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The Simpson's Movie Confirmed

Zonk posted about 8 years ago | from the not-a-joke dept.

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bagsc writes "BBC News reports Twentieth Centruy Fox confirms The Simpsons are going to the movies! Should hit theatres in 2007." From the article: "A 25-second trailer for the film has been shown to US audiences at screenings of Ice Age: The Meltdown, promising to introduce 'the greatest hero in American history'. It then cut to Homer Simpson, wearing only his underwear, who admitted: 'I forgot what I was supposed to say.'"

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First post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15044333)

first post

Re:First post (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15044337)

Second post.

Re:First post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15044339)

third post

Re:First post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15044342)

fourth post

Re:First post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15044346)

4th post.

Obligatory. (4, Funny)

Silverlancer (786390) | about 8 years ago | (#15044343)

The Simpsons. In a movie?

My eyes! The goggles do NOTHING!

"gay" tag? (3, Insightful)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | about 8 years ago | (#15044345)

What's with the "gay" tag? I thought this place was intolerant of homophobes.

-1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15044375)

Doesn't know how tagging works.

Re:"gay" tag? (4, Insightful)

Nasarius (593729) | about 8 years ago | (#15044423)

It just goes to show the mentality of some people here. For those over the age of 12, using "gay" as a generic derogatory is pretty fucking childish and insulting.

Re:"gay" tag? (0, Offtopic)

CaptainPinko (753849) | about 8 years ago | (#15044491)

Get off your high-horse and just deal with the fact that "gay" has been accepted, by a large part of the population, as a synonym for "uncool" or "lame". While it's roots are homophobic it's time to get past that. Consider that the word "slave" has racist origins (and no, in it's not related to African-Americans in anyway) and yet no one puts up a fuss. Besides, I know numerous people in the GLBTG community who use "gay" in this sense.

After all, if gay can go from meaning "happy" to "homosexual", why can't it go from "homosexual" to "lame"? This is like a PC-nightmare all over again. As someone who thinks political correctness matters, it disgusts me when people fight the wrong battles.

Re:"gay" tag? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15044548)

I'm sure most people don't even notice that using "lame" is itself non-PC, by those standards. It is derogatory to the "differently abled"; yet no one seems to have problems with using "lame".
And using "childish" is derogatory to children; "uncool" is derogatory to those in the tropics...

Re:"gay" tag? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15044596)

You know. This should really be modded up. I'd honestly completely forgotten "lame" had a prior meaning as well.

Very sharp point.

Re:"gay" tag? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15044514)

stop being a nigger

Re:"gay" tag? (1, Insightful)

4ndys (892477) | about 8 years ago | (#15044561)

For those over the age of 12, using "gay" as a generic derogatory is pretty fucking childish and insulting.

Feel free to mod me as flamebait, but I seem to be missing the point. Would that not be the intention?

Re:"gay" tag? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15044476)

that is why we should follow moviecomics lead, and for this instance spell it "ghey"

Re:"gay" tag? (5, Funny)

Dante Shamest (813622) | about 8 years ago | (#15044521)

I thought this place was intolerant of homophobes.

Windows users aren't necessarily gay, you insensitive clod.

Quickest way to Jump the Shark (2, Interesting)

Hao Wu (652581) | about 8 years ago | (#15044347)

... is to make a movie. Especially for cartoons. (Recall how suddenly Bevis & Butthead crashed?)

Re:Quickest way to Jump the Shark (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15044362)

The Beavis and Butthead movie was a success both financially and critically (for a beavis and butthead movie anyways- it was regarded as well done by fans). Beavis and Butthead declined as a result of "someone think of the children" activism after some kind started a fire and blamed it on beavis.

Re:Quickest way to Jump the Shark (3, Insightful)

Pinefresh (866806) | about 8 years ago | (#15044380)

family guy seems to be doing pretty good. And I can't think of any other animated TV shows that have been made into a movie, so I'd have to say it's about a 50/50 chance.

Re:Quickest way to Jump the Shark (2, Informative)

Hao Wu (652581) | about 8 years ago | (#15044399)

And I can't think of any other animated TV shows that have been made into a movie,

Rugrats!

I would also say Spongebob, but that show actually ended by the time the movie happened.

Re:Quickest way to Jump the Shark (1)

MagicDude (727944) | about 8 years ago | (#15044493)

And I can't think of any other animated TV shows that have been made into a movie

Transformers - The Movie

Re:Quickest way to Jump the Shark (5, Insightful)

Aqua OS X (458522) | about 8 years ago | (#15044394)

What are you talking about? Fans gobbled that stuff up.

And what about South Park The Movie... that was brilliant.

