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D'oh or Mmmmmm? The Simpsons Movie
Topic by: underdog
Posted: July 27, 2007 - 5:28 PM PDT
Last Reply: August 30, 2007 - 12:04 PM PDT

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author topic: D'oh or Mmmmmm? The Simpsons Movie
underdog
post #1  on July 27, 2007 - 5:28 PM PDT  
I'm seeing this tonight.

We blogged about some of the reviews here on the Daily. (Though I think it's best to just see the damned thing before reading reviews, which might steer one's opinion in one direction or another.)

How does this one rank with other TV 'toon to feature film adaptations?

Post your thoughts here!
underdog
post #2  on July 27, 2007 - 5:32 PM PDT  
Also, you note the geeky debate over the film's aspect ratio in the Daily's comments thread? If you care about such things, will be interesting to officially see for ourselves.

And it's good to see Albert Brooks has a cameo.
woozy
post #3  on July 29, 2007 - 11:44 AM PDT  
> On July 27, 2007 - 5:28 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I'm seeing this tonight.
>

and boy does it....?
Chyekk
post #4  on July 30, 2007 - 9:09 AM PDT  
> On July 29, 2007 - 11:44 AM PDT woozy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On July 27, 2007 - 5:28 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > I'm seeing this tonight.
> >
>
> and boy does it....?
> ---------------------------------

It was good, except for the giant BOOB lady.

If you like the TV show you will like the movie. Seeing it in a theater with a crowd, you will probably laugh more than you would on TV at home, due to peer pressure, so it is worth the 10 bucks.

I counted only two things they've never been able to get past the TV censors before: explicit drug use and full frontal (and underage) nudity.


woozy
post #5  on July 30, 2007 - 5:29 PM PDT  
L.A. Times had a Simpsons Primer. Pretty elementary stuff for the most part but kinda fun.



woozy
post #6  on July 30, 2007 - 5:32 PM PDT  
> On July 30, 2007 - 9:09 AM PDT Chyekk wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I counted only two things they've never been able to get past the TV censors before: explicit drug use

Homer, Otto, and Teenage Lenny and Carl have all smoked pot. Homer's injected himself with god knows what all but it's never been specified as illegal.
underdog
post #7  on July 30, 2007 - 6:32 PM PDT  
I reviewed it on my own blog if you wanna check it out in more detail. But the upshot is that I enjoyed the heck out of it and that's what counts. It's probably not as funny as the very best Simpsons episodes (how could it be?) but it's better than most recent episodes, and I was never bored. Some genuine laughs. Heck, I even liked the Boob lady!

Now I'm waiting for the Futurama movie.

Chyekk
post #8  on July 30, 2007 - 7:13 PM PDT  
> On July 30, 2007 - 5:32 PM PDT woozy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On July 30, 2007 - 9:09 AM PDT Chyekk wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > I counted only two things they've never been able to get past the TV censors before: explicit drug use
>
> Homer, Otto, and Teenage Lenny and Carl have all smoked pot. Homer's injected himself with god knows what all but it's never been specified as illegal.
> ---------------------------------

I'm probably wrong about the nudity, too. They've done just about everything over the years.
underdog
post #9  on July 30, 2007 - 8:04 PM PDT  
> On July 30, 2007 - 7:13 PM PDT Chyekk wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On July 30, 2007 - 5:32 PM PDT woozy wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > > On July 30, 2007 - 9:09 AM PDT Chyekk wrote:
> > > ---------------------------------
> > > I counted only two things they've never been able to get past the TV censors before: explicit drug use
> >
> > Homer, Otto, and Teenage Lenny and Carl have all smoked pot. Homer's injected himself with god knows what all but it's never been specified as illegal.
> > ---------------------------------
>
> I'm probably wrong about the nudity, too. They've done just about everything over the years.
> ---------------------------------


Well, y'all need to check out this collection of the Simpson's trippiest drug moments.
woozy
post #10  on July 30, 2007 - 8:33 PM PDT  
> On July 30, 2007 - 8:04 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Well, y'all need to check out this collection of the Simpson's trippiest drug moments.
> ---------------------------------

Number 4: "I am the lizard queen" "Can't talk; coming down." was my favorite.

