Twentieth Century Fox registered the internet domain SIMPSONSMOVIE.COM on 22 April 1997, nine years before the movie finally was green lighted.
The Simpson's movie debuted in Springfield, Vermont on 21st July 2007. 20th Century Fox held a contest to select 1 of 16 possible Springfields (spanning from Oregon to Nebraska to Massachusetts) to decide which city would host the premiere. Springfield, Vermont won, just beating out Springfield, Illinois.
The script for the voice work was to be kept so secret that the producers personally shred the script after every voicing session.
Work on the script began in 2003. 158 drafts were written.
For the entire month of July 2007, as part of a campaign to hype the July 27th opening of the movie, 12 "7-Elevens" stores all over North America changed their names to Kwik-E-Marts, and begun selling products like Buzz Cola, KrustyO's cereal, Radioactive Man comics, and Squishees - including WooHoo! Blue Vanilla flavor. One store in Burbank, CA reported selling over 57,000 sprinkled donuts matching the one featured in the movie poster. Only 1 of the 12 locations was in Canada - located in Coquitlam, British Columbia (a suburb near Vancouver).
Moe's Tavern, as it's called in the show, is called "Moe's Bar" in the movie.
Release prints were delivered to theaters with the fake title "Yellow Harvest". This was also used as a fake working title. It references "Blue Harvest", the fake working title of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.
Director David Silverman had Julie Kavner do over 100 takes of a monologue in which Marge makes an impassioned plea to Homer.
A 180ft doughnut-brandishing Homer Simpson was painted next to the Cerne Abbas chalk giant on the hill above Cerne Abbas, Dorset, UK, to promote this film. Pagans pledged to perform "rain magic" to wash away the image, which was created with biodegradable paint that would wash away as soon as it rained.
The choral version of "Spider Pig" from the movie soundtrack, credited to Hans Zimmer, reached #24 on the British singles chart for the week ending 2007-08-05.
The states bordering Springfield are: Nevada, Maine, Kentucky and Ohio. This pays homage the long running joke in the TV series of not pinning down exactly where Springfield is located.
When Homer dreams of going up and down through several truncated stairs into the 'Boob Lady' tent, is a homage to the 1951 art work of M.C. Escher titled "House of Stairs".
'Spiderpig' by Hans Zimmer reached #3 after climbing from the 20s in the Irish Music Charts. At just over a minute it is the shortest track ever to make it in to the Irish Music Charts. In the UK it got as far as the Top 20.
At the end of the wedding video, Homer and Marge dance to the song "Close to You" by The Carpenters. On The Simpsons, this is the same song that is played in a flashback scene where Homer sees Marge for the very first time.
Kelsey Grammer, Minnie Driver, Isla Fisher and Erin Brockovich-Ellis all recorded lines for the film but their scenes were cut.
The sign in Russian, in the scene where Homer tells the family to "believe in America" and pulls aside the curtains in their hotel room, reads "Learn to Speak English or Get Out". The Japanese sign reads "Godzilla Motors". The Greek sign reads "Dimitri's Super Gyros-Souvlaki".
Among the list of foreign language signs the one in Korean translates to "Learn English with a Texas accent", and the one in Russian says "Learn English or leave".
The character of Russ Cargill went through two different designs. Burger King, which licensed the right to make give away figurines of the characters, had started making figures of the rejected design when the change was made for the movie. Also, a number of mutated animals were considered for use, including a four eyed deer and five eyed raccoon, when it was decided to use a multi eyed squirrel as the result of Springfield Lake's pollution. However, the five eyed raccoon was included on the BK Marge Simpson figurine.
Albert Brooks is credited as "A. Brooks," just as he has been in all five (as of 2007) Simpsons episodes he has appeared in (each time as a different character).
The magazine Grandpa is reading, when Homer falls through the roof, is called Oatmeal Enthusiast. This is in fact a genuine Internet based magazine/journal.
Two versions were filmed of the scene in which Homer slides into the domed-off Springfield down the bomb rope, knocking people off of it - one was done from Homer's perspective, and another was done from a third-person perspective, showing a side view of Homer coming down the rope. Although the latter scene was used for the final version of the film, the former appeared in theatrical trailers and TV spots.
According to the DVD commentary, virtually none of the gags from the original draft (written around 2003) made it to the final cut. One of the few exceptions was the fishing scene between Homer and Bart.
Although Julie Kavner is credited for providing the voices of Marge, Patty and Selma, only Marge has a speaking role in the final film. In addition, Marcia Wallace is credited as Mrs. Krabappel, but she has no dialogue. A scene with Patty, Selma and Mrs. Krabappel speaking can be seen as a deleted scene on the DVD.
A message from EPA head Russ Cargill precedes the FBI Warning on the DVD.
The Spider Pig Song has been remixed as a techno Version on YouTube.
The ring tone from Homer's cell phone is an "anti-cell" joke to warn viewers about turning their cell phones off.
In the original script, Marge was going to have the vision in church. However, it was changed when the crew felt it would make more sense for the family to be ignoring Grandpa than Marge.
The tilt-rotor aircraft depositing the giant dome over Springfield are drawn in a style clearly reminiscent of famed Japanese writer/director Hayao Miyazaki, whose fascination with aircraft is a director's trademark.
Marvel Comics actually published a comic book series based on a pig version of Spider-Man in the early 1980s. It was called 'Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham' and featured animal versions of other Marvel Comics characters.
In one scene, Comic Book Guy claims that "EPA" was the sound made by Green Lantern when Sinestro threw him into a vat of acid. Geoff Johns, writer of the Green lantern comic book at the time, was a big fan of this film, and worked in "EPA" as a sound effect in the fiftieth issue of the fourth volume, fittingly during a battle between GL and Sinestro.
In the deleted scenes, Marge, Lisa, and Homer are "American Idol" judges and are listening to Simon Cowell. Simon's contestant number is "72707". The movie was released in theaters on July 27, 2007.
The 20th Century FOX logo appears just as usual, but with Ralph Wiggum standing inside the "O" humming the last few bars of the logo's theme.
The highest-grossing PG-13 animated film of all time ($183,135,014 domestically, $527,071,022 worldwide).
When the Simpsons arrive in Alaska, the border guard gives them $1000 in exchange for the mining of Alaska's natural resources. In fact, this actually happens, though a citizen has to reside there for at least 12 months first. The Alaska Permanent Fund which is funded by oil production and revenue from other sources pays out an annual dividend to every eligible Alaskan resident. When it began in 1982, Alaskans were paid $1000. The amount varies from year to year based on the growth of the fund.
The Simpsons Movie is the only PG-13 rated animated film to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature. It is also the only film based on a TV show to do so.
Homer's cell phone ringing is an "anti-cell" joke. Another more subtle one is a sign at the church at the beginning which states "Thou Shall Turn Off Thy Cell Phone."