The Simpsons’ sofa is arguably the most iconic cartoon sofa on TV, with the opening gag scene orientated around it in every episode.
But, did you know, the scene plays a vital role in the length each ‘Simpsons’ episode? If an episode is shorter than usual, the couch gag is extended to fill time. Or, if an episode runs long, the gag is kept short.
Over the years, Matt Groening has invited a number of guest artists and animators to create the opening scene, and we have picked our favourites:
John Kricfalusi couch gag
John Kricfalusi, better known as John K, is a Canadian animator, voice actor, producer, writer, and director best known for creating The Ren & Stimpy Show. In a guest animation appearance on The Simpson’s, he did exactly what he does best – The Simpson’s with Ren & Stimpy style animation.
Bill Plympton couch gag
Best known for winning an Academy Award for his late eighties animated show Your Face, Bill Plympton has created a fascinating opening that brings the Simpson’s famous sofa to life. This interesting take has really mixed things up and with French style music playing in the background, this isn’t your average Simpson’s opening credit.
Sylvain Chomet couch gag
Adding some je-ne-se-quoi to their opening scene, Sylvain Chomet has taken The Simpson’s completely out of the box as he depicts them as a working class French family. Losing their distinct look and morphing into a sketch drawn French family, it could be argued that this opening scene took as much work as some full episodes.
Rick and Morty Team couch gag
Having publicly stated he was a big fan of the show, it’s no surprise Matt Groening invited his animation rivals to design one of his opening scenes. Wreaking havoc all over Springfield, Rick and Morty will fit in just fine with The Simpson’s, who have been known to accommodate suspect guests over the years.
Guillermo del Toro couch gag
Mexican super director Guillermo del Toro delivered some of the biggest selling movies of the last twenty years, directing box office hits such a Pan’s Labyrinth, Blade 2 and Hellboy, but when he was asked to create an opening scene for The Simpson’s, he didn’t think twice. With his career focusing on the darker side of life, it’s no surprise he went for a Treehouse of Horror episode!
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