Now if they'll just compile the best Simpsons nude scenes. I like the end of The Simpson's 137th episode extraviganza when Troy McClure said "and now here's what you all came for: Hard-core nudity!"

Marge has some nice bare back moments.

artifex
post #11  on July 30, 2007 - 9:17 PM PDT  
> On July 30, 2007 - 8:04 PM PDT underdog wrote:

> Well, y'all need to check out this collection of the Simpson's trippiest drug moments.

That's some funny stuff. :)
underdog
post #12  on July 30, 2007 - 9:52 PM PDT  
Actually, the first and the last clip are the only really "trippy" sequences, though they're all funny. The coyote/hallucinogenic episode is one of the all-time, uh, highs, in Simpsons history.
artifex
post #13  on July 30, 2007 - 10:09 PM PDT  
> On July 30, 2007 - 9:52 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> Actually, the first and the last clip are the only really "trippy" sequences, though they're all funny. The coyote/hallucinogenic episode is one of the all-time, uh, highs, in Simpsons history.

I just kept saying, "I don't remember any of this." I guess I stopped watching too soon.
woozy
post #14  on July 30, 2007 - 10:21 PM PDT  
> On July 30, 2007 - 9:52 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Actually, the first and the last clip are the only really "trippy" sequences, though they're all funny. The coyote/hallucinogenic episode is one of the all-time, uh, highs, in Simpsons history.
> ---------------------------------

I'm disappointed how short the Lisa clip was. She drinks "water" in the Duff Gardens "It's a duff world" ride. And starts seeing kalidascope vision while the animatronic dolls start to sing

Duff Beer for me
Duff Beer for you
I'll have a Duff
You have one too


Aunt Selma tells her to put her head on her shoulder and her skin reaches out with scary teeth and toungue. Lisa starts dancing to the light period muttering "I can see the music" and watching the traces of her hand.

Then comes the sceen in clip #4.

"We found this one swimming naked in the fermentarium."
"I *AM* THE LIZARD QUEEN!"
"*sigh* Give her this, and this, and five of these, and then this, and this, and two of these."

When she comes home Homer asks how her day was and she mutters "can't talk... coming down"

The Malk with Vitamin R??? Hardly a drug scene at all!!! 'course there was the "all-syrup squishee" scene.

Jasper says "Goo goo ga joob?"

"Springfield, Springfield
It's a hell of a town
The schoolyard's up and the shopping malls down
Stray animals go to the animal pound
Springfield, Springield!"


doozer
post #15  on July 30, 2007 - 11:11 PM PDT  
> On July 30, 2007 - 10:21 PM PDT woozy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> >
> I'm disappointed how short the Lisa clip was.



That is by far one of my favorite episodes.


I haven't had a chance to see the movie yet (I've been too busy with work) but when I do, I'm going to explode.


I'm definitly more motivated now that I'm hearing about a "boob lady"
Belgand
post #16  on July 30, 2007 - 11:30 PM PDT  
> On July 30, 2007 - 10:21 PM PDT woozy wrote:

> The Malk with Vitamin R??? Hardly a drug scene at all!!!
> ---------------------------------

Seriously, it wasn't played with any sort of knowing reference to it being a drug, just crappy fake milk with a vitamin that doesn't really exist.


Belgand
post #17  on July 30, 2007 - 11:43 PM PDT  
> On July 30, 2007 - 7:13 PM PDT Chyekk wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On July 30, 2007 - 5:32 PM PDT woozy wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > > On July 30, 2007 - 9:09 AM PDT Chyekk wrote:
> > > ---------------------------------
> > > I counted only two things they've never been able to get past the TV censors before: explicit drug use
> >
> > Homer, Otto, and Teenage Lenny and Carl have all smoked pot. Homer's injected himself with god knows what all but it's never been specified as illegal.
> > ---------------------------------

Yep. One of the most overt being Otto's line (while driving the bus, of course) "Man, what am I smoking? Oh yeah, pot". Still, it was the first time we've ever seen someone actually using a, likely non-prescription, bong.

