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->'''EPA Official:''' Sir, I'm afraid you've gone mad with power.
->'''Russ Cargill:''' Of course I have! You ever tried going mad ''without'' power? It's boring! No one listens to you!

'''''The Simpsons Movie''''' is a 2007 [[TheMovie theatrical film adaptation]] of, well, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. The film's production was famously stuck in DevelopmentHell for most of the series' run, with the film having been commissioned around 2001 and movie plans going back as far as the episode "Kamp Krusty" in ''1992''. The plot of the film centers on Homer essentially being an idiot (what else is new?), but this time it actually comes to bite him in the behind when he [[BigDamnMovie becomes responsible for nearly destroying the entire town of Springfield]]. This being ''The Simpsons Movie'', the entire Simpson family becomes entangled in the plot of the BigBad (power-hungry EPA agent Russ Cargill, who is [[KnightTemplar hell-bent on saving the world from pollution]]); he first encases the town in a dome, then decides to turn it into a second Grand Canyon with a small nuke.

It currently holds a 90% at RottenTomatoes, and scored enthusiastic praise from critics. The movie also did extremely well at the box office, and a sequel was even hinted during the end credits. It is the most financially successful hand-drawn animated feature film based on a TV show, and the most successful hand-drawn film in the new millennium in general.
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!!This film provides examples of:
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* AffectionateGestureToTheHead: A kid in a commercial asks Creator/TomHanks to tousle his hair. Magic sparkles appear as he does.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: [[http://news.slashdot.org/story/09/11/09/1317223/vermont-city-almost-encased-in-a-1-mile-dome There actually have been proposals to put domes over cities to combat environmental problems.]]
* AmericansHateTingle: {{Discussed|Trope}} in-universe -- Homer's second stab at an epiphany with the Inuit shaman amounts to "Americans will never embrace soccer."
%%* AmusingInjuries
* ArmiesAreEvil: Russ Cargill and the EPA.
* AsHimself: Tom Hanks.
** As well as Music/GreenDay.
%%* AstonishinglyAppropriateInterruption
* {{Badass}}: The family gets their moments. Homer knocking out a soldier in one punch and climbing up the side of a dome with just glue is fairly badass.
** [[spoiler:As is motorcycling up the dome to stop the nuke.]]
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Homer's apology to Bart: "Of course I care about you. What father wouldn't care about... ''[sees Spiderpig in the corner of his eye]'' A PIG WEARING A HAT!"
** When Marge is lecturing Homer on being environmentally friendly, Homer is distracted by a mental image of a toy monkey playing the cymbals. The monkey notices that Homer is distracted and sternly points to Marge.
** Marge also gets in on the act. "The most important thing, Lisa, is that he loves you, and love is the most important thing because how did these pig tracks get on the ceiling?"
* BigBad: Russ Cargill.
%%* BigDamnMovie
* BigNo: The DVD contains a deleted scene where Homer takes a [[SausageStringSilliness ride on a sausage truck]]. After he leaves, the driver checks his cargo. Anyone who knows [[BigEater Homer]] probably expected the driver's reaction.
* BilingualBonus; There's a scene that shows for roughly two seconds with a bunch of signs in different languages. For example, the Korean sign says "Learn to speak English with a Texan accent".
** The Russian sign says: "Learn to speak English or, get out"
* BinocularShot: Parodied, when we see the POV of someone looking through binoculars and ZOOMING IN, complete with blurring and refocusing, before cutting to reveal Homer's just looking through his hands. And rotating them to activate the zoom effect.
* {{Black Helicopter}}s[=/=][[VanInBlack Black Vans]]: Both used by the EPA.
* BookEnds: The family sitting in the cinema, and also Homer repairing the house's roof.
* {{Bowdlerization}}: "In the name of American squeamishness," the TV version of this movie that aired on {{FOX}}, the cable channel FX, and the Canadian channel Global have edited the following scenes from this movie:
** Bart's naked skateboard ride through town: On FOX and Global, the sequence is shortened so we don't see Bart riding through the hedge with his genitals covered, then uncovered when he skates past the open section nor do we see Bart crash into the restaurant at which Ned Flanders and his sons are eating and say "Bountiful...PENIS!" as they're praying. On FX, the sequence was shown, only the open space where Bart's genitals are shown is covered with a CensorBox that reads, "EUROPEAN VERSION ONLY."
