Disney+ has announced The Good, The Bart, and The Loki, a new Marvel-themed short from “The Simpsons” premiering July 7.
In the new short coming exclusively to Disney+, Loki is banished from Asgard once again and must face his toughest opponents yet — the Simpsons and Springfield’s mightiest heroes — as the God of Mischief teams up with Bart Simpson in the crossover production.
Tom Hiddleston, star of the series “Loki” on Disney+, provides the voice of Loki.
The Good, The Bart, and The Loki is the second in a series of Disney+ shorts from “The Simpsons” that highlight the service’s brands and titles. The previously released “Star Wars”–themed short Maggie Simpson in ‘The Force Awakens from Its Nap’ is now streaming on Disney+.
New episodes of Marvel Studios’ original series “Loki” stream Wednesdays on Disney+.
Streaming service Disney+ on May 4 — Star Wars Day — will release the new original “Star Wars” spinoff series “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” alongside a first-of-its-kind short from “The Simpsons” and multiple themed cinematic experiences in celebration of a galaxy far, far away.
Disney+ will debut “Maggie Simpson in The Force Awakens From Its Nap,” a new Star Wars-inspired short, bringing characters from the Star Wars galaxy to the fictional town of Springfield. The new promotional short is the first of several from “The Simpsons” that Disney+ will release throughout the year paying tribute to the service’s marquee brands and titles.
Additionally, Lucasfilm and Disney+ have commissioned original artwork to take over the service for several days — a first for the platform. A global group of artists and Star Wars fans have created illustrations representing an assortment of Star Wars movies and original series, bringing them to life in their own unique styles. The artwork will be featured on the service until May 9 and will also be available for purchase through Amazon.
“The Bad Batch” follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in “The Clone Wars”) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch — a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army — each possess a singular exceptional skill which makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew. In the post-Clone War era, they will take on daring mercenary missions as they struggle to stay afloat and find new purpose.
The new “Simpsons” short finds baby Maggie 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.
“Star Wars Biomes” offers a virtual vacation to some of the “Star Wars” films’ most iconic and beloved locations such as Hoth, Tatooine, and Sorgan.
“Star Wars Vehicle Flythroughs” gives a look at two of the “Star Wars” films’ most iconic and beloved ships, examining the memorable interiors and exteriors of the Millennium Falcon and a First Order Star Destroyer.
Best Buy Nov. 15 released its exclusive The Infinity Saga collection of the first 23 Marvel Cinematic Universe films, from Iron Man to Avengers: Endgame. The pricey set included the films in both Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, plus digital codes for each, in collectible display packaging and an exclusive bonus disc with never-before-seen deleted scenes from several of the Marvel films.
Limited to about 4,000 units available at $549.99 each, the collector’s set quickly sold out, with copies showing up on secondary markets such as eBay commanding asking prices well above $1,000. Some online reviews of the set, however, indicated poor quality control both in the assembly of the set and the shipping of it, with reports of damaged boxes and missing movies. The discs themselves come in paper sleeves, with some reviewers reporting glue from the packaging seeping onto the discs.
It should also be noted that the set does not include the 3D versions of any movies that had been released on disc in 3D, and extra bonus discs from the earlier movies also were not included.
Dec. 3 Best Buy had a piece of another massive collector’s set, that being Fox’s The Simpsons: The Complete Seasons 1-20 Limited Edition. The 79-DVD set (no Blu-ray, even though some of the seasons were released in the HD format) was reportedly limited to a run of just 1,000 units, with copies available through Best Buy, Amazon and Walmart. Each retailer’s website had the boxed set listed for a $499.99 sale price the day prior to its official street date.
The 19th season, which aired in 2007 and 2008, also arrived on DVD for the first time Dec. 3, completing the run of the first 20 seasons. The show is currently in its 31st. Fox in 2015 announced it wasn’t releasing any more “Simpsons” DVDs, at a point when it had released discs of just seasons one through 17 and season 20. Season 18 was released on DVD in 2017 following fan demand for more discs.
Based on the producers’ statements in 2015, and rumors swirling that Disney may end the series (which it purchased as part of its acquisition of the 20th Century Fox studio and catalog) after 32 or 33 seasons, the next DVD or Blu-ray release of the series could possibly be a complete-series set a few years from now, if such a disc release is even contemplated at all. The first 30 seasons of the series are available for streaming on the new Disney+ service.
