The Walt Disney Company has announced their new streaming service Disney+ has achieved a new milestone, with 50 million paid subscribers globally within five months after its U.S. launch. Those Disney+ subscribers are in for another treat, as the new animated The Simpsons short will be available on the service on Friday.
“We’re truly humbled that Disney+ is resonating with millions around the globe, and believe this bodes well for our continued expansion throughout Western Europe and into Japan and all of Latin America later this year,” said Kevin Mayer, Chairman of Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International.
“Great storytelling inspires and uplifts, and we are in the fortunate position of being able to deliver a vast array of great entertainment rooted in joy and optimism on Disney+.”
In the past two weeks, Disney+ rolled out in eight Western European counties including the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, and Switzerland. Additionally, Disney+ became available last week in India, where it is offered in conjunction with the existing Hotstar service, and already accounts for approximately eight million of Disney+’s 50 million paid subscribers.
Disney+ has also announced that the animated short film, Maggie Simpson in Playdate with Destiny, will stream globally on the service beginning tomorrow, Friday, April 10. The Simpsons creator Matt Groening shared a special handwritten note on social media revealing the news with fans around the world.
The film begins on a day that seemed like just another day at the park for Maggie Simpson. But when Maggie faces playground peril, a heroic young baby whisks her from danger — and steals her heart. After a blissful first playdate, Maggie can’t wait to see her new baby beau again the following day, but things don’t go exactly as planned. Will fate (or Homer) get in her way?
Originally released in theaters before Disney and Pixar’s Onward, Maggie Simpson in Playdate with Destiny builds on the success of the franchise’s 2012 Academy Award-nominated film, Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare, which will also begin streaming on Disney+ later this month. Both films join the service’s The Simpsons collection, including The Simpsons Movie and 30 seasons of the Emmy Award-winning television series.
The Simpsons exploded into a cultural phenomenon in 1990 and has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world. Currently airing its record-annihilating 31st season and in production on season 32, The Simpsons has won 34 Emmy Awards, 34 Annie Awards, 9 Environmental Media Awards, 7 People’s Choice Awards and 13 Writers Guild of America Awards including the 2019 and 2020 Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program Award. The Simpsons was the first animated series to win a Peabody Award, and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 for the theatrical short The Longest Daycare.
Disney+ is the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more. As part of Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment, Disney+ is available on most internet-connected devices and offers commercial-free programming with a variety of original feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series and short-form content.
Alongside unprecedented access to Disney’s incredible library of film and television entertainment, the service is also the exclusive streaming home for the latest releases from The Walt Disney Studios.