Al Jean casts doubt on ‘The Simpsons Film 2’

The Simpsons: The residents of Springfield in The Simpsons Film. (Fox)

The Simpsons co-showrunner Al Jean says a comply with as much as The Simpsons Film might not be occurring any time quickly.

Launched in 2007, the feature-length Simpsons movie was a field workplace hit and followers have clamoured for a sequel ever since, however speaking to Yahoo forward of the launch of a brand new Simpsons brief on Disney+ day, Jean says it’s not on the present’s radar in the meanwhile.

“I’d like to work on one other Simpsons film, and we’ve talked about it,” Jean tells us. In 2021, Jean stated conversations a few sequel had been shelved by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“I don’t know precisely what the animation characteristic world is in the meanwhile,” Jean provides. “I do know there are some motion pictures which have achieved properly, however is it streaming, is it theatrical?

“So I believe that’s really a query we must wrestle with earlier than we even began engaged on a script, is what can we need to do, and proper now, I’m actually completely happy to work on these shorts.”

Producer/writers Al Jean (L) and The Simpsons creator Matt Groening attend The Simpsons panel during Comic-Con International 2015. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Producer/writers Al Jean (L) and The Simpsons creator Matt Groening attend The Simpsons panel throughout Comedian-Con Worldwide 2015. (Ethan Miller/Getty Photographs)

The newest Simpsons brief ‘Welcome to the Membership’ – on Disney+ from 8 September sees Lisa being seduced by the darkish aspect. She makes it her mission to grow to be a Disney Princess, however when she meets Disney’s roster of villains – together with The Little Mermaid’s Urusla – she finds that being unhealthy could be extra enjoyable.

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It’s the type of ‘model synergy‘ we’ve come to anticipate from the long-running animated sitcom ever since Disney acquired the present when it took over Fox. The staff has since produced Simpsons shorts that cross over with the worlds of Marvel, Star Wars, and even Billie Eilish. 2021’s Disney+ brief Plusaversary noticed iconic Disney characters rocking up at Moe’s Tavern for a celebration.

The Simpsons: Welcome to the Club. (Disney)

The Simpsons: Welcome to the Membership. (Disney)

Being introduced into the Disney fold has opened up many doorways for an outdated animation nerd like Jean, and on Welcome To The Membership — directed by The Simpsons Film director David Silverman — he introduced in a few of his Disney heroes to work on the brief.

“The beauty of it’s that we acquired animators who’d labored on a few of these outdated 90s Disney classics to work on this,” he shares.

“[The Little Mermaid’s] Ursula has an enormous function in it, not performed by the unique voice actress [Pat Carroll] who sadly simply handed, however by Dawnn Lewis, who’s unbelievable.”

Ursula was voiced by Pat Carroll in the animated film

Ursula was voiced by Pat Carroll within the animated movie The Little Mermaid. (Disney)

Past Ursula, you’ll be able to anticipate a cavalcade of basic Disney characters to rock up in ‘Welcome to the Membership’  together with the evil Queen from Snow White and numerous Marvel characters — and Jean says they got just about free rein to plunder the again catalogue of Home of Mouse, with solely a handful of restrictions imposed on them.

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“[Disney] do must go to their rights holders [for permission to include their characters], however truthfully we’ve been fortunate, we’ve used everyone,” he explains.

“The one notes they’ve will likely be issues like we might say too like ‘don’t present a Princess below 18 ingesting’ which I wouldn’t both, I don’t assume that’s a great look, I wouldn’t present Lisa ingesting. However that’s it, we’ve been given fairly free rein in any other case.”

The annual Treehouse of Horror special has become a fixture of The Simpsons over the years. (Sky/Disney/20th Televison)

The annual Treehouse of Horror particular has grow to be a fixture of The Simpsons over time. (Disney)

Whereas displaying the Princesses chugging again a beer being off limits, poking enjoyable at their male counterparts may be very a lot on the playing cards, reveals Jean.

“We make a variety of feedback in regards to the Disney Princes, the fellows, who’re essentially the most vapid and unmemorable characters in motion pictures,” Jean says with a hearty chuckle.

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“We make that time very clearly, since you keep in mind the names like Jafar, however you don’t keep in mind the Princes very properly in any respect. I didn’t even know the identify of the Prince in Snow White till we began this, and I forgot it already.”

It is Prince Florian, however we needed to Google it.

The Simpsons (Credit: Fox/Disney)

The Simpsons (Fox/Disney)

It ought to come as no shock that The Simpsons feels snug poking enjoyable at their company overlords now. It has been over three years since Disney accomplished its deal to take over twentieth Century Fox, and Jean tells us little or no has modified on the present because the present grew to become a part of the Disney household.

“When Disney purchased Fox, they stated to us ‘we would like you to do what you do. Don’t change, be yourselves.’ And we’ve been completely happy to dwell as much as that,” Jean smiles.

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“It’s launched us, I believe, to new viewers, new generations, even people who find themselves possibly followers of Star Wars or Marvel, however not Simpsons followers,” he provides.

“If I had picked the touchdown spot for us within the streaming wars, I couldn’t have picked a greater one for us.”

The Simpsons new brief “Welcome to the Membership” launches on Disney+ Day, 8 September.

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