Chief Redcock

    Funniest talkbacker EVER !! LOL !!

  • March 31, 2006, 6:57 p.m. CST

    I think that should be Jebus!! by lbiu2

    by MrCere

    And you call your self a fan . . . tsk tsk tsk.

  • March 31, 2006, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Fox is running a promo about a "special announcement"


    Wow, this flew under the radar. I can't believe this trailer got into the theaters without anybody finding out about it. Hopefully this will breathe some life back into the series

  • March 31, 2006, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Where are all those pirates with their cameras?

    by MrFloppy

    NOW it's when we need them!

  • March 31, 2006, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Here's hoping the got Conan O'Brian and Brad Bird

    by R.C. the "Wise"

    to at least consult with the film.

  • March 31, 2006, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Simpsons on the big screen- AGAIN!

    by Flim Springfield

    Reading this news immediately made me think of "War of the Roses" all those years ago. I loved the Simpsons short that played before that movie. I look forward to seeing them up on the big screen again!

  • March 31, 2006, 9:05 p.m. CST

    It's like Star Trek: TNG

    by Judas_Noose

    You mean to tell me they didn't have the idea for the Borg Queen BEFORE the film that featured her? Come on - they're saving the best for last - if you read my previous post, you know I already feel this way ... they've been saving some really good stuff for the film since the show started.

  • March 31, 2006, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Wont Be That Good

    by Its_Bill

    Most likely 'instanto forgettablo'. I guarantee there will be a scene early on, probably very early on, where Homer does something that backfires, a classic 'D'oh!' moment, where he pauses a beat, blinks and then screams 'Fuck!' Oh how the Reality Biters will squirm and cackle in their seats at this watershed moment in their lives, as Ethan Hawke fingers Winona Ryder up back.

  • March 31, 2006, 10:12 p.m. CST

    I love The Simpsons

    by Bino White

    When people write things like "The Simpsons is like a friend with cancer and somebody should pull the plug," I have to wonder what's wrong with them. I mean, it's a TV show. One of the greatest TV shows. With 17 seasons, it's definitely had its up and downs, but to say it's "sucked since ____" is ridiculous. Every episode for the last seven seasons has sucked? No. Just because you don't watch something anymore doesn't mean it sucks. The show is still funny and has had good episodes in every season - some in more seasons than others, but good lord, must everything be perfect? These days people either label something classic or horrible, with no inbetween. The show is still good and the movie will be good too. There are a lot better things to bitch about on TV and in the movies than The Simpsons. Comparing it do a dying friend or family member is just weird.

  • March 31, 2006, 10:18 p.m. CST

    ...Lovingly, I might add....

    by Its_Bill

    ...Ethan Hawke will be fingering Winona Ryder lovingly, whilst murmuring into her ear a little poetic nonsense about the 'planet of regret' in his pants, but I digress. To expand on my prediction, once the hype kicks in on this, the anti-Simpsons talkbackers (i.e. the sane, 'shruggers' who'll probably go see it but aren't exactly foaming their underpants as we speak) will refer to the zombified mass talkbackers (i.e. they who have had their souls cauterised clean and hollow like glassy receptacles for corporate subliminals since an early age watching this cartoon) who go gooey inside contemplating a 'rude, obscene Simpsons' as the "Fuck-for-D'oh-Nuts".

  • March 31, 2006, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Its true. I seen it!

    by robert_mairek

    Just to let everyone know this is true. I "reported" it yesterday on The Planet forums. (Professor Chaos) I work as a projectionist as a theater and The Simpson's Movie trailer is real. It was attached to the real with Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties. Interstly enough it wasn't on the trailer list they send though. Its short here is a detailed description of it. Or as best as I can from memory. Extreme close shot of the \S/ logo. Announcer: In 2007 the greatest American Icon leaps his way onto the big screen. The camera quickly pulls out to reveal Homer sitting on the couch wearing a Superman T-Shirt and underwear. Homer: I forgot what I was Supposed to say. Title comes on and says Simpsons Movie. A second screen comes on and says July 27, 2007. Homer(v.o.): 2007? We better get started.

