The Good, the Bart, and the Loki

2021 American film

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The Good, the Bart, and the Loki
The Good, the Bart, and the Loki poster.jpeg
Promotional poster
Directed byDavid Silverman
Written by
Based onThe Simpsons
by Matt Groening
Produced by
Starring
Edited byRoger Injarusorn
Production
companies
Distributed byDisney Platform Distribution
Release date
  • July 7, 2021 (2021-07-07)
Running time
6 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

The Simpsons: The Good, the Bart, and the Loki, or simply The Good, the Bart, and the Loki, is an American animated short film based on the television series The Simpsons produced by Gracie Films and 20th Television Animation for Disney+. It is the fourth short film in The Simpsons franchise, and the second promotional short after The Force Awakens from Its Nap (2021) that ties in with Disney+'s brands and titles. The Good, the Bart, and the Loki is directed by David Silverman and celebrates the Marvel Cinematic Universe, particularly its television series Loki, with Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as Loki. The short was released on July 7, 2021, on Disney+, alongside the fifth episode of Loki.

Plot

Odin banishes Loki to Springfield, where he lands at the Simpsons' home. Bart Simpson welcomes him inside, and while at dinner, Loki banishes Lisa to Asgard. There, Lisa comes across Mjolnir, granting her the powers of Thor. Lisa returns to Springfield with the "Springfield Avengers" (other citizens dressed as various Marvel Cinematic Universe characters) to exile Loki, who has since switched guises with Bart, resulting in Bart being exiled. Later that night while in Bart's room, Loki is happy to finally be part of a functional family.

In a mid-credits scene, Loki disguised as Moe Szyslak gives patrons at Moe's Tavern free drinks. In two post-credits scenes, Ralph Wiggum as the Hulk smashes Loki similarly to a scene from The Avengers (2012), and Loki stands before Ravonna Renslayer at the Time Variance Authority, where she finds him guilty of his various crimes, such as crossing over to the Simpsons universe.

Cast and characters

Production

Development

When The Simpsons was added to Disney+, co-creator and executive producer James L. Brooks had suggested the creation of a series of short films in which the Simpsons would "invade the rest of Disney+" as a way to promote The Simpsons and reach viewers who may not have been familiar with the series.[3] By April 2021, which was the end of production on the first short, The Force Awakens from Its Nap, executive producer Al Jean felt the then-upcoming Marvel Studios series Loki would be a good candidate for the next crossover short and was hopeful to get Tom Hiddleston to reprise his role as Loki.[3][1] In June 2021, The Good, the Bart, and the Loki was announced, with Hiddleston attached.[2] The short's title is a parody of the Sergio Leone film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966),[1] and was directed by David Silverman.[3]

Writing

Jean felt choosing which Springfield residents would be which members of the Avengers was "the most fun thing". Lisa Simpson was chosen to become Thor as a reference to Natalie Portman's Jane Foster becoming Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), with Jean noting the parallels between Thor and Loki and Lisa and Bart Simpson were "pretty clear". The creative team had hoped to include a cameo from Stan Lee, but were dissuaded by Marvel Studios who informed them they no longer feature Lee in cameos following his death.[3] The team also wanted to include a "ridiculous amount of post-credit sequences for a four-minute short".[4] The post-credits scene from Loki was based only on the first episode of the series, with the team having a week to complete it and add it to the film.[3][1]

Casting

Tom Hiddleston reprises his role as Loki in the short.[2] Marvel helped the Simpsons team get Hiddleston "on board", who recorded his part remotely in England. Regular Simpsons voice actors Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, and Yeardley Smith reprise their roles as Homer Simpson, Bart Simpson, and Lisa Simpson, respectively, while Maurice LaMarche voices Odin, and Dawnn Lewis voices Ravonna Renslayer.[1]

Music

Marvel Studios provided the music from The Avengers (2012) composed by Alan Silvestri to feature in The Good, the Bart, and the Loki.[3][1]

Release

The Good, the Bart, and the Loki was released on Disney+ on July 7, 2021, alongside "Journey into Mystery", the fifth episode of Loki.[2] The promotional poster for the short was inspired by the poster for Avengers: Endgame (2019).[5]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Weiss, Jean (July 7, 2021). "The Simpsons Boss Al Jean on Bringing The MCU to Springfield in New Short 'The Good, the Bart, and the Loki'". Syfy Wire. Archived from the original on July 7, 2021. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d Ferme, Antonio (June 30, 2021). "Loki and Bart Simpson Team Up in Marvel-'Simpsons' Crossover Short on Disney Plus". Variety. Archived from the original on June 30, 2021. Retrieved June 30, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Vary, Adam B. (July 7, 2021). "How 'The Simpsons' Used 'Loki' to Invade the Marvel Cinematic Universe". Variety. Archived from the original on July 7, 2021. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  4. ^ Cavanaugh, Patrick (July 7, 2021). "The Simpsons Showrunner Al Jean on How the New Marvel-Themed Short Came to Life". ComicBook.com. Archived from the original on July 7, 2021. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  5. ^ Maas, Jennifer (June 30, 2021). "'Simpsons'-'Loki' Crossover Short Film 'The Good, The Bart and The Loki' Set at Disney+". TheWrap. Archived from the original on June 30, 2021. Retrieved June 30, 2021.

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