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First off, to follow-up on Friday's report regarding the sneaky-as-hell deployment of THE SIMPSONS MOVIE teaser into theaters, here's a link to the trailer we were talking about!

If you saw THE SIMPSONS episode that aired on Fox last night, this is the same teaser shown during the episode...which is the same teaser now in theaters.

THANK YOU to everyone who wrote in with a heads-up about this!


Late last night, I received a message regarding THE SIMPSONS MOVIE - from Krusty the Clown's Nephew. The message provided a detail about the project already known around the Net - that voice recording for the film has begun (although Krusty's Nephew specifically indicated this started the Wednesday before the Oscars).

But Krusty's Nephew also said that the premise of the film is:


"All of the original cast, and writers, are involved. The main plot is that a goof by Homer at the power plant results in the government putting a dome over the city limits of Springfield."


I glanced around the Net and didn't see this "out there" - is it? I've seen many SIMPSONS episodes, but not all of them, and this doesn't sound familiar to me from an existing context. Should it be? Or, is Krusty the Clown's Nephew shooting straighter than his bitch uncle ever did?

Feel free to consider, lament, ridicule, scrutinize, exalt, or eviscerate in the Talkback below...

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  • April 3, 2006, 9:57 a.m. CST


    by The_Comedian

    And this sounds interesting

  • April 3, 2006, 9:58 a.m. CST

    damn, too late

    by The_Comedian

    But this dome around springfield idea, I'm not sure how it's gonna work out. I always iagined this simpson's movie to be loaded with celebrity voices out the yingyang, and having everybody domed in kinda prevents it

  • April 3, 2006, 9:59 a.m. CST

    by Duncan_Idaho72

    Why the long wait? I mean come on 2007???

  • April 3, 2006, 10 a.m. CST

    Great news about the Simpsons, but ...

    by squidman

    no articles about Travolta as Thor? Seriously, I read this. Rumor?

  • April 3, 2006, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Man, that stinks....

    by grendelson138

    with this important plot point ruined for me, this movie will undoubtedly stink. Here's hoping they've kept SOMETHING under wraps. Jesus.

  • April 3, 2006, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Special guest cameos

    by Hell_Bender

    Pauly Shore and Kylie Minogue. As much as I will always love it and hold it close to my heart, The Simpsons has losts its' spark, I wish they'd hurry up on those four Futurama movie things.

  • April 3, 2006, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Sounds a wee bit gimmicky and "recent Simpsons"...

    by dr_dreadlocks

    Which, quite frankly, isn't a good thing. But I seriously hope they're pulling out all the stops. If only they could get Conan O'Brien to come back and shoot around some ideas. That or maybe David Mirkin is involved in some capacity. As long as they hit the right notes, avoid "current" satire and make the thing a classic... I'll be happy. I doubt it, though. This thing is about 15 years too late. --

  • April 3, 2006, 10:09 a.m. CST

    All I have to say is...

    by rhedd5

    Lisa Simpson is the Sexiest tomboy bean-pole on the planet

  • April 3, 2006, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Original writers?

    by Nice Marmot

    That's a cruel tease. Which writers??? That's what will make the movie, not the voice actors who will read any legible crap that's thrown down in front of them.

  • April 3, 2006, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Damn, why not make Mr. Burns...

    by Mr. Profit

    And even bigger Super Villain?

  • April 3, 2006, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Sounds craptacular.

    by Osmosis Jones

    The series can't even generate laughs for 22 minutes now, so anyone who thinks that a 90-minute movie will work with the current crop of series writers are deluding themselves.

  • April 3, 2006, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Do we really need this?

    by Brother Desmond

    I mean, is there anything that they will do in a movie that they won't do on the show? Anyway, I hope it's filled with Ralph, Moe and Ranier Wolfcastle.

  • April 3, 2006, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Hey Merrick

    by Varakor

    Dude how's this for a tagline: "hey it's just me, Merrick. hehehe no seriously, this is pretty cool news, if it pans out to be true, and I hope this is based on the script that if they were gonna do a movie, would be quality stuff (So says matt Groening many moons ago about a Simpson's movie). I predict 80 mil first weekend just because everyone from chimpan-A to chimpan-Z knows who the simpon's are and wanna see Homer finally cut lose on his swears. Can you imagine when he starts choking bart? "Why you little punk bitch, i'll fuck you up good!!" well maybe a bit much.... i need coffee....

  • April 3, 2006, 10:17 a.m. CST

    This wouldn't neccessarily limit the celebrity voices

    by TimBenzedrine

    With that plotline, I could see them all getting together for a big "Save Springfield" telethon.

  • April 3, 2006, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Considering production hasn't started yet...

    by AtomicHyperbole

    Pinch of salt. Certain important bits of production aren't in sway.

  • April 3, 2006, 10:20 a.m. CST


    by AtomicHyperbole

    ... if it WAS an insider, I can tell you in animation we tend to be very, very paranoid about letting loose important information like this. Consider this - if production's not kicked off, only a few people on staff would KNOW the outline. Would I bother emailing AICN? No. Why? Easy to track down. Plus? Tough non-disclosure agreements. If this is true day's got balls of steel.

  • April 3, 2006, 10:22 a.m. CST

    i can barely sit through a half hour of the simpsons

    by casinoskunk

    i hope that the lack of enthusiasm that goes into the show for the last couple of seasons, was due to the fact that they were gearing up for this movie.

