The Simpsons Movie

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the movie, when the are showing "The Itchy and Scratchy Movie", Itchy launches the nuclear missiles which are initially spread apart but when they land in Scratchy's mouth they are all in one clump.

Correction: You can't seriously expect perfect continuity watching a cartoon within a cartoon.

But then itchy and scratchy had to be made as part of the Simpson's movie so it's still part of the film making it a mistake.

Ssiscool Premium member

Wrong. This is not a mistake. It was fully intentional and done for comical purposes.

Correction: Missiles can also change trajectory.

Phaneron Premium member

It was done as deliberate joke, so it isn't a mistake.

Correction: How do you know? Please elaborate. How much weight can a helicopter support and what is the likely combined weight of the people climbing the rope? Without any sort of physics explanation, this entry seems to be based on an opinion.

S. Ha

Corrected entry: When Homer is swinging by the wrecking ball, caugut between a rock and "a hard place", it eventually stops and a few seconds later it swings back up to the rock. This is impossible.

Correction: It's a deliberate joke, and as such, not a mistake.


Corrected entry: Near the end, Chief Wiggum says "It's amazing no one got hurt." But earlier, when the dome was lowered onto the town, there was a man who got crushed when he couldn't decide whether to escape or stay.


Corrected entry: Homer would not have been able to use super glue to climb the dome. It would have bonded instantly to the dome, and his weight probably would have succeeded in peeling some of his skin off because of the glue. Also, that kind of glue dries up a little after it's applied, so it would not have remained sticky throughout the entire time Homer used it.


Correction: Super glue does not bond instantly. It takes at least 10 to 20 seconds to bond. It is tacky quickly, but not instant bonding.


This is another example of cartoon visual gags which isn't supposed to reflect reality.

Corrected entry: The treehouse tree, in reality would not go up and down when the rope goes back and forth, but would collapse anyway.

Correction: It is a visual gag in a cartoon and is not expected to reflect realism.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: Homer receives his Alaska Permanent Fund dividend as soon as he enters the state. In reality, he would have had to have lived in the state for a full calendar year to become eligible.

Correction: It's a cartoon and a satire. They deliberately chose to do it that way so it would be funny.

Corrected entry: In the movie, Moe's Tavern is right next to the church. But it was never like that in the TV series. It was all the way on the other side of Springfield.

Correction: Fair point, however, the various landmarks in Springfield do move around, depending on what's convenient for a joke. For example, I recall one episode where Moe's was at the end of the Simpsons' street; in another, the Power Plant's car park stretched all the way to the back of the Simpson's house. Indeed, I would even suggest that the blatent 'relocation' of these buildings is part of the joke itself. The writers themselves openly admit this on the DVD commentaries for the TV show.


Corrected entry: Professor Frink says he has a machine that will burn through anything but it happens to be on the outside of the dome. Why didn't the Simpsons use this to make a hole in the dome when they found a way out?

manthabeat Premium member

Correction: Even if the drill was still there for the using, there is nothing in the movie that suggests if they even remembered it was there. They could have easily forgotten about it.

Casual Person

Correction: There is nothing to suggest the Simpsons even know how to use Frink's superdrill.


Correction: The EPA came to capture the family so they had to run away. By the time of return, there would have already been the security seen near the end of the film.

Corrected entry: After the dome has shattered, Chief Wiggum mentions nobody getting hurt. You then see Dr Nick get flattened by a large piece of glass. He says "Bye, everybody!" and dies. There would have been some (well, lots of) blood. But there is none.


Correction: It's a standard of the medium that the laws of nature do not apply in a cartoon. If they did, then people wouldn't be yellow-skinned, a giant glass dome couldn't have been been constructed (let alone flown by helicopters and suction cups) to isolate a city, and Maggie would be in college by now.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: When Homer is in the hanging noose his arm is stuck in a tight position. The next shot shows the rest of the family and when we cut back to Homer, he is suddenly free of the noose completely! That is impossible for a normal person to escape that quickly - only a master escape artist could do that. (00:34:30 - 00:35:20)


Correction: "Normal person" being the operative words there, which Homer is not. Homer did have one arm free; he could have grabbed the rope above the noose and pulled himself up, loosening it to the point where he could pull his head and trapped arm out. Since all of this takes place off camera it is pure assumption to say that he could not have freed himself.

