I was surfing around Yahoo! News yesterday when I came across this story: 7-Elevens become Simpsons ‘Kwik-E-Marts’. How awesome is that? Eleven locations in the US and one in Canada have been converted to Kwik-E-Marts, selling things like Buzz Cola, KrustyO’s cereal, and Squishees. There’s a wicked photoset at Flickr that shows just how detailed these real-life Kwik-E-Marts are.
John Biehler visited the Coquitlam, BC location yesterday (lucky bastard):
One thing that struck me (and that others have posted about) is the lengths they went to do it right….it’s easy enough to slap a few posters up for a big movie but to transform an entire store to something as beloved as a Kwik-E-Mart is pure genius.
Agreed. This is one of the best movie promotion ideas ever! Too bad I won’t get to see one of the Kwik-E-Marts in person. The movie opens July 27th.
Read: Yahoo! News
If you’re a fan of The Simpsons, and let’s face it who isn’t, then you might be interested to know that there is a Simpsons movie in the works:
A spokesperson for the popular cartoon series revealed to MTV.com that the actors who provide the voices for the characters read the script, under the close watch of show creator Matt Groening. “They did do the script read, that is correct,” “Simpsons” rep Antonia Kaughman told MTV.com. “It was all of our six principal actors, and then we have a couple secondary actors, and they do all of Springfield — over 100 characters amongst them.”
A Simpsons movie would be so much fun! I hadn’t heard of this before, so I did a quick search on IMDB, and they do indeed list the film as a November 2008 release. With the release date being so far out, I wonder if they are planning to stop making new episodes by then? Matt Groening has long said that a movie would only be made after the TV series went off the air, though the above-quoted article claims that “The “Simpsons” TV show and the film will be produced simultaneously.” I certainly hope so!
Read: JAM! Showbiz