The Simpsons Movie (2007)
Frequently Asked Questions
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Yes, they are listed in the 'Crazy Credits' section of the main imdb page.
Yes, while Bart is skateboarding you often see his bum and his penis.
James L. Brooks suggested that they use a real life political figure instead of a fictional character (such as the series' Schwarzenegger parody Rainier Wolfcastle), and deliberately chose to use Schwarzenegger in the role in order to not date the movie when the then-current President ended his term in two years.
The song is "(They Long to Be) Close to You" by the Carpenters. It was previously played in the twelfth episode of the second season, The Way We Was, when Homer sees Marge for the first time. They consider it to be their song.
As the credits roll, Lisa excitedly says "It looks like Maggie has something to say!" Marge exclaims, "Oh my God! Her first word!" What is Maggie's first word? "Sequel". (However, Maggie's first word was "daddy", in the season 4, episode 10 episode, "Lisa's First Word", although no one in the family heard her say it.)
There have been other hints. In "He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs", the first episode of season 19, Bart (in the title sequence) writes on the blackboard, "I will not wait 20 years to make another movie".
While many feel this is hinting at the likelihood of a sequel in the future, the producer Al Jean told the New York Post: "We would only do a sequel if we believed it was a movie that had to be made, just like we did with the first one. We wouldn't want to do it just because the first one was successful, or because we wanted to make money off of a movie. We'd only do it if we had a script that we thought was great (and) there's no script at this point."
Critics gave The Simpsons Movie generally strong reviews, indicating that it was one of the funniest films to emerge in 2007. The film has an 89% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes with the general critical consensus being the movie is filled with biting satire, hearty laughs and is more likened to the show in its earlier seasons. Metacritic shows critics score it overall 80/100 indicating favourable reviews.
A few critical quotes
"Hysterically funny, genuinely cinematic -- and you get to see Bart's doodle, too" Channel 4 reviews, 2007
"The movie is funny, sassy and intelligent in that moronic Simpsons' way." Roger Ebert, 2007
"I laughed aloud a number of times, and smiled and chuckled even more frequently." James Berardinelli, 2007
"It might have taken 18 years for the Simpsons to make it to the big screen, but the wait was well worth it" Tiscali Uk, 2007
"if a casual fan like me can find it so consistently funny, I imagine the hardcores are going to believe it was well worth the wait." Erik Childress, 2007
"Once again, The Simpsons top all expectations" efilmcritic, 2007
"This is not the worst film of the summer, just the biggest waste. Then, perhaps that is the problem. The Simpsons never needed to be a movie." Ian Nathan, 2007
"clever, irreverent, satirical and outfitted with a larger-than-22-minutes plot, capable (just barely) of sustaining a narrative roughly four times the length of a standard episode." Variety, 2007
"On Sept. 23, 2007, when the first Simpsons episode of Season 19 aired, Bart wrote on the chalkboard, "I will not take 20 years to make another movie." Here's hoping so, especially if future Simpsons movies are as much fun as this one." DVD Verdict, 2007
"it's not perfect, but you'll be laughing too hard to notice. " Eric. D. Snider
"I was left more than a little disappointed." David Mercier, 2007
"It is something of a miracle that The Simpsons Movie succeeds so admirably" DVDTalk, 2007
Dr Nick Riviera is shown to be impaled by a giant shard of glass at the end of the film, the only casualty of a supporting character the destruction of the dome covering Springfield. (The other casualty is the guy who's crushed when he can't decide to stay inside or leave when the dome is being lowered.) Riviera's last words are "Bye, everybody", a variation of his catchphrase.
However, in an interview with MTV James L. Brooks and Al Jean hint that he'll somehow return to the show in future. Dr Nick ultimately returned to the show in the 2008 episode "Lost Verizon".
People: Hillary Clinton (as Itchy's vice-president), Green Day, Bono Vox (When Lisa's Irish friend claims he's not Bono's son), Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Hanks.
Movies or Programs: Titanic (When Green Day are drowning, playing violins, it's reminiscent of the Titanic band doing the same thing), Spider-Man, Harry Potter, Disney (when helping Marge and Homer undressing), An Inconvenient Truth, Grand Theft Auto, Happy Feet (during the scene of Grant Theft Walrus, the walrus shoots a dancing penguin), Lord of The Rings (an Orc is seen in the mob scene), the episode of Simpsons "Bart the Daredevil" (when the ambulance crashed into a tree).