  • March 31, 2006, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Yes its true

    by Lando Griffin

    I just got back from seeing Ice Age 2 a little while ago and the trailer was exactly as all the reports described. Of course we had to endure that unfunny Garfield 2 crap beforehand, which nobody, easily entertained kids included, laughed at. All I could think of was "why? is this crap really necessary?"

  • April 1, 2006, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Someone has to say it.

    by Darth_Potter

    "During this episode, stay tuned for something Simpsons fans have been waiting almost 17 years to hear about...the end of this tired ass show."

  • April 1, 2006, 12:32 a.m. CST



    I just wanted to say how impressed I am by this suprise, I mean they genuinely got us and yeah that impresses me in this culture where there's not much "wow" factor to what's going on in the "business" they snuck this one in right under our noses...

  • April 1, 2006, 1:52 a.m. CST


    by Biowolf

  • April 1, 2006, 3:20 a.m. CST

    summer 2007 is gonna be crammed.....

    by misnomer

  • April 1, 2006, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Production's barely started yet...

    by AtomicHyperbole

    ... but believe me, they got old-skooler Simpsons peeps on this one so it should be good.

  • April 1, 2006, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Confirmation from England

    by The Equalizer also, if you haven't seen it, check out the real-life Simpsons advert from Sky.. now showing on FOX.

  • April 1, 2006, 8:02 a.m. CST


    by AtomicHyperbole

    I didn't know the Simpsons movie was actually Cool News. I figured the news broke last year... I've known about production since before xmas... DOH!

  • April 1, 2006, 9:06 a.m. CST

    there's a new Garfield movie??

    by BendersShinyAss

    Man that first one was a piece of shit. And to think that it could have been better had it not been made by people who obviously couldn't give a fuck about Garfield. the bad guy.... make him binky the clown. Odie.... make him just as cg as Garfield. the voices.... just start all over. the Lasania and "I hate monday' gags.... make em creative. geez

  • April 1, 2006, 11:16 a.m. CST

    The 2

    by Darth Maui

    I'm pretty sure the Simpsons trailer thing is not an April Fool's joke.

  • April 1, 2006, 11:21 a.m. CST

    the Borg Queen? the Borg Queen sucked.

    by I Dunno

    Having a Queen went against the very nature of the Borg, and probably just because some suit said that they needed a villain for the poster. She was kind of hot though.

  • April 1, 2006, 12:34 p.m. CST

    There's no way this will be shit...

    by dr_buggerlugs

    ...whether it's not as good as it was is a moot point...a feature length multi-plotted Simpsons movie will be an absolute thing of yellow beauty.

  • April 1, 2006, 12:54 p.m. CST

    FAO Merrick

    by Cedar_Room

    you spit the dummy out so far it just hit that Brazillian astronaut entering the space station, knocking him off course and heading straight for the sun. I hope you're happy now. Twat.

  • April 1, 2006, 1:50 p.m. CST

    by donuts

    homer would love this...., really, he would

  • April 1, 2006, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Simpsons Teaser Just Seen

    by jdhaight

    Folks, Just got back from Ice Age II here in Dallas and did indeed see the Simpson's Superman teaser. Thanks, J.D.

  • April 1, 2006, 4:50 p.m. CST


    by AnAgentOfEvil

    I just saw the trailer a few hours ago as well. Pretty funny. I'm with most of you that the show isn't near the quality it used to be. But I'll be damned... I'm excited.

  • April 1, 2006, 6:39 p.m. CST

    itll be repeated on tv

    by executiverockerX

    again and again and again who shot mr burns?

