THE SIMPSONS MOVIE
- David Silverman (2007)
The Simpsons Movie is an
American animated comedy film based on
the animated television series The Simpsons,
focusing on the Simpson family of Homer
Simpson, his wife Marge, and
children Bart, Lisa and Maggie, and the town
After Homer accidentally pollutes the town's
water supply, Springfield is encased in a
gigantic dome by the EPA and the Simpson
family are declared fugitives.
In the end, Homer saves Springfield with the
help of Bart by throwing the bomb out of the
dome that was intended to destroy the town.
The bomb explodes, shattering the dome
and freeing the town. The townspeople then
begin restoring Springfield back to normal.
- Andrew Adamson & Vicky Jenson (2001)
The film is about an ogre, Shrek, who
lives in a swamp away from the town.
His home is then threatened to be
interrupted unless he travels to save
Princess Fiona in order for Lord
Farquaad to be king. He meets an
annoying donkey who goes on the
adventure with him, making the
donkey his side-kick throughout the
- Pete Docter (2001)
The film is about
Monsters that generate
their city's power by
scaring children, but
they are terribly afraid
themselves of being
children, so when one
enters Monstropolis, top
scarer Sulley finds his
• I like the comedy genre because they use a lot of
intertextuality from other media.
• Comedy films also usually have a good cast in their
films and there is likely to be more than one A-List
celebrity in a comedy film as they use the star
• Most people, including me, are more attracted to
the film depending on who is in it. This is because
people watch other successful comedy films which
makes the actors more liked and there is more
chance of their films attracting more of an
Intertextuality is when a type of media takes something from
another. For example, Shrek uses characters that are familiar to the
Sleeping Beauty may not look like the Disney original but in Shrek she
is always portrayed as tired to hint to the audience that she is
sleeping beauty. Rapunzel has long hair, Cinderella wears glass
shoes and the Ugly Sister is ugly. These intertextual references repeat
in all the Shrek films to familiarize the characters with the audience
as they know them from other media texts. The Gingerbread man,
from the children’s rhyme is also used as a character in the film
which will appeal to the younger children that know him from the
rhyme. This appeals to the target audience, being families, as they
will recognise the characters from other media texts.
In terms of Monsters, inc. Rex from the Toy Story franchise is featured
as a monster at the start of the film. This appeals to the audience
because they will recognise Rex from Toy Story and be encouraged
to watch the film because they recognise the character.
The star theory is when someone is attracted to a film based on who is
starring in it. Usually, an actor becomes well known after they have starred in a
particular film as a certain type of character. If there is another similar film that
they play the same type of character, people will be attracted to the film
because they know how successful the actor is in playing the part.
The simpsons is a successful, well known tv series. The characters from
the tv series are the same in the movie. This encourages fans of the simpsons to
watch the film because the same characters are in it, which relates to the star
Shrek also features comedic ators like Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers and
Cameron Diaz. They are A-List actors who are most famous for starring in
comedy films. The audience will be drawn in to watching the film because they
are very well known and also known for starring in comedy films, the genre of
the Shrek films.
John Goodman plays Sully, the top scarer at Monsters, Inc. He is well
known for playing parts in disney movies therefore it is effective and persuasive
to the target audience for him to play a main part in the film because it will
appeal to the audience as they have seen him in other successful animated
family movies and they will want to watch the film because they know how
good he plays the different characters as its audience familiarity.
MONSTERS, INC. TRAILER
• This screen shot in the
monsters, inc. trailer shows
the characters Sully and
• The convention here is the
characters. In other comedy
films there is always a
comedy duo and these
characters are a clear
example of this.
• Medium – long shots are also
a convention of comedy
films therefore you can see
the movement and
expressions of the
• This shot uses both high key
on one side and low key on
the other side. High-Key
lighting is a convention of
comedy films as its bright
and is used in happy scenes
whereas low-key is used in
• Iconography is a big
convention in comedy
films. Sometimes they
interpret other films in a
funny way, more of a
parody and sometimes
they use different
elements from other films
to attract their target
• In this shot, it shows Shrek,
the ‘hero’, with Snow
White and the Seven
Dwarfs. The creators of
shrek have used these
iconography as the target
audience will notice the
characters and be familiar
THE SIMPSONS MOVIE TRAILER
• Another popular
comedy films are
appeals to the
because people find
it funny when people
do stupid things; just
like Homer Simpson.
• Featuring this part in
the trailer will attract
the target audience
and appeal to them
already watch the
simpsons and know
• There are many ways that you can find out about movies.
Advertising is a main way that movies get across. This includes
adverts on TV, the internet, Billboards, magazines, radio and
• Interviews are also a promotion that actors often use to talk
about the film they have recently starred in which will appeal
to the target audience.
• Social networking websites are also a big element when it
comes to getting information and hearing about movies.
Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are the main forms of social
media where films are promoted.
• Apps are also an upcoming type of media that you can find all
different information about films. Apps like ‘Flixster’ are popular
as you can find anything out about any film on the app.
• Reception theory is all about how the audience
reacts to a film based upon our age, gender,
ethnicity, social class.
• For example, ‘The Hangover’ appeals to younger
adults with a middle class background however it
wouldn’t appeal to a younger adult with a different
cultural background as they have different beliefs
and wont find things funny compared to people of
other cultural backgrounds.
• The active spectatorship theory suggests that each
viewer is different and many people in the
audience will question the film and react to it in
different ways to others, finding different meanings
behind a film.
• Active spectatorship also relates to the idea of
‘fandom’. This is where the audience for a particular
film adopts it as their own e.g Twilight (‘Twi-hards’)