The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: In 3-D! On Ice! - Variety Review

Morgan Spurlock is turned loose upon The Simpsons, and indeed the world, in a far-reaching, scattershot special that follows the animated goliath's 450th episode. An hour is either too little or too much to do the series justice, and while Spurlock comes back from such far-flung locales as Brazil and Scotland with amusing tidbits, it's at best a once-over-lightly exploration of the pop-culture phenomenon that somehow misses the most obvious point: That the show has run more than two decades because animation allowed the characters (especially the kids) to remain conveniently ageless.

To his credit, Spurlock seeks out critics of the series (such as the Catholic League's Bill Donohue) along with many of its writers (Conan O'Brien among them), cast and series creator Matt Groening. He then fans out rather arbitrarily to the fringes -- from Sting to Moby, Brian Williams to Dan Rather, etc.

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