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Playdate with Destiny is a 2020 animated short starring Maggie Simpson from The Simpsons.[5] It was released by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through the 20th Century Studios label on March 6, 2020 with Onward.[6] It is the first animated 20th Century Studios short film to be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures following its acquisition on March 20, 2019[7] and the first Simpsons-related production to be distributed by Disney and the first since there rebranding of 20th Century Studios.[8]

Plot

Marge Simpson takes Maggie to a park for toddlers. 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 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 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 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 she fails to catch up before the train pulls away out of her reach. Maggie believes Hudson is gone forever, but the train (running on a circular closed track) loops around to the station at which it started. Maggie and Hudson reunite on the train's cowcatcher, and they exchange pacifiers (in lieu of sharing a kiss).

Voice Cast

Trivia

  • This is the first The Simpsons short film to be rated G by the MPAA, unlike The Longest Daycare, which was rated PG.
    • However, when it started streaming on Disney+, it was given a TV-PG rating, possibly due to the scene where a mother reads a book with the word "breastfeed" on the cover and the brief fantasy scene where Maggie and Hudson drink glasses of champagne.
  • This is the second Simpsons theatrical short, after The Longest Day (which was released with Blue Sky's Ice Age: Continental Drift) in 2012, and the first since the Disney-Fox merger was completed.
  • This is the third time a Pixar film wasn't preceded by a Pixar short, after the first Toy Story being accompanied by Roller Coaster Rabbit and the second Coco being preceded by Olaf's Frozen Adventure.
    • It would also be the second time a Pixar film would be accompanied by a short film not released through the Walt Disney Pictures banner (but instead, 20th Century Studios), after Roller Coaster Rabbit (which was released through Touchstone Pictures).
  • The Gracie Films logo shown at the end of the short film after the credits features a cameo of Mickey Mouse in the audience on the logo to represent Disney's purchase with Fox on March 19, 2019.
    • Also, in the short's opening, a silhouette of Mickey Mouse appears before transitioning to Homer Simpson holding two donuts (which he then eats) followed by an opening credits card reading: "Disney welcomes The Simpsons".
  • This is the only The Simpsons short film with limited dialogue, which consists of the Phonic Frog says the letter "Y" four times.
  • This is the first Simpsons short film to be released on Disney+.
  • The titles of the books the mothers are reading read You're Doing Everything Wrong, How Dare You Not Breastfeed, Help! My Baby's Ugly, and 3rd Child's the Charm!.
  • When Homer enters Broken Ankle Park, a sign outside reads "You must be this medicated to enter" with several pill capsules that read "A.D.D.", "A.D.H.D" and "Helps with S.A.T.".
  • The Disney+ cut of the short begins with the Disney+ Originals logo, despite the short shown before Onward.

Release

Playdate with Destiny was first announced to the public on the show's official Instagram on February 27, 2020.[9] 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, making the first time a short film out of a 20th Century Studios property preceded a Disney film since 21st Century Fox was bought by Disney on March 20, 2019.[9] This is reflected in the short's intro showing a silhouette of Mickey Mouse before transitioning to Homer Simpson holding two donuts. The short film was released for streaming on Disney+ on April 10, 2020.

Gallery

References

  1. New Maggie Simpson Short ‘Playdate with Destiny’ to Open ‘Onward - Animation Magazine
  2. Exclusive: The story behind the secret Simpsons short heading to theaters - Entertainment Weekly
  3. “The Simpsons” In The News: First Look At “Chinnos” ; Anniversary ; New Maggie Short Ahead Of “Onward” - Bubble Blabber
  4. The Simpsons Instagram post
  5. “MAGGIE SIMPSON IN PLAY DATE WITH DESTINY” SHORT COMING SOON - What's New On Disney Plus
  6. LightsCameraJackson on Twitter: "In new @FilmRatings bulletin, the MPA has given a G rating to a brand new Maggie Simpson short called "Play Date with Destiny". Will this be screened in theaters (before #TheCallofTheWild or upcoming #BobsBurgers movie)? 2012's "The Longest Daycare" earned an #Oscars nomination. https://t.co/h4WHiuXF12" / Twitter
  7. A new ‘Simpsons’ short film will play before screenings of Pixar’s ‘Onward’ - NME.com
  8. New SIMPSONS short to premiere before ONWARD - ComicsBeat
  9. 9.0 9.1 "The Simpsons on Instagram: "Maggie Simpson is speechless... Playdate with Destiny, a new Simpsons short film before Disney & Pixar’s Onward. Exclusively in theaters!…"" (en). Instagram.


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