Re:Quickest way to Jump the Shark (2, Insightful)

Hao Wu (652581) | about 8 years ago | (#15044409)

Because technically, "the Jump" itself is the glorious moment (ie. the movie) -- and the "crash" happens AFTER the jump.

The B&H movie was GREAT. So great, it was never the same....

Re:Quickest way to Jump the Shark (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15044395)

South Park?

Re:Quickest way to Jump the Shark (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15044397)

Yeah, the same thing happened to this old cartoon "South Park". I don't remember what happened to the show...

Random Fact
This forgotten show is the source of a popular slashdot cliche:

1) [Insert thread topic]
2) ...
3) Profit!!!

Re:Quickest way to Jump the Shark (4, Insightful)

BewireNomali (618969) | about 8 years ago | (#15044400)

the simpsons jumped the shark a long time ago. it's a stalwart lynchpin in the Fox lineup, so they'll milk the cow until she's dry.

it's funny: my nephew's ten, and a huge fan of family guy. he thinks the simpsons are a poor imitation of the former - not funny, and not worth watching.

they'll do a movie and cash out of the franchise before its fan base and ratings erode significantly. It's good business.

In other words, the decision to do a film is a signal from Fox that they believe the swan song soon cometh.

Re:Quickest way to Jump the Shark (1)

Queer Boy (451309) | about 8 years ago | (#15044558)

my nephew's ten, and a huge fan of family guy. he thinks the simpsons are a poor imitation of the former - not funny, and not worth watching.

I'm 29 and, except that I know Simpsoms came first, I agree. I'd like to see a movie version of the Simpsons mainly because it would be a great way to wrap up the series. The brand of satire that the Simpsons has went out with the 90's.

Re:Quickest way to Jump the Shark (0)

0racle (667029) | about 8 years ago | (#15044585)

Family guy used to be funny, when it made relatively clever references to 80's pop culture. Now they make the obvious jokes with the closest thing to shock 'humour' as they can get without being South Park, and fail miserably at being funny. As such, it doesn't surprise me that a 10yr old thinks its great.

Family Guy got stupider. I mean really stupid and has degraded to the point of being little more then fart jokes, sometimes I think it was written by a 10yr old. The Simpsons hasn't changed since they shifted focus to a better character. That in itself might be something to complain about but at least they stuck to being about the stupid characters instead of the sound the fat guy can make with his ass.

Re:Quickest way to Jump the Shark (1)

halo1982 (679554) | about 8 years ago | (#15044429)

Uhhm...in case you haven't watched an episode in the past oh I don't know eight years, thats about how long its been since the Simpsons jumped the shark. It's been ages since the show has been consistently funny. Now it's just...sad. Kind of like seeing David Schwimmer in an off-Broadway play.

Re:Quickest way to Jump the Shark (1)

Hao Wu (652581) | about 8 years ago | (#15044441)

For me, the last good episode was when Barney sobered up. That was a sure sign that they took themselves far too seriously, sending this "social message" at the price of a prominent character.

Re:Quickest way to Jump the Shark (1)

Jerf (17166) | about 8 years ago | (#15044480)

What social message would that be?

Seriously, think about it. The trite answer of "you should sober up" really isn't well supported by that episode. And subsequent episodes have him eventually backsliding and returning to his old ways, though to the best of my knowledge this has never been highlighted, just something that happens in the background. Barney has certainly not been a very hopeful social message.

(I find social messages can often be tricky things. I've lost count of the pacifist races portrayed in science fiction as morally superior; Stargate SG-1 alone has had at least 4. But somehow, the forces of the story always seem to wipe them out, seriously undermining the surface-level "pacifism is superior" message. Stargate's at 2 for 4, with a third currently facing a major threat (and the forth seems to have simply disappeared off-stage since the first season oh-so-many years ago). I've always wondered how much of this is deliberate, or if authors really so rarely notice that their putative social message is directly contradicted by the story itself if they look more closely at it...)

Re:Quickest way to Jump the Shark (1)

tansey (238786) | about 8 years ago | (#15044448)

Right, and just look at how quickly South Park fell down the tubes and got cancelled..oh..wait...nvm.

Re:Quickest way to Jump the Shark (1)

Chanc_Gorkon (94133) | about 8 years ago | (#15044551)

Beavis and Butthead jumped the shark WELL before the movie. In fact, the movie largely SUCKED.

Anyone remember.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15044350)

When The Simpsons were relevant?

Isn't this series dead and tired already? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15044352)

I've always been somewhat of a Simpsons fan and I'll probably go and watch the movie in theaters when it comes out, but shouldn't they just call quits on the Simpsons as each new episode is just worst and worst.

