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'Star Wars' Comes To 'The Simpsons' In New Short For Star Wars Day

Disney+ is celebrating Star Wars Day with an all new The Simpsons short!

Titled The Force Awakens From Its Nap, the short film will bring together the two beloved franchises for the iconic holiday.

Here’s the summary for The Force Awakens From Its Nap: “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.”

The short will feature characters from the Star Wars galaxy to the fictional town of Springfield, and is just the first of several Simpsons shorts that the streaming service plans to release this year.

The Force Awakens From Its Nap will be available on Disney+ beginning at Tuesday, May 4 at 12:00 AM Pacific time.

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Morrissey's Manager Rips 'The Simpsons' For Spoof Of The British Singer

Morrissey was apparently quite upset over the parody of him on The Simpsons over the weekend.

The 61-year-old British singer’s manager put the long-running show on blast over their spoof on the show.

In the episode, Lisa Simpson created an imaginary friend named Quilloughby, who leads the band The Snuffs. Voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, Quilloughby is a “depressed British singer from the 1980s”, who some thought resembled Morrissey.

“Poking fun at subjects is one thing. Other shows like SNL still do a great job at finding ways to inspire great satire,” Peter Katsis wrote in his review. “But when a show stoops so low to use harshly hateful tactics like showing the Morrissey character with his belly hanging out of his shirt (when he has never looked like that at any point in his career) makes you wonder who the real hurtful, racist group is here.”

It continued, “Even worse — calling the Morrissey character out for being a racist, without pointing out any specific instances, offers nothing. It only serves to insult the artist.”

“Morrissey has never made a ‘cash grab’ hasn’t sued any people for their attacks, has never stopped performing great shows, and is still a serious vegan and supporter for animal rights,” it went on. “By suggesting all of the above in this episode…the Simpson’s [sic] hypocritical approach to their storyline says it all.”

The Simpsons has been making a lot of changes to the show behind the scenes.

Harry Shearer Stepping Away From Voicing Black Character 'The Simpsons'; Kevin Michael Richardson Will Replace Him

Kevin Michael Richardson will be taking over the voice role of Dr. Hibbert on The Simpsons.

The Wrap reports that Harry Shearer, a white actor, will step away from the role since season two.

“Last night’s episode ‘DiaryQueen’ featured Harry Shearer as the voice of Dr. Hibbert for the last time,” 20th Television shared in a statement to the site. “Next Sunday’s episode ‘Wad Goals’ will have Kevin Michael Richardson voicing Dr. Hibbert — and from there on out he will voice the character.”

The recasting comes after the show announced that they were going to replace every non-person of color voicing a character of color on the long running series.

“Moving forward, The Simpsons will no longer have White actors voice non-White characters,” the show said in a statement last year.

The issue with The Simpsons having White actors play non-white characters was brought to light with Apu, the show’s Indian Kwik-E-Mart proprietor, in 2017.

From there, Jenny Slate and Kristen Bell also stepped back from voicing characters of color on two other animated series.

Kevin has voiced other characters in the show since 2001 and is also a familiar voice from Family Guy.

Voice Actor Mike Henry Will No Longer Play Family Guy's Cleveland Brown & 'The Simpsons' Are Recasting Characters of Color

Major changes are on the way for both Family Guy and The Simpsons.

First, Mike Henry has stepped back from voicing Cleveland Brown, one of Peter Griffin’s neighbors and friends, and one of the few Black characters on the show.

“It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years,” the actor shared on Twitter. “I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role.”

Additionally, The Simpsons announced Friday (June 26) that they’ll no longer use White actors to play characters of color on the long-running animated series and have made the decision to recast those already voicing characters of color.

“Moving forward, The Simpsons will no longer have White actors voice non-White characters,” the show said in a statement.

The issue with The Simpsons having White actors play non-white characters was brought to light with Apu, the show’s Indian Kwik-E-Mart proprietor, in 2017.

Hank Azaria, who voiced the character since the start of the series, has stepped back from voicing him.

Joey King & 'Riverdale' Ladies Guest Star on 'The Simpsons'

Joey King, Lilly Singh, Weezer and Riverdale actresses Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes and Madelaine Petsch will all be lending their voice talents on an all-new episode of The Simpsons, airing this Sunday, May 10 at 8/7c on FOX.

In the episode titled “The Hateful Eight-Year-Olds”, Lisa makes a new friend who loves horses, but then becomes part of a circle of snooty young rich girls. Meanwhile, Homer takes Marge on a romantic cruise in the all-new

Here’s who’s voicing who: Lili Reinhart as Bella-Ella; Joey King as Addy; Madelaine Petsch as Sloan; Lilly Singh as Kensey; Camila Mendes as Tessa Rose; Weezer as Sailor’s Delight and Themselves.

Also in the episode, Weezer performs as a cover band named Sailor’s Delight, who are the house band on the romantic cruise taken by Homer and Marge. Some of “Sailor’s Delight’s” songs in the episode are classic hits from Weezer (The Black Album) or Pacific Daydream, but one song is completely new: the track called “Blue Dream,” and will be featured on the band’s forthcoming album, Van Weezer. Watch the preview clip below!


Weezer Plays “The Simpsons” Theme Song

Hank Azaria Reveals More About His Decision To Stop Voicing 'The Simpsons' Apu

Hank Azaria is opening up about his decision to stop voicing Apu on The Simpsons.

“Once I realized that that was the way this character was thought of, I just didn’t want to participate in it anymore,” the 55-year-old actor told The New York Times in a new interview. “It just didn’t feel right.”

Hank had voiced the character since his introduction on the long running show in 1990.

Viewers and fans of the show have had longtime issues with the Indian character being voiced by a white man, and the 2017 documentary The Problem With Apu focused in on how people perceive Indian people.

“What happened with this character is a window into an important issue,” he adds. “It’s a good way to start the conversation. I can be accountable and try to make up for it as best I can.”

Hank also shared that after the documentary was released he spent several years reading articles and essays about representation and attending “seminars about racism and social consciousness.”

The Simpsons have just recently been renewed for two more seasons.

Hank Azaria Will No Longer Voice Apu on 'The Simpsons'

Hank Azaria is taking a step back from one of his roles on The Simpsons.

The voice actor will no longer portray Apu, the show’s Indian Kwik-E-Mart proprietor who has been a part of the series since its first season.

“All we know there is I won’t be doing the voice anymore, unless there’s some way to transition it or something. We all made the decision together… We all agreed on it. We all feel like it’s the right thing and good about it,” Hank told Slashfilm.

He added, “What they’re going to do with the character is their call. It’s up to them, and they haven’t sorted it out yet. All we’ve agreed on is I won’t do the voice anymore.”

The decision comes after the character was criticized in a 2017 documentary titled The Problem With Apu, which noted the character was portrayed by a white actor and led to demeaning stereotypes of Indian-Americans.

After its release, Hank volunteered to leave the role and “help transition it into something new.”