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The Simpsons Movie

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the prepare-for-disappointment dept.

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girish writes "Eonline is reporting that, finally, after more than 10 years since Matt Groening said that a Simpsons film 'is way down the line', a movie based on The Simpsons is being made. It's still in its early stages and is being planned to be debuted in the summer or during Christmas time of 2006. The Simpsons has been on FOX for 15 seasons and averages 12.9 million viewers this season."

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obligatory scene (4, Funny)

davejenkins (99111) | more than 10 years ago | (#8257909)

Will there be any shark-jumping?

Mmmm.... movies! (4, Insightful)

plover (150551) | more than 10 years ago | (#8257972)

Y'know, that's a great suggestion! Matt might have them jump a shark in this movie just for the joke. He knows the show is old, and mocking himself would be perfectly in keeping with his style.

Re:Mmmm.... movies! (4, Informative)

AgentUSA (251620) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258064)

They already literally jumped the shark a few years ago in one of couch gags.

Re:Mmmm.... movies! (4, Informative)

MCS (202073) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258096)

Isn't there an episode were Homer literally jumps a shark?

Actually looking at Jump the Shark [jumptheshark.com] it was the episode titled Gump Roast... which aired on 21 Apr 2002.

So The Simpsons jumped the shark between 8-8:30 PM EST on April 21st 2002.

Already done (5, Informative)

kaszeta (322161) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258065)

Will there be any shark-jumping?

Well, it's already been done. In epsiode DABF22 ("How I Spent My Strummer Vacation") the "couch gag" was Homer waterskiing and jumping over a shark.

Simpsons (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8257910)

The Simpsons Movie

Re:Simpsons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8258019)

Is it good, or is it whack?

I can only hope that (5, Insightful)

dr_steel (692882) | more than 10 years ago | (#8257915)

Conan O' Brian and some of the earlier writers are involved.

Re:I can only hope that (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8257960)

Either you are a kindergarted 'tard and don't remember that Dan Castenalla provides the voice talent for Homer, or you are a braindead moron who thinks Matt Greoning will actually make a live-action Simpsons movie.

So, is it 'tard or moron?

Re:I can only hope that (-1, Flamebait)

NDPTAL85 (260093) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258038)

You are an idiot of unchalleneged stupidity. The parent said he hoped one of the WRITERS of the early seasons would come back to write for the movie. What part of that did you NOT understand?

Re:I can only hope that (5, Insightful)

ArmenTanzarian (210418) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258014)

I read an article on this quite some time ago saying that they were going to pull in a few of the old writers. They also mentioned that the voice actors had been contracted for 3 movies. I thought it was posted on Slashdot, but I can't seem to find it. Either way, here's [snpp.com] an interesting page that discusses some of the rumors and has a fairly insightful interview.

Conan O'Brien is overrated (5, Insightful)

sbma44 (694130) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258101)

as a Simpsons writer. While he's a brilliant talk-show host and did some good writing for the Simpsons, he is far too often given all the credit for the Simpsons' golden years. I think if you look at the writing credits you'll see that George Meyer's presence on staff is more closely correlated with Simpsons quality. He is attached to the movie, according to comingsoon.net [comingsoon.net].

With that said, he came back to the show a few years ago and the show didn't get much better. So I still don't have very high hopes for this movie. The thing that made the Simpsons great was its loving, hilarious-yet-almost-plausible depiction of a small town and all of its quirky inhabitants. It stopped doing that a long time ago and started sending the main characters on ludicrous adventures crammed full of celebrity cameos -- in a nutshell, situational humor rather than character-based humor. It became just another cartoon. There have been ups and downs in quality, but I think it's pretty clear to everyone that the series has never been as good as it was during seasons 3-6.

I would like to believe that a feature length film would allow the series' greatest contributors to sit down and really focus on their craft again, and create a legacy that can be used to put the series to bed. More likely it will be used as an excuse for a plotline that's even more outlandish than usual. I'm not looking forward to it.

I wonder who will play homer? (4, Funny)

alenm (156097) | more than 10 years ago | (#8257918)

Does anyone have a good candidate?

Re:I wonder who will play homer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8257947)

How about Michael Keaton? No? How about Val Kilmer? No? How about George Clooney?

Re:I wonder who will play homer? (2, Informative)

smellystudent (663516) | more than 10 years ago | (#8257957)

Erm... how many times do they have to say "animated film"?

Re:I wonder who will play homer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8258069)

That wasn't exactly clear from the story here, or from the text. It was mentioned maybe one time in the Yahoo story.

