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Thursday, July 26, 2007

entry arrow11:39 AM | I Want to Eat My Shorts Already

Entertainment Weekly has a great exclusive feature on the much-anticipated The Simpsons Movie. An excerpt from the article by Dan Snierson:

On July 27, Fox's worshipped, Emmy-encrusted comedy — featuring Homer Simpson, a man so dumb he once called a spoon "that ... metal deelie ...you use to ... dig ... food" — finally hits theaters. The Simpsons Movie promises to be an emotional saga about a man who falls for a pig, ignores his wife's advice, and potentially dooms his town. It also aims to honor the show's rich history (coming this fall: season 19) with physical gags, corner-of-your-screen winks, and beloved Springfieldians (Nelson! Chief Wiggum! That old man with the ZZ Top beard!). Yet this 35mm mission wasn't easy: Cows were had, shorts eaten. But after all the blood, sweat, and Duff beers, Homer's helpers think they've created something entertaining enough to pay for, maybe even woo-hoo!-worthy. And they know what's at stake: a billion-plus-dollar franchise's good name. "Nobody wants to be the one that rams the ship into the iceberg," says [creator Matt] Groening, who first scribbled the Simpson clan in 1987 for [writer-producer Albert] Brooks' The Tracey Ullman Show.

Or as [writer-producer Al] Jean sums up: "As an event, I think it'll be somewhere between Sgt. Pepper's the album and Sgt. Pepper's the movie."

I feel so much more excited anticipation for this movie than I ever had for Transformers. Robots I'm ho-hum about. Yellow, four-fingered people I get. But this is turning out to be a great year for movies already... Ratatouille, Away From Her, La Vie en Rose, Zodiac, Waitress, Sunshine, Hairspray, Knocked Up, Sicko, and a slate of upcoming movies (The Golden Age, Lions for Lambs, Lust Caution, The Golden Compass, Becoming Jane, Atonement, Charlie Wilson's War, Revolutionary Road...) that has all of us salivating like mad.

I've never felt this excited since 1993, a year which had Steven Spielberg's double-whammo of Schindler's List and Jurassic Park bookending cinematic storytelling at its best.


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