Western Animation / The Simpsons Movie


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 theatrical film adaptation of, well, The Simpsons. The film's production was famously stuck in Development Hell 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 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 Big Bad (power-hungry EPA agent Russ Cargill, who is 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 is currently the highest grossing traditionally animated non-Disney movie of all time.

This film provides examples of:

  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: A kid in a commercial asks Tom Hanks to tousle his hair. Magic sparkles appear as he does.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: There actually have been proposals to put domes over cities to combat environmental problems.
  • Amusing Injuries: When Homer is on the roof, he hurts himself with the hammer several times and then gets hurt several times throughout the movie.
    • Happens to Cargill twice. He throws his binoculars at an EPA official for telling him the Simpsons have escaped from the dome, but they hit Cargill in the face when they bounce off the dome's glass surface. Then again at the end when Maggie drops a boulder on his head, knocking him out.
  • And This Is For...: When Milhouse, under the pretence of believing in global warming, tries to flirt with Lisa, Nelson readies himself to punch him and tells him to say global warming is a myth. After Milhouse does as commanded, Nelson punches him and says it's for selling out his beliefs.
  • Animation Bump: Admittedly, not a whole lot, but theres's noticeably more prominant shading, a broader color palette and Conspicuous CGI abound, not to mention a handful of more fluidly-animated scenes which were animated in-house rather than farmed out with the rest of the animation. This was also the first animated feature to use ToonBoom, which streamlined production and allowed for multiple scenes to be fully animated before getting cut.
  • Armies Are Evil: Russ Cargill and the EPA.
  • As Himself: Tom Hanks.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: 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 listens to you, and nothing means more than for a man to how did these pig tracks get on the ceiling?"
  • Badass Family: The Simpsons 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.
    • As is motorcycling up the dome to stop the nuke.
  • Bad Boss: Russ Cargill gets a moment of this after the Simpsons escape from the dome. When an EPA official tells Cargill the Simpsons have escaped, Carill angrily throws his binoculars at him. Instant karma strikes when the binoculars bounce back off the dome and hit Cargill in the face.
  • Big Bad: Russ Cargill.
  • Big Damn Heroes: An unconscious Homer is lying on the riverbank after washing ashore, and a polar bear is about to drag him away when the Medicine Woman appears and drives it away with arm gestures and grunting.
    • Maggie saves Homer from being shot at point blank range by Cargill by dropping a boulder on his head.
  • Big Damn Kiss: As they ride away on the motorcycle at the end, Homer and Marge have one.
    • Homer and Marge on their wedding video, which is a Tearjerker moment as most of it has been taped over, and Marge has just left Homer. Ouch.
  • Big Damn Movie: The show had some episodes with high stakes before, but here, after the town is quarantined, the family has to save it from being leveled by a nuke.
  • Big "NO!": The DVD contains a deleted scene where Homer takes a ride on a sausage truck. After he leaves, the driver checks his cargo. Anyone who knows Homer probably expected the driver's reaction.
  • Big "YES!": Bart does one when Homer manages to successfully ride the motorcycle around the cage.
  • Bilingual Bonus; 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"
  • Binocular Shot: 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 Helicopters/Black Vans: Both used by the EPA.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Inverted with the EPA, who wear blue uniforms but are responsible for sealing off Springfield and essentially trying to wipe it off the map.
    • Played straight with Maggie, who wears blue baby clothes as usual and scares off Mr Teeny with a Death Glare and a broken bottle, comes up with the idea that saves the rest of the Simpsons (using the sinkhole to escape from the dome) and saving Homer from Cargill at the end.
  • 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 (but not the spin-off channel FXX during the "Every Simpsons Ever" marathon), 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 Censor Box 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.
    • On Australian television Bart's penis being visible and the Police robot committing suicide were both cut.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: 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?"
  • Bully Hunter: Martin, after thinking everything is going to hell.
  • Butt Monkey: During the opening of the film, Green Day 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, "It Has Been an Honor" and the three members of the band pulling out violins and playing Nearer My God To Thee 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/Continuity Nod/Mythology Gag:
    • 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.
    • Bart says Homer's "big fat butt could shield us all." Homer's butt did once shield them from toxic gas in "King-Size Homer."
    • 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 Albert Brooks, who improvised heavily in each role, and are insane men in authority positions (Word of God 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 Couch Gag.