  • April 3, 2006, 10:26 a.m. CST


    by butnugget

    "I can barely wipe my ass after a shit"--Then don't freakin' pay and go to the movie, you stupid whiney bastard!

  • April 3, 2006, 10:26 a.m. CST

    I'll say it again...

    by Mr. Profit

    While I am no longer a loyal watcher. This show was a huge part of my childhood TV viewing. I loved the show so much as a child and teenager. And I will see the movie. Even if it sucks badly, I'll still be there. So you won't hear any bitching from me. Also. Fox needs to make that 24 movie. Do it now before Kieffer get's too old.

  • April 3, 2006, 10:28 a.m. CST

    They shoulda stayed with the orginal plot...

    by The_Comedian

    ...from 1993 when the Kamp Krusty epidsode was gonna be the Simpson's movie

  • April 3, 2006, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Does this mean Brad Bird and ConanO'Brien are attached?

    by R.C. the "Wise"

    Along with the orignal/best writers? You know, the guys who wrote the first 6-7 seasons of the show? Please clarify. (in best Comic Book Guy voice) "THANK-YOUU!"

  • April 3, 2006, 10:41 a.m. CST

    How can they have a Simpsons Movie without...

    by strongbadmonkey

    Troy McClure? You may remember him from such episodes as 22 Short Films About Springfield, The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular, Lisa the Vegetartian, Sideshow Bob Roberts, Secrets of a Successful Marriage, The Boy Who Knew Too Much, Burns' Heir, Selma's Choice, Marge v. the Monorail, and Mr. Plow.

  • April 3, 2006, 10:42 a.m. CST


    by Shawn F.

    Here's hoping they can get the ol' Simpsons spark back for the film, but I have to agree with others that the show has definitely lost its spark. Simply a case of it overstaying its prime-time welcome.

  • April 3, 2006, 10:45 a.m. CST

    conan o'brien involvement???

    by digital8

  • April 3, 2006, 10:45 a.m. CST

    the ONLY way I'll watch this...

    by Tocksick if Conan O'brien was somehow lured back to write the movie. His sense of humor is such a strong presence in seasons 2-4 that it becomes almost painfully obvious when he leaves. Here's hoping that somehow the movie can have the quality of a pre-season 8 episode.

  • April 3, 2006, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Albert Brooks is in it!!!!!

    by Hercules

    Comedy insurance!!!!!

  • April 3, 2006, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Truly rediculous. Truly.

    by Uga

  • April 3, 2006, 10:54 a.m. CST


    by donuts

    Eat DONUTS! Yummy, Yummy Donuts!

  • April 3, 2006, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Ridiculous is spelled with an "I"

    by jimmy_009

    I hope there's some sort of problem with mutations and odd super-powers. Some thunder-dome stuff would be good too.

  • April 3, 2006, 11:01 a.m. CST

    "Sounds gimmicky and 'recent Simpsons'"...

    by Ribbons

    ...and yet most fanboys' favorite episode is the Conan O'Brien one where a huckster builds a monorail in Springfield. Funny, that.

  • April 3, 2006, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Albert Brooks and Jon Lovitz have earned

    by mrgreentheplant

    their place in the movie. NO boy bands, NO olsen twins, NO flavor of the month shitty bands, rappers, kid rock, britney spears, etc. thats when the show began to go downhill. i will also allow paul and ringo (since I get to pick, after all)

  • April 3, 2006, 11:09 a.m. CST

    I love Pizza, I love Bagels

    by nahdogg

    I love hot dogs with mustard and beer, I'll eat eggplant, I could even eat a ba-a-aby deer...fa la la la what's that baby deer on the lawn there...All shall love the greatest sitcom in the history of television and dispair.

  • April 3, 2006, 11:11 a.m. CST

    I'm with you guys on questioning these "original"...

    by vinceklortho

    writer's thing that he's talking about. Well, of course, they are going to have all the "original" cast, you couldn't do the Simpsons without the main players, but...."original" writers? So, is that the good ones, like Conan, Greg Daniels? I wonder if Matt Groening wrote it?

  • April 3, 2006, 11:12 a.m. CST


    by Fortyseven203

    Almost sounds like the premise of that one episode of Clerks with the bad burrito and the monkey.

  • April 3, 2006, 11:24 a.m. CST

    If you dont like this show then dont watch.....

    by emeraldboy

    ditto the movie. I still watch this show and I still enjoy it.

  • April 3, 2006, 11:31 a.m. CST

    The thing I am worried about

    by moviemaniac-7

    Is that they try to give everybody (all the characters) a bit, so it seems to forced. But as long the plot involves Professor Frink, Dr Nick Riviera and the Comic Book Guy, I am there.

  • April 3, 2006, 11:41 a.m. CST


    by stlfilmwire

    I hope they don't feel that they need to introduce the characters to us. I will shoot myself in the head if they waste 30 minutes introducing us to the characters.

  • April 3, 2006, 11:43 a.m. CST


    by Yamato

    Well, since the typical Hollywood production is so bad, it only makes sense. The Simpsons have been so boring and unfunny for the past 5 seasons that they may be bad enough for the big screen now.

  • April 3, 2006, 11:44 a.m. CST

    didnt albert brooks do the voice for Scorpio?

    by tripp5

    if not, they should do all whole Scorpio simpsons movie, and it should be a MINIMUM of 3 1/2 hours long. "Homer, when you get home, there's gonna be another story added your house"

  • April 3, 2006, 11:50 a.m. CST

    This Owes Something To The South Park Movie...

    by flamingrunt

    The south park movie not only was an intelligent movie about censorship but also damn damn funny. But the simpsons wont be able to put out the half baked unfunny, ill thought out crap theyve been putting out recently. For all the jokes about there being millions of simpsons writers and how theyve all got degress from Harvard. They still cant better a show written, directed and voiced by one guy...Trey Parker

  • April 3, 2006, 11:58 a.m. CST

    No matter what

    by clockpolitiks

    I will be there opening day. So will all of you, so...until then!

