Thursday, June 28, 2007

RM1,000 reward for stolen Homer's return

The two thieves must be real Simpson fans... either that or they are just plain stupid!

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The New Straits Times Online
By : Lee Shi-Ian

PETALING JAYA: A reward of RM1,000 has been offered for the "safe" return of the life-sized statue of Homer Simpson, which was stolen on Monday.

The Simpsons, minus Homer, on display at the Golden Screen Cinema in 1 Utama shopping complex.

The reward is offered by movie studio Twentieth Century Fox, which is scheduled to release The Simpsons movie in Malaysia next month. The statue was stolen from the Golden Screen Cinemas at the 1 Utama Shopping Complex here at 3am. The theft was recorded on closed-circuit television cameras.

The suspects caught on CCTV cameras removing Homer from the cineplex premises.

Motion Picture Association country manager Nor Hayati Yahaya appealed for the return of Homer, saying that the Simpsons family was due to be displayed at Malaysia Consumers Day 2007 next month.

"There is an estimated five million Simpsons fans in Malaysia," she said. The statue was stolen after the late night movie screening ended about 3am. The 1.2-metre tall Homer statue was placed alongside other Simpsons statues at a display couch.

CCTV images provided by the shopping complex show two men carrying Homer out of the building. Another TV grab shows the statue in the boot of a Proton Waja.

Two police reports were lodged over the incident. District police chief ACP Mazlan Mansor confirmed the reports. He said investigations were under way to track down the culprits.

The Simpsons is an animated American sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. It is a satirical parody of the "Middle American" lifestyle epitomised by its title family, which consists of Homer, wife Marge, son Bart, daughter Lisa and baby daughter Maggie. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield and lampoons many aspects of the human condition, as well as American culture, society as a whole and television itself.

The Simpsons is currently the longest-running American sitcom and the longest-running American animated programme. Since its debut on Dec 17, 1989, the show has aired 400 episodes over 18 seasons. The 19th season is due to be aired in 2007/2008.

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