The Simpsons Movie (2007) Poster


The choral version of "Spider Pig" from the movie's soundtrack, credited to Hans Zimmer, reached #24 on the British singles chart for the week ending 2007-08-05.
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In the original script, Marge was going to have the vision in church. However, it was changed when the crew felt it would make more sense for the family to be ignoring Grandpa than Marge.
The script for the voice work was to be kept so secret that the producers personally shredded the script after every voicing session.
(at around 47 minutes) When the Simpsons arrive in Alaska, the border guard gives them 1,000 dollars in exchange for the mining of Alaska's natural resources. This actually happens in real life, though a citizen has to reside there for at least twelve months first. The Alaska Permanent Fund, which is funded by oil production and revenue from other sources, pays out an annual dividend to every eligible Alaskan resident. When it began in 1982, Alaskans were paid 1,000 dollars. The amount varies from year to year based on the growth of the fund.
The states bordering Springfield are: Nevada, Maine, Kentucky and Ohio. This pays homage the long running joke in The Simpsons (1989) of not pinning down exactly where Springfield is located.
(at around 18 minutes) Homer likes to pretend his pet pig is Spider-Man. Marvel Comics actually published a comic book series about a pig version of Spider-Man in the early 1980s. It was called "Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham" and featured animal versions of other Marvel Comics characters.
The Simpsons Movie is the only PG-13 rated animated film to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature. It is also the only film based on a television show to do so.
For the entire month of July 2007, as part of a campaign to hype the July 27th opening of the movie, twelve "7-Eleven" stores all over North America changed their names to Kwik-E-Marts, and begun selling products like Buzz Cola, KrustyO's cereal, Radioactive Man comics, and Squishees, including WooHoo! Blue Vanilla flavor. One store in Burbank, California reported selling over 57,000 sprinkled donuts matching the one featured in the movie poster. Only one of the twelve locations was in Canada, located in Coquitlam, British Columbia (a suburb near Vancouver).
(at around 42 minutes) The sign in Russian, when Homer tells the family to "believe in America" and pulls aside the curtains in their hotel room, reads "Learn to Speak English or Get Out." The Japanese sign reads "Gojira (1954) Motors." The Greek sign reads "Dimitri's Super Gyros-Souvlaki."
Work on the script began in 2003. 158 drafts were written.
Release prints were delivered to theaters with the fake title "Yellow Harvest." This was also used as a fake working title. It references "Blue Harvest," the fake working title of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).
Director David Silverman had Julie Kavner do over 100 takes of Marge's lengthy impassioned plea to Homer.
(at around 55 minutes) In the wedding video, Homer and Marge dance to the song "Close to You" by The Carpenters. In The Simpsons: The Way We Was (1991), this same song was played in a flashback scene of Homer seeing Marge for the very first time.
Twentieth Century Fox registered the internet domain SIMPSONSMOVIE.COM on April 22, 1997, nine years before the movie finally was green-lit.
"Spiderpig" by Hans Zimmer reached number three after climbing from the 20s in the Irish Music Charts. At just over a minute, it is the shortest track ever to make it in to the Irish Music Charts. In the U.K., it got as far as the Top 20.
Edward Norton originally recorded the part of the man who gets crushed by the dome using a Woody Allen impression, but the crew felt the voice was too distracting, so Dan Castellaneta re-recorded the dialogue with a different voice.
(at around 27 minutes) Moe's Tavern, as it is called in The Simpsons (1989), is called "Moe's Bar" in the movie.
(at around 10 mins) Comic Book Guy claims that "EPA" was the sound made by Green Lantern when Sinestro threw him into a vat of acid. Geoff Johns, writer of the Green lantern comic book at the time, was a big fan of this film, and worked in "EPA" as a sound effect in the volume 4 issue 50, during a duel between those characters.
(at around 42 minutes) Among the list of foreign language signs, the one in Korean translates to "Learn English with a Texas accent," and the one in Russian says "Learn English or leave."
