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Playdate with Destiny will air before showings of the Disney Pixar film Onward from March 6, 2020 onwards. The short seems to feature the baby from the delayed episode “The Incredible Lightness of Being a Baby“.
“The Incredible Lightness of Being a Baby” was originally supposed to air in season 30 on April 7, 2019. However, it was pulled for unknown reasons. We now know the reason behind it being mysteriously pulled was so it could air closer to Playdate with Destiny since it’s likely the episode and short are going to be closely related. “The Incredible Lightness of Being a Baby” is now scheduled to air on April 19, 2020.
.@TheSimpsons in related news The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Baby scheduled for air 4/19/20
— Al Jean (@AlJean) February 28, 2020
Playdate with Destiny will be the second short to air before a movie in cinemas, after 2012’s The Longest Daycare. The Longest Daycare got nominated for several awards.
Apu has been a mainstay of The Simpsons for decades. However, in 2017, comedian Hari Kondabolu released a documentary called The Problem with Apu which addressed the racist stereotypes about Indian people that Apu has brought in. After this documentary came out, Apu’s role in the show declined. And whilst it was somewhat addressed in the season 29 episode “No Good Read Goes Unpunished“, with Lisa saying “Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do?”, before the camera pans to a photo of Apu, Apu no longer had a speaking role, only appearing in background shots. Hank Azaria told SlashFilm in an interview that “All we know there is I won’t be doing the voice anymore, unless there’s someway to transition it or something”
The stereotypes surrounding Apu had previously been addressed in the season 27 episode “Much Apu About Something“, which was released a year before The Problem with Apu. In this episode, Jay (voiced by Utkarsh Ambudkar), Apu’s nephew, calls Apu out on being a stereotype and attempts to change his ways. Ambudkar was also one of the people who spoke out against Apu in The Problem with Apu.
It is currently unknown if Apu will be voiced by a new actor or if the character will be retired from the show in some way. But if Apu does return in a speaking role, it will no longer be Hank Azaria voicing him.
Al Jean revealed on Twitter that voice actress Grey Griffin will be joining the show as the new voice of Martin, Sherri and Terri. DeLisle takes over the role from longtime voice actress Russi Taylor, who passed away in July 2019.
— Al Jean (@AlJean) November 10, 2019
Taylor voiced Martin Prince, Sherri and Terri and Üter Zörker in The Simpsons, among many other characters. She was credited for 190 episodes before her death. Outside of The Simpsons, Taylor was the voice of Minnie Mouse.
It is currently unknown if Taylor has recorded for any season 31 episodes or what, if anything, will happen to her characters. In the past, characters have been retired from the show when their voice actors died.
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Comic book legend Stan Lee died today, aged 95. Stan Lee was best known as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. He also cameoed in many Marvel Comics films.
Stan Lee has had multiple guest appearances in the show, each time as himself, in the season 13 episode “I Am Furious (Yellow)“, the season 25 episode “Married to the Blob” and the season 28 episode “The Caper Chase“.
Apu drew a lot of criticism recently when last year, comedian Hari Kondabolu released a documentary, The Problem with Apu, going over the problems with Apu and the negative stereotypes he brought with him. After this, television producer Adi Shankar started a script contest which he hoped would be made into an episode of The Simpsons to subvert Apu’s tropes and write him out in a clever way or evolve him as a character. Then, in late October, Shankar told IndieWire in an article that he had heard from multiple sources that Apu was being dropped altogether. Other articles then incorrectly referred to Shankar as a producer for The Simpsons, resulting in Al Jean stating on Twitter that Shankar was not a producer for the show.
Adi Shankar is not a producer on the Simpsons. I wish him the very best but he does not speak for our show.
— Al Jean (@AlJean) October 28, 2018
— Al Jean (@AlJean) November 1, 2018
In the replies to the tweet, Al Jean confirmed that Apu isn’t going anywhere.
— Al Jean (@AlJean) November 1, 2018