Summer Movie Preview: ""The Simpsons Movie""

    A Simpsons movie has been in the works for years and – unlike the ladies of “”Sex and the City,”” who got off the pot – Matt Groening and James L. Brooks have shat out a full-length animated feature film, creatively titled “”The Simpsons Movie.””

    Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

    While the last few seasons of this immortal show have been subpar, “”The Simpsons”” is so legendary that the movie is a must-see whether or not it provides subtle political wisecracks like the good ol’ days or nonstop donut jokes like the more modern episodes. The publicized plot – Homer must save the world from an environmental catastrophe for which he is responsible – suggests a new social consciousness, but the promo poster is also donut-centric, so we’ll just have to wait until July to find out what’s in store.

    All of the producers, directors, writers and voices are on board and if they put in the effort that we saw before Fox lowered its standards and beat the show into the ground (see over 400 episodes and only 300 passable plotlines), then we could be in for one of the best cartoons-turned-movies of all time. “”South Park”” and “”Family Guy”” were both “”meh”” in their cinematic debuts, but Groening has proven his talent and ability can effectively transcend the limitations of a 23-minute broadcast.

    Although I have my doubts and will go into the theater skeptical and most likely under the influence, I won’t have a cow if it disappoints. “”The Simpsons”” played such an important role in my upbringing that it deserves my respect and adoration no matter what. July 27.

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