The Force Awakens from Its Nap
The Force Awakens from Its Nap film poster.jpg
Disney+ promotional poster
Directed byDavid Silverman
Written by
Based onThe Simpsons
by Matt Groening
Produced by
Production
companies
Distributed byDisney+
(Disney Platform Distribution)
Release date
  • May 4, 2021 (2021-05-04)
Running time
3 minutes
CountryUnited States

Maggie Simpson in "The Force Awakens from Its Nap", known simply as The Force Awakens from Its Nap is an animated short film based on the television series The Simpsons. The short was released on May 4, 2021, on Disney+ in celebration of Star Wars Day.[1][2]

It is the third short film featuring Maggie Simpson, following The Longest Daycare (2012) and Playdate with Destiny (2020). This promotional short is the first of several from The Simpsons that Disney+ released throughout 2021, to tie in with the service's marquee brands and titles.[2]

Plot

Marge drives Maggie to The Ayn Rand School for Tots daycare, but Maggie refuses, so she takes her to the Jabba's Hut Jedi Preschool, entering through the Sky toddlers door. In there, they see a Jedi prepare sandwiches with the use of a lightsaber and the force, while Ahsoka Tano puts a baby in carbonite for being bad.

Marge takes her to General Grievous that was changing a kid's diaper next to R2-D2, using it as a trash bin. The cyborg takes the pacifier and throws it away. Maggie panics and is approached by BB-8, which wants to help her retrieve the pacifier, so Maggie gives it her bow tie.

BB-8 starts running toward the next room but finds itself trapped in the middle of many other BB-8s. Maggie tries to reach it but the other BB-8 attack and damaging it. BB-8 managed to find and give Maggie the pacifier before Baby Gerald, dressed as Darth Maul, stabs it in the back.

Maggie and Gerald start fighting, Maggie using a prolonged pacifier, and when she reaches a "new improved Death Star guaranteed unexplodable" she hits it, making it explode on Gerald. However he's not stopped and make her lose the pacifier. Maggie quickly retrieves it and makes him lose his diaper.

Not losing a beat, Gerald uses the Force to crush her under a wardrobe. BB-8, still alive, arrives at the scene, and Maggie emerges from the wardrobe, alive, with Yoda ears. BB-8 wonders how she's alive and she shows it how in the Star Wars rules, beloved characters never really die. In the end, Maggie and a restored BB-8 watches the twin suns of Tatooine set.

Production

The idea behind a Star Wars short starring Maggie Simpson came up in January 2021. As the Disney+ Simpsons library was well received, executive producer James L. Brooks proposed to do a series of shorts where the show interacted with other franchises available in the streaming service. Showrunner Al Jean, a long-time Star Wars fan, pitched the idea of making a Star Wars-centric short in which Maggie is sent to a Jedi preschool. Two shorts starring Maggie, The Longest Daycare and Playdate with Destiny, had been previously produced in 2012 and 2020. Both Lucasfilm Ltd. and Disney+ showed enthusiasm for the idea, and asked the Simpsons crew to have the short ready for May 4, 2021, given how "Star Wars Day" is celebrated on that date.[3]

Jean wrote the script along with Joel Cohen and Mike Price and the Simpsons director David Silverman directed the short. The first draft for the short was ready by January 18. They worked closely with Lucasfilm throughout the short's development, providing suggestions and making sure that the Simpsons crew used the full universe of their characters. Among the characters included in the short as a "Darth Maul Baby" and BB-8, but Grogu (better known as "Baby Yoda") was only referenced yet not included, as Jean felt that the character is probably the most sought-after of Disney, so they did not want him to be overexposed. The Lucasfilm team also helped them to transliterate the chalkboard writing to Aurebesh. The short was finished on April 30, four days before its release date.[4]

Reception

Critical reception

Rich Knight of Cinema Blend ranked Maggie Simpson in "The Force Awakens from Its Nap" third in their top of The Simpsons Short, acknowledged the references to the Star Wars franchise, and praised the humor and the gags of the animated short film, despite stating that The Force Awakens from Its Nap does not offer much of a story.[5] Eden Arnold of Bleeding Cool found the short film to be an endearing celebration of Star Wars Day, while saying it shows off Disney's properties.[6] Raul Velasquez of TheGamer.com complimented the humor of the short film, stating it manages to be a cheerful and carefree short that is funny enough to entertain Star Wars fans, and claimed that the crossover manages to capture the humor of The Simpsons franchise at the same time.[7]

John Schwarz of Bubbleblabber gave The Force Awakens from Its Nap an nine out of ten stating "The David Silverman-directed short was partly written by Michael Price which is a perfect choice given that the longtime producer for The Simpsons is also a Star Wars encyclopedia having done other parodies for different networks. With Marvel’s What If? coming in August, there’s already talk of there being a Marvel crossover with The Simpsons similar to this, and with this being very well done, fans should be excited about the limitless opportunities the co-productions can bring to the table."[8]

Accolades

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2021
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Short Form Animated Program James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Matt Selman, Richard Sakai, Denise Sirkot, Richard Raynis, Tom Klein, Joel H. Cohen, Al Jean, Michael Price, David Silverman, Acacia Caputo, K.C. Johnson and Mike Frank Polcino Nominated [9]
Online Film & Television Association Best Animated Program The Force Awakens from Its Nap Nominated [10]

References

  1. ^ Earl, William (May 3, 2021). "'The Simpsons' Meets 'Star Wars' in First Look at Disney Plus Short 'The Force Awakens From Its Nap'". Variety. Archived from the original on May 5, 2021. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Evans, Greg (May 3, 2021). "Maggie Simpson Joins Galaxy Far, Far Away In New Disney+ 'Star Wars' Short". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on May 5, 2021. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  3. ^ ""The Force Awakens From Its Nap": Behind-the-Scenes of the Surprise Star Wars Day Simpsons Short". StarWars.com. May 4, 2021. Retrieved June 2, 2022.
  4. ^ Schneider, Michael (May 4, 2021). "'The Simpsons' Producer Al Jean on How the Show's New 'Star Wars' Short Came to Be — And If Marvel Is Next". Variety. Retrieved June 2, 2022.
  5. ^ Rich Knight (April 30, 2022). "Every The Simpsons Short On Disney+, Ranked By How Funny They Are". CINEMABLEND. Retrieved June 2, 2022.
  6. ^ Arnold, Eden (May 4, 2021). "The Force Awakens Review: Simpsons Short Adorable Corporate Synergy". Bleeding Cool News And Rumors. Retrieved June 2, 2022.
  7. ^ Velasquez, Raul (May 4, 2021). "The Simpsons Meets Star Wars In May The Fourth Disney Plus Short". TheGamer. Retrieved June 2, 2022.
  8. ^ Schwarz, John (May 15, 2021). "Review: Maggie Simpson in "The Force Awakens From Its Nap"". Bubbleblabber. Retrieved July 31, 2022.
  9. ^ National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (July 13, 2021). "2021 Emmy® Awards: 73rd Emmy Awards Complete Nominations List" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on February 6, 2022. Retrieved July 13, 2021.
  10. ^ "25th Annual TV Awards (2020-21) - Online Film & Television Association". Retrieved June 2, 2022.