** Homer getting stuck in the sinkhole: On FOX and Global, the part where Homer flips off the townspeople as he's sinking has the middle/ring fingers removed, making it look as if Homer is shaking his fists in anger (or some weak form of defeat).
** The bomb: Marge's line, "Somebody throw the goddamn bomb!!" was changed on FOX and Global to "Somebody throw the bomb!" with a scene splice. FX altered the line to "Just throw the damn bomb!" (the "God" part was muted out).
** Otto smoking marijuana through a bong near the end of the movie was cut on FOX and Global.
** Homer's line, "That could be anyone's pig crap!" after watching the news report about the dumped silo had "pig crap" changed to "silo."
** FOX (for reasons unknown) shortened Homer and Marge's conversation about how Homer mistook 4:00 pm for 7:00 pm (which is when ''Access Hollywood'' comes on).
*** When the movie aired on FX on June of 2012, the "Bountiful penis" part was left in (but the nudity was still covered with the "European Version Only" bar), Homer's middle fingers weren't digitally removed during the sequence where Homer is stuck in the sinkhole, Marge's line "Someone throw the Goddamn bomb!" wasn't altered, and Otto smoking a bong was left uncut.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Homer's attempt to manufacture an epiphany: "Bananas are an excellent source of potassium! Americans will never embrace soccer? More than two shakes and it's playing with yourself?"
* BullyHunter: Martin, after thinking everything is going to hell.
* ButtMonkey: During the opening of the film, Music/GreenDay play an environmental concert on a floating barge in Lake Springfield (it's also been established that this was a free show). Three-and-a-half hours into the set, they try to talk about the environment. The crowd '''''immediately''''' turns on them, pelting them with garbage and shouting derisive things about them. Even better, the lake is highly polluted (as in, "more corrosive than hydrochloric acid"), and eventually the barge/stage begins to break down and sink. Green Day goes down with the ship (parodying the sinking of the ''Titanic'', with Mike Dirnt saying, "ItHasBeenAnHonor" and the three members of the band playing violins as they sink to their deaths)
** Homer is at his most heroic, and he also suffers from the most painful and humiliating injuries imaginable, even in his epiphany.
* {{Callback}}[=/=]ContinuityNod[=/=]MythologyGag:
** Numerous cameos by supporting and lesser-known characters of the show, especially in crowd scenes.
** When Bart skateboards in the nude, he swings around a pole in a shot replicated from the theme song sequence on the show.
** President Schwarzenegger is modeled after, and has the voice of, Rainier Wolfcastle -- a character from the show created to parody Schwarzenegger.
** The police shooting into the sandbox, which then turns into something of a black hole, is reminiscent of Chief Wiggum doing the same with the alternate dimension in "Treehouse of Horror VI."
** Some of Russ Cargill's lines (see page quote) evoke Hank Scorpio ("You Only Move Twice"). Both characters are voiced by Creator/AlbertBrooks, who improvised heavily in each role, and are insane men in authority positions (WordOfGod reveals that Hank Scorpio was supposed to be the villain in the movie, but it was changed to Russ Cargill since Hank Scorpio's last appearance was over a decade ago).
** Homer's epiphany begins with a CouchGag.
** Moe, in a RunningGag from the series, thinks Marge's name is "Midge."
** The crashed ambulance from the end of "Bart the Daredevil" is ''still'' seen near Springfield Gorge in the climax.
** When entering church at the start of the movie, Homer says, "Praise Jebus!" Homer had previously used the name "Jebus" a few times in the episode "Missionary: Impossible".
*** Before that, Homer was walking into the church saying "These pious morons are too busy talking to their phony-baloney God." At first this might seem like a standard jab at the religious, but in the episode "HOMR", after [[ItMakesSenseInContext having a crayon removed from his brain and vastly increasing his intelligence,]] Homer, while working on a flat tax proposal, [[AchievementsInIgnorance accidentally proved God did not exist.]] Since the discovery was airtight, and put Flanders in a terrible mood, it would make sense that Homer would still remember it several years later.
