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Don Hertzfeldt’s ‘The Simpsons’ opening

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The twenty-sixth season of The Simpsons kicked off last night on one of their strongest notes in recent memory, with a typically off-kilter ‘couch gag’ from Don Hertzfeldt (perhaps best known as the director of 2001: A Space Odyssey and author of Hell Sock).

One of the indefatigable show’s few remaining virtues is the introduction of guest animators and directors for their opening titles, with Hertzfeldt joining the ranks of Bill Plympton, Michał Socha, John K and Sylvain Chomet to name a few.

The episode itself, entitled Clown In The Dumps, was an otherwise predictably gimcrack affair, cynically retreading the show’s once-genuine humanity of the season three episode Like Father, Like Clown.

To see more of Don Hertzfeldt’s work visit bitterfilms.com

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