When Billie Met Lisa
The Simpsons When Billie Met Lisa poster.jpeg
Directed byDavid Silverman
Written by
Based onThe Simpsons
by Matt Groening
Produced by
Starring
Music byBleeding Fingers Music
Production
companies
Distributed byDisney Platform Distribution
Release date
  • April 22, 2022 (2022-04-22)
Running time
3 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

When Billie Met Lisa is an American animated short film based on the television series The Simpsons produced by Gracie Films and 20th Television Animation, debuting on the streaming service Disney+.[1] It is the sixth short film in The Simpsons franchise, and the fourth promotional short produced for Disney+.[2] Like the previous shorts, it was directed by David Silverman and released on April 22, 2022.[3]

Plot

When Lisa's practicing with her saxophone annoys the rest of the family, she is discovered by chart-topping artists Billie Eilish and Finneas while searching for a quiet place. Billie then invites Lisa to her studio for a special jam session. They record a variation of The Simpsons Theme.[4]

Release

When Billie Met Lisa was released on Disney+ on April 22, 2022.[5]

Cast

Production

Producer James L. Brooks came up with the idea of making a film with Billie Eilish during a conversation with Al Jean. They worked with Disney+ to arrange it, as they had already collaborated with Eilish on "Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles".[6]

Reception

Rich Knight of Cinema Blend ranked When Billie Met Lisa fourth in their top of The Simpsons shorts, praised the humor of the short film, and complimented the references to Billie Eilish and her work.[7] Paul Bradshaw of NME found agreeable that the short film provides gags centered on Eilish and O'Connell, praised the new record of The Simpsons Theme, and complimented the end credits for its humor.[8] Mike Celestino of LaughingPlace.com gave a positive review, writing, "On the whole, “When Billie Met Lisa” makes for a fun diversion that is sure to delight crossover fans of The Simpsons and Eilish, though a few of the jokes do fall flat here and there, and like the other above-mentioned shorts it goes by very quickly."[9]

John Schwarz of Bubbleblabber gave When Billie Met Lisa an eight out of ten stating "A few solid jokes jab in before the climax make this a delicious morsel of a snack though I do hope that Billie comes back in the future because it seems the gag department had a bunch of early fun with her that I think can be more fully fleshed out across 22-minutes."[10]

Stacey Henley of TheGamer complimented the humor of When Billie Met Lisa across its gags, acknowledged the references of Eilish and her work, but stated that the short film should have provided a full story and more screen time for Eilish and O'Connell.[11] Jeremy Brown of What'sOnDisneyPlus.com gave the short 2 out of 5, writing, "I’m just not sure what the point of this was other than to put Billie Eilish in a “The Simpsons” short. It’s all technically well done. The animation is beautiful. The voice acting is wonderful. Objectively, there’s nothing wrong with it, but, subjectively, I still don’t get why it needed to be done."[12]

The short was nominated for an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Form Animated Program at the Primetime Emmy Awards.[13][14]

References

  1. ^ Disney+ [@disneyplus] (April 14, 2022). ".@BillieEilish is coming to Springfield ‼️ Start streaming the short, @TheSimpsons: When Billie Met Lisa April 22 only on #DisneyPlus" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ "Billie Eilish Meets Lisa Simpson In New 'Simpsons' Disney+ Short". Retrieved 2022-06-02.
  3. ^ "Breaking News - "The Simpsons" Fans Will Be Happier Than Ever When the New Short "When Billie Met Lisa" Premieres April 22, Exclusively on Disney+". TheFutonCritic.com. Retrieved 2022-05-06.
  4. ^ Garcia, Thania (2022-04-14). "Billie Eilish Joins the Simpsons in 'When Billie Met Lisa' Short For Disney Plus". Variety. Retrieved 2022-06-02.
  5. ^ Leston, Ryan (2022-04-19). "Billie Eilish Will Appear in a New Simpsons Short to Jam With Lisa". IGN. Retrieved 2022-06-02.
  6. ^ "Al Jean Interview - The Simpsons: When Billie Met Lisa". ScreenRant. 2022-04-21. Retrieved 2022-07-27.
  7. ^ Rich Knight (2022-04-30). "Every The Simpsons Short On Disney+, Ranked By How Funny They Are". CINEMABLEND. Retrieved 2022-06-02.
  8. ^ "'When Billie Met Lisa' is a 'Simpsons' short you should watch". NME. 2022-04-21. Retrieved 2022-06-02.
  9. ^ Celestino, Mike (2022-04-22). "TV Review – Billie Eilish Arrives in Springfield in the New Disney+ Short "The Simpsons: When Billie Met Lisa"". LaughingPlace.com. Retrieved 2022-06-02.
  10. ^ Schwarz, John (2022-04-22). "Review: The Simpsons "When Billie Met Lisa"". Bubbleblabber. Retrieved 2022-07-31.
  11. ^ Henley, Stacey (April 22, 2022). "When Billie Met Lisa Is A Waste Of Both Billie Eilish And The Simpsons". TheGamer. Retrieved May 22, 2022.
  12. ^ Brown, Jeremy (April 24, 2022). "When Billie Met Lisa Review". What's On Disney Plus. Retrieved May 22, 2022.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Hipes, Patrick (July 12, 2022). "Emmy Nominations: The Complete List". Deadline.com. Retrieved July 14, 2022.
  14. ^ "Outstanding Short Format Animated Program Nominees / Winners 2022". Television Academy. Retrieved 2022-08-01.