Don Hertzfeldt Takes THE SIMPSONS' Couch Gag Into The Future

THE SIMPSONS started its 26th season this past weekend with, of all things, a crossover with FAMILY GUY (spits on the ground). While the episode itself was something I will not watch with the fervor of the narrator of the first 9/10ths of Green Eggs and Ham, I’ve had the opening couch gag, directed by animator Don Hertzfeldt, open in a tab so that I can keep coming back to it. Hertzfeldt, whose films can be found on both Bitter Films and YouTube, sends Homer back to the first season of the show, warping his figure into his original form, before sending him careening into the distant future, where things take a turn for the surreal and strange.