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The Simpsons Movie website just went live. In 12 languages, apparently (including non-American English).
posted by miss lynnster (67 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
Only a few parts of it are working so far, but there's movie info, some games/downloads, and you can create a Simpsons avatar. Apparently a lot more to come.
posted by miss lynnster at 9:37 PM on June 22, 2007 [1 favorite]


BTW, make Bart hit both beer cans with his slingshot & you get 20 points of credit. Whatever that means.
posted by miss lynnster at 9:41 PM on June 22, 2007


Thanks, I don't think I would have heard of this if you hadn't posted it.
posted by null terminated at 9:51 PM on June 22, 2007


It's like an 'exploration' CD-ROM game from the early 90s. Very weird.
posted by delmoi at 10:00 PM on June 22, 2007


What I'm curious about is that I have a feeling they're going to try to make it like a Simpsons mini-version of Second Life. Which could possibly be funny if done right.
posted by miss lynnster at 10:03 PM on June 22, 2007


I'm looking forward to this movie. Despite all the cries of "it's old and busted," The Simpsons is one of the few comedies that continues to make me laugh in unexpected ways.

Thanks ML!
posted by The Deej at 10:07 PM on June 22, 2007


I'm in there.
posted by wendell at 10:09 PM on June 22, 2007 [2 favorites]


great post. i especially like how everything's ready to go.
posted by Hat Maui at 10:18 PM on June 22, 2007


¬°Whoa!
posted by taosbat at 10:29 PM on June 22, 2007


That's a hell of a "game" they have there. All you do is hold down the left arrow key, unless it changes after the 3rd level.
posted by puke & cry at 10:33 PM on June 22, 2007


i'm waiting to see which springfield is the true springfield ... (i have a personal interest in this, as i'm from one of them)
posted by pyramid termite at 10:46 PM on June 22, 2007


No no no.... you back up (right arrow) then use up and down to raise and lower the crane to get maximum impact. Screw up like me and you get to see Homer get killed by the wrecking ball.

It's been a long time since I said RTFM. So I won't start now. :)
posted by The Deej at 10:47 PM on June 22, 2007


Thank you, puke & cry! I kept trying to finesse it. DO NOT FINESSE IT. Just drive hard left.
posted by wsg at 11:07 PM on June 22, 2007


None of the games work for me. If select a game, everything freezes and a message says "CLICK TO ACTIVATE SITE." So I click and it brings me back to where I was.

The Simpsons is one of the few comedies that continues to make me laugh in unexpected ways.

Does milk come out your ears? Do tears run up your face and into your hair?
posted by pracowity at 11:13 PM on June 22, 2007 [1 favorite]


Does milk come out your ears? Do tears run up your face and into your hair?
posted by pracowity


eggggggggggZACKly! You too?
posted by The Deej at 11:23 PM on June 22, 2007


The wrecking ball game is kinda fun. Managed to send the van 40m, has made my afternoon :-)
posted by kisch mokusch at 11:24 PM on June 22, 2007


And if you want to see teasers/trailers, go to Moes.
posted by kisch mokusch at 11:49 PM on June 22, 2007


Not all the language links work. Presumably, some are placeholders for if/when the translation comes through.
posted by Bugbread at 1:01 AM on June 23, 2007


I was having fun with the create-a-Simpson, and then I realised there was no option to wear glasses.

Worst. Create-a-. Ever.
posted by Orange Goblin at 1:57 AM on June 23, 2007 [1 favorite]


of course, you heard about the defining event of our generation here.
posted by UbuRoivas at 2:14 AM on June 23, 2007


I am really excited for this! The Simpsons is the funniest thing around! Due to some kind of time-space fold I am in 1996! Whee!
posted by Mayor Curley at 4:18 AM on June 23, 2007 [5 favorites]


Non-sarcastic version of my previous comment:

The show has been a pitiful, hollow shell of itself LONGER than it was the funniest, most amazing show show ever on television. It's every cynical, lazy piece of marketing that it made fun of. And every year that it's on is more dilution of the fact that it used to be beyond brilliant.

