'The Simpsons': Details emerge about Maggie's animated short

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That didn't take long. Just days after "The Simpsons" teased the 3-D short film "The Longest Daycare," details are now coming out about the project.

EW is reporting that the short, which features Maggie Simpson, will focus on her return to the Ayn Rand School for Tots. It is here that she is in the company of her only friend, a butterfly.

Show EP Al Jean tells the publication, "They put each baby through an airport security-style testing machine to measure their future and [Maggie's] says 'Nothing Special,' so they put her in an area that's not great...It has a number of twists and turns...It's very sweet but funny."
 
This venture into making short films is probably a surprise to many fans of the long-running series. Jean explains that they were inspired to do so by the past and by one of the industry's biggest hitters.

"[EP] Jim Brooks thought we should do an animated short -- a la the ones Pixar does before their features, a la the cartoons you used to see in the theater years ago -- as a fun thing to give our fans," Jean says. "We just wanted to do this as a way of saying, 'We appreciate how much people have stayed with the show and watched it for 25 years.'"

"The Longest Daycare" will play before "Ice Age: Continental Drift" when the movie starts in theaters July 13.
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