Soapbox: 15 Things You Never Knew About The Simpsons Movie

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I felt oddly guilty about cropping Maggie out of this image

When it comes to ranking the most important TV shows of all time, The Simpsons must surely be up there. Not only is it the longest-running sitcom in American history – animated or otherwise – it’s also racked up dozens of awards and left an unparalleled imprint on Western pop culture.

It’s no surprise, then, that when Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie – along with the rest of the town of Springfield – made the leap to the big screen back in 2007, the end result was a commercial and (mostly) critical success. By the time it had finished its theatrical run, The Simpsons Movie had amassed $527,068,706 in box office sales, and several award nods – including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Animated Feature Film.

As you might expect with a film so long in the making – it spent nine years in development – based around such an influential TV series, The Simpsons Movie boasts some pretty interesting trivia. In honor of this flick’s 10th anniversary, we’ve filtered through the many fascinating factoids available, compiling the best in this list of 15 Things You Never Knew About The Simpsons Movie.

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Soapbox: 15 Things You Never Knew About The Simpsons Movie

Soapbox: Top of the pops – The 10 best dads in Pop Culture

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Well, this pretty much gives away who snagged the top spot…

Something you only really begin to appreciate once your friends and siblings start to have kids is just how hard it is to be a good parent.

Not only does it require a (super)heroic amount of effort to do the job well, but it’s also easily one of life’s most thankless tasks.

With Father’s Day rolling around this weekend, I’ve decided to pull together a list of the 10 best dads in pop culture, as a small way of paying tribute to the efforts of all the real life fathers who do the role proud.

This list doesn’t celebrate the coolest characters who also happen to be dads – don’t expect to see Darth Vader or Walter White make an appearance – but rather those guys who actually do a decent job of parenting. Bravo, gentlemen.

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Soapbox: Small screen, big love – The 10 best TV couples of all time

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If you grew up in the 90s, chances are these guys were your fave couple

If there’s one thing that pop culture is not short of, it’s great romances.

Nowhere is this more the case than TV, a medium pretty much built around the “Will they/won’t they?” model of dramatic tension.

In honour of Valentine’s Day, I’ve rounded up the following list of the 10 best TV couples of all time – full warning: increased heart rate and misty eyes are likely to ensue.

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Soapbox: Small screen, big love – The 10 best TV couples of all time

Soapbox: So long, Springfield – Is it time the Simpsons went off the air?

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Sorry, Homer – but this is kinda how I feel watching your show these days…

Back in April 2002, “Gump Roast,” the 17th episode of The Simpsons 13th season, wrapped with a song parodying the longevity of the landmark show.

And even as legions of Simpsons fans across the globe laughed along at the many intentionally desperate and terrible future plot-lines pitched in the song’s verses, for more than a few, it was a nervous sort of laughter.

For these devotees, the song only served as a subtle reminder that the show was already starting to decline in quality. Every time Dan Castellaneta launched into the opening line of the chorus,“They’ll never stop The Simpsons,” they found themselves wondering: “But should they?”

This post was written as a guest article for Look to the Cookie. To read the full post, please click here.

Soapbox: So long, Springfield – Is it time the Simpsons went off the air?