Date: 12th July 2007

Simpsons premiere chooses its Springfield

The Simpsons movie will have its international premiere in Springfield, Vermont, after beating 13 US namesakes in a competition.

The New England town, which has a population of just 9,500, will host the event on July 21 after submitting a winning video showing a Homer Simpson lookalike chasing a giant doughnut through the town.

It also boasted similarities to the cartoon Springfield, such as having a nuclear power plant nearby.

Matt Groening, The Simpsons creator, set the show in the fictional town of Springfield because it is one of the most common place-names in the US.

Fourteen Springfields across the country - in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee and Vermont - submitted videos, and campaigned for votes online.

Source: Press Release