Which town of Springfield is the most dysfunctional?

Homer_lOh, it’s ON. 20th Century Fox has announced a competition among all the Springfields in the U.S. (Did you know there are more than 30?). The burg that can prove it’s most like the fictional Springfield will host the Simpsons Movie premiere on July 26, one day before its official release.

So far, Springfield, Ill. has made the most convincing case to me: There’s a donut factory there, and we  know that Homer really likes donuts. Fine, it also happens to be my home state. But still. Donuts.

This whole thing is pretty weird — Fox shipped out huge boxes of materials including yellow paint, a guidebook  on how to draw Simpsons characters, a can of Buzz Cola, and items with "Kwik-E-Mart" emblazoned on them. Locals are supposed to submit a three- to five-minute video showcasing their municipality’s comic level of dysfunction. It’s a fun idea, but seems like a lot of work! Look at these people in Springfield, Mass. That one guy on the left doesn’t seem so into it. He’s like "Why do I have to deal with this box?"

You tell us: Which Springfield should win, assuming more than one of them actually completes a video?

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  • Tim Lade

    Springfield Ontario!

  • Lisa

    There was an article in the St Louis Post Dispatch a few months ago about the relative merits of Springfield MO and IL. The graphic was two Homers dressed to represent the states. The IL Homer was Abe Lincoln (beard, stovepipe hat, etc). The MO Homer was white (er…yellow) trash (camouflage hunting shirt, trucker hat from Bass Pro Shops). So Springfield, MO should win just to beat out Sprigfield, IL and make up for that quality use of photoshop.

  • chris

    Im all for springfield MA since its withing driving range of where i live ( just outside of boston)
    at least that way i can try and make it to the premiere. should be a good time.

  • Silvia

    Springfield, IL — our governor looks like a little kid playing dress-up who wandered into the Capitol building.

  • khrystyne

    Springfield, Illinois – my ex (from about 17 years ago) is a TV weatherman there. Even though I’m about 40 miles from Springfield, Massachusetts, I doubt if I could get tickets to the premiere.

  • Kat

    Springfield, OR should get it. Besides the fact that it is within driving distance of my home, I think that it gets some brownie points due to the fact the creator was born in Oregon, and this Springfield does have a few Simpsons Springfield characteristics.

  • Kat

    Springfield, OR should get it. Besides the fact that it is within driving distance of my home, I think that it gets some brownie points due to the fact the creator was born in Oregon, and this Springfield does have a few Simpsons Springfield characteristics.

  • Mal

    Springfield IL all the way.. we definately have so much in common with the Simpsons that we have to win!

  • Kelly

    Lisa: Oh, no you didn’t. Springfield, IL sooo beats out Springfield, MO. Here’s my reasons:
    1. An episode once mentioned a neighboring town of Mechanicsburg. IL has that.
    2. “Simpsons” Springfield has a nuclear plant. Springfield, IL has one nearby.
    3. The aforementioned doughnut factory.
    4. Homer as Abe Lincoln is so wrong it’s almost right.
    Springfield IL all the way!!!

  • Doug

    Spingfield Illinois by far has the most similarities. Donut factory, we have one. Shelbyville, in the area. Does any other town have a donut factory or Shelbyville?

  • Dorian

    Springfield MA! I was born there! Trust me it doesn’t get more dysfunctional! It got a lot of attention a few years ago for a shooting at a baby shower. Don’t know if that makes it like the Simpsons though…

  • DK

    Springfield, MO, all the way. We have a federal prison, a semi-reclusive old man who owns everything in town, a school for gifted kids, a “Founders’ Park” downtown honoring the originators of the city, plenty of Flanders-like characters, and many other things they have in the “Simpsons’” Springfield. And Kelly: there’s a Shelbyville, Missouri– the neighboring town from the show is more important than a town “mentioned once.”

  • Winona

    Ill-i-nois! Ill-i-nois! C’mon, what’s more yellow than corn? ;-)

  • DK

    Just saw Doug’s comment that IL has a Shelbyville. Ok, so we’re even on that one. Springfield, MO, is still the better place for “The Simpsons.” On the show, they once vacationed in Branson, MO, which is an hour from us. We have a well-known Lionel Hutz-like lawyer in town: his name is Brad Bradshaw and his commercials advertise that he’s a lawyer, doctor, and surgeon– if that’s not caricature-ready, I don’t know what is. We have a Troy McClure (washed up actor turned local personality) in former television “Bachelor” Aaron Buerge. I could go on….

  • Roman

    Lol DK–that comment was spot on about Springfield, MO and is exactly why we should be the one to host the Simpsons’ premiere. JQH is seriously a carbon copy of Mr. Burns.

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