BocaDavie Premium member

Correction: Obviously Russ Cargill had them placed back in the dome through the same opening where the bomb is placed.

Phaneron Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene where the dome is being lowered over the town, the dome comes down and squashes fences etc. There is a man who can't decide whether he should be in or out, then the dome flattens him at a fast speed. But in the next shot of the dome squashing the Simpson's fence, it moves very slow.

Correction: Notice, the dome crushes the fence slowly then drops to the ground fast.

Joel Sheffield

Corrected entry: In the scene where Green Day's Barge is sinking, they stand up and play "Nearer My God To Thee", which is supposedly the final song played by the band on Titanic as it sank.


Correction: This reference is quite obvious, considering they blatantly mimic the scene from "Titanic", complete with the violins and the "Gentlemen, it's been an honour playing with you this evening" line.

Corrected entry: Right after the Simpsons escape through the sinkhole, the EPA commander throws his binoculars at the jeep and they bounce back at him. The binoculars never hit the windshield. They "hit" above it.

Correction: He throws the binoculars at the dome. Not the jeep.

Ssiscool Premium member

Corrected entry: Willies hair changes from red to brown throughout the film. (01:13:55)

Correction: His hair stays the same dark colour throughout the movie.

Ssiscool Premium member

Actually it was shown that his hair was red near the start.

Corrected entry: On TV, there's a big house across the street from the Simpson House. However in the movie, there are several little houses across the street from the Simpson house.

Correction: As in all the other corrections for these mistakes, buildings, locations and landmarks all change regularly both during the series and in the movie, as such it's not a mistake. If there were large houses across the street in the movie, then small ones, it's a mistake, but differences between the series and the movie are not applicable.

Corrected entry: When Apu, Cheif Wiggums, and Dr. Hibbert go to Mr. Burns' mansion, they show a shot of the whole mansion before the scene inside the mansion. The mansion is outside the dome. You can tell because the dome is off in the distance. Now this made a big gap in the plot. If three Springfeild residences can get out of the dome, wouldn't they all come out of the dome and (more importantly) find Homer? Why did those 3 go back in the dome if it was in trouble? Also, if some did stay in the dome, wouldn't some people at least get more supplies outside? Again, if they could get out of the dome, what was the point of the whole scene when they riot and go against the dome if there is a way out? It couldn't have been that the President or that the EPA fixes the way out, because they just found out about it during the scene of the riot.

Correction: You do see a part of the dome wall in the back, but the mansion is still inside the dome.

Corrected entry: Frink couldn't have perfected his acid drill without being outside the dome where it also is.

Correction: Another possibility is that he just perfected his acid drill but was separated from it by the dome.

Correction: It's a gag, not a "deliberate mistake". No different than Homer's hair coming out like an unraveling thread, or the fact that it supported Bart's weight, or the fact that Homer and Bart were able to drive around on the dome like they did.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: While on the cycle Bart pulls some of Homers hair of but after the bomb explodes his hair is back to its usual status.

Correction: It's a visual gag of such commonplace stature that this can hardly be considered a continuity error, especially in a cartoon.

Phixius Premium member

Continuity mistake: When Maggie does her disappearing act through the sinkhole, and Marge rushes to get Homer, the wooden porch swing is directly in front of the window, with its top beam as high as the top of the window. When Homer says, "This dome can play tricks on you," note the door and window behind Marge, because the swing is now gone. (00:31:10)

Super Grover Premium member

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Trivia: The operatic version of "Spider-Pig" (which plays over Homer's epiphany scene, and again over the end credits) was released as a single in England and fell just shy of the Top 20.

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Question: In the scene, where Lenny informs Homer that they're giving away free donuts at the shop and that they're going very fast, why didn't Homer ask Lenny to save him some? If he did and Lenny agreed, Homer wouldn't have to hurry up nor dump silo in the lake, thus the dome situation could have been avoided.

Answer: Homer has been known not to make the smartest decisions, and the decisions he does make, he makes without fully thinking them through. Clearly he wanted to get some donuts as quickly as possible without thinking of any other ways, so he decided to ditch the silo in the lake as it would be the fastest way of getting it off his back, even if it's not the smartest. Also, putting that aside, he likely wanted his own pick of the donuts rather than have Lenny guess what he wanted.

Casual Person

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