Watch: New Awesome 'Simpsons' Couch Gag, Plus: Disney's 'Where the Wild Things Are' Test Animation

Watch: New Awesome 'Simpsons' Couch Gag, Plus: Disney's 'Where the Wild Things Are' Test Animation

Mar 07, 2014

Simpsons Sylvain Chomet

If you like your movies and TV shows drawn as opposed to filled with flesh-and-blood humans, these two stories will make your Friday.

After 20-plus seasons on the air, you have to wonder if Matt Groening and crew ever feel like they’ve run out of funny couch gags to open each episode of The Simpsons. We don’t know if they have, but this Sunday’s episode hands the reins over to French animator Sylvain Chomet, who's crafted what some are calling the best opening couch sequence ever.

Chomet -- who is best known for The Triplets of Belleville and The Illusionist – brings his signature style and French sensibilities to the Simpson clan. Watch as Homer snacks on snails, Bart tries to make his own goose-liver pate, and Marge launches a fruitless search for missing baby Maggie. It’s all pretty neat.

Personally, though, I don’t think it’s the best Simpsons couch gag ever. My vote goes to Guillermo Del Toro’s opening for this past October’s Treehouse of Horror XIV. This one’s still great, though.

[via Geek Tyrant]


Early test footage for Disney’s scrapped version of Where the Wild Things Are is fantastic

Den of Geek has written an excellent feature about six projects that were once at Disney Animation, but for various reasons didn't pan out as intended. The highlight of the piece is a bit of history on the studio’s planned adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are.

Back in the ‘80s, Disney went so far as to actually make a brief test clip for its take on the beloved children’s story -- with a relatively unknown John Lasseter directing. The idea was to use the computer tech Disney had applied to TRON to create CG backgrounds for the story, while animators would superimpose hand-drawn characters onto it.

Disney brass weren't exactly thrilled with this early use of CG, but as you can see in the clip, it looks pretty amazing. Lasseter was eventually fired not long after presenting this footage to executives, but don’t feel bad for him – he rebounded nicely, helping to make CG animation an artform when he started a little company called Pixar. Guess he got the last laugh there.


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