** When Homer and Marge's wedding is shown on the tape the song "Close to You" begins to play, following Homer as he flees outside. "[[WholeEpisodeFlashback The Way We Was]]" used this same song when they first met in high school.
* TheCameo: Creator/TomHanks, and boy, is it lampshaded.
* CaptivityHarmonica: Hibbert plays it briefly.
* CarpetRolledCorpse: Fat Tony and his thugs arrive at Lake Springfield with a rolled-up carpet. Police Chief Wiggum deters them, stating that no further waste dumping will occur at the lake. Though his fellow officers are suspicious, Chief Wiggum points out that Fat Tony mentioned "yard waste," so there couldn't be a corpse in the carpet roll.
* CassandraTruth: The page-topping quote. While it seems like blatant HypocriticalHumor, you have to step back to think about it: would a random person listen to the ramblings of a psychotic who is just lying on the street, or would they rather obey someone that went off the deep end of a MoralEventHorizon while still being extremely successful and highly influential?
* ChekhovsGun: More like "Chekhov's motorcycle, wedding tape, sinkhole, and lake.
** ChekhovsSkill: Chekhov's motorcycle stunt.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: By the truckload.
** The town meeting is more concerned about the scissor lift not working than the environmental problem.
** Homer finds a jetpack, but his sight is drawn towards a more convoluted "climbing the dome with superglue" plan.
** "We have a wedding tape?"
* ConspicuousCG: The vehicles and many of the backgrounds are noticeably cel-shaded, unlike in the main series.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: While not head of a corporation during the events of the movie, Russ Cargill used to run a Fortune 500 company.
* CutawayGag: Two.
-->'''Cargill''': We've found a way to ''permanently'' take Springfield off the map.
-->''(Cut to man driving on highway, looking at G.P.S. Springfield appears larger than the other markers on the G.P.S.)''
-->'''Female G.P.S. Voice''': Coming up on your right... (The "Springfield" icon disappears) ''...nothing.''
-->''(Man stares at G.P.S., confused)''
** The second:
-->'''Flanders''': Now, whenever my boys bake up a batch of "frownies", I take 'em fishin'. Does your dad ever take ''you fishing?
-->''(Bart thinks about the answer as the scene cuts to Homer attaching a bug zapper to a car battery)''
-->'''Bart''': Dad, it's not fair to use a ''bug zapper'' to kill the fish!
-->'''Homer''': Now, son, if you like fish as much as I do, you want them to die with dignity!
-->''(Homer inserts zapper into lake, sending current along entire surface)''
-->''(Several different marine species, including a diver, all rise to the surface, dead)''
-->'''Homer''': I think I have a nibble!
-->''(Touches fish, is electrocuted, and bites down, proceeding to eat the fish and getting zapped viciously)''
* CriminalDoppelganger: Inverted. Bart draws over a wanted poster so that it looks like a different family... who happen to be real people and get caught instead of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* {{Crawl}}:
-->'''[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Watch [[Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader Are You Smarter than a Celebrity? ]]
"--Wednesdays on FOX. [[LampshadeHanging That's right, we even advertise shows during movies now]].]]'''
* CreativeClosingCredits: A number of short sketches take place during the ending credits.
* DarkReprise: A creepier version of "Spider Pig" plays in the background when [[spoiler:Homer is having his hallucination/nightmare.]] It's also in the credits. Sleep tight!
** Hell, even the ''theme song'' gets this a couple times!
* {{Deconstruction}}: In the movie, Homer's normally idiotic, selfish behavior create some realistic problems with his family for the first time in years. Bart begins to despise his own father because of Homer's lack of care and hilarious abuse for him and tries to find a father figure in Ned, and Marge eventually leaves him for being a selfish, apathetic dick, taking the children with her.
** The issue of pollution. While normally Springfield seems perfectly fine, in here it becomes so deadly [[WellIntentionedExtremist the United States are willing to lock away]] [[spoiler: and later [[MoralEventHorizon destroy]]]] Springfield to prevent it poisoning the planet. It could be considered a MythologyGag, due to the Simpsons' long running gag about the Nuclear Power Plant (remember the three-eyed fish?).
* DisneyCreaturesOfTheFarce: The sex scene in the movie is an obvious send up of classic ''Snow White'' and ''Sleeping Beauty'' moments.
