lunedì 29 settembre 2014

That Crazy "Simpsons" Couch Gag Was Made By An Oscar-Nominated Animator

Don Hertzfeldt is the greatest, strangest animator you might not have heard of yet. And there’s a lot more to him than “I AM SIMPSON.”


If you tuned into last night's Season 26 premiere of The Simpsons, "Clown in the Dumps," you were treated to an opening sequence that featured Homer as a floating tentacled head, a seriously deformed Lisa, and Bart as a flailing blob groaning, "Don't...don't have cow, man!"

That's what happened when the long-running Fox animated comedy turned its couch gag over to guest animator Don Hertzfeldt, an indie filmmaker known for his amazing and amazingly strange work with hand-drawn animation.


The 38-year-old Hertzfeldt is actually an Oscar nominee, thanks to his hilarious 2000 short Rejected (below with commentary), which told the fictional story of how he was commissioned to make animated sequences for TV networks and commercials, only to have them all rejected, leading to his breakdown.

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