  • April 3, 2006, 11:59 a.m. CST

    No Cred

    by harrys_site_sucks

    "I've seen many SIMPSONS episodes, but not all of them," it was at this line I quit reading. only TRUE Simpsons fans have seen them all, EVERY LAST ONE. even all the really crappy ones. Why is this guy reporting?

  • April 3, 2006, 12:01 p.m. CST

    ...six years too late.

    by Dark Vapor

  • April 3, 2006, 12:03 p.m. CST

    ...ninety five minutes long.

    by Dark Vapor

  • April 3, 2006, 12:04 p.m. CST

    The Simpsons Did It!

    by IAmLegolas

    Mr. Burns already did something similar in the episode "Who Shot Mr. Burns?". He blocked out the sun over Springfield.

  • April 3, 2006, 12:04 p.m. CST

    They should make this rated R

    by CloudCleaver

    Bart: "Don't have a mother****ing cow, man."

  • April 3, 2006, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Can they pull it off?

    by Nodwick

    Even with the minor spoiler, I can't think of an "epic" plot that could hold the interest of an audience for two hours in the Simpsons mellieu. I'd be thrilled if they can succeed. That said, if I can set my watch to where the "to be continued" cards show up when it airs in half-hour segments on TV, then that's a paddlin'....

  • April 3, 2006, 12:12 p.m. CST

    hoping for some serious Frinkage in this one

    by durhay

  • April 3, 2006, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Why 2007?

    by clockpolitiks

    I'd rather them just work on the movie all summer, and not have new episodes till late 2006. They could make the movie that fast. I mean, look at south park. Didnt they make episodes, and make the movie at the same time?

  • April 3, 2006, 12:23 p.m. CST

    According to the interview they did, the writers are...

    by Terry_1978

    Matt himself, Al Jean, Mike Reiss, John Swartzwelder, Ian Maxtone-Graham, Mike Scully, and one of the newer guys I forgot. And Groening and David Silverman are co-directing.

  • April 3, 2006, 12:33 p.m. CST

    So far this all sounds promising, Swartzwelder is god.

    by Boo Urns

    scooby doo can doo doo but jimmy carter is smarter (silence followed by dustball rolling in the foreground) = bring this back! Have the animation look like it did in 1994, when homer was actually animated funnier than he is now. Fuck that computer animated bullshit, boo urns

  • April 3, 2006, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Will they ever learn to post links in those news?

    by SalvatoreGravano

  • April 3, 2006, 12:49 p.m. CST

    How is this going to be any better than the show?

    by Freakemovie

    Seriously...why not just watch four back-to-back episodes of the show? The concept sounds like they could do it in 22 minutes. It's been on for so long that there's no "bigger" place to expand to in a movie.

  • April 3, 2006, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Thanks Terry_1978....

    by vinceklortho

    That cleared up a lot. Good news. Swartzwelder and Ian Maxtone-Graham wrote some classics, plus it's always good to have Matt be the hands on guy for the movie. I just bought Season 7 DVD. Probably the best Simpsons season ever. Then, of course, there is season 8 with the Frank Grimes episode. hahaha. Let's hope they pull a great gag like in the second half of "Who Shot Mr. Burns" when Moe and everybody run to take down the sun blocker and they pull it down over the ledge and crushes a town. Skinner: "uhhh, what town was that?" "Shelbyville!" and then everyone cheers! hilarious!

  • April 3, 2006, 1:08 p.m. CST

    I agree with Freakemovie

    by amrisharmpit

    The plot sounds like a typical episode of the show. It's really going to be a challenge to translate the Simpsons to a feature-length format. However, they do have Groening and some of the original writers on board. Sink or swim, at least they are giving it their best shot.

  • April 3, 2006, 1:12 p.m. CST


    by Trazadone

    "It's been on for so long that there's no "bigger" place to expand to in a movie." You mean like South Park?

  • April 3, 2006, 1:13 p.m. CST


    by robotdevil

    To all those who just won't shut about Conan O'brien, please bear in mind that the man worked on the Simpsons for a mere three years (91-93) and is credited as a writer on a mere FOUR EPISODES. Granted, those episodes are good ones, but not any better than the rest of the material from those seasons. Conan's influence in the Simpsons' world (by his own admission) has been vastly overstated by fans who seem to jump in response to a celebrity they recognize (as opposed to just some writer guy). So remember, everytime you pine for Conan's Simpsons, you're just exposing your lack of knowledge about the show.

  • April 3, 2006, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Where is the Family Guy Movie!!!!

    by modlight

    Oh right, it was straight to video.. ahem, Nelson? "Ha, Ha!" Thank you... Can't wait for this.

  • April 3, 2006, 1:25 p.m. CST

    phaedrus007 is right

    by PushTheButton

    Conan's humor was greatly appreciated within the writing room and was probably a blast to write with, but his impact on the show was pretty much only a few one-liners and gags. The 3-6 Simpsons were a team, not just one guy. Aslos, to the people who say "mirkin" should come back, he, along with most of the former show-runners, are always still contributing jokes and ideas to the series even today. Look at the credits.

