American’s Favorite Family: The Simpsons

“The Simpson’s have come a long way since a drunk made humans out of his rabbit characters to pay off his gambling depts…who knows what adventures they’ll have from now until the show becomes unprofitable” Troy McClure

That little speech from Phil Hartman was over 10 years ago.The Simpsons began on a short lived skit comedy program called The Tracey Ullman show. Matt Groening, who was illustrating a small comic strip for a local newspaper called “Life in Hell” struck a deal to do the shows “bumpers”. Bumpers are short animated clips, before and after the commercial break of a television show. Well, originally planning to do his rabbits from “Life in Hell”, he changed his mind at the last minute and threw the Simpsons together in about a half an hour, naming them after members of his family. Who knew that something that wasn’t even very thought out, and created in less then an hour would be on TV for 18 years…and now, on July 27th, The Simpsons hit the theaters with their first full length animated movie.

Many ideas and rumors have been spread all over the internet the last couple of years, with plots, characters and guest stars…but this time, it is actually going to happen. They have several plots in this movie, and 98 characters with speaking parts. Does all this mean the movie is going to be good? Not really…BUT…it doesn’t mean the movie is going to be BAD either. It’s been 18 years in the making, and hopefully it will live up to the standards in which “South Park” in my opinion, has lived up too. I hope that the Simpsons movie, will be funny years down the road, just like how South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut is STILL funny to this day.The truth is, the show is NOT the same show is was 10 years ago…it’s very sarcastic, more to itself than anything else.It seems to take a lot of jokes, or items from the beginning of the series, and almost make fun of them. They also have made fun of several episode plots from earlier in the series.

The original first 4-6 season writers have been brought back to do write the script for the film, except Sam Simon (who left the show over creative difference) and Conan O’ Brian, who thinks the movie would be better off without his input. I’ve seen the trailers, and the animation looks tight, the acting looks sharp, and the plot looks solid enough for a movie.BUT, when it comes to the Simpsons, what really mattered all those years were the little jokes or punchlines.

“Welcome to the amusement park of the future, where nothing can possibli go wrong…er, possib-ly go wrong….thats, the first thing thats ever gone wrong.”

“Hell this is Mr. Burns, I believe you have a letter for me.”

“ok Mr. Burns, whats your first name?”

“I don’t know.”

“Look kids, you tried and you failed. The lesson is, never try.”

“Whats the password?”

“Open the door you idiot”

“right you are”

“It’s a gun!This is the trigger, and this is the thing you point it at whatever you want to die…”

I’ll never forget some of my favorite episodes.

“Itchy and Scratchy land”

“Treehouse of horror”

“Homer goes to college”

“$pringfield”

“Bart The General”

“Cape Fear”

Will the movie live up to these standers?

I hope so.I’ve been watching the show since season 1, I’ve seen all the Tracy Ullman episodes, played all the video games, and bought tons of merchandise. The Simpsons have come a long way, and maybe, will go even longer. Two more seasons and the show will have been on it’s for 20 years, and that is quite an accomplishment. No matter what anyone says. The Simpsons is obviously THE greatest TV show ever created, and theres a good reason why. Just watch it for yourself, or buy the back seasons on DVD, and you will know exactly what I’m talking about.

The Simpsons Favorite Stone cutters member,

StraTT

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