The Simpsons: The Eleventh Season (1999)

Genre(s): Animation / Comedy
Fox || NR - 484 minutes - $49.98 || October 7, 2008
Reviewer: Kushmeer Farakhan || Posted On: 2008-10-22


Buy this DVD from Amazon.com!
.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): James L. Brooks & Matt Groening & Sam Simon (developed by)
Cast: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Harry Shearer, Hank Azaria


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • In Line with Matt Groening
  • Audio Commentaries on Every Episode
  • The Many Faces of Krusty
  • Animation Showcase
  • Original Sketches
  • Deleted Scenes
  • A Star on Hollywood Boulevard


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Stereo)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish

Comment on this and other movies on the message board!


.::THE FILM::.

Ahhhhhh, The Simpsonnnnnnnns.

“The Simpsons” is probably one of the only shows I watched as an child that is still actively going. Not only is it actively going, but I can actually remember when it first aired and that I was just in elementary school. I'm now 25. Yep, it's been on that long. And for quite some time, “The Simpsons” was arguably the best show well...ever. It was funny, it was smart, it had lovable and memorable characters, it had episodes that people talked about by the water coolers AND the playgrounds, it had everything. The first 2 seasons were kind of rough and were popular mostly by the pop culture phenom of the show's newness but then in season 3, the show got with it and from there through season 8, and it was pure bliss. 9 and 10 weren't quite classics but they were also full of greatness. “Simpsons” Season 11 represents the seeds being planted for the downward fall that the show had where it eventually ended up as being an shadow of its former self. I don't want to scare anyone off though. Season 11 is for the most part business as usual, i.e., comedy gold and plenty o' zingers.

For those coming out of an 20 year coma, the Simpsons is the story of an family who lives in Springfield and gets into wacky adventures/stories with the occasional companionship of their other various neighbors, coworkers, schoolmates, etc.

Season 11 is not the best but it still has several goodies and things to tickle your funny one. Among some of the goodies are "Grift of the Magi" in which the school is taken over by toy marketing execs to produce the next big hot x-mas toy (guest stars Gary Coleman as himself), "Eight Misbehavin'" where Apu and his wife Manjula have Octuplets, and "Beyond Blunderdome" where Homer and Mel Gibson (as himself) remake Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. There are also a couple of noteworthy oddities that are faves among fans. "Alone Again, natura-diddly" is an HUGE episode because a Simpsons supporting character dies and it changes things for one character for the duration of the show's existence. Not nearly as meaningful but equally as strange is "Behind the laughter", an Vh1 behind the music style spoof that proposes the Simpsons aren't really an family but an actual TV show that these animated characters perform on.

And of course, there are a couple of duds. "Take My wife, Sleaze" written by the normally genius John Swartzwelder is lukewarm at best and then episodes like "Missionary Impossible" just feel like the show is almost out of ideas.

Season 11 is definitely where the show's cracks start showing but fortunately they're at that point, very small and thus season 11 is still entertaining from start to go more or less.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

In Line with Matt Groening is just a general DVD intro that Matt does on every “Simpsons” box. I can tell he enjoys doing them but at the same time, it was also obvious this time, for the first time, that he's aware that this season is not the most brilliant.

Audio Commentaries on every episode are my favorite feature. They're funny and the writers and actors have such an good time. On the commentary for "E-I-E-I(annoyed grunt", you get to hear from an real life fan who grew actual Tomacco lol and on the commentary for "Eight Misbehavin", infamous actor Gary Marshall yuks it up with the writers and it's almost as funny as the actual episodes. Commentaries on Simpsons boxes never disappoint.

The Many Faces of Krusty featurette is okay but kind of overwhelming because it's nothing but a series of "funny" clips of Krusty from the show's first 11 seasons and runs about 5 minutes or so long. It is enjoyable though. If you take good clips from good shows, it has to be good right?

Animation Showcase is where you get to see the finished animation run next to storyboards and animatics for comparisons. It's fascinating especially if you're into animation and how much things change from start to finish. Not bad.

Original Sketches are just sketches of new characters for the 11th season.

Deleted Scenes (TONS of these). There at least 2 or 3 per episode and they're mostly accessed by hitting an prompt during an episode which will then cause the episode to jump to that deleted scene at the appropriate moment but there are an few that are hidden in the episode menus. I'll let you discover them on your own but I found some fairly easily. It's an matter of knowing how many times to go an certain direction is the only clue i'll give you. As with most deleted scenes, they're an mixed bag of nuts. Some are funny and some are funny and pointless and others are just kind of meh.

A Star on Hollywood Boulevard is a brief featurette that documents how the Simpsons were honored with their own star on the Hollywood walk of fame back in 2000. In attendance were a handful of guys dressed in big giant rubber Simpsons suits but more importantly voice actors Nancy Cartwright (Bart), Yeardly Smith (Lisa), and creator Matt Groening were all in attendance giving interviews and speeches at the little event. It was very nice to see the show given such a warmth and deserved treatment. I only wish this could've ran longer as it was only an few moments long. I'd have loved to see the whole ceremony.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Pretty good. “The Simpsons” DVDs just keep getting prettier. This season is one of the last ones done with traditional hand-drawn animation too so it's few rough edges are kind of sweet to behold as you know it's all computer assistance from here on in. Sounds great too, even with a Dolby Stereo track.



.::OVERALL::.

“The Simpsons” is one of the greatest shows of all time and although this isn't one of their best seasons, it's definitely not one of their worst and its' entertaining enough for hardcore fans and casual ones alike to give it a purchase. Plus the extras (particularly the commentaries) are just too much fan to pass up. Go get er' folks.