Simpsons fans have long wondered whether 2007's The Simpsons Movie would be our favorite family's only big screen adventure. We now have our answer, albeit a "short" one.
If you tuned into the season finale of The Simpsons this past Sunday, you might have noticed the not so subtle message at the end about the new theatrical short set to premiere before screenings of Ice Age 4: Continental Drift. The four minute feature is titled "The Longest Daycare" and will star Maggie Simpson, as she returns to the dreaded Ayn Rand School For Tots, which first appeared in the classic fourth season episode "A Streetcar Named Marge". As an added bonus, the short will presented in full 3-D, a first for the Simpsons franchise.
Executive producer Al Jean had this to say about the plot - "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."
When asked why they chose to focus on Maggie, Jean replied - "It’s hard to do a 20-minute Maggie episode, but in four minutes it’s great. She’s like Charlie Chaplin. On whether other Simpsons will appear in the short - "I don’t want to say which family members are in it. Some family members are in it. There are people from the Simpsons universe, including Maggie’s arch enemy. If you’re a fan of Maggie, you’ll know who that is."
And finally, when asked whether the show will see another full length big screen feature any time soon, Jean stuck to the usual - "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."
Are you interested in checking out "The Longest Daycare"? Do you think we'll ever get another full fledged Simpsons movie? If so, would 3-D help or hurt it?