Raking in just under $72 million in the box-office in the first weekend of the July 27, release, the animated hit TV show made its big screen debut in typical Simpsons fashion. With over-the-top sight gags, and cerebral humor for the seasoned intellectual (those crazy Ivy League writers), typical Simpsons fans are sure not be disappointed.
This isn’t a Lisa episode, folks.
Just like every first viewing of a Simpsons episode, the Simpsons Movie haunts viewers with the need to watch it again. There is too much missed in the first viewing due to the laughter.
The big screen production dripped of wit, contemporary satire, and a bounty of sight gags, a la typical Simpsons style. Just when the viewer bought the gag, another propelled them over the top, with a crescendo in a scene with full frontal nudity.
Viewers have come to expect to see some images of a butt, be it Homer’s, or Bart’s, but this is the first instance of a character’s genitalia as a clear-cut visual. It happened so fast, if you blinked (or were laughing too hard) you missed it.
The story is focused on relationships; between father and son, husband and wife, and population and government. A parallel theme is loss and redemption.