  • April 3, 2006, 1:33 p.m. CST

    South Park already did it.

    by zerogundamx

    That trailer is damn near identical to the South Park movie teaser. Which will remain the superior movie in every way.

  • April 3, 2006, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Brooks - a new character or old one?

    by Moa Kaka

    Scorpio was funny; Goodman was not ("find your inner child"); Jacques was mildly funny. Hope the movie brings back the right character (or a new one).

  • April 3, 2006, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Simpsons still rule..

    by xenaman

    that's all I have to say....

  • April 3, 2006, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Better get Schwartzwalder....

    by cookylamoo

    He was the genius behind the early episodes.

  • April 3, 2006, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Grandpa Simpson becomes a bullfighter SOUNDS funny.

    by cookylamoo

    But it's all in the execution, isn't it?

  • April 3, 2006, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Merrick, wake up & smell the taglines!

    by EriamJH

    Mister Merrick, if you are not going to use a quote from ELEPHANT MAN -- the most famous Merrick on film -- then go immediately and purchase Season 1 of DEADWOOD, watch Season 2 on demand, and prepare for this summer's Season 3. Jeffery Jones plays A.W. Merrick -- the real-life publisher of Black Hills Pioneer newspaper -- and has some over-reaching quotes for the eff-word driven community. Although Al Swearagen has the best quotes, I am sure you can find some lines from the fish-out-of-water character that Jones plays in the series. AND he happens to be a reporter in publishing... get the connection? Hmmm? Although there are better lines throughout, here's what HBO has listed: "May I say Dan, having resumed drinking alcohol, I cannot for the life of me understand how I ever could've given it up." ***** "Without an accompanying explanation, Commissioner, this statement may work a very unsettling effect." ***** " "I like my f**king liquor."

  • April 3, 2006, 1:58 p.m. CST


    by The_Comedian

    Phil Hartman's death may be a setback to your Troy McClure plan there...

  • April 3, 2006, 2:01 p.m. CST

    I like the "synopsis"

    by MrFloppy

    Maybe the Simpsons aren't funny anymore, but who knows, a movie could work.

  • April 3, 2006, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Celebrity voices...

    by amrisharmpit

    According to today's Variety, one of the producers said the celebrity voices in the movie will be Albert Brooks, Minnie Driver, and the real-life Erin Brockovich.

  • April 3, 2006, 2:09 p.m. CST

    THE SIMPSONS MOVIE Is About...10 years TOO LATE!

    by Doom II

    Does anyone really care anymore? Zzzzzzzzz. "Don't have a cow man!" That's fucking hilarious! Homer likes donuts! Ha ha ha! Matt Groening peaked in 1989.

  • April 3, 2006, 2:10 p.m. CST

    make it like the Transformers movie

    by durhay

    kill off the main characters within the first five minutes.

  • April 3, 2006, 2:16 p.m. CST

    probably spotted this on ImDb...

    by Belledonna

    -where it is listed as in pre production (2007), and took the chance to write AS IF an insider...

  • April 3, 2006, 2:17 p.m. CST

    This could great

    by quadrupletree

    Depends on who these "original" writers are. But so far the premise just sounds like any other episode of the Simpsons. How about making the premise something that warrants a whole 1.5 hour story dedicated to it. Something groudbreaking in the Simpson's world, like Bart turns 11 or something? Homer screws up is not really trying if you ask me. Oh and Albert Brooks is comedy murder, when is that guy going to turn up dead in a Motel room?

  • April 3, 2006, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Give me another Spongebob movie instead!!

    by BilboRing

    It is still in its prime. I love the Simpsons, but a movie for them would have been good in 1994. All good things must end eventually. I think it is their turn to say goodbye.

  • April 3, 2006, 2:20 p.m. CST

    How long into the movie before the plot starts?

    by Drath

    It really doesn't matter what the premise is or what the plot is supposed to be, the first third of the movie will be about something totally different before a serious of errors leads to the start of the real plot. It'll probably start with Bart wanting to go see a movie that's rated R, and only after he destroys the movie theater and somehow drains the powerplant will Mr. Burns get the idea to enclose the town or some such craziness.

  • April 3, 2006, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Vaginal Sponge Bob

    by cookylamoo

    Where no Bob has gone before.

  • April 3, 2006, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Wasn't this like the ep where

    by Novaman5000

    Mr. Burns blocked out the sun? I dunno why but it seems similar to me. Was that a halloween ep?

  • April 3, 2006, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Out of respect for what the Simpsons once were...

    by Childe Roland

    ...I will not bash this movie in any way prior to its release. I've got a guy in my trusted circle of entertainment sources who is about as big a Simpsons fan as you can get, yet he will admit that the show hasn't really been consistently good in over seven years. He basically watches out of habit and enjoys the infrequent funny on a "pleasant surprise" level. Unlike me, he doesn't resent the show for overstaying its humor. So he's going to see this opening day and will tell me, based on what he knows of funny and what I find funny, whether it's worth my money or not. If only I'd had access to a similar test monkey back when the prequels came out. I probably never would've seen those movies.'s hoping I get a good report on this. I could use a pleasant surprise.

  • April 3, 2006, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Who is writing it?

    by Mahaloth

  • April 3, 2006, 2:37 p.m. CST


    by Sequitur

    Have no fears, we've got stories for years like... Marge becomes a robot, Maybe Moe gets a cell phone, Has Bart ever owned a bear or... How about a crazy wedding? Where something happens, and do-do do-do-do Have no fears, we've got stories for years!