Re:I wonder who will play homer? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8258084)

Please never use the word "Erm" again as it is quite annoying and pompous. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Re:I wonder who will play homer? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8258122)

I agree. People who use the words "Erm" and "Umm" should be killed using the most painful, slow and embarassing method known to mankind. They should be fucked in the ass until they die by people who use the phrase "take an ecomony class".

Re:I wonder who will play homer? (3, Funny)

garcia (6573) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258087)

Come on... At least take it in stride. You know that Smithers would play a killer Bart.

Re:I wonder who will play homer? (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8257964)

Um... Dan Castellaneta?

Rainier Wolfcastle (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8258066)

I wonder who's gonna play him. That's a difficult one. ;-)

Re:I wonder who will play homer? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8258098)

Ron Jeremy. Has to be Ron Jeremy.

Had to Be Posted (-1, Redundant)

vjmurphy (190266) | more than 10 years ago | (#8257922)

I, for one, welcome our new Simpson movie making overlords...

Re:Had to Be Posted (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8258081)

Fuck you. Fuck you. Fuck you. THAT had to be said, you cliche-spouting piece of shit. Try to have an original fucking thought in your head instead of just regurgitating the lameness of others. Rot in hell.

here comes the over-use of the "funny" mod (3, Funny)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 10 years ago | (#8257923)

Re:here comes the over-use of the "funny" mod (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8257956)


D'oh!

Re:here comes the over-use of the "funny" mod (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8257992)

Aye Caramba!

Re:here comes the over-use of the "funny" mod (2, Funny)

garcia (6573) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258008)

maybe if this had been posted in 1997. Now the Simpsons aren't nearly as funny as they used to be. :(

The animation and drawing has improved but the story lines have not.

disclaimer: I watch the re-runs daily and new Simpson's weekly.

Oh yeah (5, Funny)

savagedome (742194) | more than 10 years ago | (#8257924)

According to Reiss, Fox has wanted to do a Simpsons movie since President Bush (news - web sites)'s father was President Bush.

Now, if they only get this quote in the movie somehow ;)

Nah the best quote is.... (1)

quinkin (601839) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258013)

The Simpsons movie is "gonna suck pretty hard."

Now THAT'S how you hype a movie. :)

Q.

Make it stop (5, Insightful)

SpiffyMarc (590301) | more than 10 years ago | (#8257929)

Have the people who OK'd this movie actually SEEN and COMPARED newer episodes of Simpsons to ones that aired back in its' glory days?

Jumped the shark a few seasons ago at least, as much as I hate to say it. This is one of those shows I wish they'd take off the air for its' own good.

Re:Make it stop (4, Insightful)

j0217995 (597878) | more than 10 years ago | (#8257994)

I disagree, last week's episdoe with Marge telling the various history stories was classic. I thought it had everything some of the old episodes had and is perhaps the best so far this season. There were way too many good parts in the episode to list, but perhaps the greatest was when Lisa tried to grow a penis. I laughed so hard I was crying.

While last season was pretty terrible, this season has improved. Hopefully it will continue

Re:Make it stop (-1, Flamebait)

jpmkm (160526) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258059)

It was funny when lisa tried to grow a penis? Grow up. That episode was one of the worst yet. I don't think I laughed once during it. I love the simpsons as much as anybody else, but this has to end. It just can't go on forever.

Re: Make it stop (1)

DaveOf9thKey (599178) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258012)

Maybe we'll get lucky and the movie will be the "final episode."

Or maybe they'll turn the whole franchise into a series of flicks, like the X-Files should have done years ago before it jumped the shark.

Re:Make it stop (3, Insightful)

garcia (6573) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258046)

to be replaced by what? More re-runs of "The Show About Nothing"? No thanks.

Re:Make it stop (3, Interesting)

Laur (673497) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258107)

I agree, I stopped watching the Simpsons about four or five years ago when they stopped being that funny. Know what, I STILL get all the Simpsons references people (on /. and elsewhere) make, because they're all from older episodes!

Re:Make it stop (1)

illuminatedwax (537131) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258112)

This is exactly why jumptheshark.com needs to have voting only after a series has finished. So many people voted for "Never Jumped" maybe a few years ago, and now it has thousands of votes that can never be overcome. I demand a revote!!!

--Stephen

Re:Make it stop (1)

LarsWestergren (9033) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258135)

I agree, I'm sorry to say. Whenever I see one of the new episodes I'm disappointed. Fawning over celebrity guests (Blair? Who's next, Bush?). Careful not to offend anyone. And whenever creativity runs low, throw in a crazy chase scene.

