‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Star Wars’ join forces for May the 4th
‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Star Wars’ have teamed up to celebrate May the 4th with a Maggie-centric short.
May the 4th is always a special day for ‘Star Wars’ fans, and with it usually comes a flurry of surprises.
This year is no different, with ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Star Wars’ teaming up for a new adventure in honor of the special day.
Disney+ announced that the two entities have joined up for a new short titled ‘Rogue Not Quite One’.
The title is an obvious play on the 2016 film ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ and stars Maggie as she looks to evade the Empire in her own pram, which is inspired by the one Grogu uses in ‘The Mandalorian’.
“Homer loses track of Maggie who hops in Grogu’s hovering pram for a hyperspace-hopping adventure across the galaxy. Facing a squadron of Imperial TIE fighters, Maggie brings the battle to Springfield in this epic short celebrating all things ‘Star Wars’,” reads the release for the four minute short.
‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Star Wars’ have collaborated in the past
This isn’t the first time ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Star Wars’ have joined forces.
The long-running animated show released a special short for Star Wars Day back in 2021 titled Maggie Simpson in ‘The Force Awakens from Its Nap’, which went on to be nominated for an Emmy.
Directed by Dan Silverman and written by Al Jean, Joel H. Cohen and Michael Price, the short saw Maggie go on an epic quest through the galaxy as she searched for her pacifier.
During those adventures she meets “young Padawans, Sith Lords, familiar droids, Rebel scum” and even faces off against the Dark Side.
‘The Simpsons’ showrunner Al Jean stated that Maggie made sense as the lead in a ‘Simpsons/Star Wars’ crossover since her character shared so many similarities with characters from the sci-fi franchise.
“You know, so much of ‘Star Wars’ is visual, and Maggie obviously doesn’t speak but is a very visually-oriented character,” Jean said.
“It just seemed that you could still fit all these characters in. You have nonverbal characters in ‘Star Wars’, like R2-D2 and BB-8, so that they would be ones that Maggie would communicate with well, and it just seemed to really work out.
“Maggie is just great, silent, tough, can take a fall -- perfect silent comedian, like Buster Keaton.”
Also, at Disney Investors Day in 2021, the streamer paired Homer with Dana Walden in a promotional video.
Later that year, the two entities once again linked up on Disney+ Day for another short film, ‘The Simpsons in Plusaversary’.