  • April 3, 2006, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Writers I missed

    by Terry_1978

    The actual full roster including Groening, is Al Jean, Ian Maxtone-Graham, George Meyer, David Mirkin, Mike Reiss, Matt Selman, John Swartzwelder, and Jon Vitti.

  • April 3, 2006, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Lets get some lunch, Homer, you like Thai?

    by tripp5

    Tie good, you like shirt?

  • April 3, 2006, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Vitti was the screenwriter for Ice Age 2, ironically

    by Terry_1978

    I could tell which parts seemed somewhat written by him, as it was pretty abstract in the humor.

  • April 3, 2006, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Simpsons Doesnt Have South Parks Unlimited Scope

    by flamingrunt

    Talking turds? Jesus and Satan? A Kid that comes back from the dead every episode? The trouble with the simpsons is that when it first started they prided themselves on the fact that it was essentially a cartoon version of a normal sitcom. Whereby all the rules of reality applied. And they followed this for many many years, only deviating for the halloween episodes. Now though it seems that the new normal episodes are even wierder than the old halloween episodes. And thats the trouble the movie will face, that is whatever the storyline is it will have to be based in reality. South park never had this problem and could do anything they wanted

  • April 3, 2006, 2:56 p.m. CST


    by ShawnT

  • April 3, 2006, 3:22 p.m. CST

    "Albert Brooks is comedy murder..."

    by IAmLegolas

    "Albert Brooks is comedy murder, when is that guy going to turn up dead in a Motel room?" <--- funniest thing written on here thus far. Well done, sir or madam.

  • April 3, 2006, 3:27 p.m. CST

    RE: "Albert Brooks is comedy murder..."

    by IAmLegolas

    Not that I think Brooks isn&#39;t funny or should be dead in a motel room, it&#39;s just that I LOL&#39;d at what was said... if that makes any sense. Ah... I&#39;ve wasted my life.

  • April 3, 2006, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Brooks is comedy murder

    by HypeEndsHere

    except for his SNL shorts, first 4 films, and all five Simpsons appearances. other than that, P.U.!

  • April 3, 2006, 3:48 p.m. CST

    I&#39;ll get you Ricky Booby

    by Orionsangels

    help me God! help me jewish guy! help me tom cruise!

  • April 3, 2006, 3:56 p.m. CST

    "Yes Mr. Scorpion."

    by keyserSOZE

    "Don&#39;t call me Mr. Scorpion. It&#39;s Scorpio, but don&#39;t call me that either."

  • April 3, 2006, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Bring back Conan O&#39;Brien as writer!!!!!

    by My Ass Smells


  • April 3, 2006, 4:06 p.m. CST


    by Pageiv

    Homer will say "D&#39;OH"

  • April 3, 2006, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Simpsons: No Man&#39;s Land

    by litzapalooza

    Is this sending up the government&#39;s treatment of Hurricane Katrina? Will the Simpsons and all the residents of Springfield be forced to fend for themselves in a hostile city overrun by anarchy?

  • April 3, 2006, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Maxtone-Grahm is the only guy I wish was not invloved

    by Boo Urns

    granted, he did contribute to some greatness for the middle years, he was, in the beginning not even a simpsons fan. It also has been under his watch that the show took a turn for the worse, but am I the only one that thinks the show isn&#39;t as good anymore not only because of the switch from timeless satire to more "sit-com style" humor, but because the animation is completely changed in certain characters... most notably homer and his facial expressions, they are just no where near as great or funny as they used to be. Anyone else notice this or care even remotely like I do?

  • April 3, 2006, 4:17 p.m. CST

    will be PG-13....

    by vinceklortho

    so says Matt Groening in a usatoday article. He&#39;s also pulling for Milhouse to get an Oscar nomination.

  • April 3, 2006, 4:31 p.m. CST

    This will suck!

    by Bino White

    I&#39;ve only watched a handful of Simpsons episodes in the last 7 years, yet I still feel compelled to bash it, because it assures me that I haven&#39;t missed anything. Also, I will continue to bash the movie, day after day after day, despite the fact it is just now being recorded. Being snarky does wonders for my self-esteem, and I&#39;d rather spend 22 minutes making unfunny jokes about how the Simpsons sucks than watch a recent episode that&#39;s actually funny, like Million Dollar Abie. Hooray for message boards!

  • April 3, 2006, 4:41 p.m. CST

    You guys forgot about Jon Vitti...

    by Leto III

    ...while we&#39;re on the subject of the "original writers."

  • April 3, 2006, 5 p.m. CST

    Moa Kaka

    by PushTheButton

    You forgot the RV Salesman, and Tab "EVERY SIGN IS WRONG!" Spangler. "STANLEY!! YOU DIDN&#39;T QUESTION THE WORD LUCK!? NOW LOOK WHAT WE&#39;VE GOT!"

  • April 3, 2006, 5 p.m. CST

    Bravo, Sequitur!

    by Childe Roland


  • April 3, 2006, 5:04 p.m. CST


    by williamD

    A lot of big-screen adaptions of TV shows have TOTALLY SUCKED!!

  • April 3, 2006, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Mmmm sacrelicious.

    by robotdevil

    I have a feeling this movie is going to be awesome.