At least Futurama stopped while it was still good.

George W. Bush touched my junk conservatively (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8257931)

George W. Bush touched my junk compassionately. He strapped me in to his F-102 fighter jet and he couldnt keep his offensive hands off of me. He was performing many red flag touches. I couldn't believe what the fuck was going on. I told the President the country would not approve of a millionaire touching an underage kid for free.

Can you believe it? George W. Bush did all this. He picked me up off the street, strapped my arms and legs down in the F-102's seat, and just wouldn't stop fondling my cock'n'balls.

They definately were red flag touches. The goddamn referee he had standing on the nose kept on raising up this red flag every time he touched my junk but did the President care? NO WAY! He just kept on doing it. I couldn't believe what the fuck was going on, indeed. I pleaded with Mr. Bush, but to no avail. I told him the country would not approve of such a wealthy man touching an underage kid like me (at the time I was 13) without at least compensating me for the trauma and the use of my body as his own personal plaything.

This got to him, worrying about his image. He continued to fondle me, all the while ignoring the referee's red flags. Then he flew the F-102 to my house and *ejected the seat I was in*! It was amazing. But surprisingly, after I woke up the next morning, my bank account had $150k in it! Can you believe it?

WOO HOO! (4, Funny)

provolt (54870) | more than 10 years ago | (#8257950)

I think I speak for many when I do bad homer impression and say:

WOO HOO!

Re: WOO HOO! (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258020)


> I think I speak for many when I do bad homer impression and say: WOO HOO!

Let's just hope you don't do a Nelson impression after you see it.

I'm Scared (2, Insightful)

Torinaga-Sama (189890) | more than 10 years ago | (#8257958)

I sooo want this to be good, but it so difficult for a cartoon that has almost always done exactly what it needed to do in 1/2 hour to accomplish the same thing as effectively in a longer format while still doing justice to the original.

Re:I'm Scared (5, Interesting)

ZaMoose (24734) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258045)

The Simpsons: Hit and Run [gamerankings.com] actually did quite well in the long format. It was fairly entertaining throughout.

I don't know if one successful Simpsons video game necessarily indicates a successful movie implementation, but it does demonstrate that with clever writing and good pacing, a Simpsons storyline can be carried out well past the 1/2 hr. mark.

South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut (5, Insightful)

blorg (726186) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258077)

South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut [metacritic.com] managed this with aplomb. I remember being in the theatre, everything going along relatively calmly, when "Uncle Fucker" started. I have *never* heard so many people explode with laughter. It was classic...

"You don't eat or sleep or mow the lawn, you just fuck your uncle all day long!" Inspired.

Re:I'm Scared (1)

eraserewind (446891) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258128)

Well, they made the jump from 5 minute slot on Tracy Ullman to half hour show with no problem, and were in fact much better as a result. Plenty of people were sceptical of having a cartoon in family prime time. "Not since the Flintstones" was a much bandied about phrase at the time.

Given that much crappier cartoons have made the jump to feature length with success (cf. beavis & butthead huhuhhuh), I am optimistic that any Simpsons Movie will be good.

Finally, the end (5, Interesting)

blorg (726186) | more than 10 years ago | (#8257967)

I suspect that this film may mark the end of the Simpsons. I certainly hope so, and just hope that they go back to the roots and manage to make a fitting coda to what was one of the most important shows in television history, rather than just a mindless parade of celebrity voice-overs.

its about time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8257971)

the series must be getting close to ending. Everyone (but me, I think) feels that the show has lost its touch. I was surprised when, just yesterday, I saw the promo for the new episode coming up on Sunday. Homer was sitting behind a newspaper and said "I'm not going to lie to you Marge..." and then went back to reading his paper in silence. WTH, they already used that joke, seasons ago! They're recycling old material into new episodes now :(

WHOO HOO!!! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8257973)

Hey, somebody had to say it first....

I so hope we're are talking live action (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8257980)

I expect with the current level of writing, it will take about 2.5 hours to get .5 hours of that pure comic gold. If it is live action it will totally suck no matter how good the writers are. Perhaps a Simpson's-Family Guy double feature might get me out of the house.

Cartoon (2, Interesting)

Mieckowski (741243) | more than 10 years ago | (#8257981)

I really hope that the movie will be animated like the cartoon. Judging by what they say about South Park, it seems likely. 3D animation, live action, or both would probably ruin it. (think Flinstones, Scooby Doo)

Teehouse of Horror (4, Interesting)

tr0llb4rt0 (742153) | more than 10 years ago | (#8257982)

The only way it'd work is to do an extended Treehouse of Horror with 10-15 minute vingettes.

