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Simpsons Movie premiere to be held in Springfield

Simpsons Movie — Posted 25 Apr, 2007 by Scott

But which one?? Sixteen US cities named Springfield have been asked to compete to host the premiere of The Simpsons Movie in July.

The cartoon series is based in its own fictional town of Springfield - creator Matt Groening has said he chose it because it is a common US city name.

Film company 20th Century Fox will pick a winning short film submitted by the real-life cities about community life.

"There's plenty of serious issues to talk about, but this is something that we might as well try to have a little fun with," the mayor of Springfield, Oregon, Sid Leiken, told local newspaper the Register-Guard.

Scores of Web sites have tried to answer the question: Where is the Simpsons' Springfield? No one can say for sure. Groening has said that he chose Springfield because it's one of the most common city names in the United States. In an interview last month with Web magazine Crave Online, Groening said "The Simpsons Movie" will address the question of which state the cartoon family's hometown is in.

"We actually have a really good joke about that (in the movie)," Groening is quoted as saying. "Remember, I said joke."

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