  • April 3, 2006, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Hey, fairweather friends....

    by modlight

    It may not be as great as it once was, but its been on for 16 friggin years and is still better than 95% of the shows on right now. Not to mention it is a gold standard classic show. And kudos to them not cashing in on a Movie when it was super hot. The South Park movie was great true, but Trey Parker and Matt Stone are also really talented guys. Try and think of another movie like that made when the show was that hot and think if it was any good. To all the people saying it should have come out 10-15 years ago... Really? You do realize that would have resulted in a FOX baby that would have been heavy on all their catchphrases and not the humor that took them years to refine. Cut them some slack!! If you have any Simpsons DVD, Toy, watch, shirt, Tivo Season pass, you have nothing to say except "Thanks for everything, I&#39;ll be there opening day."

  • April 3, 2006, 5:43 p.m. CST

    no force on heaven or earth could fuck this up.....

    by jig98

  • April 3, 2006, 5:44 p.m. CST

    So, modlight...

    by Childe Roland wouldn&#39;t happen to live in Green Bay by any chance, would you?

  • April 3, 2006, 6:17 p.m. CST

    South Park movie..

    by DanielKurland

    It&#39;s been stated, but that was a PERFECT movie. It still remains to be one of the funniest movies I have seen. I beg that they do another one at some point. The Simpsons movie will do insanely well, but will probably just be average. In regard to the "new writer" that is helping to write it, it is probably Tim Long...In other news, is anyone aware of South Park&#39;s plot this Wednesday? Where it revolves all around "Family Guy".

  • April 3, 2006, 6:18 p.m. CST


    by shalashaska

    what a dumb plot

  • April 3, 2006, 6:27 p.m. CST

    No, I don&#39;t, Why?

    by modlight

    Los Angeles, sorry.

  • April 3, 2006, 6:37 p.m. CST

    how many?

    by cornstalkwalker

    how many jokes will they pack into this hour n half? there&#39;s a lot on a 30min show. i sure hope they&#39;ve been saving some good material for this. they should make the film rated xxx and draw all the Simpsons pr0n you see online everywhere.

  • April 3, 2006, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Simpsons vs. South Park movies...

    by Chewtoy

    As I see it, the biggest drawback to a Simpsons movie is that there just doesn&#39;t seem to be any reason to do one. There&#39;s no big, untold story that springs to mind, there&#39;s no obvious benefit to having 90 minutes to fill instead of 22 (or however long shows are these days), and there&#39;s nothing to be gained visually by an expanded budget (not that there won&#39;t be some nicer animation in places than we&#39;d get on TV... just that it doesn&#39;t seem like much incentive to make it into a movie.) For those who say that all applied to the South Park movie, you&#39;re forgetting the one reason they *did* that movie: Less censorship. And having that as a reason, they rode that premise as far as they could conceivably take it to hilarious results. There&#39;s no way the Simpsons Movie will have anywhere near that kind of freedom... it&#39;s going to be made for a PG audience, PG-13 at most. Yes, it could still be good, many animated shows have had movie versions in the last few years that got good reviews (Spongebob and a slew of other Nick shows, for instance. If only Invader Zim had that chance... but I digress.) But I doubt that it&#39;s going to be anything especially memorable. If anything, it simply guarantees some upcoming self-referential jokes in the show about TV shows cashing in with needless movie versions...

  • April 3, 2006, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Last night&#39;s show was really funny...

    by Flim Springfield

    There&#39;s been a lot of good episodes in the past few years that wouldn&#39;t exist if some of the "fans" got their way. There&#39;s been some bad ones, too, but I can just change the channel when those ones are repeated. Apparently not everyone has that ability. ;)

  • April 3, 2006, 6:51 p.m. CST

    There&#39;s a VERY obvious reason for the movie:

    by Flim Springfield

    The Simpsons&#39; 20th anniversary.

  • April 3, 2006, 7 p.m. CST

    I will only see this...

    by tango fett

    if Sideshow Rahim makes an appearance. This I command!

  • April 3, 2006, 7:03 p.m. CST

    no news is good news

    by Wolfrankula

    If ever there was a project that was worthy of a news blackout it&#39;s the Simpsons movie. The TV episodes are fun because you never know what&#39;s going to happen in any given one - I don&#39;t even appreciate it when Fox runs ads. Do us all a favor, Aint it Cool. Keep Simpsons gossip under your hats.

  • April 3, 2006, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart MUST Be On The Soundtrk

    by ZombieSolutions

    I hoid a rumor that Groening had sais years ago he wanted Zappa involved should a film ever get made. He&#39;s dead, of course, but the music lives on. Likewise Captain Beefheart may have retired from the music bidness, but his music lives on...

  • April 3, 2006, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Chewtoy, there is a possible gimmick you forgot

    by modlight

    I had read an interview with I think it was Matt Groening a while ago where he mentioned that they had like 5 scripts for movies that they were mulling over. 3 of them were 3-D. Now I assume they don&#39;t mean CG I think they mean 3-D. Now with Cameron doing his stuff in 3-D mayhaps this would be good testing ground? And there isn&#39;t anyone out there that wouldn&#39;t love to see a big-screen 3-D Homer Simpson. If there is they obviously hate fun.

  • April 3, 2006, 7:32 p.m. CST

    I admit, 3-D would at least be something...

    by Chewtoy

    Yes, it would be a gimmick, but that doesn&#39;t mean they couldn&#39;t have a lot of fun with it... And if 3-D really is the wave of the future (why does that sound familiar?), then there&#39;s certainly the possibility of them creating something fresh and memorable by being one of the first mainstream movies to fully utilize the newer technology. I doubt if the idea could carry a movie as much as "uncensored" carried the South Park flick, but it would definitely keep it from seeming like you were paying $10 for a few episodes back to back.

