The Simpsons' Couch Gag Gets French-ifed by 'Triplets of Belleville' Director Sylvain Chomet

Celebrated Animator Plays on Gallic Cliches in March 9 Episode

Published on Mar 07, 2014

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During its March 9, 2014 "Diggs" episode this weekend, The Simpsons will be adding another fresh take to its long-riffed-on couch gag, this time, in the hands of noted animator Sylvain Chomet, best known for his Oscar nominated films "The Triplets of Belleville," "L'illusionniste" and "The Old Lady and the Pigeons." As the family settles into its familiar couch scene, the lights go out and then flicker back on to reveal Mr. Chomet's decidedly "French" makeover of Homer, Bart, Lisa, Marge and Maggie, who becomes the butt of the joke, literally.

Mr. Chomet works out of production company th1ng, which also helped produce the sequence. He joins a cast of illustrious list of gag contributors, which includes Guillermo del Toro, Bill Plympton and Banksy.

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Mar 07, 2014
The Simpsons
Production Company:
Sylvain Chomet
Executive Producer:
Dominic Buttimore
Ru Warner
Lead Animator:
Neil Boyle
Peter Dodd
Assistant Animator:
Justine Waldie
Assistant Animator:
Alan Henry
Assistant Animator:
Angeline De Silva
Assistant Animator:
Gerry Gallego
Assistant Animator:
Jay Wren
Assistant Animator:
Katarina Kremasiota Animo
Donna Spencer
Kirk Hendry
Danny Atkinson
Sylvain Chomet
Sound Design and Music:
Oliver Davis
Sound Effects Track Lay:
Tom Russell (We Write Music)
Film Company:
Gracie Films
Film Company:
20th Century Fox
Executive Producer:
James L. Brooks
Executive Producer:
Matt Groening
Executive Producer:
Al Jean
Film Roman, a Starz Media Company

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