"Homer Goes to College" is not walking through that door. "Burns Verkauft Den Kraftwerk" is not walking through that door. "Rosebud" is not walking through that door. And if you expect them to walk through the door, they're going to be gray and old.
posted by Mayor Curley at 4:32 AM on June 23, 2007


So is every level of the wrecking ball game the same as the last one?
posted by grouse at 4:49 AM on June 23, 2007


Unless they get the original group of writers, and transport them back in time to make them 15 years younger and poorer, I have my doubts that this will movie will be any flavor of good.
posted by psmealey at 5:00 AM on June 23, 2007


None of the games work for me. If select a game, everything freezes and a message says "CLICK TO ACTIVATE SITE."

You must have a popup blocker working because the game pops up in another browser, at least on firefox.
posted by waitingtoderail at 5:13 AM on June 23, 2007


I give the site a 'meh' but I'm psyched about the movie. The trailers are hilarious and I've watched them far too often.
posted by hojoki at 5:33 AM on June 23, 2007


Wow. Okay, so since some people on here are Simpsons freaks I thought maybe people might find it interesting. I'm never sure, sometimes the things I think nobody will like end up being popular and vice versa. I'm wrong sometimes, and sometimes my instincts are good. It evens out.
posted by miss lynnster at 5:54 AM on June 23, 2007


So is every level of the wrecking ball game the same as the last one?
posted by grouse


As noted in the instructions, the distance between the crane and the vehicle gradually increases, therefore requiring you to change the angle of the crane to optimize the impact. Which of course makes it the most wonderful game evar!

And yeah, what the fuck vronsky. I was hoping I was missing some kinda inside joke, because damn. :: Chivalrous sabre-rattling, etc ::
posted by The Deej at 6:23 AM on June 23, 2007


It's like an 'exploration' CD-ROM game from the early 90s. Very weird.

The Spimpsons actually had one of those out. I loved that game, I played it for way, way too long.
posted by piratebowling at 6:53 AM on June 23, 2007


I remember a Matt Groening interview on Fresh Air quite a few years ago. When he was asked why a Simpsons movie was never done, he said that the idea had come up many times, and they could have gotten it done if only the producers could have seen fit to take "the second greediest position". As it was, the desire to maximize profit at every turn brought everyone to loggerheads over it.

I wonder if they had worked any of that out, or else they all just said "fuck it" and have produced a 100 minute product promotion and placement vehicle. The series has been out of original ideas for about 10 years now, so I strongly suspect the latter.

I do hold out a slim hope that they have tried to do something original and creative. Possibly a dark, twisted satire with few laughs.
posted by psmealey at 7:01 AM on June 23, 2007


I just hope there is a scene where Bart says, "Don't have a cow, man." That always cracks me up.
posted by Slap Factory at 8:31 AM on June 23, 2007


Thanks, I don't think I would have heard of this if you hadn't posted it.
posted by null terminated at 12:51 AM on June 23 [+] [!]


Where were you in the iPhone, Windows, CNN, etc. posts?
posted by juiceCake at 8:43 AM on June 23, 2007


Reasons not to click on the link:

* FOX TV is evil in ways that make Cthulhu look like Ernest Borgnine.
* Simpsons stopped being funny about when Maggie said her first word.
* Nancy Cartwright is a scientologist (i.e., she's got cooties! Ew!)
* the very idea of "Simpsons The Movie" ranks right down there with Addams Family The Movie and Brady Bunch The Movie and Dukes of Hazzard The Movie and Starsky and Hutch The Movie and Beverly Hillbillies the Movie and Car 54 Where Are You The Movie and The Movie The Movie...
* Out of respect for Phil Hartman (damn he was good)
* Clicking on that link would encourage this absurd behavior from Hollywood, meaning this shite will continue to continue, and the world will end and stuff.
* It's been twenty frikkin years, already. I know they're just cartoons but DAMN! At least in South Park they made it to the fifth grade. Sheesh! Simpsons is NOT Peanuts.
* If I were Tracy Ulman, I'd be even more bitter.


Reasons to click on the link:

* ...looks like it might be fun.