    • Moe, in a Running Gag 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 having a crayon removed from his brain and vastly increasing his intelligence, Homer, while working on a flat tax proposal, accidentally proved God did not exist. Since the discovery was treated as airtight, and put Flanders in a terrible mood, it would make sense that Homer would still remember it several years later. However this is undermined by the fact that the movie outright shows God Himself giving Abe Simpson a prophetic warning about Springfield's impending fate, making it look like that moment in "HOMR" was just another jab at the religious (in addition to the fact that "HOMR" is undermined by the later episode "Thank God It's Doomsday", which shows God and has the Rapture occur).
    • 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. "The Way We Was" used this same song when they first met in high school.
    • In the original teaser trailer, the narrator calls Homer "the Greatest Hero in American History". Lionel Hutz called Homer this in the episode "New Kid on the Block".
  • The Cameo: Tom Hanks, and boy, is it lampshaded.
  • Captivity Harmonica: Hibbert plays it briefly.
  • Carpet-Rolled Corpse: 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. The corpse's legs are sticking out of the carpet roll.
  • Cassandra Truth: The page-topping quote. While it seems like blatant Hypocritical Humor, 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 Moral Event Horizon while still being extremely successful and highly influential?
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: Chekhov's Dome. Yes, the dome. People repeatedly try to break it throughout the film, and in the climax, Homer and Bart ride up the side of it to get the bomb out through the hole in the top. The explosion is also just what's needed to crack the dome and free Springfield.
  • Chekhov's Gun: More like Chekhov's Motorcycle, Wedding Tape, Sinkhole, and Lake. Also, there's Chekhov's Crumpled "P" (from the Springfield Sign).
  • Chekhov's Skill: Chekhov's Motorcycle Stunt. Initially, Homer can't perform a motorcycle stunt for crap, until Lisa gives him advice that allows him to ace it and earn his family some much needed money. Much later, Homer puts these skills to even better use to ride around the dome's surface, and get Bart to throw the bomb through the hole at the top.
  • Comically Missing the Point: 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 video?"
  • Conspicuous CG: The vehicles and many of the backgrounds are noticeably cel-shaded, unlike in the main series. Ironically, the scene of Homer driving a CGI wrecking ball was used in one trailer, which announced itself as "The Simpsons Movie: IN 2D!"
  • Conveniently Timed Attack from Behind: In the climactic confrontation, when Russ Cargill threatens to kill Homer, Maggie drops a rock on him from above.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: While not head of a corporation during the events of the movie, Russ Cargill used to run a Fortune 500 company. He still owns the company that made the dome.
  • Cutaway Gag: 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)
  • Criminal Doppelgänger: 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 the Simpsons.
  • Crawl:
  • Creative Closing Credits: A number of short sketches take place during the ending credits.
  • Darkest Hour: Homer's return to Springfield: the town is about to destroyed by a bomb, he has inadvertently sabotaged any means for the townspeople to escape, and he is completely alienated by his family. Thankfully, epipha-tree gave him another sign.
  • Dark Reprise:
    • A creepier version of "Spider Pig" plays in the background when Homer is having his hallucination/nightmare. It's also in the credits. Sleep tight!
    • Hell, even the theme song gets this a couple times!
  • Death Glare: Maggie scares off Mr Teeny with one, as well as her bottle after breaking it.
  • 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 the United States are willing to lock away and later destroy Springfield to prevent it poisoning the planet. It could be considered a Mythology Gag, due to the Simpsons' long running gag about the Nuclear Power Plant (remember the three-eyed fish?).
  • Didn't Think This Through: The barker obviously didn't expect Homer to win his truck, which is why he gave him an extra attempt to try and win it, expecting him to fail again because he liked seeing Homer hurt himself.
  • Digital Piracy Is Evil: "I will not illegally download this movie". Nuff' said.
  • Disney Creatures of the Farce: The sex scene in the movie is an obvious send up of classic Snow White and Sleeping Beauty moments.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: While the citizens of Springfield wanting to murder the entire Simpson family for Homer dumping the pig silo in the lake is questionable, the police shooting out Bart's skateboard while he's skateboarding naked to stop him definitely counts.
  • The Dog Bites Back:
    • Literally. After Homer has his epiphany, he mercilessly whips the dogs pulling his sled, even when they're resting, and when they stop at the end of the day, they furiously maul him and leave him to make his own way back to Springfield.
