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Details Revealed for ‘Simpsons’ Short Film Premiering July 13

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The Simpsons‘ are returning to the big screen for the first time since ‘The Simpsons Movie’ hit theaters in 2007. But this time around they’re taking the short film route with ‘The Longest Daycare,’ which will premiere in front of ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’ on July 13.

EW has the exclusive details on the short, which is said to be both in black and white and 3D. The short was teased at the end of this past Sunday’s episode, which marked the end of the 23rd season.

EW spoke with executive producer Al Jean, who said fellow executive producer Jim Brooks had the idea that they should do something similar to Pixar and make shorts to play before other animated features. Jean also elaborates on the concept of this short:

‘The Longest Daycare’ — which was directed by David Silverman, who helmed ‘The Simpsons Movie’revolves around Baby Maggie, who returns to the Ayn Rand School for Tots, where her lone friend is a butterfly. “They put each baby through an airport security-style testing machine to measure their future and hers says ‘Nothing Special’, so they put her in an area that’s not great,” Jean says. “If they put her in a good area, it wouldn’t be much of a plot.” He adds: “For a four-minute plot, it has a number of twists and turns… It’s very sweet but funny. ”

When asked about the possibility of a sequel to ‘The Simpsons Movie,’ Jean said, “There are no immediate plans for a feature, although as you see with this, you never know. It certainly made us excited to think that if we did another feature, maybe 3D would be the way to go.”

Never say never is the moral of this story, kids. Also, anything Pixar can do Matt Groening can… also… do. Sort of.

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