Maybe that's where the good writing went (5, Insightful)

PapayaSF (721268) | about 8 years ago | (#15044363)

Because in the last couple of years the quality of writing on The Simpsons has taken a noticable drop. Too often the jokes are merely silly and almost random, and lack the inspired cleverness and connection to the characters and plots that made me a big fan of the show in the first place.

Yes, I know people have been complaining about a drop in quality for many years, but I felt that was arguable. The 2004-2005 season, though, really was pretty weak.

Re:Maybe that's where the good writing went (2, Insightful)

DarkNemesis618 (908703) | about 8 years ago | (#15044417)

I have to agree with you, alot of the jokes are not nearly the quality of previous seasons. However, even in some of the later episodes, a really good joke will be seen every once in a while. But yes, the overall quality has sadly dropped. I still watch them though.

Re:Maybe that's where the good writing went (2, Insightful)

quokkapox (847798) | about 8 years ago | (#15044572)

True dat. The Simpsons has jumped the shark. It's over. Nothing lasts forever.

What I'm waiting for is the next one, the show that only people with bittorrent and their friends actually know about at first, but which gets so popular so quickly that the traditional media organizations find themselves reporting about it without actually understanding it. I think Lost had that kind of potential, but it wasn't quite the right time.

What the world needs is maybe a participatory TV show, that people can consume and maybe even play a part in creating, without need for the big networks. The first one of those we see will be revolutionary. And then we'll see more and more. It's getting easier for people to create their own content, and distributing it worldwide is now trivially simple and free. If you're the CEO of a big media corporation, this is terrifying. If you're a random human with a few friends and a net connection, it's a good time to yank our culture back and return it to the hands of the people who create it.

But I still like to watch M*A*S*H re-runs occasionally. They're funny.

Ponies? (4, Funny)

phalse phace (454635) | about 8 years ago | (#15044381)

What we all want to know is will there be ponies?

Re:Ponies? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15044444)

April 1st is over. The layout is back to normal. So SHUT THE HELL UP WITH THE DAMN PONY JOKES!

Re:Ponies? (1)

popeguilty (961923) | about 8 years ago | (#15044472)

You restrict foolishness and merriment to a single day each year? Wow. I'm glad I don't know you.

Re:Ponies? (3, Funny)

PoitNarf (160194) | about 8 years ago | (#15044471)

Marge: Should the Simpsons get a horse?
Comic Book Guy: Excuse me, I believe this family already had a horse, and the expense forced Homer to work at the Kwik-E-Mart with hilarious consequences.
Homer: Does anyone care what this guy thinks?
Crowd: No! (CBG sulks away) /and I'm friggin sick of that Pony BS too

Pre-pre-movie-ads. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15044382)

"From the article: "A 25-second trailer for the film has been shown to US audiences at screenings of Ice Age: The Meltdown, promising to introduce 'the greatest hero in American history'. It then cut to Homer Simpson, wearing only his underwear, who admitted: 'I forgot what I was supposed to say.'"

So much for pre-movie ads being worthless.

OOOOkkkkkaaayyy! (-1, Flamebait)

threedognit3 (854836) | about 8 years ago | (#15044385)

Don't care...blah.blah.blah.

Re:OOOOkkkkkaaayyy! (2, Insightful)

neoform (551705) | about 8 years ago | (#15044420)

Really? I think you should go tell everyone about every story that you don't care about. No wait, even better, everytime you see something you don't care about, tell people about it, and not only that, expect them to care about you not caring.

Obligatory apostrohpic jihad notice. (1)

Masque (20587) | about 8 years ago | (#15044405)

The Simpson is Movie, Zonk?

Apostrophes are for possessives and contractions. Pluralization does not allow an apostrophe.

Re:Obligatory apostrohpic jihad notice. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15044414)

Yeah, if they're going to misuse an apostraphe, atleast only do it once... It should be "Simpsons' movie!"

Re:Obligatory apostrohpic jihad notice. (1)

Phroggy (441) | about 8 years ago | (#15044446)

Did you mean "aspostrophic"? Please double-check your own spelling when criticizing someone else's grammar. ;-)

Re:Obligatory apostrohpic jihad notice. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15044479)

nah, it's just a movie Simpson has - in the works, apparently. Yo, Zonk, which Simpson, btw?

I forgot what I was supposed to say. (0)

neoshroom (324937) | about 8 years ago | (#15044421)

A 25-second trailer for the film has been shown to US audiences at screenings of Ice Age: The Meltdown, promising to introduce "the greatest hero in American history". It then cut to Homer Simpson, wearing only his underwear, who admitted: "I forgot what I was supposed to say."

Doh.

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Re:I forgot what I was supposed to say. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15044442)

His underwear AND a Superman T-Shirt.

