15“Kamp Krusty” Nearly Became The Simpsons Movie
Season 4 episode “Kamp Krusty” – which features Bart and Lisa attending a dreadful summer camp run by Krusty the Clown – is rightly considered a classic. But did you know its plot almost served as the basis for The Simpsons Movie?
When “Kamp Krusty” was completed, Executive Producer James L.
Brooks became convinced that the episode should be re-worked into a feature-length story. While attempts were made to transform “Kamp Krusty” into The Simpsons Movie, there were several creative and logistical roadblocks that ultimately made this an impossibility.
For starters, the original script already ran short, and efforts to expand the narrative proved fruitless. Then there was the little matter of the position of “Kamp Krusty” within the season’s broadcast schedule – if it were to be shelved in order to accommodate plans for a big screen version, the producers would have had to scramble to replace their premiere episode!