I have finally been able to watch the long awaited & anticipated full length movie of the world’s most loved family. The Simpsons Movie came to me via some Japanese website, that looks a lot like Youtube, streaming in the animated humour for my eyes. The movie starts with them making fun of us – the Simpsons are in a movie theatre watching a full length Itchy & Scratchy film, when Homer yells “boring” to the screen and states why would we want to spend money to watch a movie about something we can see on our tv screens for free each week! Ring a bell? Anyway, the rock band Green Day are killed when the barge they were performing on gets erroded by the polluted waters of Lake Springfield. Lisa holds a town seminar, aided by a similarly thinking Irish boy, after which the mayor declares that the town folk should stop polluting their waters. However, Homer ends up making it worse – he dumps a silo filled with pig poop (don’t ask, he adopts a pig as his pet) into the lake which makes the water toxic. Russ Cargill, head of the EPA, takes drastic action by enclosing Springfield in a giant glass dome, after taking permission from the US President.
Upon discovering that the silo was Homer’s pig’s, the town folk torch the Simpsons household. The family escapes through a sink hole and move to Alaska. As they settled into life in their new locations, a crack in the dome causes Cargill to make the drastic decision of destroying the entire town by a bomb. When the Simpsons find this out, all but Homer want to help stop the destruction. They leave him behind and leave to rescue Springfield, only to be captured and placed back in the dome. After a visit with a mysterious Inuit shaman, Homer has an epiphany that he must “become selfless” and save the city and proceeds to doing so.
Just as he gets there, a helicopter appears above Springfield and lowers a bomb suspended by rope through a hole in the dome. Homer climbs to the peak of the dome and descends the rope, knocking the escaping townspeople and bomb off. Homer then notices a motorcycle, and grabs the bomb. He reunites with Bart and they cycle up the side of the dome and Bart throws the bomb through the hole, seconds before detonation. The bomb then explodes on the peak of the dome, shattering it. The town praises Homer, who rides off with Marge on the motorcycle into the sunset. The film concludes with the townspeople restoring Springfield back to normal.
Highlights of the movie? Bart skating through the town naked (yeah, they do show his free willy), Homer bonding with his new pet pig “Spiderpig”, Lisa falling for the Irish boy Colin & Homer’s epiphany. Lo-lites? Yes, its way too short. But I loved it!