  • April 1, 2006, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Just got back from seein Ice Age 2-and I saw the teaser

    by luv

    superman logo swiping sideways across the screen in extreme close up.. blah-blah narration about "america's biggest hero" ... extreme zoom out to homer with way too small superman tshirt, underware and nothing else, sitting on couch, crack semi-funny comment about "what? should I be wearing something else?"or something like that. Look's like normal tv animation, which looks crappy on the big screen, cut to, title card "the simpsons", big letters for "the movie", mr.burns VO saying "exceeeeelent" ...and that's it. nothing to write about... but I just did, oh well...

  • April 1, 2006, 8:07 p.m. CST

    oh, and Ice Age was very watchable

    by luv

    sure, no pixar movie, not even as good as the first one, but no shitfest like madagascar....

  • April 1, 2006, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Simpsons Trailer

    by underthatwing

    I work at a movie theatre, in fact i built up the movie Ice age 2. We got the Simpsons trailer. It starts out with a superman symbol, it was weird, because it said nothing on the trailer log about superman trailer being on the movie, or simpsons for that fact, all it said was Carfield Combo. so i was looking through the trailer and then homer on a couch, in his undies, doing something i forget while another mans voice was saying 2007, and yes we are starting now with making the movie, something along the words of that. but yes the teaser trailer for the simpsons movie was on our print.

  • April 1, 2006, 8:38 p.m. CST

    anyone else worried

    by 81666

    that's attached to a kids movie??

  • April 1, 2006, 8:41 p.m. CST

    I Saw it

    by redsox32790

    it was so cool I hope its real it better be real

  • April 1, 2006, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Oh those Simpsons

    by bigi2na

    Geez, I thought Jessica, sister Ashlee and Joe were getting a movie. Thank god. :)

  • April 1, 2006, 11:06 p.m. CST

    It is real!

    by Fan-Freak

    It has been seen!

  • April 2, 2006, 1:53 a.m. CST

    it wasnt attatched to a kids movie because

    by flamingrunt

    the simpsons will be a kids movie. It was attatched to ice age 2 to boost the films profits. As now, more people will go see it in the hope of also seeing the simpsons trailer.

  • April 2, 2006, 3:10 a.m. CST

    So.... why isn't this online yet?

    by zikade zarathos

    I would think the rabid fanbase would have recorded this and posted it somewhere by now. Anyone wanna help?

  • April 2, 2006, 3:19 p.m. CST

    by Salsashark1

    Movie theatre employee here reporting from deep within Gwinnett County . . . All 4 prints have the Simpsons trailer. It was a combo with Garfield. Personally I only have watched one of the trailers myself and it was the one that made you thing at first you are watching a perview for the upcoming Superman trailer . . . Homer on the couch with a Superman shirt on.

  • April 2, 2006, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Well, Gus Van Rant...

    by The Atomic Worm

    ...I guess you have to give Stephen Hawking a frampton now. Pucker up, buttercup.

  • April 2, 2006, 4:05 p.m. CST

    does anyone here fucking like anything?

    by slappy jones

    jesus christ...why do any of you fuckers bother coming to a movie seem to fucking hate everything

  • April 2, 2006, 4:08 p.m. CST


    by TheEngwisher

    the teaser will air at 8:21PM

  • April 2, 2006, 4:14 p.m. CST

    oh and one more thing

    by slappy jones

    so you guys keep saying the show hasn't been funny in years would you know this? surely you wouldn't watch a show that has not been funny for years and years would you....but if you are not watching it then how do you know it isn't funny.....because you are not watching it so it might be funny again since you haven;t seen it....what i am trying to say is shut up you lying will all be there when it opens.....

  • April 2, 2006, 5:13 p.m. CST

    ice age 2 got 70 million opening weekend!!!

    by jig98

    i'll be seeing it soon. i don't give two shits if it got two thumbs down.