  • April 3, 2006, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Brooks dead in a Motel room

    by quadrupletree

    The only thing I&#39;ll say in my defense for that statement is, did anybody see Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World? Answer: no.

  • April 3, 2006, 7:41 p.m. CST

    I see what you mean,

    by modlight

    but I have always seen the similarities between South Park and Simpsons as skin deep. They&#39;re both really well written well thought out cartoons. But the Simpsons wouldn&#39;t necessarily benefit from less censorship. I think the only thing that they could really bring to the cinematic table would be the same innovation that they brought to television. I trust that they&#39;re smart enough to know that to and to know that they are above gimmicks or rampant cursing. But I also trust that they&#39;re smart enough to include a scene where Homer pisses Flanders off enough to curse a light blue streak. And I agree...I have yet to see any 3-D that isn&#39;t a headache after the "Hey thats kinda cool" factor wears off.

  • April 3, 2006, 8:04 p.m. CST


    by The_Comedian

    Comedy Central has the plot of wednesday&#39;s episode as this: "Cartman and Kyle are at war over the popular cartoon, "Family Guy." Kyle loves "Family Guy" and hates Cartman. The two boys embark upon a mad chase across the country and the fate of "Family Guy" lies with the first boy to reach Hollywood."

  • April 3, 2006, 8:10 p.m. CST

    i saw looking for comedy in the muslim world.

    by HypeEndsHere

    just saying.

  • April 3, 2006, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Simpsons movie rumor from about four years ago...

    by WeirdEd

    It was sorta widely reported about four or five years ago that in the Simpsons movie, the "time" of the show was going to be moved forward a few years so that all the characters would be slightly older. One of the things that was supposed to happen was Bart losing his virginity to an older woman in a scene reminiscent of "The Graduate". I dunno, just reposting that for what it&#39;s worth...

  • April 3, 2006, 8:30 p.m. CST

    The Simpsons is the 2nd longest running animated series

    by Shan

    Here&#39;s a slight tricky trivia question. The Simpsons is the world&#39;s 2nd longest animated series. What is the first?

  • April 3, 2006, 8:46 p.m. CST

    This is a good note to go out on.

    by MiltonWaddams

    Even if the movie is average to below average, which is the region where the new show lies. After the movie makes average amounts of money, end the show.

  • April 3, 2006, 8:50 p.m. CST


    by Gilkuliehe

    I&#39;m so sick of these assholes badmouthing the show and praising annoying pieces of shit shows at the same time. The Simpsons is by far the BEST thing that came out of television and as for the movie, I&#39;ll be there opening day and buy lots of tickets just because.

  • April 3, 2006, 9:54 p.m. CST

    simpsons movie

    by stalfos

    Sounds good, but I wonder if they&#39;ll continue making episodes. The movie sounds like a good send off.

  • April 3, 2006, 9:58 p.m. CST


    by stalfos

    I remember hearing that they were thinking about making an Itchy & Scratchy movie. Now, this was... four or five years ago, but... uh, I guess that&#39;s it. Maybe they could just combine all the Itchy & Scratchy shorts from over the years.

  • April 3, 2006, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Simpsons is crap

    by hiperaktiv

    and has been for several years now. What was the last decent series of Simpsons? Season 9? Now the show is horrible, yes there is the odd decent joke in the show. But now every episode revolves around Homer getting a new job, or the Simpsons going to some exotic locale. It is just awful and tired. And with the writers of the show doing the movie i have no hope of it being any bit good. Yes there will be a couple of funny jokes, but it will just be a fucking crap movie. With the simpsons fading away and having jumped the shark years ago, FOX are only milking it for all its worth before they cancel the show.

  • April 3, 2006, 10:40 p.m. CST

    homewrecker made me laugh

    by performingmonkey

    The only way The Simpsons Movie will work is if Jack Bauer arrives in Springfield and CTU set up a base in the Kwik-E-Mart. They discover that Flanders&#39;s wife didn&#39;t really die, she faked her own death and has spent the last few years training with an American terrorist organization that has been secretly placing TNT in the power plant and they will detonate if their demands aren&#39;t met. Jack gives Homer an earpiece and sends him to work as normal and he has to confront......oh, fuck off all of you, this is going to suck no matter what. The South Park movie was great and came at exactly the right time.

  • April 4, 2006, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Simpsons is the longest running animated series

    by Unbirthday

    The Simpsons is the longest running animated series, surpassing the Flintstones in 1997. The show holds a Guinness World Record for same.

  • April 4, 2006, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Spoke too soon

    by Unbirthday

    Wikipedia reports that several Japanese animated shows such as Doraemon ran for longer and had as many as 1000 episodes. The Simpsons is the longest currently running prime time animated series.

  • April 4, 2006, 4:38 a.m. CST

    It would be cool

    by DougiePhresh

  • April 4, 2006, 4:41 a.m. CST

    It would be cool if...

    by DougiePhresh

    First post ever on AICN! It would be cool if the film was made as the simpsons style, characters & situations, but in fact followed the storyline of something else like one of shakespeare&#39;s plays, or a greek classic or something. I&#39;m thinking a tale distinctly un-simpsons-ish in a distinctly simpsons style. Oh, and everyone on this site needs to chill the fuck out.

  • April 4, 2006, 6:12 a.m. CST

    Sheesh, they are just now getting around to.....

    by Undead Neverhood

    making a Simpsons movie. Well it only took 14 years to make a sequel to Basic Instinct. I guess it only makes sense that they are just now getting around to making a Simpsons movie and doing it when interest in The Simpsons is at an all-time low.

