Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Simpsons v. the E.P.A.

Whether you love or hate it, the Simpsons seem to be here to stay. The longest running animated series in America, The Simpsons' brand has been successfully leveraged into a billion dollar merchandising industry, and now, a movie. No matter what issues the show has tackled, it has always done so with the a distinctive satirical parody. But what, some may ask, do they say about the issues? That's at least the message communicated by the above video. Criticizing The Simpsons for its equal-opportunity mocking, it specifically focuses on how the Simpsons do "green," a timely topic given the events of The Simpsons Movie. Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie face down the E.P.A. in their feature-length hijinks to save Lake Springfield, themselves, and their friends. Groening used the same formula for the film as he does for many of the show's episodes: Homer messes up turning his friends and family against him and eventually has to redeem himself through some crazy action. If you're a Simpsons fan, you won't be disappointed: The Simpsons Movie is more of the same hilarity only bigger, better, and in surround sound.


Joe P. said...

Blast! You beat me to reviewing the Simpsons movie.

The video seems to deliver all the important information, but fails to draw the conclusion: The Simpsons mock equally, because no side of an issue is entirely correct or entirely incorrect. The message of The Simpsons (and other proper satirists)?: You're all dumb.

May said...

exactly! :)

b said...

That's right, satirical parody. Not parodistic satire.