If they tried an extended episode then it'd be soooo full of padding and rehashing that you'd be better off at home with the dvd collection.

I would rather..... (4, Insightful)

Sentosus (751729) | more than 10 years ago | (#8257984)

Have a new season... 23 Episodes at 22 minutes a piece or 1.5 hours of a movie... I just don't see the purpose of a movie.

No Simpsons Topic? (5, Funny)

nearlygod (641860) | more than 10 years ago | (#8257995)

It is a great unjustice that we have Star Wars and LotR topics but no Simpsons topic. That is unpossible.

nearlygod

And homer jumps a shark on a unicycle (0, Redundant)

doublem (118724) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258002)

Ahhh, the definitive "Jump the Shark" moment.

Now we know The Simpsons is nearing cancellation. How long do snows normally last after a movie is made?

It'll be sad to see the show go, but I won't be crying too hard, as it's been a few years since I watched it regularly. The "Side Show Bob Steals a Nuke" episode was the end for me.

Re:And homer jumps a shark on a unicycle (2, Insightful)

NDPTAL85 (260093) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258078)

The Simpsons is still one of the highest rated shows on FOX.

It is not nearing cancelation.

the songs (1)

patmfitz (517089) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258005)

To be sure, Reiss didn't have any specifics to offer, promising only that The Simpsons movie would bigger, longer and uncut. Any resemblance to 1999's South Park movie is purely intentional.
I can't wait to hear the Simpson's version of "Uncle F**KA", Bart's rendition of "Milhouse's Mom's A B**ch", and Smithers crooning "I'm Super".

OSQ (1)

Monkey Overlord (746151) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258009)

Did anyone patent OSQ (Obligatory Simpsons Quote) already? Someone should, there will be a lot more of them on /. once the movie comes out.

Guaranteed cash cow (2, Insightful)

n0mad6 (668307) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258010)

One has to only look at the Matrix sequels and the Star Wars prequels to see sloppy filmmaking can get (in terms of quality) when you have something guaranteed to be a box office success...

Of course, Groening's inferences about the South Park movie gives me hope as that definitely was a succesful big-screen transition...

I, for one, welcome... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8258011)

...our decades-long, shark-jumping overlords. I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their sticky-floored popcorn caves.

finally (1)

Savatte (111615) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258015)

a movie about The Simpsons. You know what would awesome stunt casting? Usher as O.J., and Luis Guzman as Nicole, and Jonathan Lipnicki as Mark Furhman.

How could possibly be done without Troy McClure!!? (-1, Troll)

cabazorro (601004) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258017)

I wish Dan Hartmann was here.
Hi! I'm Troy McClure you may remember me
from such films as
"Cry of Yumma" and "dial M for Murder".

Re:How could possibly be done without Troy McClure (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8258118)

Actually Dial M for Murder was the real movie.

Troy's version was Dial M for Murderousness.

Re:How could possibly be done without Troy McClure (0, Redundant)

Rooktoven (263454) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258125)

You mean Phil Hartman, I hope. We could do without a schlocky version of "Free Ride" as a grand finale.

Nostalgia (1)

Doesn't_Comment_Code (692510) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258028)

The Simpsons has been on FOX for 15 seasons

Remember how goofy the drawings and voices were when the show just started? Every once in a while I see and old one, and I want to puke. It really shows how far they've come from 15 seasons of practice.

I can't say the writing has improved as much as the animation and voices though.

Itchy and Scratchy (1)

Cpt Kirk (579344) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258030)

Does this mean we get to see the itchy and scratchy movie in the simpsons movie ? recursive movies ??? wierd ...
Mind you Beavis and Butthead Do America was kinda ok, so i guess a simpsons movie would be pretty good, so how about a Futurama one ??

Considering... (1)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258033)

...the only couple episodes I've ever seen of the Simpson's, they ought to do a timeless piece. One that mocks politics, elections, science--you know, the works.

That's what I liked about the episodes I saw. If you're up on current events, you see pretty good satire.

I got one thing to say to the movie going suckers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8258036)

Ha ha!

What's the benefit of this? (1)

techstar25 (556988) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258040)

What could they possibly put in a movie that I can't see for free on TV? The truth is that movies based on TV shows do usually suck. The X-files movie was cool, but really it was just a long episode that probably could have aired on TV. Wouldn't a Simpsons movie just be like one long episode? Maybe it will be live action-like the Flintstones movie-which is a good example of how bad it COULD be. John Goodman as Homer Simpson...Doh!