** HeadTiltinglyKinky... or a HeroicBSOD
* DoomedHometown: Springfield, after the EPA decides to put a dome on it and later [[spoiler:destroy it]].
** So it's both [[DomedHometown Domed]] ''[[JustForPun and]]'' Doomed.
%%* DrivenToSuicide: The bomb defusing robot.
* DrunkWithPower: Happens to Russ Cargill.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Homer's pig-waste silo, which he marked "PIG CRAP."
* FacePalm: Maggie, after failing several times to point out her sinkhole escape.
* FanDisservice (or plain 'ole {{Squick}}): Bart's naked scene ain't much [[spoiler:until he rides past a fence with a hole in it, showing a (rather lengthy) shot of ''10-year old'' Bart's penis and testicles.]]
* {{Flanderization}}: Surprisingly averted (given the recent episodes from the TV series); pretty much all the characters act closer to their early-to-mid-nineties portrayal, particularly Ned Flanders with Bart, and Marge arguably reaches emotional depth unexplored in the series. Though Homer is still a JerkAss, [[JerkassRealization he actually realizes that his latest boneheaded plan is the worst thing he's ever done... so far]].
** Although there's a ''literal'' Flanderization that may be LampshadeHanging: Bart draws Ned's trademark mustache and hair on a picture of Homer to show his disapproval at Homer's parenting.
* FlippingTheBird: Homer flips off the AngryMob with both hands as he escapes down a sinkhole. Then he gets stuck and tries to use the fingers to dig himself out.
** Homer is one of the rare examples of a [[WesternAnimation/TheNineLivesOfFritzTheCat four-fingered character that can do this]].
* [[FictionFiveHundred Fiction 500]]: The never-mentioned company to which Russ Cargill belonged, and still belongs, before being appointed head of the EPA. From what we've seen of its resources so far, they have enough funds to produce a dome to permanently seal in a giant metropolis like Springfield, set up extremely hi-tech security cameras all around said metropolis and produce a bomb powerful enough that, when detonated, can leave a crater the size of the Grand Canyon.
* Foreshadowing: Grampa warns the Simpsons about the upcoming crisis and who are going to cause it.
* ForgotFlandersCouldDoThat: Ned Flanders himself had this happen, as Bart becomes annoyed with Homer's JerkAss ways, and begins viewing Flanders as a better father figure who's very caring, if still quirky.
* FugitiveArc: After the authorities are after the family for escaping from the dome.
%%* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Homer climbing the dome.
* FunWithSubtitles:
-->'''"TO BE CONTINUED"'''
-->...
-->'''"IMMEDIATELY"'''
* GeographicFlexibility: Evergreen Terrace is at the very edge of Springfield, and Moe's Bar (which usually doesn't have that sign) is suddenly next to the church. The hill Mr. Burns' mansion is on is at a much higher altitude as well.
* GogglesDoNothing: At the end of the movie, Homer continues to re-shingle the roof, but Bart hands him a pair of goggles so he doesn't hammer himself in the eye [[BookEnds like he did earlier.]] This protects his eyes, but doesn't stop him from [[CrowningMomentOfFunny nailing the shingles into his leg and falling off the roof.]]
* GoodLuckGesture: Homer hopes that Ned Flanders confesses to being gay. He intensely crosses his fingers.
-->'''Ned Flanders''': The Good Lord is telling me to confess to something...
-->'''Homer Simpson''': ''[his fingers crossed]'' Gay, gay, gay, gay, gay, gay, gay...
* GirlfriendInCanada: Played with and inverted.
-->'''Lisa:''' Oh wait, I didn't tell you the best part: he loves the environment. Ooh wait, I still didn't tell you the best part: he's got an Irish brogue! No no, wait wait, I still didn't tell you the best part: ''he's not imaginary''!
* GovernmentConspiracy
* GreenAesop: Played straight and subverted. Although there is a green message, the villain of the movie happens to work for the E.P.A., and is perfectly happy to kill everyone in Springfield [[KnightTemplar in the name of protecting the environment]]. Oh, and in case you forgot this is ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', so both sides are mocked.
** Parodied at the beginning - one GreenAesop kills Music/GreenDay.
* GroinAttack: When the crowd is booing Music/GreenDay for trying to preach the environment, Moe throws a rock which passes through one of the drums and is implied to have hit the drummer in the crotch.