> I'm probably wrong about the nudity, too. They've done just about everything over the years.
> ---------------------------------

Nope. They've never gone there before and in the film it was both tasteful (as much as it can be), funny, and clever. Still, it's suggestible that people not discuss that particular moment... even in a thread that would seem to indicate spoilers. Most of the people around the Internet seem to have expressed an awareness of this in advance whilst feeling that it would have been funnier had they not known. I didn't know (despite being a hard-core, seen every episode at least twenty times, knows trivia from the commentary tracks on the DVD type of fan) largely due to avoiding just about everything about the film before seeing it and felt it was a lot funnier than it would have been if it was spoiled (it's pretty obvious and really does ruin the moment if you have any idea that there even is any nudity in the film). So, without the spoiler warnings and such I'd say to keep it under your hat.

Now, as far as the film itself. I actually found myself being completely satisfied. I really don't know a better way to phrase it. It didn't blow me away, but it did seem like an excellent way to turn the Simpsons into a movie with all of the compromises and changes that requires. At the same time we got much nicer animation (which I was admittedly hesitant about when I first saw trailers compared to the flat, simple look of the show, but I was eventually won over), huge crowd scenes that would be prohibitive for the show along with plenty of wide-screen action that really takes advantage of the medium. Turning animated shows into movies is often a tricky proposition because you can already do just about anything you want on TV without much change in budget. The trick is realizing how to work with the things that animation doesn't do well due to prohibitions on time and effort (namely extensive detail of all varieties) and in this case they wisely used their newfound resources to make a film that really seemed like it could only have been made as a movie rather than a normally budgeted direct-to-DVD movie or three-episode arc.
woozy
post #18  on July 31, 2007 - 12:08 AM PDT  
> On July 30, 2007 - 11:11 PM PDT doozer wrote:
> ---------------------------------
>>
> I'm definitly more motivated now that I'm hearing about a "boob lady"
> ---------------------------------

It's not This Boob Lady.

doozer
post #19  on July 31, 2007 - 2:52 PM PDT  
> On July 31, 2007 - 12:08 AM PDT woozy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
>
> It's not This Boob Lady.
>


Woozy! I don't remember giving you a link to my Myspace! Are you stalking me?
woozy
post #20  on July 31, 2007 - 3:53 PM PDT  
> On July 31, 2007 - 2:52 PM PDT doozer wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On July 31, 2007 - 12:08 AM PDT woozy wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > >
> Woozy! I don't remember giving you a link to my Myspace! Are you stalking me?
> ---------------------------------

I stalk *every* woman who finds talking about boobs amusing. Um, didn't your profile used to say you were in your twenties.

*that* boob lady is only six years older than I am. I kind of like her looks (looks like the college girls whose spirits I admired but was always too shy and discouraged by my lack of spirit to talk too). Although she seems to have a one-track mind and not much to say on it (if she is you, I apologize) and all those "Have a wonderful" day postings she recieves are a bit cloying.

If you do a google search on "boob lady" you get a gazillion hits on the Simpson's movie. (I guess I better see it before I hear all the spoilers. I already think I might have heard too many.) If you do -simpsons you still get pages about the song "Thank you, Boob lady". But then you either that boob lady or a stupid video of a woman crushing an aluminum can with her breast. Found a few videos of women driving cars with their tops down and popping out of their bras for hidden camera shows and they were amusing if you are lonely and bored as I am and can swallow your pity in being juvenile.

Hmmm, 'nother good Simpson's drug scene was Lisa's Yellow Submarine copyright infringement at the dentist on nitrous.

Okay, haven't seen it but I'm getting tired of hearing the nudity is pushing the envelope for this side of R-rating. My Father's Glory got a "G" rating in America and it had a *live-action* scene of *two* characters in full frontal male nudity and it was longer than a "few seconds".

Gosh, wish I had something constructive to say about the movie. Guess I should see it.
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