Probably too late (0)

spungo (729241) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258043)

As much as I love the Simpsons I can't help think that he's missed the boat by five or six years.

Obligatory Informative Links (5, Informative)

crashnbur (127738) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258088)

Commercial Sites:
Fan Sites:
  • The Simpsons Archive [snpp.com] -- "the Internet's clearinghouse of Simpsons guides, news, and information"
    Last Exit to Springfield [lardlad.com] -- "For All Your Simpsons Needs" (Well, it looks very well done.)
    nohomers.net [nohomers.net] -- "the center of all that is simpson"

Fun Site:
There are countless others. These are among the best I've found. Please link to others... I'm sure I haven't seen them all.

jkl h908 ph;p 6fr j,8ogt (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8258089)

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episode quality (5, Informative)

jedrek (79264) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258094)

I'll be the first to admit it: there have been some pretty good episodes this season, story-wise. There have been total dogs (like the school-closing ep, I think I smiled *once* during that 22min fiasco) but it's a lot better than the shit they were putting out S12-14.

That said, it's still far, far away from the Simpson's glory days. I'm not talking about the story lines, I'm talking about the direction and 'cinematography' (if you can call it that) of recent episodes. The current eps watch like a sitcom. A couple of camera angles, some close ups, some pans, maybe a zoom or two. I watch eps from S1-3 (on DVD, woo hoo!) and it's a totally different world. Zooms, pans, moving shots, distorted angles, etc.

I don't know how much this is a budgetary concern (although with 13+ mln viewers you should have enough money) but it is something that has to be addressed in the movie.

Oh, and bring back Conan!

But will it work? (4, Interesting)

iantri (687643) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258104)

I love the Simpsons. It's great.. but I don't really think there is enough material for a feature-length movie.

In a 1/2 hour comedy, like the Simpsons, the plotlines and characters tend to be simple, due to the necessity of telling a complete story in 24 minutes.

How can Groening translate the Simpsons formula to a 1 1/2 hour (or more) movie?

Jumping the shark? They can't! (0, Redundant)

SplendidIsolatn (468434) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258108)

Homer has already jumped the shart -- DABF12 -- Gump Roast. They show him literally jumping the shark. Groening and company know how to make fun of themselves, and that's just an inside reference for those of us that notice those things.

And the fact that I knew exactly which episode it happened in, and only had to look at snpp.com to find the ep. ## scares me...

The Simpsons, The Movie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8258113)

46.4% new footage!

It finally works !!!!!! (1)

IamGarageGuy 2 (687655) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258116)

I for one welcome our new Simpson overlords. It's about time that this comment was actually used in context.

"prepare-for-disappointment department"? (5, Insightful)

RandBlade (749321) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258119)

D'oh!

Seriously though: Its easy to expect disappointment, it is notoriously difficult to switch from half-hour episodes to a full 90-minute movie. If the movie is just an extended cartoon then it would be a disappointment, it wouldn't work. This is why most movie attempts fail.

However there are some examples of very good quality movies from TV series' and if done well then these can be "excellent". I think few would dispute that South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut did the series justice, it took many jokes already in the series and resulted in a very good movie. Another classic example is M*A*S*H - This is I believe the only prime-time comedy which ran longer than The Simpsons has, however the movie-length finale was very memorable. A good series which closed with an even better film.

If they just try to do a long episode then the movie will fail. If they try to get a proper movie, set in Springfield, then they have every chance to pull off a masterpiece.

Simpsons should think about it (3, Interesting)

ice lioness (747013) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258134)

I like the Simpsons but I don't think their style would work for a movie-length feature. 1.5 hours of independent jokes and little storyline doesn't sound quite right. I think they should stay in their preferred length of 22 minutes. And I haven't seen too many TV shows made into movies that are any good. Except maybe Transformers the Movie. But I'm just a geeky girl.

End of the Simpsons? (5, Interesting)

cyranoVR (518628) | more than 10 years ago | (#8258138)

Ever noticed that with the sole of the exception of South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut - a television show usually peaks by jumping to the big screen. Decline and inevitable cancellation usually soon follow.

For example: X-Files, Beavis and Butthead Do America, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

And don't forget all the children's shows:
Transformers the Movie, GI Joe the Movie, Masters of the Universe, Pokemon, Power Rangers, Ducktales(!), Rugrats...
(Ok, not all these shows were cancelled but someone could definitely make the case for "decline").

I feel like I'm forgetting someting...help me out here people...

Also, I Googled up this interesting article:
The Challenges of the Big Screen Cartoon [awn.com]
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