I'M SO TORN!!!
posted by ZachsMind at 9:20 AM on June 23, 2007


you can create a Simpsons avatar

If I had a magic all-transmogrifying zap gun, I would totally zap the Simpsons avatar maker into the Wii.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 9:33 AM on June 23, 2007


Simpsons is NOT Peanuts.

That's right. At one point, The Simpsons was actually funny.
posted by grouse at 9:36 AM on June 23, 2007 [2 favorites]


I look forward to seeing the movie, with low expectations. If it exceeds those low expectations, hey! Frosting on the yellow cake!
posted by everichon at 9:54 AM on June 23, 2007


It had better exceed my low expectations. As a loyal viewer, I feel they owe me.
posted by The Card Cheat at 10:02 AM on June 23, 2007


Reasons to click on the link:

* ...looks like it might be fun.


I'M SO TORN!!!
posted by ZachsMind


C'mon man. Do it. One click won't hurt ya.
posted by The Deej at 10:26 AM on June 23, 2007


No! I must resist the clickage! I must! I cannot give in! I will not capitulate!

*struggles melodramatically to really cool background music*
posted by ZachsMind at 10:40 AM on June 23, 2007


I can't play with much of the goodness because of the crappyness of the laptop I am currently using. I did however make an avatar.

I like that it captured my surly disposition.
posted by quin at 11:08 AM on June 23, 2007


OK ZachsMind. It's up to you. I guess you'll have to miss the Wrecking Ball Game then. And the avatar-maker.

But no. Yer right. Stick to your guns.

We will all be over here. Having, you know, fun.
posted by The Deej at 11:12 AM on June 23, 2007


You're all giving in to the dark side! Can't you see that! You're like... letting the terrorists win, and shit! All that bad evil Twilight Zoney stuff!

Tell ya whut. While you're over there, tell those Fox bastards to bring Firefly back (and Tru Calling and VR5 and Strange Luck and Lone Gunman and a few dozen others), and maybe I'll start watching The Simpsons again. But until that day comes, and a couple cows freeze over, I AIN'T MOVIN'! They're eeveel I tellz ya! EEEEEEVVEEEEEELL!
posted by ZachsMind at 11:29 AM on June 23, 2007


I understand where you are coming from ZachsMind. But it's a machine that's not worth raging against.

I just no longer watch any of their new shows.
posted by quin at 11:36 AM on June 23, 2007


Awesome.
posted by donajo at 11:45 AM on June 23, 2007


Why is Canada not on the list when you register?
posted by arcticwoman at 11:46 AM on June 23, 2007


Nancy Cartwright is a scientologist

Bigot much?

How is this different from saying Matt Groening is a jew?
posted by damn dirty ape at 1:48 PM on June 23, 2007


Matt Groening is a jew?
posted by Flem Snopes at 1:53 PM on June 23, 2007


Bigot much?

If thinking that being a Scientologist demonstrates you're a gullible loony is wrong, I don't want to be right.
posted by me & my monkey at 2:00 PM on June 23, 2007 [2 favorites]


Holster that weapon Deej. 'Twas but a silly metatalk reference/lame joke. Miss Lynnster knows that I adore her. And I adore you too.
posted by vronsky at 3:33 PM on June 23, 2007


I remember a Matt Groening interview on Fresh Air quite a few years ago.

Last Laughs 2004 | Fresh Air: Cartoonist Matt Groening.
posted by ericb at 4:46 PM on June 23, 2007


Simpsons movie website? That's where I'm a viking! I'm also a viking at played out jokes, and ice cream.
posted by inigo2 at 5:26 PM on June 23, 2007


Probably gonna have to see the movie, if only because my other half is a fanatic Simpsons junkie from way back. Can't say I've enjoyed the show in the past couple of seasons, though.

It's sort of like that old episode with Troy McClure at the end saying, "That's it for our spinoff showcase. But what about the show that started it all? How do you keep 'The Simpsons' fresh and funny after eight long years? Well, here's what's on tap for season nine." And it's stills of Selma marrying Apu, the Bee Guy, and Itchy. And Troy McClure saying, "Wedding after wedding after wedding!"