    • When it looks like Springfield is about to be blown up, Martin Prince angrily walks up to Jimbo, Dolph and Kearney and, fed up of them constantly bullying him, knocks them all out with a plank of wood, then does it again when they come round moments later.
  • Doomed Hometown: Springfield, after the EPA decides to put a dome on it and later destroy it.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Implied. After the Simpsons win the truck in the motorcycle stunt, the barker remarks on how his wives are going to kill him, before worryingly looking over at a pair of conjoined twins wielding rolling pins.
    • Lisa punching Bart in the face for mocking the fact that she'll never see Colin again.
  • Dream Tells You to Wake Up: A mild case. Marge says to Homer "I know it's easy for your mind to wander...", and yes, Homer was thinking in a dancing monkey while Marge was talking. She added "...but I want you to really concentrate on me": the monkey stopped his dance, looked at Homer with disdain and pointed to Marge. Pay attention to what she says!
  • Dreaming the Truth: Homer has a prophetic dream that tells him how to solve his problem.
  • Driven to Suicide: The bomb defusing robot that tries to disable the nuke finds itself unable to endure the pressure, so it grabs Wiggum's gun and shoots itself in the head.
  • Drunk with Power: Happens to Russ Cargill.
  • Epic Fail:
    • Homer's attempt at using a wrecking ball to rescue the family from the EPA van. The wrecking ball makes the smallest contact with the side of the truck, swings back towards Homer and smashes him repeatedly between things until the chain snaps.
    • Cletus once played a game of ticktacktoe with a chicken. The chicken won.
    • Homer thwarts the town's escape attempt by sliding down the rope they're escaping on, and when he sadly kicks the bomb over, it cuts the remaining countdown time in half.
  • Eureka Moment: Homer's epiphany, where he realises in order to save himself, he has to save Springfield.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Homer's pig-waste silo, which he marked "PIG CRAP."
  • Explosive Decompression: Scratchy's eye blowing up like a balloon when his visor cracks in the opening moon landing scene.
  • Face Palm: Maggie, after failing several times to point out her sinkhole escape.
  • Fan Disservice: Bart's naked scene ain't much 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Jerk Ass, 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 Lampshade Hanging: Bart draws Ned's trademark mustache and hair on a picture of Homer to show his disapproval at Homer's parenting.
  • Flipping the Bird: Homer flips off the Angry Mob with both hands as he escapes down a sinkhole. Then he gets stuck and tries to use the fingers to dig himself out.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Abe warns the Simpsons and Springfield about the upcoming crisis and who are going to cause it.
    • When Cargill first presents the five options to Schwarzenegger on what to do about Springfield, Schwarzenegger picks number three without reading them first, saying "I was elected to lead, not to read." Cargill later uses this to his advantage the second time when he tricks him into selecting the option of blowing up Springfield.
    • It's stated in the ending credits that Springfield's anthem was plagiarized from the French one. One of the plots for Season 26 episode "Walking Big & Tall" is about Lisa writing an anthem for Springfield after learning the town uses a plagiarized one.
  • Forgot Flanders Could Do That: Ned Flanders himself had this happen, as Bart becomes annoyed with Homer's Jerk Ass ways, and begins viewing Flanders as a better father figure who's very caring, if still quirky.
  • Four is Death: The option to blow-up Springfield is Option No. 4.
  • Fun with Subtitles:
  • Fugitive Arc: After the authorities are after the family for escaping from the dome.
  • Funny Background Event: Homer climbing the dome as everyone is trying to flee it.
  • Gag Boobs: While the Inuit Shaman's breasts aren't that different from someone of that size and weight, it drifts into this Trope's territory when a vision of her uses her boobs to point the direction for Homer.
  • Geographic Flexibility: 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.
  • Get Out: Krusty yells "Get out of here!" at Homer when he kicks the bomb and it halves the remaining countdown time.
  • Girlfriend in Canada: 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!
  • Glass Smack and Slide:
    • After the dome gets stuck over Springfield, there is a scene where a group of birds splat against the dome wall and fall down it, as hungry cats wait below.
    • When Bart is skateboarding through town naked, he ends up smacking into the glass walls of a Krusty Burger and slides down as customers Ned, Rod and Todd Flanders look on horrified.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: 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 like he did earlier. This protects his eyes, but doesn't stop him from nailing the shingles into his leg and falling off the roof.
