Sunday, March 25, 2007

Best. Couch gag. Ever?

Haven't watched the rest of tonight's "Simpsons" yet, but the couch gag -- in which Homer evolved from single-cell organism to 21st century man, with stops through prehistory and the Renaissance -- was definitely the longest I've ever seen and maybe the funniest. (Lenny and Moe's cameos alone were brilliant.)

Tell me I'm wrong. Name a better one.

UPDATE: So it's on YouTube, for now. Watch it while you can, and hopefully if NewsCorp has it pulled, an official version will go up on Fox.com somewhere.

20 comments:

Jefferson said...

Can't name one. Certainly the longest I can remember, but it was pretty darn good. Who ever came up with all that - kudos to you. Evem after 18 years, The Simpsons still come up with some like this. Nothing short of genuis in my opinion.

Tom said...

I'm a huge Simpsons geek, proud to admit it, and I can honestly say that right when this aired I started text messaging people making sure they had just witnessed Simpsons history, because it really might have been the best couch gag ever.

Anonymous said...

If you can, please update with a link once it's on YouTube or somewhere similar.

Anonymous said...

How offensive. Homer Simpson did not "evolve." He was created as God intended him.

I hope George Bush and the FCC put an end to this blatant left-wing propoganda. I am sorely disappointed in you, Rupert Murdoch.


(Yes, I'm totally kidding.)

Marsha said...

I laughed out loud at Moe de-evolving. Thanks for posting!

Matter-Eater Lad said...

The only gag I can remember coming close to this one was the "powers of 10" riff a few years back, in which we zoom out from Homer to aerial views of the house, Springfield, the world, solar system, universe, and then back (or up) to the level of atoms and eventually up to our original view of Homer.

You can see it on YouTube here.

Anonymous said...

hysterical, and i love skinner's mom dropping in and the other characters' cameos to make it truly simpsons-esque. but to be a downer, doesn't it remind you of the intro to the Dilbert tv show?

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ieEzPfkjEAA

the simpsons intro is much longer and of course tons of fun, but a tad borrowed, no?

Tosy And Cosh said...

Brilliant. I'm curious as to the score for the segment - I quite liked the moody music. Wonder if this was a Clausen original or taken fom elsewhere?

jim treacher said...

Well, in his case it makes more sense than "intelligent design"!

Ted F. said...

There was a good lengthy couch intro where the couch tried to eat OFF, and the whole scene turned into a zombie movie with shotguns. Thanks for pointing this one out; I finally gave up on the Simpsons because moments like this were too few and far in between.

db78 said...

Great gag, reminded me of the Fatboy Slim video to "Right Here, Right Now" though.

Augie De Blieck Jr. said...

Hilarious! But I'm with Anonymous -- I miss DILBERT. I'm not saying this gag was lifted from there, but I do miss that show.

bebe said...

I think they should have made Lisa a Triceratops rather than a Stegosaurus.

Anonymous said...

The music was very like the Vangelis music that accompanied a similar evolution sequence in an episode of Carl Sagan's "Cosmos". I'm sure that's where the idea cam from.

Dan Jardine said...

Yes, it does borrow liberally from Fatboy Slim, as well as the evolution sequence in Adaptation, a case in which Spike is cannabalizing himself.

Which is not to say that this ain't clever as shit, cuz it is.

dez said...

I'm bummed that Marge and Maggie didn't get a cameo in the evolution. Or did I miss it?

Great gag, and by far one of my favorite openings ever (I like the live-action Sky/UK one a lot, too).

Meredith said...

Alan, I read your stuff in the Star Ledger, but this website was linked in EW.com's Popwatch! Nice job.

Dark Tyler said...

Uh-huh, yeah! You just got name-checked by EW!

Øyvind Rune Stålen said...

Inspired, no doubt, by the intro for the classic French animated tv-series "Il était une fois l'homme" (or Once Upon a Time... Man" from 1978. Check it out and compare:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=0yT3XbSorx0

Anonymous said...

It reminds me of the Guiness Ad

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