Matt Groening
July 20, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Simpsons Movie

Current Status
In Season
Wide Release Date
Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith
David Silverman
James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean, Ian Maxtone-Graham, George Meyer, David Mirkin, Mike Reiss, Mike Scully, Matt Selman, John Swartzwelder, Jon Vitti
Comedy, Animation
We gave it an A-

Forget the gentle creaking of a palm-tree-anchored hammock or the lilting music wafting from an ice cream truck on a 90-degree day. For the first summer in nearly two decades, fans of The Simpsons actually have something to look forward to: the sweet sound of d’oh! On July 27, The Simpsons Movie will be unveiled in theaters around the world, and millions of line-memorizing disciples of the legendary Fox series have been salivating over the prospect of TV’s First Family of Animation yukking it up on the big screen. But what exactly are we strapping on drool bibs for? Aside from doling out a few enticing yet cryptic trailers (dogsleds? missiles?), the Simpsons producers have been as closemouthed as Homer in a vegan restaurant. That’s why we decided to hit the Fox lot to butter up (mmm, butter) two of the franchise’s founding fathers — revered cartoonist Matt Groening and Oscar-studded writer-director-producer James L. Brooks, who joined forces in the mid-’80s and featured the Groening-doodled Simpson clan on The Tracey Ullman Show. Now they have a slightly loftier dream for those mustard-colored misfits: Best. Movie. Ever.

Click here for the complete interview with Simpsons Movie producers James L. Brooks and Matt Groening.

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