The eagerly-awaited movie version of The Simpsons is finally under way, but fans are being warned they will have to wait years before it hits cinemas.

YEARDLEY SMITH - who provides the voice for eight-year-old character LISA SIMPSON - fears avid viewers of the show will lose interest in the cartoon family by the time the film is released, but believes it's more important for Simpsons bosses to focus their efforts on the current series rather than the movie.

She says, "Animation takes forever. My wish for the show is that we go out with a bang not a pimple."

Last week (ends02APR04) it emerged the new series of The Simpsons was under threat because of a pay revolt among the actors who give voices to HOMER, MARGE, BART, Lisa and the other stars.

08/04/2004 02:32