Speaking in tongues; dubbing the Simpsons around the globe

One of the more enjoyable aspects of travel is coming across a version of the Simpsons dubbed in the local language.

Most of you reading this website are probably accustomed to the original American English voices of Homer, Bart, and the rest of the crew. Others around the world, however, have grown up hearing an entirely different voice when Chief Wiggums says something stupid or Homer screws up, doh!

The strange experience of hearing the Homer you know so well speak with a different voice in a different language is one of the many wonderful disconnects that make travel so rich and rewarding.

Below is a collection of various languages in which America’s greatest export can be heard around the globe. I just hope I got them all right, doh!



Springfield, Vermont Wins Simpsons Challenge

USA Today announced today that Springfield, Vermont (pop. 9,078 in 2000) has won the Simpsons movie Springfield Challenege. The small town received 15,367 votes out of 109,582, less than almost 1,000 more than the much larger Springfield, Il. If my math is correct (and it rarely is), that’s 1.6 votes per person in Springfield, VT. Weird!

The new Simpsons movie will premiere on July 21 at the Springfield Movie Theater located at 26 Main St.

Where to Find the Simpsons-Themed 7-Elevens

Remember that story we posted a few months back about the possibility of a dozen or so 7-Elevens being morphed into Kwik-E-Marts to promote the forthcoming Simpsons movie? If you hadn’t heard yet, it happened. Eleven stores across the United States were completely remodeled, while 6,000 more joined in the fun by selling Simpsons-themed snacks like Buzz Cola, KrustyO’s cereal and Squishees.

Here’s a list of the 11 remodeled stores, complete with directions on how to find them.

Oh, and on July 11th, (7/11/07!), they’ll be giving away free Squishees!

Related: Watch the videos from 14 different Springfields across the United States as they battle it out to become the home of the Simpsons!

The Simpsons Movie: Springfield Challenge

Since the exact location was never explicitly revealed in any episode of The Simpsons, fourteen Springfields across America are currently battling it out to decide which town should be the true home of Homer and family.

Each of the fourteen Springfields in the running — Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, and Vermont — have created a video that showcases why they should be chosen, and each is now available on USAToday.com to watch.

The winning town will be awarded to the right to host the premiere of the movie before the U.S. release date of July 27th.

Log onto USAToday to watch the videos, and cast your vote for which town you think should win. If you have no particular interest in any of cities, cast your vote for Missouri, because…well, I live in Springfield, Missouri, and somebody has got to win, right?