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  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Nelson jumps in and threatens Milhouse into selling out on his beliefs. If you're a Nelson/Lisa shipper you could interpret Nelson as competing with Milhouse for Lisa by reminding her that Milhouse is a total sellout.
    • Is Russ Cargill a power-hungry tyrant who wants to destroy a town or is he just doing this because he legitimately cares for the environment and sees no other way?
  • Base-Breaking Character: Spider-Pig. Either a hilarious Ensemble Dark Horse or a Forced Meme that got annoying after being featured in every single promotion for the movie.
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  • Broken Base: Is the film just as good as the classic years of The Simpsons? Is it not as good as the golden age but still better than the show after Seasonal Rot set in? Does it instead suffer from the same plotting and characterization issues that plague the recent seasons? Or is it an enjoyable but flawed experience that just didn't quite live up to the hype?
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Many people have gone out of their way to portray Russ Cargill as a hero despite sealing Springfield and its residents in a giant dome and almost blowing it up with a nuke with its citizens inside it.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • The Inuit Medicine Woman, aka "Boob-Lady".
    • Despite Spider-Pig being a Base-Breaking Character, Plopper remains a major fan favorite with calls to bring him back into the main television series continuing even to this day.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • Marge comments that the government isn't going to listen to her and Bart discuss Cargill's plans. Then it turns out from the PRISM scandal that yes, the NSA has been tracking and bugging people.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The plot about Springfield being screwed over by an incompetent EPA trying to cover up a polluted water hole might seem a little too realistic after a similar thing happened in Flint, Michigan.
  • He Really Can Act: Dan Castellaneta has always done a great job as Homer, but he is devastating when he has to voice Homer trying in vain to find to his family right after seeing Marge’s tape telling him they’re leaving him for good.
    • Julie Kavner also deserves special mention for her performance during said tape. Never has Marge sounded so tired and heartbroken at her husband’s stupidity.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The President's line, "I was elected to LEAD, not to READ," is EERILY similar to 2012 presidential nomination candidate Herman Cain stating, after his Libya incident, that the United States "needs a leader not a reader."
    • The "Itchy and Scratchy" cartoon from the beginning shows Itchy becoming President of the United States with Hillary Clinton as his Vice-President. At the time, Hillary was expected to be the Democratic Party's 2008 presidential candidate, but ended up losing the Democratic Primaries to then-Senator Barack Obama. Then, in 2016, Hillary ran again and became the Democratic Party candidate, but lost to Donald Trump, the Republican Party candidate. Though this could an example of "Funny Aneurysm" Moment depending on your opinion of her opponents.
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    • In the short scene with Tom Hanks, he comments that "the government has run out of credibility and is borrowing some of mine". He's the narrator of an Obama campaign video.
    • Comic Book Guy's guess as to what EPA means is that it might be the sound effect Green Lantern makes when Sinestro threw him into a vat of acid. Sure enough, DC Comics used this sound effect in an issue of Green Lantern's Sinestro Corps War arc, but there were no vats of acid involved.
    • During the live tweet of the "Every Simpsons Ever" marathon on FXX, it was pointed out that Homer on the wrecking ball was an idea used by Miley Cyrus for her infamous "Wrecking Ball" music video (only there was no nudity involved with the Homer version). This was obviously a joke, but this time (and the time Homer was riding a wrecking ball on "Sideshow Bob Roberts") are funnier in light of thisnote .
    • During the ending credits, the French anthem is sung with lyrics stating that Springfield doesn't have an anthem so they decided to plagiarize the French one. For Season 26, one of the plots for announced episode "Walking Big & Tall" is about Lisa writing a new anthem for Springfield after learning that the old one was plagiarized.
    • The Grand Theft Auto parody where the walrus guns down a penguin who did nothing threatening seems especially prophetic with GTA Online demonstrating the modus operandi of most players is Kill 'Em All, especially players who are not a threat or actively a part of the game's combat.
    • During the motorcycle game to win the truck, when Homer tells Lisa he's scared of speeding up the motorcycle, Lisa yells to Homer "JUST DO IT!".
    • Bart's joke about being "the mascot of an evil corporation" and the gag about Homer and Marge being prepared for love-making by being undressed by forest animals that look like they came straight out of Bambi become this as of March 20, 2019, when Disney ended up buying 20th Century Fox, the studio behind The Simpsons. This becomes even more hilarious when, during a Disney+ ad, a frustrated Bart is forced to dress up as Mickey Mouse.
    • Hilariously enough, there was actually a canon Spider-Pig in the Marvel Universe: Spider-Ham. He would become much more well known after appearing in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
    • The movie accidentally predicted that the host of Celebrity Apprentice would become President of the United States. The writers were just wrong about which host it would be.
    • Stephen King's Under the Dome, released two years after this movie, uses the same basic concept, but Played for Drama. It even becomes a joke in a later episode when Monty Burns tries to trap the city inside of a dome and he decides not to when he is told that It's Been Done... by King's novel (Burns, thinking he was being original in his evil, immediately stops). Cartoon Network's MAD even pointed this out in their parody of the show:
    Homer: Hello, this has been done, it was the whole premise of The Simpsons Movie!
  • Idiot Plot: A 2010 episode from the show even pointed this out: the townsfolk could've easily escaped if they just dug under the dome. To be fair, Springfield does not have a good track record for having sensible or even intelligent people.
  • Informed Wrongness: Zig-zagged. Homer not wanting to go back and save Springfield is treated as him being his usual stubborn selfish self... except that he had every right of being wary of ever going near that place again because the townsfolk tried to kill not just him, but his entire family including his infant daughter to boot. They didn't exactly come off as worth the help. Though it should also be noted that Homer himself was the reason the townsfolk had tried to kill them, and they openly declared that they only wanted Homer... at least at first before they decided to kill his family as well.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Spider Pig, Spider Pig, does whatever a Spider Pig does... Which backlashed to some extent, since it was such a Forced Meme due to deliberate viral marketing.
    • Cargill's whole "mad with power" speech.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Cargill crosses a line when he plans to blow up Springfield with a small nuke. The kicker is that this plan would kill off thousands of supposedly (supposedly is a key word considering Springfield) innocent people, including children. And he knows this, and doesn't give a damn about the consequences.
    • Same goes for the citizens of Springfield (minus Ned Flanders of course) when they learn that it was Homer that polluted the lake and got them all trapped under the dome in the first place. Initially, they only wanted to kill Homer, but for some reason (probably because they tried to help him escape) they decided to kill the rest of his family as well by hanging (and that included MAGGIE)! Even if it was Homer's fault they were in the mess in the first place, what the citizens tried to do was MUCH MUCH WORSE, and honestly Homer had every right to let Cargill blow up Springfield and everyone in it!
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: In a series with as massive a cast as The Simpsons, this was inevitable. A lot of fan-favorite side characters were simply never going to have a prominent role in the movie.
  • Ugly Cute: The Mutant Squirrel.


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