  • April 4, 2006, 6:32 a.m. CST


    by BendersShinyAss

    Will see this movie!

  • April 4, 2006, 7:03 a.m. CST

    You&#39;d think the plot would involve Sideshow Bob...

    by DanielKurland

    Sideshow Bob&#39;s latest episode ended with him, his wife, and his child vowing revenge on the Simpsons. There is your fucking movie right there.

  • April 4, 2006, 7:28 a.m. CST

    The Simpsons...

    by chaos731

    ...became socially irrelevant the moment that the South Park episode "The Simpsons Did It (First?)" came out. The Simpsons is due a huge amount of respect, for its longevity, its (initial) creativity, the fact that it opened doors for other "adult-oriented" animated series&#39;, and the participation of an immense stable of talented writers and voice-talent. Still, the age of the Simpsons is over. When one of the shows you "spawned" does an episode with the name of your show in the title, it&#39;s over, for all practical purposes.

  • April 4, 2006, 8:03 a.m. CST

    &#39;so boring and unfunny for the past 5 seasons&#39;

    by Lone Fox

    So boring and unfunny that you watched the last 5 seasons? Tard. &#39;No longer socially relevant&#39;! Did you read what you just wrote? And here I thought it was just an amusing cartoon. Typical AICN kneejerk posts. &#39;Groening peaked in 89&#39;! Jesus Fuck... ____________ As long as Lenny and Karl feature heavily. White people have names like &#39;Lenny&#39;. Black people have names like &#39;Karl&#39;.

  • April 4, 2006, 8:06 a.m. CST

    The "24" movie...

    by UltimaRex

    ...will be called 2:04. Think about it.

  • April 4, 2006, 8:34 a.m. CST

    but on the plus side, we knocked over the sun sphere

    by tripp5


  • April 4, 2006, 9:05 a.m. CST


    by Curious Jorge

    90 minutes long.

  • April 4, 2006, 11:21 a.m. CST

    In answer to "What is the longest running animated show

    by Shan

    The answer is "Sazae-san" from Japan, which has been on the air since 1969.

  • April 4, 2006, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Simpsons with a plot?

    by Capt. Murphy

    Probably not, what haven&#39;t they done in the past dozen plus years that would make a good movie? Seems like the well has pretty much run dry on the show itself based on a few eps I&#39;ve caught this season. Not to demean Simpsons, I own all the currently available seasons on DVD, but come on, what are they going to put on the big screen that would make you think, "Yeah, they really couldn&#39;t have done that on a TV budget!"

  • April 4, 2006, 2:23 p.m. CST

    re: Chewtoy

    by beamish13

    I&#39;m offended that you would dare mention that turgid piece of crap SPONGBOB with brilliance like INVADER ZIM, the only great Nickelodeon show to be produced since Herb Scannell became President of the company

  • April 4, 2006, 2:59 p.m. CST

    a little sketchy

    by davy jones owns

    i dont think thats the actual plot. it seems like a plant to me. i mean they&#39;ve done SEVERAL episodes like that: Homer almost kills everyone in the city, Homer does it again, and again. And it also sounds a lot like the episode "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" where Mr. Burns was controlling the sun. I hope this isnt right and if it is then i hope they make it hilarious.

  • April 4, 2006, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Maxtone-Graham and the sinking of the Simpsons

    by Palhaco

    BooUrns said, "Ian Maxtone-Grahm is the only guy I wish was not invloved". I very much agree. I don&#39;t know how much "greatness" could possibly be attributed to him. When he joined, I think the show had already largely peaked. But its decline certainly came after he came aboard, and why oh WHY, has he come to dominate the writing/producing, when it&#39;s clear that he doesn&#39;t really like either the show or Homer?

  • April 4, 2006, 3:20 p.m. CST

    It&#39;s a godammned cartoon...

    by Bitterella

    It will be a 90 minute cartoon. And it certainly won&#39;t be funny for at least 45 of those 90 minutes. Let those hollywood cocksuckers take away one more cherished show and turn it into a fucking horrible excuse for entertainment, not mention the insufferable marketing for <fast food chain> cups and cheap shitty watches (collect them all!) you people have way too much time on your hands to even be seriously concerned about who writes this future shit. I know, I know, go fuck myself...

  • April 4, 2006, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Re: beamish13

    by Chewtoy

    In truth, "Spongebob" is the only other Nickelodeon cartoon I can name, as it&#39;s famous enough that I&#39;ve heard of it. I only lament that it&#39;s deemed worthy of a movie version, where as something like "Zim", which is one of the few cartoons that could actually expand to fill a movie, is not. And, dude... You know who the President of Nickelodeon is? Why?

  • April 5, 2006, 11:51 a.m. CST

    If The Movies Anything Like The New Shows

    by flamingrunt

    Theyll fill the first 60 minutes with an obscure and random homer adventure. Which will very losely tie in with the actual plot, then rush the actual point of the movie in the last 10 minutes

  • June 21, 2007, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Page not found! Not First!

    by Craig2574

    Love that trailer, page not found!

  • June 21, 2007, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Found it you have to remove

    by Craig2574

    Found it you have to remove the teaser from the web address which leads you back to all the trailers, which contains the new trailer.

  • June 22, 2007, 6:47 p.m. CST


    by DrPeterVenkman

    Fourth? Figure this is the closest I'll ever get so...Woo Hoo!