The Fox television network has begun airing promos announcing that this weekend’s season kick-off of The Simpsons will feature the world premiere of the trailer for the eagerly awaited Simpsons movie. The very first big-screen outing for Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie is scheduled to hit theaters in North America on July 27, 2007.
The Simpsons Movie is directed by series veteran David Silverman, who was also co-director of Pixar’ Monsters, Inc. The script, co-written by Mike Scully, Matt Groening, George Meyer, David Mirkin, Mike Reiss, Matt Selman, John Swartzwelder and Jon Vitti, finds the Simpsons clan under attack by an angry mob when Homer accidentally poisons the entire town of Springfield and causes a quarantine. The voice cast will feature series regulars Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Pamela Hayden and Tress MacNeille.
A teaser trailer for the movie was sneaked into theaters over the summer with Fox Animation’s latest feature film Ice Age: The Meltdown. The Simpsons pic will reportedly get a huge promotional push across all divisions of Fox Broadcasting’s parent company, News Corp.
Airing Sunday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m./7 p.m. central, the Simpsons season premiere features a guest-voice spot by Kiefer Sutherland, star of Fox’s 24. In ‘G.I. (Annoyed Grunt),’ Homer gets Bart out of a commitment he made to join the Army at 18 and ends up in basic training himself. The installmment will be the first of the regular episodes following last weekend’s special ‘TreeHouse of Horror’ broadcast.