The highest-grossing PG-13 animated film of all time (183,135,014 dollars domestically, and 527,071,022 dollars worldwide).
Although Julie Kavner is credited for providing the voices of Marge, Patty and Selma, only Marge has a speaking role in the final film. In addition, Marcia Wallace is credited as Mrs. Krabappel, but she has no dialogue. A scene with Patty, Selma and Mrs. Krabappel speaking can be seen as a deleted scene on the DVD.
The Simpson Movie (2007) debuted in Springfield, Vermont on July 21, 2007. 20th Century Fox held a contest to select one of sixteen possible Springfields (spanning nationwide) to decide which city would host the premiere. Springfield, Vermont won, just beating out Springfield, Illinois.
Kelsey Grammer, Minnie Driver, Isla Fisher, and Erin Brockovich-Ellis all recorded lines for the film, but their scenes were cut.
According to the DVD commentary, virtually none of the gags from the original draft (written around 2003) made it to the final cut. One of the few exceptions was the fishing scene between Homer and Bart.
(at around 43 mins) Before Homer attempts the Bike in a dome trick, he asks Marge how much money they have left. She replies "ten dollars", the exact cost to attempt the trick. This is actually a running gag through out the series in which they have "just enough" money to accomplish something, only for them a few scenes later, to have more cash on hand.
(at around 8 minutes) The magazine Grandpa is reading, when Homer falls through the roof, is called Oatmeal Enthusiast. This is in fact a genuine Internet based magazine/journal.
One of the movie's promotional materials is a skit where Marge, Lisa, and Homer are American Idol (2002) judges and are listening to Simon Cowell. Cowell's contestant number is "72707." The movie was released in theaters on July 27, 2007.
In total, The Simpsons Movie (2007) took nine years to complete. This is because Fox greenlit the project back in 1997 but in the years up until release, they had to get the voice cast to sign deals, which they didn't do up until 2001. Producing a final script also took several years because almost 160 different versions were written before choosing the final one as plots were continuously being repurposed for the television episodes.
Albert Brooks is credited as "A. Brooks," just as he has been in all five (as of 2007) The Simpsons (1989) episodes he has appeared in (each time as a different character).
In the deleted scenes, Russ Cargill appears as a totally different character design.
The ring tone from Homer's cell phone is an "anti-cell" joke to warn viewers about turning their cell phones off.
(at around 9 minutes) Milhouse's house has a different look than it does in the series, although it has the same rock in the front yard.
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The character of Russ Cargill went through two different designs. Burger King, which licensed the right to make give away figurines of the characters, had started making figures of the rejected design when the change was made for the movie. Also, a number of mutated animals were considered for use, including a four-eyed deer and five-eyed raccoon, when it was decided to use a multi-eyed squirrel as the result of Springfield Lake's pollution. However, the five-eyed raccoon was included on the BK Marge Simpson figurine.
A message from fictitious EPA head Russ Cargill precedes the FBI Warning on the DVD.
Kevin Bacon had a small cameo with his sons, Exon and Kris P. as an alternative Flanders family living outside of the dome. The scene was eventually cut.
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The 20th Century Fox logo appears just as usual, but with Ralph Wiggum standing inside the "O" humming the last few bars of the logo's theme.
(at around 27 minutes) The tilt-rotor aircraft depositing the giant dome over Springfield are drawn in a style clearly reminiscent of famed Japanese writer/director Hayao Miyazaki, whose fascination with aircraft is a director's trademark.
(at around 59 minutes) When Homer dreams of going up and down through several truncated stairs into the "Boob Lady" tent, is an homage to the 1951 art work of M.C. Escher titled "House of Stairs."
A 54.864 meter doughnut-brandishing Homer Simpson was painted next to the Cerne Abbas chalk giant on the hill above Cerne Abbas, Dorset, U.K., to promote this film. Pagans pledged to perform "rain magic" to wash away the image, which was created with biodegradable paint that would wash away as soon as it rained.
