“We wrote the first draft around January 28th. Me, Michael Price, Joel Cohen and David Silverman directed. And we worked really non-stop from late January to late last week,” Jean told CNN. “You may be thinking, ‘Wow, three minutes. How can you be so long?’ You know, it takes a long time for something to look casual. ”
The short, which is approximately three and a half minutes long, is one of the most anticipated shorts by The Simpsons team, thanks to a deal between Disney + and executive producer James L. Brooks in January.
Working with LucasFilm has been “great” according to Jean, adding that the only limitation for her was the use of the beloved Grogu, also known as “the Child” or “Baby Yoda”.
“Grogu is the most popular character created anywhere in fiction in the last year, and you don’t want to overexpose him,” says Jean. “So let’s pay him a little tribute, but not a big reference, which I think is great.”
At some point the Mandalorian himself appeared in the short version, but was ultimately cut out of the piece.
“There was a scene where the parents were picking up the kids and the Mandalorian was one of them,” says Jean. “When we saw it as a story between Maggie and BB-8, we just got rid of anything that wasn’t relevant to that story.”
However, Jean would appreciate the opportunity to play in the “Star Wars” universe again in the future.
“I would love it,” he says. “The Phantom Menace Poster [in the credits]Where you see like the pacifier’s shadow was that of David Silverman’s drawing. And me [said]”Yeah, that gives you all kinds of ideas.” “
The entire library of Disney items is also available to them for future shorts, from Marvel to Pixar (“I’m into animation, but I think they’re the best at animation”).
“It’s really a great collection of material,” he says. “And by the way, I subscribe to Disney + you know. I’m paying. So I think it’s a fantastic package. I mean, I really do.”
Yes, he pays.
“I got a year off, but when it was renewed I was happy to do it,” he says.
Future shorts are likely to be tied to other important dates on the Disney + calendar, Jean said. In fact, he just found out that November 12th is Disney + ‘s second anniversary, “so we could do something about it, too.”
Jean is no stranger to the hard work that animation requires – in short or otherwise. But the prospect of another full-length feature, he says, is one thing that stays up in the air.
“The feature almost killed us,” he says. “And a side issue to another movie that we talked about, I think, is that the feature film market is really secure right now. I mean, there must be so many great films and animated films in development that someone said it will be in the fall a big movie come out every week, so that would certainly delay it. ”
He adds, “But I mean, we were really happy when we did the movie – when we were done and we could look back. I’m really proud of it. So I would like to do another one. We.” I wouldn’t do it if we didn’t really think it deserved a full film treatment and was worth it for the viewer. We wouldn’t just do it for the money. ”