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The Simpsons: Welcome to the Club is a satire on Disney characters

Tom Hiddleston returns to voice Loki in the short film dropped on Disney+ Hotstar as part of Disney+ Day

Agrima Tikader Calcutta Published 08.09.22, 06:45 PM
Lisa Simpson and Ursula, the villain from The Little Mermaid.

Lisa Simpson and Ursula, the villain from The Little Mermaid. @DisneyPlus/Twitter

Disney+ Hotstar on Thursday released The Simpsons: Welcome to the Club as part of Disney+ Day — an annual event to promote Disney’s streaming platforms. The three-minute short film, a spin-off to the popular animated American sitcom The Simpsons, follows members of the Simpson family as they encounter various Disney characters, both good and bad. Here’s what the new short film has on offer:

Tom Hiddleston returns as Loki

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Tom Hiddleston returns to voice Loki in the short film after voice-starring in The Simpsons: The Good, the Bart, and the Loki (2021).

Bart Simpson accompanies his sister Lisa Simpson to the Disney castle, but he shape-shifts into Loki once Lisa enters the castle. Hiddleston then rants about his contractual obligation to make these appearances on The Simpsons because of Disney, mocking Disney’s aggressive merchandising of characters.

Tom Hiddleston also essays the role of Loki in Marvel Studios’ series titled Loki, streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.

Disney villains profess why villainy is better

Inside the castle, Lisa falls into a dungeon where she meets the Disney villains— The Evil Queen in her old hag form from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Scar from The Lion King, Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians, Hades from Hercules, Ursula from The Little Mermaid, Captain James Hook from Peter Pan, Kaa the snake from The Jungle Book, Maleficent from The Sleeping Beauty and The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. All the villains are from the original Disney animated films, not their live-action versions.

The villains show Lisa why it is better to be a villain instead of a Disney princess as Disney scraps princesses when they turn 20. They boast about their “diabolical tunes” becoming popular, their ability to wreak mayhem and seek vengeance on brothers like Bart for destroying their toys.

All Disney princes are the same

Lisa points out that villains always end up dead. To this Ursula sings that their fate is better than having to live with a Disney prince. A line-up of Disney princes with “same white teeth, same fluffy hair” and problematic traits like kissing unconscious women joins the song. The princes go on to elaborate on how they look good but have very little intelligence and they expect their princesses to simply “crank out heirs”. Disney, through The Simpsons, makes fun of the generic and dated Disney princes.

Mickey the narcissist

Any Disney special is incomplete without a Mickey Mouse cameo. At the end of the princes’ song, Mickey makes an entrance. At his command the princes fall on the ground, contort their bodies and make a gigantic Mickey head all the while directing shallow compliments at the anthropomorphic mouse. The short takes a jab at how Disney slaps the mouse onto all of its products.

Lisa joins the villains

The end credits show Lisa hanging out and going on adventures with the Disney villains. She is no longer wearing her pink and orange princess gown but wears a red dress with a red witch’s hat and cape.

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