Wracking up impressive box office numbers right across the globe, the arrival of The Simpsons Movie
onto the big screen proved, for many, to be more than worth the wait. But with its DVD release, theres a compelling argument that Springfields finest have come back to their natural home.
The film itself is primarily Homer-centred, with the head of The Simpsons family seemingly consigning Springfield to certain doom when he dumps his waste where he shouldnt. But, in the true spirit of the show, the plot takes a relative back seat to the antics of Americas first family.
And its those antics that offer the films gold. As youd hope, it boasts several laugh-out-loud moments, from visual gags (the rock and hard place being a favourite) through to the by-now infamous Spider-pig. Theres not quite enough material to keep the chuckle counter going for the full duration of The Simpsons Movie
, and the criticism that its effectively three episodes strung together has some truth to it. But youd still be hard-pushed to complain for one key reason: The Simpsons Movie
is grand entertainment, with plenty of rewatch potential.
So while you can add us to the queue of people who wanted more Mr Burns, and while it doesnt quite measure up to some of the shows best episodes, The Simpsons Movie
still delivers, and does it with some quality. And Spider-pig is a work of genius
Julie Kavner, Albert Brooks, Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry ShearerDirector: David Silverman