** And again with Homer's epiphany, when a tree kicks him in the crotch for his attempted masturbation epiphany.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Lisa to Colin.
* HeroicTeamRevolt: When Homer refuses to help Springfield, the rest of the family goes back without him.
* HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs: Homer has a "vision quest" when he was given some kind of (apparently spicy) herbal tea by an Inuit woman and did throat-singing with her. He ends up getting ripped apart by trees until he figures out that he's been totally selfish.
* ImpossiblyCompactFolding: At one point, Homer folds up a billboard sized poster of Alaska down to the size of a business card and places it in his pocket.
* IncrediblyLamePun: "Trappuchino" is meant to be a lame news headline.
* InternalRetcon: Springfield is removed from [=GPSes=] by the government, and Creator/TomHanks' advertisement for the "second Grand Canyon" states that nothing ever existed east of Shelbyville or south of Capitol City.
* IWillShowYouX: "I'll teach you to laugh at something that's funny!"
* JerkAss: Homer actually starts out in more of his Mike Scully-era persona. However, this time, his jerkish behavior winds up causing his family to abandon him in Alaska, makes him the target of the town, and turns him into a federal criminal.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Once he realizes that Marge and the family are leaving him, Homer quickly realizes that his family kept him going, and he tries his hardest to repent.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Double subverted with Russ Cargill. The only reason he was ever trying to [[spoiler: blow up Springfield]] was to prevent the pollution from spreading, but he went out of his way to [[spoiler: try and nuke the townspeople as well]], tricked the president into approving of this plan, didn't even attempt to find another solution, and is clearly DrunkWithPower.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: CARGILL. There was no need for him to [[spoiler:nuke Springfield after sealing it in the dome.]]
* JugglingLoadedGuns: Provides the page image, Chief Wiggum can't carry enough donuts, so he stacks them on the barrel of his gun, and eats them straight off it. The gun goes off while he's between bites, blowing a hole through his hat. He says "Whoa, that was close!" [[RefugeInAudacity and continues eating]]
* KillEmAll: Cargill ultimately plans to [[spoiler:do this to Springfield with [[NukeEm a timed nuclear bomb]].]]
* KnightTemplar: Russ Cargill.
* TheKeyIsBehindTheLock: Prof. Frink has invented a drill that could cut through the dome and free them all. "It's right there, out... side the dome."
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: The DVD Commentary notes that the ''Disney/{{Bambi}}''-like forest creatures in Marge and Homer's love scene still have that distinct Simpsons overbite.
* LittleMissBadass: When the mob breaks into the Simpsons' house, Maggie scares off Mister Teeny (the chimp) with a broken bottle and a glare. Near the end of the movie, she [[spoiler:drops a rock on the head of Russ Cargill, knocking him out, just when he's about to [[KarmicDeath shoot Homer.]]]]
* MegaCorp: The EPA... ironically.
* TheMillstone: Homer is this to his family and the entire town.
* MomentKiller: Lisa has a romantic moment with Colin (WindowLove variant), during which Bart immediately mocks, "Lisa has a boyfriend... [[JerkAss that she'll never see again]]." [[spoiler:*PUNCH*]]
* MoodWhiplash: This movie likes to switch up very fast between slapstick, regular Simpsons humor, drama and black comedy.
* MouthCam: Homer before he meets Plopper.
* MustacheVandalism: Bart mustaches a WantedPoster of Homer - now it looks just like Guy Incognito, who gets beaten & arrested.
* NegativeContinuity: Other than a few brief cameos by Plopper[=/=]Spider-Pig and the Inuit Boob Lady and the season 19 première after the movie's release having modified opening titles, and a still wrecked Springfield, the movie's impact has rarely been brought up on the show, though the ''The Simpsons'' episode "The Fool Monty" [[spoiler: Mr. Burns attempts to put a giant dome over the town; however, everyone complains that ItsBeenDone and decides not to do it.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Homer near-immediately subverts Lisa's clean-up efforts, '''and''' gets the town a nice, big lockdown dome around it. [[spoiler: Near the end, he tries to break into the dome and foils the town's attempt to escape before they're nuked. He quickly makes up for that though with his motorcycle stunt.]]