  • "Good Luck" Gesture: 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...
    Ned Flanders: ...an immodest sense of pride in our community!
  • Good Parents: Ned Flanders is portrayed as this, as his Fundamentalist and Overprotective Dad tendencies are downplayed.
  • Gonk: The pig, who's designed to be as cartoony as possible for the sake of comedy.
  • Government Conspiracy
  • Green Aesop:
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: Parodied. When the mob breaks into the Simpsons' house, Maggie scares off Mister Teeny (the chimp) with a broken baby bottle.
  • Groin Attack: When the crowd is booing Green Day 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.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Lisa to Colin.
  • Heroic Team Revolt: When Homer refuses to help Springfield, the rest of the family goes back without him.
  • Higher Understanding Through Drugs: 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.
  • Idiot Ball: The barker has a moment of this when he gives Homer an extra try to win the truck because he likes seeing Homer hurt himself. Guess what happens. Homer wins the truck. Now the barker has to expect a bit of anger from his wives (conjoined twins).
  • Impersonating an Officer: Homer tries to pose as a General in front of a soldier who is guarding the glass dome. The trick doesn't fly.
  • Impossibly Compact Folding: 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.
  • Improvised Weapon: Maggie uses two: her bottle to fend off Mr Teeny and a boulder to knock out Cargill.
    • Cargill throws his binoculars at an EPA official as a Bad Boss moment.
    • The barker's Siamese twin wives imply this with rolling pins for him losing the truck to the Simpsons.
    • As Homer is preparing to save the town, Martin uses a two-by-four to beat up Jimbo, Dolph and Kearney.
  • Internal Retcon: Springfield is removed from GPSes by the government, and Tom Hanks' advertisement for the "second Grand Canyon" states that nothing ever existed east of Shelbyville or south of Capitol City.
  • Ironic Echo: Inverted. Homer attempts to convince Marge and his family to come with him to Alaska by telling Marge that "In every marriage you get one chance to say, 'I need you to do this with me.'" Later, when the family finds out that Springfield is about to be destroyed by the government, Marge uses the exact same words to try to convince a reluctant Homer to come with them, but Homer pretends he had never heard of it, saying it was "the stupidest thing I've ever heard."
  • Irony:
    • The "trapped forever" prophecy, the third of Grandpa's prophecies, comes true thanks to President Schwarzenegger choosing the third solutionnote  of Russ Cargill's five initial solutions to the pollution problem in Springfield.
    • When Russ Cargill presented the ideas, he expected the President to carefully read them before making a choice but President Schwarzenegger randomly picks one of them and says he was elected to lead, not to read. Later, when Cargill presents five other ideas, he does want the President to pick a specific one and has to talk him out of reading.
  • I Will Show You X: "I'll teach you to laugh at something that's funny!"
  • Jerkass Realization: Homer's epiphany.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: 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, making him the target of the town, and turning him into a federal criminal. Once he finds out that Marge and the family are leaving him, Homer quickly realizes that his family kept him going, and he tries his hardest to repent.
    • Bart too. While he does come across as an asshole a lot (like when he mocks Lisa about the likelihood of not seeing Colin again), he's still a good guy deep down, and wants Homer to be a good father to him, which is why he turns to Ned as a potential replacement father figure. When Homer lets him hold the bomb when rescuing the town, Bart gladly accepts and apologizes to Homer for wishing Homer wasn't his father.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Double subverted with Russ Cargill. The only reason he was ever trying to blow up Springfield was to prevent the pollution from spreading, but he went out of his way to 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 Drunk with Power.
  • Juggling Loaded Guns: 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!" and continues eating.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: CARGILL. There was no need for him to nuke Springfield after sealing it in the dome.
  • The Key Is Behind the Lock: After Springfield is enclosed in the dome:
    Professor Frink: People, I have an important announcement to make. I have created an acid-firing super-drill that will cut through anything. It's right there... just outside of the dome.
  • Kick the Dog: At the start, Lisa is trying to convince the neighbors to stop dumping in the lake, only for every single neighbor to rudely slam the door in her face.
  • Kid Has a Point: Maggie comes up with the idea to use the sinkhole in the sandbox to escape from the dome. She only gets the others to realize her plan by jumping into it, and then she appears outside the dome. Marge, Bart and Lisa then jump, but when Homer tries to use the sinkhole too, he gets stuck in it. He manages to get out, but not before some of the crowd claw at his head.