The biggest disc release of Dec. 3, however, was HBO’s “Game of Thrones” eighth-season and complete-series releases.
For exclusives on the eighth season set, however, HBO committed one of the biggest pet peeves among collectors — splitting exclusive featurettes among different retailers — as opposed to offering a variety of packaging options or pack-on collectibles, with any bonus content consolidated with one retailer so fans who just care about having all the available content aren’t tempted to buy the same release twice just for a few extra minutes of bonus material that isn’t offered anywhere else.
For Game of Thrones: The Complete Eighth Season, Target offered the Blu-ray at $39.99 with an add-on “How the Storm Was Born” featurette, taking a look at the making of the penultimate episode and the razing of King’s Landing.
The featurette was included on a separate disc packed onto the standard season eight case.
Walmart’s exclusive bonus disc with the Blu-ray offered the featurette “From Renderings to Reality: The Visual Effects of Season 8.” The chain had it at $37.96 with the same packaging as Target, a separate thin Blu-ray case packed with the regular season eight Blu-ray, but availability was spotty from store-to-store, with some locations not even bothering to put any of the week’s new titles on shelves even into the evening of Dec. 3.
Interestingly, the VFX featurettes for the first seven seasons are included on the bonus disc with the Game of Thrones: The Complete Series Blu-ray. So fans who buy the complete series and want that final VFX featurette will have to buy a second copy of season eight separately.
Best Buy offered the season-eight Blu-ray with exclusive three-eyed-raven sigil box art for $44.99.
A limited-edition DVD collection of the first 20 seasons of “The Simpsons” is being prepped for Dec. 3 release, consisting of 441 episodes on 79 discs — for a total of 9,914 minutes of viewing time, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment announced Oct. 7.
Only 1,000 copies of the massive boxed set will be produced, the Walt Disney Co.-owned studio says — and distribution will be limited to Best Buy and Amazon.com, with each getting 500 copies.
The boxed set as of Oct. 7 was not yet available on Amazon, but it appeared on Best Buy’s website at $549.99 — with financing available of $45.84/month.
“The Simpsons” is the longest-running primetime scripted show in television history, currently in its 31st season. The show has been renewed through at least season 32.
“The Simpsons” was created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Co. The animated series is a satirical depiction of blue-collar life as experienced by the dysfunctional Simpson family, who live in the fictional town of Springfield, here patriarch Homer Simpson works in a nuclear power plant.
The show began life as a series of sketches on “The Tracey Ullman Show” in April 1987. Three years later it began its long run as a half-hour primetime TV series on Fox.
The show has won 34 Emmy Awards, 34 Annie Awards, 12 Writers Guild of America Awards and seven People’s Choice Awards. “The Simpsons” was the first animated series to win a Peabody Award, and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 for the theatrical short “The Longest Daycare.”
The panel for “The Simpsons” at San Diego Comic-Con International July 20 included the announcement that The Simpsons: The Nineteenth Season will arrive on DVD Dec. 3 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
The DVD will include all 20 episodes from the 2007-08 season, which was the first season to air after the release of The Simpsons Movie. Notable episodes include the Sideshow Bob focused adventure “Funeral for a Fiend,” the WGA-nominated “Homer of Seville,” and the Emmy-winning “Eternal Moonshine of the Simpsons Mind.”
Extras include an introduction by creator Matt Groening, commentaries on all 20 episodes, a special language feature, and a “Thank You.”
The release of the 19th season will mark the completion of the first 20 seasons on home video. Season 20 was released without the usual extras on Blu-ray and DVD in 2010 to celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary.
Following the release of season 17 in 2014, Fox announced in 2015 that it would not release any more DVDs of the show, with the possible exception of a complete-series set when the show ultimately concluded, as all episodes were online. However, fan demand prompted the DVD release of season 18 in 2017.
The 31st season of “The Simpsons” will premiere Sept. 29 on the Fox network, which has also ordered season 32. The show, which was acquired by Disney as part of the buyout of most Fox studio assets, will also be available online through the Disney+ streaming service after it launches Nov. 12.