The Simpsons are finally on the big screen after 18 years in “The Simpsons Movie”, which stars all the regulars from the show and a few new characters.
The story centers around over-polluted Lake Springfield. When Homer dumps a silo full of animal droppings from his new pet “Spider Pig” into the lake the Environmental Protection Agency is forced to put a dome over the entire city.
Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie are run out of town and head to Alaska, but they must return to save the day.
It took nearly four years to make “The Simpsons Movie” and it’s exactly the length of 4 regular TV episodes – 88 minutes. However the writers get away with a little more in this movie than they can on TV. That’s why the film is rated PG-13. We get some adult language from several of the characters (including Marge…which is a shocker!) And in the best scene in the movie we actually see Bart’s privates!
The regular cast of actors supply the voices and they’re all great. Albert Brooks is one of the guest voice actors, along with a MAJOR Hollywood star who’s name I’m not going to mention because I don’t want to spoil it for you.
If you’re a fan of The Simpsons you’ve been waiting for a long time for this movie and you won’t be disappointed. In the theater where I saw the movie the cheering started even before the opening credits. And if you’ve never seen an episode of the TV show I bet you’ll still laugh a lot.
I am a Simpsons fan and so on The Official Kid Critic Report Card, “The Simpsons Movie” gets an A! It’s the best time I’ve had at the movies so far this year. For you non-Simpsons regulars it’s still a solid B.
And, as always, stay in your seats till the end of the credits as you’ll be rewarded with, among other things, Maggie first word! (which is actually her second).
Lights Camera Jackson (a.k.a. Jackson Murphy) began his career as a film critic/entertainment reporter in 2006 at the age of 7. Jackson has written nearly 1,000 reviews of new releases. All together he has seen more than 1,500 films. In 2010, Jackson became the youngest person to win a NY Emmy Award, for his on-air movie reviews on Time Warner TV station, Capital News 9.
LCJ appears every Friday morning on WGNA-FM . His movie reviews are also posted on his website, his YouTube channel and the popular website Cultjer.com. He is also a contributing writer for Jerry Beck’s AnimationScoop.com. Jackson hosts the weekly internet pop culture news show “LCJ LIVE” (every Sunday at Noon ET). And “The LCJ Q&A Podcast” features interviews with celebrities and filmmakers. Among those who have joined LCJ on the show are comedy legend Gilbert Gottfried, “Wallace & Gromit” creator Nick Park, Emmy-winning game show host Todd Newton and Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody.
Lights Camera Jackson has been co-starring in photographs with his favorite celebrities since he was 6 years old. “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest appeared in the first. Seacrest was a VIP guest at a local telethon. Jackson, a big fan of “Idol”, approached Seacrest during a break and asked for an autograph. The “Idol” star eagerly obliged. Jackson and Ryan then posed for this photo.
Since then Jackson’s collection of photos with stars from film, TV, stage and sports has grown to over 400. Every one represents a special moment in the life/career of Lights Camera Jackson and includes its own unique backstory.