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‘The Simpsons’ Pays Tribute to ‘The Hobbit’ in Epic Couch Gag

A few weeks ago saw ‘The Simpsons‘ giving rise to one of its most elaborate couch gags yet, tasking horror master Guillermo del Toro to craft a glorious ‘Treehouse of Horror’ homage, but this time ‘The Simpsons’ has in mind to go a bit more epic. See the Simpsons family reimagined as ‘The Hobbit‘ in an unexpected adventure across the map to reach “The Comfy Couch” in the latest parody!

Owing a bit more to Peter Jackson‘s ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy than the ‘Lord of the Rings’ before it, the latest ‘Simpsons’ couch gag to accompany upcoming November 3 episode “Four Regrettings and a Funeral” features the titular family reimagined as Gandalf, Bilbo and the famous Dwarves. The family travels across a landscape of Simpson-ized Middle Earth landmarks, casting Moe as Smeagol, Lenny, Carl and Barney as the three trolls, and of course, Springfield’s resident wealth hoard as the villainous Smaug.

Elsewhere for ‘The Simpsons’ apart from news of Marcia Wallace’s passing and a separate in-show death to hit sometime next year, confirmed to lend their voices to upcoming episodes are ‘Parks and Recreation’ star Nick Offerman, Judd Apatow, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Channing Tatum, Seth Rogen, ‘Daily Show‘ vet John Oliver, returning ‘Parks and Recreation‘ star Amy Poehler, ‘Harry Potter’ vet Daniel Radcliffe, ‘Mad Men‘ star Elisabeth Moss, comic legend Stan Lee, and ‘The Newsroom‘ creator and acclaimed writer Aaron Sorkin.

You can check out ‘The Simpsons’ take on ‘The Hobbit’ in the couch gag above, and tell us in the comments if you think Matt Groening successfully forged the world of Tolkien!

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