Since the launch of Disney Plus, The Simpsons has become a smash hit for the platform and has consistently been featured in the “Trending” section of the app.
Today, I’ll take a look at the Simpsons short films available on Disney Plus and attempt to rank them. It’s like picking your favorite child!
4. “The Good, The Bart, and the Loki”
I hate to even put this short at the bottom of my list because it has some great Marvel references! For me, this short film didn’t pack many punches or have much of a cohesive storyline, and I often did not find myself laughing at the jokes. Tom Hiddleston has a great performance as Loki, and I appreciated the callbacks to many Avengers moments. It’s a good short film, but it doesn’t stack up well against the rest of the Simpsons stories.
3. “The Force Awakens From Its Nap”
This short film is once again the result of Disney’s acquisition of Fox, and it is fun to see The Simpsons interact with fan-favorite Disney stories. I love all of the many Star Wars tributes, and the music for this short film sounds straight out of a Star Wars battle scene. As with “The Good, the Bart, and the Loki”, this short includes some great humor during the ending credits. My only complaint is that it draws too heavily from another Simpsons short, “The Longest Daycare”, which has its own spot higher up on this list.
2. “Playdate With Destiny”
I have to admit that I was a bit shocked to hear that this short film was going to be played before Pixar’s Onward in theaters. When I saw Onward, though, this short fit right in and told a charming little story! Of all of the Simpsons shorts, this one has the best soundtrack, and the use of music helps to convey the mood in this silent short film. Maggie is once again the main character in this short (I’m sensing a trend here), but the inclusion of Hudson as a “romantic interest” is perfect!
1. “The Longest Daycare”
This short film has it all – not just one but two theatrical releases, and an Oscar nomination! I appreciate the classic cartoon opening that feels straight out of Looney Tunes or an old Mickey Mouse cartoon. As compared to some other Simpsons projects, I like that this one does not rely too heavily on other intellectual properties (for instance, the Star Wars or Marvel franchises). I found this short to have the best comedic timing, and I definitely did not expect the surprise ending! Altogether, this short packs plenty of action, humor, and cuteness into its short runtime, and it truly paved the way for The Simpsons in formats outside of its long-running television brand.
What do you think of the Simpsons short films?