A major plot point is that Homer is adamant about moving the family to Alaska. Appropriately, there is a city in Alaska called Homer.
(at around four minutes) Homer's cell phone ringing is an "anti-cell" joke. Another more subtle one is a sign at the church at the beginning which states "Thou Shall Turn Off Thy Cell Phone."
When asked in interviews how the movie would differ from the TV show, the producers would often respond with "It's twice as wide".
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(at around 38 minutes) "Lisa's Song", that Colin writes on the Dome, is written in 3/4 time signature.
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All of the E.P.A (Environmental Protection Agency) vehicles are electric-powered.
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Released between seasons 18 & 19 of the TV show.
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When Homer points out of the window for his Only-in-America speech, all the neon signs are in foreign languages.
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At one point, the Springfield Book Club says they're going to discuss the play Tuesdays with Morrie. Hank Azaria, who voices many of the major supporting characters, including Chief Wiggum, Apu, and Moe, once co-starred in a television production of Tuesdays with Morrie with Jack Lemmon in 1999.
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The choral version of "Spider Pig" from the movie soundtrack, credited to Hans Zimmer, reached #24 on the British singles chart for the week ending 2007-08-05. At 64 seconds, it is the shortest track to ever reach the British top 40.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Marge claims that "sequel" is Maggie's first word during the end credits, which is not true. Maggie said her first word in The Simpsons: Lisa's First Word (1992), and it was "Daddy." But since no one was around when she did say it, it is only natural that Marge assumes that her first word is "sequel."
The first new episode of The Simpsons (1989) broadcast after the release of the movie featured an altered opening credit sequence which included numerous references to the movie, including Bart skateboarding through a destroyed Springfield, the multi-eyed squirrel, Russ Cargill, President Schwarzenegger, the Simpsons' house in the process of being rebuilt, and Homer pulling into the driveway with the silo strapped to the roof of his car. The couch gag featured Spiderpig/Harry Plopper sitting on the couch, waiting for them. Homer cuddles him and says, "Ah, my summer love!"
(at around 1 hour and 13 minutes) Homer also tried to jump the "Springfield Gorge" in The Simpsons: Bart the Daredevil (1990). The ambulance used to transport Homer to the hospital, can still be seen sitting where it collided with a nearby tree.
(at around 1 hour and 14 minutes) It was hinted that at least one Simpsons character was going to be killed off. In the end, it is revealed that Dr. Nick Riviera was the one killed off. Dr. Nick has since been brought back, much like Dr. Marvin Monroe, who was killed off early in the shows run, only to re-appear (claiming he was never dead, just "very sick").
(at around 1 hour and 8 minutes) Two versions were filmed of Homer sliding into the domed-off Springfield down the bomb rope, knocking people off of it. One was done from Homer's perspective, and another was done from a third-person perspective, showing a side view of Homer coming down the rope. Although the latter scene was used for the final version of the film, the former appeared in theatrical trailers and television spots.
It is not explained how Dr. Nick survived after getting crushed at the end of the movie.
The painting hanging above Homer and Marge's bed in Alaska is signed "Marge." This pays homage to the painting of the sail-boat above the couch in The Simpsons (1989) house, also done by Marge. Though the history of he painting had had several different origins over the years
(at around 1 hour and 11 minutes) The double-arched bridge that Homer and Bart pass in front of on the motorcycle, when trying to dispose of the bomb, resembles the famous Sixth Street Viaduct in Los Angeles, California. (The bridge has since been demolished to be replaced with a new, sturdier bridge.)
At approximately 1:05, in the rundown remnants of Springfield, "The Time Machine" (1960) is referenced with ruins resembling the Eloi's deteriorating dome and a suggestion of a Morlock running back and forth in the foreground (although the Morlock turns out to be Moe).
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