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Star Wars-themed “Simpsons” short “The Force Awakens From Its Nap” announced

Lucasfilm has announced that “Maggie Simpson in ‘The Force Awakens From Its Nap'”, a new Star Wars-themed “The Simpsons” short, will be streaming on Disney+ on May the 4th. It seems that the story will include stuff from the three trilogies.

Synopsis (via Variety):

In a daycare far, far away… but still in Springfield, Maggie is on an epic quest for her stolen pacifier. Her adventure brings her face-to-face with young Padawans, Sith Lords, familiar droids, Rebel scum, and an ultimate battle against the dark side, in this original short celebrating the Star Wars galaxy.

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    • Cryogenic

      @ Arch Duke:

      I was confused for a second. I forgot that Disney now owns 20th Century Fox. How insanely depressing.

      And The Simpsons should have been put out to pasture a long time ago — and preferably in a galaxy far, far away.

      • ArchdukeOfNaboo

        Perhaps in another 20 years they’ll own everything.

        They’re playing the same rat race, the same game of dog eat dog that is, that was and that will remain coporate america. The desire for more and more money will never cease. In this domain, splendidly old mythologies and beautiful works of fictions are reduced to the moniker of “intellectual property”, there to be gobbeled up when the time is right. When the daddy with enough capital arrives.

        They’ll act all woke on social media though. Their apologists in the geek media will fawn.

        Frauds.

        Ideally Star Wars would be owned by the fans. And yet, tragically, it is the greed of the fans themselves – their hunger for more and more “content” – that makes this structure, this dream marriage, most untenable.

        Porfessional Filmmaking requires capital. Capital means getting in bed with coporations. There is few if any ways around this, unfortunately. It may help to keep in mind that filmaking grew up in the same era as oil and industrialisation – not with painting or poetry or novel writing.

        Filmmaking, or rather, Hollywood moviemaking, is the unholy alliance of corporatism and artistry (some slivers of it, more usually)

        • Cryogenic

          @ Arch Duke:

          “Perhaps in another 20 years they’ll own everything.”

          I wouldn’t rule it out. The stench of corporatism — and its greedy, spindly claws — takes over everything eventually. And that goes double in America where the “Almighty Dollar” reigns supreme.

          “In this domain, splendidly old mythologies and beautiful works of fictions are reduced to the moniker of “intellectual property”, there to be gobbeled up when the time is right. When the daddy with enough capital arrives.”

          Indeed. It’s what happens when you create a predatory “free market” capitalist system and everything is up for grabs — all waiting to be sold to the highest bidder (and left forever out of reach of the perpetually increasing and increasingly precarious have-nots).

          “Ideally Star Wars would be owned by the fans. And yet, tragically, it is the greed of the fans themselves – their hunger for more and more “content” – that makes this structure, this dream marriage, most untenable.”

          You’re right. They want more and they know they shouldn’t. To be a fan is to be a consumer — and corporate capitalism relies on the existence of consumers and creating social and economic conditions favourable to consumerism and a consumptive mindset, where the maladies that cause consumerism and promote an infinite upwelling of desire/dissatisfaction are never palliated (much less seriously addressed).

          “It may help to keep in mind that filmaking grew up in the same era as oil and industrialisation – not with painting or poetry or novel writing.”

          That’s a cogent observation. It has been held hostage to the whims of big studios and the machinations of gangsterism from birth: a slave art-form. Of course, filmmaking stems from scientific progress (insight into the nature of light and sound); and scientific progress is itself, after a promising start in Ancient Greece, inextricably tied into the rise of the nation-state over the last few centuries. Filmmaking follows feudalism and was born and matured in the glaring light of the global capitalist era. It is, as you suggest, the “odd one out” of all the major artforms in which humans tell stories, and the one most vulnerable to artistic compromise and existing largely or solely for (financially lucrative) “entertainment”.

  • ArchdukeOfNaboo

    @Cryogenic

    We can thank Anthony’s compatriots, Auguste and Louis Lumière, for plenty of that 😉

    While I wouldn’t go as far as suggesting filmmaking as a “slave art form”, there is certainly a questionable foundation to the rise of the Hollywood system. It simply would not have been possible without the chaos of the First World World, which lead to the downfall of the preimminent French film industry, and more generally, the braindrain of a lot of good talent from Europe.

    And yet it’s only now that woke Hollywood realises it may have commited a few sins in the past? FFS. You’re very success abroad has always been predicated on the marginialtaion of national cinemas.

    Let’s not stop with cancelling the Golden Globes. Lets abolish the Oscars too – nothing but a moutpiece for American exceptionalism, falling over itself now in a desperete, belated attempt to represent the world.

    Wherever the filmmaker is on this Earth, let he or she not be patronised by this cabal of champagne socialists any longer. The approval of Harvey Weinstein need no longer matter. Do as George did and just give them the middle finger.

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