This week, in the Springfields of America, a great battle is raging: Which town will prove it's worthy of hosting the premiere of The Simpsons Movie on July 27? Fourteen of the nation's Springfields have submitted videos about their towns for a USA Today contest; voting, which is open now and closes July 9, will determine which town wins the premiere.
I have to give these towns some props: While the videos are obviously amateur, they're made with a lot of heart. The Illinois and Oregon Springfields took the tactic of using clips from the show to justify why their town is the "real" home of the Simpsons, while several of the others created fake news reports (often featuring a Kent Brockman-like anchor). And apparently, some Springfields have more in common than just their name: Over the course of the 14 videos, I counted quite a few scenes with Disco Stu look-alikes, prank calls to the local tavern, and Bart-like characters writing sentences over and over on a chalkboard. Springfield, Kentucky, even had someone write a bluegrass-tinged theme song for their film. (Springfield, Minnesota, on the other hand, declined to participate, saying their town was nothing like Homer's stomping ground.)
You can watch the videos and vote on USA Today's site until July 9. To watch the submission from Springfield, New Jersey, just read more