  • April 2, 2006, 5:45 p.m. CST

    I just came from IceAge2.

    by Orionsangels

    Wow was the theater packed!!! It was like star wars lines. It made $70 million? Those numbers don't surprise me. People were in line like cattle. They even had to open the entrance doors to extend the line. We had to sit in the front row. People were standing because they couldn't find seats. We saw the trailer for Simpsons the movie. The movie was ok.

  • April 2, 2006, 7:13 p.m. CST


    by jivemonkey

    HOLY FREAKIN' CRAP!!! I took the girls to see "Ice Age 2: The Meltdown" today, and the trailer right before the movie starts gave me a "Chubby", it gave me a "Morbidly Obese!!" It starts with the camera tracing what appears to be a Superman logo. I can't remember what the voice over guy says, but it's the guy with the serious voice. The camera pulls back to reveal Homer Jay Simpson sitting on the couch in his underwear and a Superman T-Shirt, and he says "Oh, I forgot what I'm supposed to say!" Then Black background with The Simpsons Movie Logo. VO Guy: Coming Summer 2007 - "VO Homer: I guess we'd better get started. VO BURNS: Excellent! Best. Trailer. Ever.

  • April 2, 2006, 7:21 p.m. CST

    This week's ep

    by Pageiv

    This week's episode funniest one in a couple seasons. "You're all gonna die in a pointless war."

  • April 2, 2006, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Trailer just played on FOX

    by JohnnyS2

    Anyone catch it?

  • April 2, 2006, 7:24 p.m. CST

    yea pretty cool

    by maxer64

  • April 2, 2006, 7:24 p.m. CST

    worse teaser ever

    by v1cious


  • April 2, 2006, 7:27 p.m. CST

    "Old Man Beats Meat"

    by Pageiv

  • April 2, 2006, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Great episode, functional teaser

    by woxel1

  • April 2, 2006, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Not much of a teaser, but it's still awesome news....

    by Stifler's Mom

    But is anybody else getting sick of trailers for comedy movies that try to mislead the audience into thinking they're seeing a different event movie? The first one I recalle seeing was Austin Powers 2 doing a little Star Wars gag, back in 99... now, it's just getting old.

  • April 2, 2006, 7:45 p.m. CST


    by JefferyLebowski

    the teaser for the original Scooby Doo trailer was designed to look like a Batman trailer at first, with Scooby's silohette appearing very similar to the Dark Knight... im pretty sure that frigging Garfield movie did the same gimmick... very annoying trend...

  • April 2, 2006, 8:59 p.m. CST

    The Simpsons Movie Trailer - Download link

    by Doafhat

  • April 2, 2006, 9:33 p.m. CST


    by MrFloppy

  • April 3, 2006, 9:58 a.m. CST

    I saw Ice Age 2, I saw the Garfield trailer

    by jim

    but not the Simpsons one. I'm sure I'll see it soon enough. As for Ice Age 2, it was ok. Not as good as the first, but not nearly as bad as Massawyrm thought it was. Although, I think his review mentioned I might like it (the "least discriminating of viewers").

  • April 3, 2006, 6:11 p.m. CST

    I saw Ice Age 2 tonight, in the UK

    by pokadoo

    They just showed an Ad for the Simpons on SKY. It was the live-action opening titles bit from the not-that-funny Gervais episode. Ice Age was funnier.

  • April 4, 2006, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Simpsons vs. Ice Age 2

    by Palhaco

    Whoever posted this said, "Before diehard SIMPSONS fans run out to see the staggeringly uninspired ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN"..." Excuse me? Have you watched the Simpsons during the last ten years or so? If Ice Age 2 is that bad, then they seem to be made for each other.

  • April 4, 2006, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Simpsons vs. Ice Age 2

    by Palhaco

    Whoever posted this said, "Before diehard SIMPSONS fans run out to see the staggeringly uninspired ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN"..." Excuse me? Have you watched the Simpsons during the last ten years or so? If Ice Age 2 is that bad, then they seem to be made for each other.