That's exactly what the past two seasons have been like, intentionally or not.
posted by blucevalo at 5:33 PM on June 23, 2007


It's like an 'exploration' CD-ROM game from the early 90s. Very weird.

The Spimpsons actually had one of those out. I loved that game, I played it for way, way too long.


I had it too, and was totally bummed when I found the CD last year only to discover it wouldn't work on any computer made in the last five years. Thank God for this site, and thanks, lynnster, for the link.
posted by Saellys at 7:58 PM on June 23, 2007


How is this different from saying Matt Groening is a jew?

actually, I believe Matt Groening is a Unitarian Universalist, but that doesn't change the point you were trying to make.
posted by pelican at 11:39 PM on June 23, 2007


vronsky : Holster that weapon Deej. 'Twas but a silly metatalk reference/lame joke. Miss Lynnster knows that I adore her.

And here I'm having a weird moment. One the one hand I have to admit that I sullenly respect the Deej. He is an adversary worth watching. And by that I mean that he is faster than I am capable of stabbing. It irritates me, but I can't help but acknowledge some small measure of respect.

And yet, as good as he may be, he pales in comparison to the raw luminescence that is madam lynnster.

She is like unto a goddess.

Or at least a chick that really has good taste when it comes to posts.

... And comments.




Crap. I'm suddenly feeling very unworthy.
posted by quin at 12:01 AM on June 24, 2007


How is this different from saying Matt Groening is a jew?

Matt Groening is a jew?


Adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu.
posted by pracowity at 1:00 AM on June 24, 2007


Why thanks, quin. I guess if I have to be second in your heart, there is no one else I would rather be second to, than The Divine Miss L.

And don't worry, vronsky, quin, et. al. I am only firing blanks. And so is my gun.
posted by The Deej at 7:18 AM on June 24, 2007


Quin, to Rage Against The Machine is always worth it. 'Tis the modern day equivalent of tilting windmills.

Damn Dirty Ape: "Bigot much? How is this different from saying Matt Groening is a jew?"

The conclusive difference is that, scientifically speaking, jews do not have cooties. Scientologists however, do have cooties, in a higher concentration than any other descriptor for humanity's myriad stereotypical phylum species, and are therefore not allowed on my playground. Furthermore, the laws of physics are suspended in the presence of scientologists, because they have the distinct singular ability of blowing and sucking simultaneously. Vaccums therefore abhor their very nature.

I will now follow up my illumination of the cootie-infested contrast between jews and scientologists by pontificating upon the scientific definition of "the whammy."

pelican: "I believe Matt Groening is a Unitarian Universalist..."

Ah! Theology as Pot Luck! I like it!

Groening's cool. He is sans cooties.
posted by ZachsMind at 10:43 AM on June 24, 2007


Non-American English!?
posted by jeyoung at 10:53 AM on June 24, 2007


Non-American English!?

See as example.
posted by ericb at 11:01 AM on June 24, 2007


My mental image of miss lynnster.
posted by vronsky at 6:22 PM on June 24, 2007


Y'know what vronsky? I was actually a bit weirded out and actually DID think you were seriously telling me to f-off for posting this. It seemed so out of character I didn't know what to make of it. I'm glad to know you weren't. :)

I don't look like Shirley Bassey though. Wish I did 'cuz that woman is the hottest 70 year old imaginable.

posted by miss lynnster at 12:05 AM on July 2, 2007


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posted by miss lynnster at 12:26 AM on July 2, 2007


Well that didn't work out. Hmmm. Let's try again.

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posted by miss lynnster at 12:27 AM on July 2, 2007


Okay, that's weird. I did the links right. I give up.
posted by miss lynnster at 12:28 AM on July 2, 2007


"Here is a Kwik-E-Mart set up for The Simpsons movie promotion. Opened on 07/01. It's in Burbank, CA at the corner of Olive & Verdugo..."
posted by ericb at 8:28 AM on July 2, 2007


If they had turned a Jack In The Box into a Krusty Burger, maybe then I woulda been able to summon up a "meh." As it is, this is on a long list of things that I don't care about.
posted by ZachsMind at 8:03 PM on July 3, 2007


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