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Dan Castellaneta: Simpsons movie will be touching and funny

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 1st 2007 6:38PM

simpsonsThose of you who read my Simpsons reviews know I'm somewhat of an apologist for the series, defending it against those who say it's no longer a worthwhile show. I will say, however, that I don't think newer episodes always earn the emotional resonance they strive for. Many of the episodes from the first few seasons were genuinely heart-warming, but that emotional center isn't as prevalent in later episodes, though I hasten to add it's not gone completely.

In a brief interview on Rotten Tomatoes, voice actor Dan Castellaneta (Homer, Barney, Krusty the Clown, many others) talked about how doing voices for the movie was different than doing voices for the TV series. James L. Brooks, who has helmed such blockbusters as Terms of Endearment and As Good As It Gets, and has been an executive producer on the series from the very beginning, helped direct the voice actors to get them to enhance the emotional aspects of the characters. The result, says Castellaneta, is a movie that will be not unlike the TV series, but with levels of emotion reached that don't necessarily work on the small screen.

The movie comes out July 27.

Thanks to fellow Simpsons nut Wild Bill for the link.

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I look forward to this. I think James L. Brooks influence has kept waning as the years went by, so to see him help out the Simpsons emotional arc is perfect. Those who have listened to some of the early commentaries know how the writers all say that Brooks was directly responsible for nearly all the early heartwarming endings, and probably indirectly responsible for way more just by having taught them how.

February 02 2007 at 9:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The worst part of that terrible article was the comparison to Pixar movies' voice-acting, as if the voice talent that they import is the pinnacle of the business.

February 02 2007 at 1:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It will touch you, deep down. Deep down where you see it's complete trash.

February 02 2007 at 12:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Don't want "touching". Just want "funny".

February 01 2007 at 9:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Wild Bill

You're very welcome.

-Wild Bill's Mother

February 01 2007 at 7:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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