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: Lampshaded. Lisa wouldn't leave the theatre until she saw this message. Strangely enough the text itself is played completely straight.
* NoEndorHolocaust: The dome around the city is destroyed, and the only person to die is Dr Nick. [[spoiler:Even then, [[UnexplainedRecovery he gets better]].]]
* OffTheChart: Lisa's graph illustrating the lake's pollution is like this.
* {{Oireland}}: Colin.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: President Schwarzenegger is the President Buffoon kind: "I was elected to ''lead'', not to read."
** To be fair, Schwarzenegger did end up having second thoughts and was reluctant to pick an option randomly and even said he should read over the options. Not that it mattered anyway, since [[spoiler:Russ Cargill tricked him into picking at random (kind of) again.]]
* PrecisionFStrike:
--> '''Marge:''' SOMEBODY THROW THE GODDAMN BOMB!
* RuleOfCool: Homer and Bart saving the town by driving a motorcycle across the dome's walls.
* SceneryCensor: Subverted. Boys, before we eat, don't forget to thank The Lord for this bountiful... '''PENIS!!!'''
** Also subverted when Bart was riding naked on his skateboard, and for a solid 10 seconds, at least five parts of the scenery conveniently cover Bart's genitals. That is, until Bart passes behind a shrub with a gap to conveniently ONLY show Bart's genitals while the rest of his body is shrouded.
* SceneryGorn: The ruined Springfield, particularly the town square.
* SceneryPorn: The Alaska scenes.
* SelfDeprecation: The two "bunny trailers" lampshade this movie's relative ugliness in comparison to all the CG films on the scene.
* SequelSnark: When the family is watching the credits at the end, Maggie's first word (that they've heard, at least) is "Sequel?".
* SexyDiscretionShot: The sex scene with Homer and Marge in the Disney spoof scene.
* ShoutOut: President Arnold Schwarzenegger says [[Film/{{Twins}} "I miss]] [[Film/{{Junior}} Danny DeVito"'.]]
* SmugSnake: Russ Cargill is a pretty big one.
* StartingANewLife: After the entire Simpson family is run out of Springfield, they go to Alaska to start anew
* TakeThat:
** Right at the beginning, Homer lampshades his own movie when he calls everyone in the theater a "giant sucker" for paying to see something they get on TV for free. "Especially you!"
** Bart, wearing a bra like Mickey Mouse ears. Doubles as HypocriticalHumor.
-->'''Bart:''' Look Mom, I'm the mascot of [[{{Disney}} an evil corporation!]]
** Many toward the US Government and the EPA, notably when the government apparently surveillances ''everything'' and when Tom Hanks states that the US government has so little credibility that they have to borrow from him.
** There's a TakeThat toward oil drilling companies destroying Alaska's beauty when the family reaches the Alaskan border.
** Russ Cargill's plan is a TakeThat towards environmentalists who take their ideology too far and value "saving the planet" over human life.
** In TheStinger, a Squeaky Voiced Teen is sweeping away gum at the theatre. It's implied that he's the film's assistant manager, and this is where four years of film school lead him.
** The DVD Commentary confirms that the Grand Theft Walrus sequence was a Take That toward [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins the Penguin craze started by]] ''Film/MarchOfThePenguins'' and ''WesternAnimation/HappyFeet''.
** The first Simpsons Movie trailer takes a comical jab at 3D animation by stating "In a time where computer animation brings us worlds of unsurpassed beauty, one film dares to be ugly." Unfortunately, the cute bunny involved in the trailer didn't make it.
* ThisIsNoTimeForKnitting: When they are in the treehouse surrounded by the angry mob, and they don't know how to get out, Maggie keeps pointing to the sandbox, but Marge assumes she wants to play in the sand and tells her "Not now!" and "We'll play later!". When Maggie finally jumps, Marge realizes that she wanted them to jump into the sinkhole beneath the sandbox so that they'll reappear on the other side of the dome, where the mob can't see them.
* TimeBomb: At the end.
* ToBeContinued: Parodied with an [[ToBeContinuedRightNow "immediately"]] around the beginning of the third act.
* TokenRomance: Let's be honest -- would the plot have been significantly different if Lisa hadn't been given a random new LoveInterest?