Tagging? (4, Insightful)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | about 8 years ago | (#15044434)

Ok, so it looks like a naughty monkey finally got into the tagging system. Taco...how exactly do you plan on dealing with "tag trolls" (I'm hereby coining this phrase!) who put in tags like "gay" and other childish things that no longer apply to post-April Fools stories?

Re:Tagging? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15044451)

On a related note, I'm waiting for the tag spamming. I'm surprised that neither of these has become a real problem yet.

Oh wait, maybe I shouldn't post this but instead create a new company that focuses on the latter.

Re:Tagging? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15044470)

tags are for fags

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They're already dealt with. (1)

physicsphairy (720718) | about 8 years ago | (#15044508)

We have the so caleld "tag trolls" taken care of for the rest of time in two [i]predictable[/i] and generally irrelevant tags.

I suggest sucking it up. At least this way the tag system remains useful. Unpredictability == useless.

Re:Tagging? (1)

adtifyj (868717) | about 8 years ago | (#15044549)

"tag trolls" (I'm hereby coining this phrase!)


You're actually going to coin it?? Heaven forbid!!

I'll race you to the trademark office...

Lame (0, Troll)

Odin_Tiger (585113) | about 8 years ago | (#15044454)

Good God. You mean to say I heard about this from a dang preview in the movie theater in my butt-funk teeny 10k population town that never gets movies within a week of everywhere else before /. got the word? Wow. Come -on-.

Re:Lame (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15044534)

I know...my girlfriend dragged me to this movie and the simpsons preview was the best part of it.

Movie Traditions (5, Insightful)

Jerf (17166) | about 8 years ago | (#15044485)

Traditionally, a television series made into a movie is an opportunity to do two things: To tell a Really Big story that just wouldn't fit in one episode, and to spend more money on special effects than you could on one episode.

The second really isn't a problem. But what story is too big for a Simpsons episode? Given the unreality of the series, what premise could carry a movie that shouldn't simply be an episode?

About the only storyline not used several times is the death of one of the major characters (and I mean a Simpson, not Mrs. Flanders). Which would make for a pretty disappointing movie, I think, not to mention some very out-of-character writing in all likelihood. I mean, what are they going to do, have Homer heroically sacrifice himself to save Springfield? (Not to mention they've basically done that a number of times, minus actual death...)

Oh well. It's quite likely that it will be at least average, given the state of movies lately, and what more can you ask for?

Re:Movie Traditions (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15044530)

Given the unreality of the series, what premise could carry a movie that shouldn't simply be an episode?

I'm sure they'll come up with something. The Family Guy folks managed to come up with a movie [amazon.com] that stands up very well when you watch it all at once, but can also be divided into three parts that could each be televised in a 30-minute timeslot if they so desired to air it.

Re:Movie Traditions (1)

Queer Boy (451309) | about 8 years ago | (#15044598)

I mean, what are they going to do

The kids finally age? Marge gets pregnant? They move from Springfield?

Odd BBC Reporting (0, Offtopic)

rockwood (141675) | about 8 years ago | (#15044517)

BCC reporting this?? It's a little odd that a major news source is only now releasing this. I saw the add for this movie over a week ago... Ad oddly enough they do have a slightly resemblence to the real Simpon's - well, I don't feel that marge does, but you couldn't get her that kind of hair-do, as the realistic part would have gone straight out the window. Has anyone else seen this preview before these news releases? Make you wonder if the news release is actually a follow-up for a mis-air preview (that was not suppose to air) and decide to confirm it so that it doesn't look like a mistake?

Re:Odd BBC Reporting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15044576)

BBC RSS feed had this reported about a week ago too...

April Fools? (0, Offtopic)

krunk4ever (856261) | about 8 years ago | (#15044602)

Is this an April Fools? I mean the 25 sec clip could easily mean last week's opening sequence where they had British actors perform the opening sequence to Simpsons and somehow BBC took the bait? or maybe we're taking the bait...

You can watch the clip here (though the clip is ~1 min long; not the 25secs they mentioned):
http://media.putfile.com/The-Real-Simpsons45 [putfile.com]

Preview was a dud (5, Informative)

kyndig (579355) | about 8 years ago | (#15044603)

I just went and watched Ice Age 2. It had a preview for The Simpsons. The preview was of a SuperMan shield scrolling up, and then an image of Homer sitting on a couch. The preview stated The Simpsons Movie would be out July 27th 2007 ( almost a year away!..one heck of a trailer )

Movie script idea (2, Funny)

xamomike (831092) | about 8 years ago | (#15044607)

I think Homer and Peter from Family guy should get together on a bender. That alone would make a hella movie. :)
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