  • Kill 'em All: Cargill ultimately plans to do this to Springfield with a timed nuclear bomb.
  • Knight Templar: Russ Cargill.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: The DVD Commentary notes that the Bambi-like forest creatures in Marge and Homer's love scene still have that distinct Simpsons overbite.
  • Light is Good: Homer's usual white shirt, as he is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, as even though he's the one most responsible for dooming Springfield, he's also the one responsible for saving it.
  • Little Miss Badass: 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 drops a rock on the head of Russ Cargill, knocking him out, just when he's about to shoot Homer.
  • Maybe Ever After: The Lisa/Colin subplot is wrapped up by them going to get some ice cream.
  • Mega Corp.: The EPA... ironically.
  • The Millstone: Homer is this to his family and the entire town.
  • Moment Killer: Lisa has a romantic moment with Colin (Window Love variant), during which Bart immediately mocks, "Lisa has a boyfriend... that she'll never see again." *PUNCH*
  • Mood Whiplash: This movie likes to switch up very fast between slapstick, regular Simpsons humor, drama and black comedy.
  • Mouth Cam: Homer eating a hamburger is shown from inside his mouth.
  • Mustache Vandalism: Bart mustaches a "Wanted!" Poster of Homer - now it looks just like Guy Incognito, who gets beaten & arrested.
  • Must Make Amends: Homer after his epiphany, realising that without other people, he's nothing, and has to save Springfield in order to save himself.
  • Mutagenic Goo: A squirrel was mutated in Lake Springfield after Homer dumped an overflowing silo filled with pig excrement into the lake, causing it to become highly toxic. When chased into the lake by a raccoon, the squirrel emerges as a multi-eyed squirrel mutant.
  • Negative Continuity: 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 in the "The Fool Monty", Mr. Burns attempts to put a giant dome over the town; however, everyone complains that It's Been Done and decides not to do it.
  • Never Trust a Trailer:
    • Some trailers and TV spots had scenes that were not included in the final film, such as an extended sequence of Chief Wiggum, Dr. Hibbert and Apu fleeing Mr. Burns' hounds, a scene where Reverend Lovejoy and Marge examine surveillance footage of Abe's meltdown in the church, and the townspeople causing destruction everywhere and attacking the DMV where Patty and Selma work. Only the third deleted scene was made public as a bonus feature of the DVD and Blu-ray release of the movie.
    • Likewise, the second theatrical trailer implied that President Schwarzenegger launched a full-scale nuclear war, for some reason. These were actually the scenes where Schwarzenegger authorizes a lock-down of Springfield, and Itchy launching the nation's missiles against Scratchy on the moon, spliced together.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Homer near-immediately subverts Lisa's clean-up efforts, and gets the town a nice, big lockdown dome around it. 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.
  • No Animals Were Harmed: Lampshaded.
    • Lisa wouldn't leave the theatre until she saw this message. Strangely enough the text itself is played completely straight.
    • On the DVD Commentary, Matt Groening reassures the listeners that all of the animals getting hurt in this movie are animated animals.
  • No Endor Holocaust: The dome around the city is destroyed, and the only person to die is Dr Nick. Even then, he gets better.
  • Off the Chart: Lisa's graph illustrating the lake's pollution is like this.
  • Oh, Crap!: Itchy has one in the prologue when he sees Scratchy still on the moon and hold up a sign that reads "I'm telling".
    • Homer when the pig crap silo severely re-pollutes the lake after he dumps it. Then he has another one when the silo is found.
    • Marge in the gas station scene when she sees the Wanted poster with the family on it behind the clerk. Luckily Bart doctors it before the clerk can see it.
    • Marge has one when she sees the advert for the "new Grand Canyon", located where Springfield is.
    • Homer as he realizes he's about to be hit by his own wrecking ball.
    • Most of the townspeople have one when the bomb is first lowered into the dome. They then get another one when the same bomb that Homer just threw through the hole at the top of the dome comes back down and shakes around the hole like it's going to fall through with seconds before detonation.
    • Homer and Bart have one after the bomb explodes and it starts to crack the dome while they're still riding down the side of it. Also when they see they're heading for Springfield Gorge moments later.