* TookALevelInBadass: '''Martin Prince''' of all people.
-->'''Martin:''' This feels good! No wonder you do it!
* TrailersAlwaysLie: While a BigDamnMovie in of itself, the "world" isn't really at stake, only a single town and the movie is a lot more gag-based and emotional than the trailers imply. A scene from the ''Itchy & Scratchy'' cartoon at the beginning of the film is included in a trailer as if it was part of the plot the film proper. Also, Reverend Lovejoy at no point says "here comes the money shot".
** The latter is a MissingTrailerScene, replaced by Comic Book Guy showing Marge the cell phone video.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The trailers also spoil that [[spoiler: Springfield is going to get nuked if the Simpsons don't stop the EPA.]]
* TrailerSpoof: Several examples.
** An early trailer pretended to be for ''Film/{{Superman}} Returns'', but it was just Homer wearing a ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'' shirt.
-->'''Homer:''' I forgot what I was supposed to say!
** A later ''Simpsons'' trailer used the ''Film/{{Spider-Man}}'' font before revealing... Spider-Pig.
** Yet another spoofed the first teaser for ''TheDaVinciCode'', with Homer's face in place of the Mona Lisa.
** One trailer does it a bit differently by not being based on any particular movie:
--->''(Fully CGI sequence of a bunny [[invoked]] [[TastesLikeDiabetes dancing with flowers]] to the "[[PublicDomainSoundtrack Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy]]".)''\\
'''Narrator:''' [[InAWorld In a time]] when computer animation brings us [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome worlds of unsurpassed beauty]], one film dares to be ugly.\\
''(Moe abruptly comes down in the movie's logo, knocking out the bunny.)''\\
'''Moe:''' ''The Simpsons Movie''... in 2D! ''(looks down)'' Uh... The bunny's not breathing.
* TrashTheSet: First the Simpsons' house, then all of Springfield ([[spoiler:Except Springfield Elementary School]]) three months later.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Springfield gets domed all because [[ForWantOfANail Homer decides to adopt a pig]]. Of course, other entities are to blame, including the Springfield Police Department for bringing up that donut sale within Homer's earshot just as he was about to dispose of the pig crap properly...
%%* VaguenessIsComing
* VillainousBreakdown: Lampshaded by Russ Cargill:
-->'''Russ Cargill:''' ''[Aiming a shotgun at Homer]'' There's two things they don't teach you in Harvard Business School; how to cope with defeat, and how to handle a shotgun. I'm gonna do ''both'', right now.
* VillainProtagonist: Homer, initially.
* VisualPun: The wrecking ball sequence has one where Homer on a wrecking ball is hit by many things, such as a rock and a building marked A Hard Place.
* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened To The Pig?]]: Spiderpig. As soon as the family is chased out of town this plot thread is forgotten about. It's not the only one, either, just the most notable. Hell, he's only showed up in a couch gag and another minor plot in the main series.
** In a deleted scene, he was helping rebuild the Simpson house with the rest of the pets.
** However, The Simpsons' individual episodes have a tradition of the plot going off in an entirely different direction at the end of [[ThreeActStructure the first act]], so arguably this is a [[TropesAreNotBad good use]] of the trope.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Russ Cargill starts as this. Sure, sealing Springfield and its citizens in a dome was pretty over the top, but he did it to keep the town's pollution from spreading. This doesn't last though, as he quickly [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope goes off the deep end]] into considerably more power-hungry and sinister [[NukeEm territory.]]
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: It borders Kentucky, Maine, Nevada and Ohio. Also it's east of Shelbyville and south of Capital City, and not in Alaska. As usual, it still doesn't help.
** According to the credits, the film was filmed on location in [[TheUnreveal Springfield, ______.]]
** If the contest prior to the movie's release is to be believed, Vermont.
** Springfield also features a Hollywood-esque sign and a dry river bed which looks suspiciously like DownLADrain.
* WindowLove: see MomentKiller above.
* YouMonster: Lisa calls out Homer [[spoiler:after learning that it was he who caused the ecological disaster that got Springfield placed under a dome.]]
* YouWouldDoTheSameForMe: Ned starts to say this about Homer, and Bart just gives him a look.
--> '''Ned:''' ''"Point taken. Now hustle your bustles!"''
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