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The Force Awakens from Its Nap

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The Force Awakens from Its Nap
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Special Information
Original Airdate: May 4, 2021
Length: 2:46
Channel: Disney+
Written By: Joel H. Cohen
Al Jean
Michael Price
Directed By: David Silverman

The Force Awakens from Its Nap is a Star Wars themed Maggie Simpson special. It released on Disney+ on May 4, 2021.


"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.[1]"


Marge drives Maggie to the The Ayn Rand School for Tots daycare, but Maggie refuses, so she takes her to the Jabba's Hut Jedi Preschool, entering through the Sky toddlers door. In there, they see a Jedi prepare sandwiches with the use of a lightsaber and the force, and a baby being put in carbonite for being bad.

Marge takes her to General Grievous that was changing a kid's diaper next to R2-D2, using it as a trash bin. The cyborg takes the pacifier and throws it away. Maggie panics and is approached by BB-8, which wants to help her retrieve the pacifier, so Maggie gives it her bow tie.

BB-8 starts running toward the next room but finds itself trapped in the middle of many other BB-8s. Maggie tries to reach it but the other BB-8 attack and damaging it. BB-8 managed to find and give Maggie the pacifier before baby Gerald, dressed as Darth Maul, stabs it in the back.

Maggie and Gerald start fighting, Maggie using a prolonged pacifier, and when she reaches a "new improved Death Star guaranteed unexplodable" she hits it, making it explode on Gerald. However he's not stopped and make her lose the pacifier. Maggie quickly retrieves it and makes him lose his diaper.

Not losing a beat, Gerald uses the Force to crush her under a wardrobe. BB-8, still alive, arrives at the scene, and Maggie emerges from the wardrobe, alive, with Yoda ears. BB-8 wonders how she's alive and she shows it how in the Star Wars rules, beloved characters never really die. In the end, Maggie and a restored BB-8 watches the suns set.


This is the first in a series of Simpsons shorts that will pay homage to some of The Walt Disney Company's top brands and Disney+'s most popular shows.[2]

Simpsons producer James L. Brooks came up with the idea for the short in January 2021. Since The Simpsons was such a hit on Disney+, he wanted to make shorts where the show interacts with other Disney franchises. Al Jean decided to make the first one a Star Wars themed short. Lucasfilm and Disney+ both agreed to the idea but wanted the short to be out for Star Wars Day, May the 4th. The first draft of the script was finished on January 18, and the mix for the short was finished on April 30.[3]

A scene was cut that would have had parents, including The Mandalorian, picking up their children was cut. This was to keep the focus on Maggie and BB-8.[4]


The Force Awakens from Its Nap was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Form Animated Program in the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards. However, it lost to "Ice" from Love, Death & Robots.[5]



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