After The Simpsons had been on the air for more than two decades, the writing staff took a big risk and put together a feature-length film adaptation of the series. Like all the best TV-to-movie adaptations, The Simpsons Movie feels much more substantial than a mere supersized episode of the show, largely thanks to a densely packed script.
Although The Simpsons Movie features plenty of the familiar supporting characters from the series, it also introduced a handful of new faces to the curious world of Springfield. From a credibility-lending Tom Hanks to Lisa’s quintessential love interest, The Simpsons Movie is filled with fascinating original characters.
Throughout The Simpsons Movie’s opening act, Lisa falls for an Irish boy named Colin, voiced by Tress MacNeille, who’s a passionate activist, just like Lisa, and a brilliant guitarist. Colin doesn’t have a lot of funny moments in the movie, although Lisa’s assumption that his dad is Bono because he’s an Irish musician who cares about the environment is pretty hilarious.
Rather than delivering jokes, Colin contributes to Lisa’s character arc. She’s had a few romantic interests on the series, from Milhouse to Nelson, but Colin is easily her best match to date.
6 President Schwarzenegger
When The Simpsons Movie hit theaters in 2007, Arnold Schwarzenegger had recently wrapped up his term as the Governor of California, a political position that had earned him the nickname “Governator.” In the world of The Simpsons, after stepping down as California’s governor, Schwarzenegger set his sights on an even more lucrative political office: U.S. President.
President Schwarzenegger authorized Russ Cargill to drop the dome over Springfield before even reading the proposal. He reasons, “I was elected to lead, not to read.” The Simpsons already had a Schwarzenegger stand-in in Rainier Wolfcastle, and the design of President Schwarzenegger is very similar.
5 Bomb Disarming Robot
In the final act of The Simpsons Movie, the government lowers a ticking timebomb into the dome with the aim to blow up Springfield and kill everybody living there. In a last-ditch attempt to save the town, the Springfield police force sends in a bomb disarming robot. With just minutes to spare, the robot is tasked with singlehandedly preventing a widespread tragedy.
While the robot’s attempts to save the town get off to a good enough start, it eventually buckles under the pressure and shoots itself, paving the way for Homer to save the day.
4 The Alaskan Healer
After Homer moves the family to Alaska and Marge reluctantly leaves with the kids, he passes out on a piece of ice that drifts up a river and eventually leads him into the arms of an unnamed Inuit woman.
She turns out to be a spiritual healer who gives him a concoction that will cause him to hallucinate. She guides Homer on his path to the epiphany that inspires him to save the day.
After daring Bart to skate to Krusty Burger in his birthday suit, Homer takes him inside to grab a bite to eat. He forgot to bring Bart some pants, but luckily Flanders has a spare pair. Homer sees a pig in the back of the restaurant, shooting a commercial for “the Clogger” burger with Krusty.
When the shoot is over and Krusty orders the pig to be killed, Homer decides to adopt it. He gives it the name “Spider-Pig” and sings its snappy theme tune as he holds it upside down to walk along the ceiling. Midway through the movie, Homer draws a little lightning-bolt scar on the pig’s forehead and renames him “Harry Plopper.”
2 Tom Hanks
Technically, the writers of The Simpsons Movie didn’t create Tom Hanks for their script, but they did create the satirical version of Hanks that says, “Hello, I’m Tom Hanks. The U.S. government has lost its credibility, so it’s borrowing some of mine.” This line came back into fan discussions earlier this year when Hanks hosted a TV special in honor of Joe Biden’s inauguration.
There are a couple of celebrity guest stars in The Simpsons Movie, including Green Day in the opening scene, but Hanks is by far the most memorable. In the end credits, he tells the audience, “This is Tom Hanks saying, if you see me in person, please, leave me be.”
1 Russ Cargill
The villain of The Simpsons Movie is Russ Cargill, a greedy businessman who manages to get appointed to a major environmental political position that allows him to trap America’s most polluted town — which happens to be Springfield, thanks to Homer’s silo of pig feces — in a giant glass dome. Cargill was voiced by regular Simpsons guest star Albert Brooks, credited as always as “A. Brooks.” There were rumors that the movie’s villain was originally planned to be Hank Scorpio.
This would make sense — Russ Cargill basically is Hank Scorpio, just with a different name and less cartoonish ambitions for world domination — but what doesn’t make sense is why the writers would change it to a new character (unless it was to preserve the legacy of “You Only Move Twice”).
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