  • Oireland: Colin.
  • Ominous Crack: The glass dome cracks after the explosion and Homer has to Outrun the Crack with his motorbike.
  • Orbital Kiss: The camera spins around Homer and Marge when the kiss in the final scene of the movie.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: 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 Russ Cargill tricked him into picking at random (kind of) again.
  • Police Are Useless: This exchange:
    Fat Tony is dragging a bag towards the lake; feet can be seen poking out of the top.
    Wiggum: Uh, sorry, sorry, no dumping in the lake.
    Fat Tony: Fine. I will put my "yard trimmings" in a car compactor.
    Lou: Uh, Chief, I think there was a dead body in there.
    Wiggum: I thought that too, right up until he said "yard trimmings". You gotta learn to listen, Lou.
  • Precision F-Strike: The single most profane line in the movie, spoken by the one character in the show with the least profane vocabulary...
  • Reckless Gun Usage: Chief Wiggum has donuts stacked on the barrel of his gun and almost shoots himself while eating.
  • Rule of Cool: Homer and Bart saving the town by driving a motorcycle across the dome's walls.
  • Rule of Sean Connery: "Hi, I'm Tom Hanks. The American Government has used up all its credibility so it's borrowing some of mine." invoked
  • Scenery Censor: 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.
  • Scenery Gorn: The ruined Springfield, particularly the town square.
  • Scenery Porn: The Alaska scenes.
  • Self-Deprecation: The two "bunny trailers" lampshade the movie's comparatively ugly designs to the then-recent crop of slick, gorgeous computer animated films.
  • Sequel Snark: When the family is watching the credits at the end, Maggie's first word (that they've heard, at least) is "Sequel?".
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: We don't see Homer and Marge eventually get busy after being assisted by the woodland critters... only the poor critters' faces as they're Forced to Watch.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Russ Cargill and President Schwarzenegger are always seen dressed in suits/ Only one scene where Cargill doesn't is after the Simpsons escape from the dome, where he is dressed in a blue EPA uniform.
  • Shout-Out: President Arnold Schwarzenegger says "I miss Danny DeVito"'.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Springfield opts to kill Bart, Lisa and Maggie because of the actions of their father.
  • Smug Snake: Russ Cargill is a pretty big one.
  • Soccer-Hating Americans: Discussed — Homer's second stab at an epiphany with the Inuit shaman amounts to "Americans will never embrace soccer."
    • In the Brazilian dub, the line is changed to have Homer say Americans aren't as good at soccer as Brazilians.
  • Spinning Paper: Appears in the prologue after Itchy returns from the moon.
  • Starting a New Life: After the entire Simpson family is run out of Springfield, they go to Alaska to start anew
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Russ Cargill says he's isolating Springfield for purely environmental reasons and it has nothing to do with the fact that he owns the company that made the dome.
    • Colin's father is Irish, cares about the environment, and is definitely not Bono.
  • Take My Hand: Towards the end, Homer grabs Bart's hand when the latter is about to fall off the motorbike.
  • Take That!:
    • 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 Hypocritical Humor, since The Simpsons are technically mascots of FOX, and their show has had several Biting-the-Hand Humor jokes about FOX being an evil corporation.
    Bart: Look Mom, I'm the mascot of 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 Take That! toward oil drilling companies destroying Alaska's beauty when the family reaches the Alaskan border.
    • Russ Cargill's plan is a Take That! towards environmentalists who take their ideology too far and value "saving the planet" over human life.
    • In The Stinger, 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 the Penguin craze started by March of the Penguins and Happy Feet.
    • 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.
  • Tap on the Head: At the end of the film, Cargill is knocked out by Maggie dropping a boulder on his head.
  • Temporary Platform: Homer rides his motorbike on patches of falling glass debris from the collapsing dome.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • The barker's Idiot Ball moment. He likes seeing Homer hurt himself so, obviously not expecting him to fare any better, he gives him another try to win the truck. One guess what happens.
    • After the dome is destroyed, Chief Wiggum remarks that it's a miracle no one was hurt. Cue a large shard dropping with a thud and impaling Dr. Nick.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Sandwich: Done with a literal sandwich. During the Krusty Burger scene, Krusty takes a bite out of the pork sandwich he is advertising, The Clogger, before spitting it out at the end of the take and throwing the rest away. Partly justified because of a Running Gag on the show and also because Krusty is Jewish, so he can't eat pork.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Homer during the aforementioned Epic Fail moment with the wrecking ball, seconds before the impact.
