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Which Springfield will Rule Them All?

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

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SassAndBide SassAndBide 10 years
cute vid
mrssmp2003 mrssmp2003 10 years
I think Springfield, IL. should win because I used to live there and if you know the people, you would understand.
katygirlthing katygirlthing 10 years
id love to a.. live america to particpate in voting, and b. live in a springfield to get the privilege to see it. hey, ill move to scotland, they are trying to get the british premiere because of two springfields. hey, i should try hiking...
crystallinegreen crystallinegreen 10 years
It HAS to be Oregon. It only makes sense, since Matt Groening is from Portland and there have always been tons of references to Portland and Oregon on the show.. anyone else from Porltand probably picks up on all those.
KWM KWM 10 years
Springfield Oregon!!
mandykw mandykw 10 years
It should totally be the Oregon Springfield! It's where Matt Groening is from and it's always been rumored that he based the show on it.
z0mbieFck z0mbieFck 10 years
i thought it was already said where the simpsons are actually from. cause i remember watching the episode that was like behind the music and they said missourri in it...
catstarr catstarr 10 years
I grew up in Springfield Oregon!!! OH man, that makes me so happy.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
What a clever idea. Some of the videos are charming.
pamss pamss 10 years
iii loovee bart!! he's my herooee!! my sister is totally and completelly lisaaa!! pamsss
Hope5 Hope5 10 years
They give hints in their shows. I've a good idea where :)
rheasan rheasan 10 years
Everybody's forgotten about Springfield, VA. =(
willb01 willb01 10 years
Vote for Illinois! Shelbyville is a nearby town, it's got its own city power plant, Abraham Lincoln is strikingly similar to Jebediah Springfield. "Capital City" is very similar to Chicago (which many people think is the capital of Illinois anyway). And Springfield, Illinois, is average in just about every way -- the perfect Springfield for the Simpsons!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
I'd love it if NJ won since I'm close enough to Jersey that I could stalk out the premiere. But the Jersey video was no good. :(
ALSW ALSW 10 years
What a great idea!
sweetheart_450 sweetheart_450 10 years
It should take place in the actual Springfield the writters had in mind way back when. That way we can all finally know which one it really is.
jpullman813 jpullman813 10 years
It should be Springfield, OR that wins. I believe Matt Groening says that his inspiration for much of the Simpsons came from his youth in Portland, OR (Oregon is my home state, so that's where the pride comes from).
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 10 years
Sheesh, Minnesota, thaw out and get a sense of humor!
jenintx jenintx 10 years
my aunt called my mom last night and told us both to vote for their springfield (missouri). they got a meet joe black premier b/c that's where brad pitt is from so i told her i was voting for a different one. she didn't tell us about the videos...i'll have to check them out.
Jinx Jinx 10 years
fit* :oops*
Jinx Jinx 10 years
The one to win should be the Springfield with Shelbyville near by. Any fir that criteria? :rotfl:
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