Guillermo del Toro had quite a year, with his robots-vs-Godzillas blockbuster Pacific Rim doing brisk business on the world stage. Capping this achievement, the director was also invited to animate one of The Simpsons’ opening credits couch gags, an honor reserved for celebrated artists like Bill Plympton and Banksy. Considering how far del Toro knocked it out of the park, however, it seems like the honor is all The Simpsons’. advertisement In recent years, high-profile guests have made the couch gag an event–like when Banksy controversially depicted the South Korean animators of the show drudging under hellish conditions. However, whether viewers know who Guillermo del Toro is or not, they will likely be floored by his take on the opening, which doesn’t even wait until the couch makes an appearance for all sorts of twisted mayhem to break loose. Describing the animated sequence would turn anyone into Saturday Night Live’s Stefon: it’s got … [Read more...] about Guillermo Del Toro’s Couch Gag For “The Simpsons” Is a Monster (It’s All The Monsters)
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Guillermo del Toro. Bill Plympton. Banksy. These are just some of the artists who have been commissioned to do sly, subversive couch gags for the opening credits of The Simpsons. Claymation master Lee Hardcastle may never get to hang out in this particular pantheon, but that didn’t stop him from offering a couch gag of his own. And holy crap is it disturbing. Hardcastle is known for making pop culture-heavy Claymation videos that juxtapose a generous serving of blood and guts with the cuddly animation style of Gumby. Previously, Hardcastle has reinterpreted John Carpenter’s The Thing with Pingu the penguin, earning props from John Carpenter himself, and paid tribute to The Exorcist. Considering his preferred mode, it’s pretty clear that not all body parts will remain intact when Hardcastle comes to Springfield. Sure enough, “The Simpsons Couch Gag [You’re Next]” mashes up the typical extended opener from the show with the 2013 home invasion … [Read more...] about This “Simpsons” Couch Gag From a Claymation Master Is Way Gorier Than You Expect
238,900 miles from Earth, I see my unborn child for the first time. My view is a grainy black-and-white image on a 10-inch screen, unremarkable and indistinguishable in every way, save for the tiniest of bubbles. It’s the great unknown. It’s my moon. advertisement advertisement I never cared about an ultrasound before my wife’s, before that grainy black-and-white image was our crystallizing future, before the radioscopic pulse of the diagnostic sound waves transitioned seamlessly into a heartbeat. The cadence was impossibly confident for an entity so small and distant. It was the sound of life itself. It wasn’t until hours later, staring at a snapshot in a trance, that I realized how intensely we’d been manipulated by a higher power. Because right beside the fetus were two letters that glowed like a star against the black background: GE. My child was but a bundle of organized cells just a few weeks in development, yet he or she had already been … [Read more...] about How GE Branded My Unborn Baby
It is Sunday in Brooklyn, the July air oppressive. You get on the subway, heading for the depths of the borough, someplace no one you know lives–yet. advertisement advertisement Off the train, phone and maps app in hand, you walk toward the pedestrian underpass of the noisy Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, meandering through a mix of residential buildings, bodegas, factories, and abandoned buildings. And then you find it: a huge, shady courtyard between two towering manufacturing buildings, strung with twinkling lights and tricked out with bars serving sangria, a taco stand, a dance floor, and most importantly, a DJ table. You’ve arrived at Mister Sunday, one of the best daytime dance parties in New York. A sweaty, multi-ethnic tangle of scantily clad twenty- and thirtysomethings in barely-there rompers and jorts rub shoulders and butts on the dance floor with young parents with babies on their hips and aging disco-era veterans. This throbbing, vibrant scene will play … [Read more...] about Gentrification, Inc.