  • This Is No Time for Knitting: 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.
  • Time Bomb: At the end.
  • To Be Continued: Parodied with an "immediately" around the beginning of the third act.
  • Token Romance: Let's be honest — would the plot have been significantly different if Lisa hadn't been given a random new Love Interest?
  • Took a Level in Badass: Martin Prince of all people.
    Martin: This feels good! No wonder you do it!
  • Torches and Pitchforks: The citizen of Springfield go after Homer after he got them trapped inside the giant glass dome.
  • Trailers Always Lie: While a Big Damn Movie 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 (This one is lampshaded in the DVD commentary). Also, Reverend Lovejoy at no point says "here comes the money shot".
    • It's a deleted scene; originally, Lovejoy was the one to record the footage of Abe's scene in the church and give it to Marge. This got changed to Comic Book Guy being the one to film it.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The trailers also spoil that Springfield is going to get nuked if the Simpsons don't stop the EPA.
  • Trailer Spoof: Several examples.
    Homer: I forgot what I was supposed to say!
    • A later Simpsons trailer used the Spider-Man font before revealing... Spider-Pig.
    • Yet another spoofed the first teaser for The Da Vinci Code, 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 dancing with flowers to the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy".)
      Narrator: In a time when computer animation brings us 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.
  • Trash the Set: First the Simpsons' house, then all of Springfield (Except Springfield Elementary School) three months later.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Springfield gets domed all because 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...
  • Villainous Breakdown: 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.
  • Visual Pun: 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.
  • The Voiceless: Subverted with Maggie, who is silent for almost all of the movie, but speaks one word during the credits, her first word to be heard by the rest of the family: "Sequel?"
  • Voiceover Translation: Averted for countries that didn't have the dubbed version of the show, like Russia & Finland, for example. Where the countries only had subtitled or voiceover translations of the show, the movie was actually dubbed.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: 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 goes off the deep end into considerably more power-hungry and sinister territory.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Spider-Pig. 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 the first act, so arguably this is a good use of the trope.
    • Also, after Cargill was knocked out by Maggie, what became of him? The two most likely answers are that he was found and kicked out of the town, or killed by the townspeople.
  • Wham Line: When Homer is watching the tape Marge left behind:
    Marge: Lately, what's keeping us together is my ability to overlook everything you do. And I overlook these things because- (stops)
    Homer: Because?
    Marge: Well, that's the thing. I just don't know how to finish that sentence anymore. So I'm leaving with the kids to help Springfield, and we're never coming back. And to prove to myself that this is the end... I taped this over our wedding video. Goodbye, Homie.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: It borders Kentucky, Maine, Nevada and Ohio. For those unfamiliar with American geography, they're the blue states. 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 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 Down L.A. Drain.
  • Wily Walrus: In one scene, Homer is seen playing an arcade game called Grand Theft Walrus, an obvious parody of Grand Theft Auto. In the game, an anthropomorphic walrus shoots a happy, dancing penguin to death.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Played for Laughs as shown in the header quote.
    Russ Cargill: I want roving death squads around the clock! I want 10,000 tough guys, and I want 10,000 soft guys to make the tough guys look tougher, and this is how I want them arranged; tough, tough, soft, tough, soft, soft, tough, tough, soft, soft, tough, soft.
    EPA Offcial: Sir, I'm afraid you've gone made with power.
    Russ Cargill: Of course I have! You ever tried going mad without power? It's boring! No one listens to you!
  • Window Love: See Moment Killer above.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Even though it was only Homer who dumped the silo in the lake that caused the city to be sealed under a dome, the townspeople also try to kill Marge and the kids as well for no apparent reason other than they're related to the guy responsible, despite moments before saying they wouldn't and just wanted him.
  • Writing Lines: In a variant of the usual opening gag from the show, Bart writes "I will not illegally download this movie" over and over on the blackboard.
  • You Monster!: Lisa says this to Homer after learning that it was he who caused the ecological disaster that got Springfield placed under a dome.
  • You Would Do the Same for Me: Ned starts to say this about Homer, and Bart just gives him a look.
    Ned: "Point taken. Now hustle your bustles!"

Alternative Title(s): The Simpsons