A new 3D Simpsons four-minute short film featuring Maggie Simpson will play in front of Ice Age: Continental Drift when the film opens on July 13. Why Maggie? Well, according to executive producer Al Jean: “It’s hard to do a 20-minute Maggie episode, but in four minutes it’s great. She’s like Charlie Chaplin.” More details after the jump.
“[Executive producer] Jim Brooks thought we should do an animated short — a la the ones Pixar does before their features, a la the cartoons you used to see in the theater years ago — as a fun thing to give our fans. We just wanted to do this as a way of saying, ‘We appreciate how much people have stayed with the show and watched it for 25 years.”
Well, he’s right – after all this time, The Simpsons is still going strong, and since Maggie can’t really anchor a full episode on her own, they’ve chosen to showcase the character in short form, for what sounds like a fun short piece. The film is directed by David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie) and features Maggie going back to the Ayn Rand School for Tots:
“They put each baby through an airport security-style testing machine to measure their future and hers says ‘Nothing Special’, so they put her in an area that’s not great. If they put her in a good area, it wouldn’t be much of a plot… For a four-minute plot, it has a number of twists and turns… It’s very sweet but funny.”
Some of Maggie’s other family members will also be making an appearance in the short, but what’s interesting is the fact that Maggie’s uni-browed nemesis will definitely be featured.
So, this automatically brings up the question; have The Simpsons team been inspired to make another movie?
“There are no immediate plans for a feature, although as you see with this, you never know. It certainly made us excited to think that if we did another feature, maybe 3-D would be the way to go.”
You can also see a 2D version of The Longest Daycare at The Simpsons panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2012.
Will you be checking out The Longest Daycare?