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Playdate with Destiny
PlaydateWithDestiny.jpeg
Disney+ promotional poster
Directed byDavid Silverman
Written by
Based onThe Simpsons
by Matt Groening
Produced by
StarringChris Edgerly
Music byJim Dooley
Production
companies
Distributed by20th Century Studios
Release dates
  • March 6, 2020 (2020-03-06)
(with Onward)
April 10, 2020 (standalone, on Disney+)
Running time
5 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Maggie Simpson in "Playdate with Destiny" is a 2020 American animated short film based on the animated television series The Simpsons. The film features Maggie Simpson.[1] It is the first Simpsons short film released after the Disney acquisition of 20th Century Studios (formerly 20th Century Fox).

The film premiered on February 29, 2020, attached to advance screenings of the Disney/Pixar release Onward, with its general rollout on March 6, 2020.[2] It is the third Simpsons film made for theatrical release, after The Simpsons Movie (2007) and The Longest Daycare (2012). The short was released on April 10, 2020 on Disney+.[3][4][5]

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Margaret Evelyn Lenny "Maggie" Simpson is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons and a part of the Simpson family, notably the youngest member. She first appeared on television in the Tracey Ullman Show short "Good Night" on April 19, 1987. Maggie was created and designed by cartoonist Matt Groening while he was waiting in the lobby of James L. Brooks' office. She received her first name from Groening's youngest sister. After appearing on The Tracey Ullman Show for three years, the Simpson family was given their own series on the Fox Broadcasting Company which debuted December 17, 1989.

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Plot

Maggie Simpson is taken to a playground by Marge. When another baby goes down the slide and almost crashes into her, she is saved by a boy named Hudson. Maggie becomes smitten with Hudson, and that's when the two play games together, which Maggie fantasizes as a whirlwind romance. At the end of the day, Maggie gives Hudson her blue bow to remember her by, and that night, she dreams about Hudson in her sleep.

The next day, Homer looks after Maggie instead of Marge, and decides he takes her to a different park with food trucks. Maggie sees Hudson waiting for her in the adjacent park, and desperately tries to get his attention, but fails when Homer pulls her away before she can. That night, Maggie drowns her sorrows in baby formula and becomes despondent over not being able to see Hudson.

The next day, Homer babysits Maggie again. Before he can take her to the same park as the day before, Maggie grabs hold of the car's steering wheel and steers it into the park where she met Hudson. She sees him boarding a train for children and runs across the park to catch up with him.

When Hudson sees Maggie trying to catch up with the train, he reaches out to her with her blue bow, but as she grabs her bow, Maggie fails to catch up before the train pulls away out of her reach. Maggie believes Hudson is gone forever, but is unaware that the train (running on a circular closed track) loops around to the station at which it started. Maggie and Hudson reunite on the train engine's cowcatcher, and exchange pacifiers (in lieu of sharing a kiss).

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Production

Playdate with Destiny's plot was pitched by The Simpsons writers Tom Gammill and Max Pross as part of the episode of season 31, "The Incredible Lightness of Being a Baby."[6] They began working on the episode, and executive producer Jim Brooks suggested using the plot for a short instead.[6]

After 21st Century Fox's purchase by Disney, the Simpsons staff sent Playdate with Destiny to Bob Iger and the Disney staff. According to Al Jean, they asked "Can we please, please go in front of a Pixar movie?"[7] Once approved, they requested to be shown with "something that's compatible"; the staff were "ecstatic" when offered Onward.[6]

Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Studios is reflected in the short's introduction, showing a silhouette of Mickey Mouse before transitioning to Homer Simpson holding two donuts. Likewise, the logo for Gracie Films seen at the end of the short replaces one of the patrons with Mickey Mouse.

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Homer Simpson

Homer Simpson

Homer Jay Simpson is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the American animated sitcom The Simpsons. He is voiced by Dan Castellaneta and first appeared, along with the rest of his family, in The Tracey Ullman Show short "Good Night" on April 19, 1987. Homer was created and designed by cartoonist Matt Groening while he was waiting in the lobby of producer James L. Brooks's office. Groening had been called to pitch a series of shorts based on his comic strip Life in Hell but instead decided to create a new set of characters. He named the character after his father, Homer Groening. After appearing for three seasons on The Tracey Ullman Show, the Simpson family got their own series on Fox, which debuted December 17, 1989. The show was later acquired by Disney in 2019.

Release

Playdate with Destiny was first announced to the public on the show's official Instagram on February 27, 2020.[8] It was revealed that the short would be shown in theaters in the United States prior to screenings of the film Onward, starting on March 6, 2020.[8]

It was released to the streaming service Disney+ on April 10, 2020.[9]

Reception

TBA

Followups

The Simpsons episode "The Incredible Lightness of Being a Baby" has been described as "an extension"[6] and "a sequel,"[7] featuring a reappearance of Hudson.[10]

A further short film featuring Maggie Simpson titled The Force Awakens from Its Nap released on Disney+ on May 4, 2021, Star Wars Day. It is the first of a series of shorts of The Simpsons, crossing over with other franchises on Disney+, throughout 2021.[11]

Source: "Playdate with Destiny", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, March 26th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playdate_with_Destiny.

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Notes
  1. ^ Animation outsourced to AKOM.
References
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