Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Springfield, Vermont, will be where The Simpsons Movie opens. It won a contest between all the Springfields in the US. The contest is yet another example of the genius of the show. Of course, it's a publicity stunt, but it is one that inspires no cynicism. Rather, it is funny, amiably anarchic - the town had to send in videos that made them look like the fictional Springfield - and it shows, once again, how effectively The Simpsons succeeds in encompassing and involving all of America. And yet it does so while retaining its critical distance - all of these towns want to be THE Springield in spite of the fact that the fictional Springfield is a den of corruption, incompetence, cynicism and crime. Matt Groening should, of course, be a shoo-in for president. But I know that's not possible. The job will go, as it always does, to Mayor Quimby.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 7:16 am