Skip to comments.Simpsons movie targets church, environmentalists
Posted on 07/05/2007 8:01:29 AM PDT by John Cena
LONDON (Reuters) - The upcoming Simpsons movie takes a typically irreverent dig at religion and environmentalists, and features a nude scene involving 'toon teen Bart that had the audience at a preview show applauding.
A 10-minute clip from "The Simpsons Movie," the first time Homer, Marge, their family and friends have made it to the big screen, was shown in London late on Wednesday ahead of its release worldwide later in July.
The clip offered several clues as to the plot, suggesting that the environment and religion would me a major themes.
Rock band Green Day is booed and pelted when it starts speaking about the environment to a Springfield crowd, while Homer's daughter Lisa is a green campaigner shunned by the town's inhabitants who simply don't care.
She may also find love, however, after she swoons upon meeting a fellow campaigner from Ireland who insists he is not the son of U2 frontman and celebrity campaigner Bono.
The Simpsons also turn up late at church, where Homer's father has a seizure and warns of trouble to come.
When asked to explain this behavior, Homer flicks through a Bible, and mutters: "This book doesn't have any answers."
Perhaps the biggest laugh was for Bart, who skateboards through town naked after being challenged to do so by Homer.
After a series of scenes where strategically-placed extras and props protect his modesty, the audience gets a full view of his private parts through a gap in a hedge.
LIKELY TO BE OFFENSIVE
Series creator Matt Groening, speaking to the audience after the clips were screened, said he expected complaints.
"In America there's someone willing to pretend to be offended by everything and so we annoy people and that's part of the appeal," he said. "It's to entertain people and also to annoy a certain segment of the audience as well."
Series writer Al Jean agreed that there were big themes in the film, particularly the environment, but that the movie's makers did not obviously take sides.
"They are big themes, especially the environmental theme, but we always like to approach it from both sides, so later in the film when Lisa's giving a lecture about the pollution, the label of the lecture is 'An Irritating Truth'."
Former Vice President Al Gore inspired Oscar-winning climate change documentary "An Inconvenient Truth."
Groening said he had been thinking about making a movie based on the hit animated television series since as early as 1992, but had struggled to find the time.
Asked what the main message of the movie was, Jean replied: "It's that a man should listen to his wife."
Groening added: "And it's a romantic movie. Homer falls in love with a pig."
"The Simpsons Movie" enters a crowded animation movie marketplace, but Groening argued that it stood out from the majority of films in the genre.
"This really is a tribute to the art of hand-drawn animation which is basically disappearing," he said. "All the animated movies these days are computer-generated, and this is the old-fashioned, clumsy, hand-drawn ... way."
Saw the preview yesterday when I went to see Transformers. It looked pretty good, FWIW.
Bart shows off his butterfinger! I figure he’s smooth like a Ken doll.
Matt Groening has made millions appealing to the infantilism of American “adults.” His humor is akin to the sophistication of an eight-year-old boy simulating body-noises by pumping air into his arm pit. It doesn’t take much to entertain some people.
The most sensible approach to Groening and Michael Moore is to totally ignore these permanent adolescents. They are both wealthy enough without giving them free publicity for their latest mental burps.
I fail to see the “dig” at environmentalists. In the end, Lisa’s presentation is still labelled as “truth” and not fantasy.
Hey, I resemble that remark.
>>Groening added: “And it’s a romantic movie. Homer falls in love with a pig.”
(O’Donnell pic here)
Donald Trump: “Can you imagine what Rosie’s girlfriend
tells her parents? Mom? Dad? I just fell in love with a big
fat pig named Rosie...”
It is better to ignore this pablum. In fact, here’s the movie plot, trash people of christian faith as being looney tunes. Throw in a joke about environmentalism (political cover) and in the end the people of faith are still screaming dolts while the good reason of the environmentalists generally wins the other characters over. End of story.
There, I just saved people who might have gone to see the movie $10 bucks.
Forget all that stuff. Are there any farts in the movie?
Really though. You would have to duct tape me to the chair and sew my eyelids open to watch this crap. I think I’ll pass.
Was this film written back when the plots were still entertaining? The series jumped the shark several seasons ago.
"It's to entertain people and also to annoy a certain segment of the audience as well."
Sounds like they're succeeding before the movie is even released! :^)
Groening has had little to do with The Simpsons for a quite a while. At its best the show was satire and comic invention at its peak (Swift,Twain, Monty Python ) it’s studied in universities as an American Institution. What do you regard as ‘intelligent comedy’?