The Force Awakens From Its Nap: Disney+ Talk


Disney+ Talk With Megan Williams: Maggie Simpson in: The Force Awakens From Its Nap (2021)

It feels like I haven’t covered any ‘Star Wars’ material in a long time. I, admittedly, didn’t watch Season 2 of ‘The Mandolarian’ and I was disappointed by ‘The Rise of Skywalker’. But, with the release of the series ‘The Bad Batch’ on Disney+, I can see if I like that…but I haven’t watched it. I, instead, watched the latest Simpsons short ‘The Force Awakens From Its Nap’.

This 3-minute short follows Maggie Simpson as she is dropped off at a Jedi day-care centre and, upon losing her pacifier, goes on a search to find it.

This is, essentially, 3 minutes of Star Wars references. Firstly, I love the idea of a daycare in the Star Wars universe; it’s silly but fun to see what the writers can come up with in terms of staff and activities. An example of this being the Time Out Area…which is actually the toddlers getting frozen, like Han Solo in Episode V. They’re fun ideas and it makes me want more shorts revolving around the Simpsons in this world. I also like the animation. I haven’t watched The Simpsons in a very long time; the last time I did, the animation wasn’t as fluid as this and modern technology, like smartphones, weren’t featured. So, it was amazing to see the high-quality animation here even if it’s a regular style now.

And, once again, the references are aplenty here: BB-8 helps Maggie find her pacifier, she engages in a lightsaber battle with a Darth Maul baby, and a General Grievous-type droid is a staff member of the day care. It’s silly but it, strangely, works. It can be argued that the short includes too many references, but I would disagree. This short deliberately has a basic story outline in order to build a small part of this world and that’s something I appreciate. Hopefully, there’ll be more Star Wars/Simpsons shorts like this, depicting a certain character’s life within this world. I think it would be interesting, and funny, to see each Simpson character interact with this world.

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Megan’s taste in films are interesting: her favourite films are ‘Space Jam’, Studio Ghibli’s ‘The Cat Returns’, as well as horror films ‘Saw’, ‘Drag Me To Hell’ and ‘Ju-On: The Grudge’. When she’s not watching films, she’ll be spending precious hours playing ‘Crash Bandicoot’.