This feature-length animation finally took The Simpsons on to the big screen, 20 years after the dysfunctional family first appeared in short sequences on The Tracey Ullman Show. The 105-minute film allows the script-writing team (headed by Simpsons' creator Matt Groening) full rein for their vitriol, and it's quite a triumph.
When rockers Green Day dissolve in the acidic Lake Springfield, the town pulls out all the stops to clean up. That is, until reliable buffoon Homer Simpson (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) undoes all their hard work by dumping a silo of pig poop in the lake. As the entire toxic town and its inhabitants are sealed in a glass dome, the yellow-bellied Simpson family make an escape and start a new life in Alaska. But when President Schwarzenegger decrees Springfield must be destroyed, will Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie return to save their friends?
As with a regular episode of The Simpsons, there's considerably more to this movie than just the basic story. There's a love interest for Lisa, sly film references, a classic nude skateboarding scene for Bart, Maggie's first word, Homer's pet pig being dressed up as Spider-Pig and Harry Plopper... the list is endless.