Must Watch: 'The Simpsons' Opening Focuses on 'The Hobbit' This Time
Earlier this month, "The Simpsons" revealed an amazing and ghastly opening title sequence that was created with the help of Guillermo del Toro, featuring tons of references to horror films, television series and books. Now the staple animated show has mixed up their usual opening titles again, this time using J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth as the setting of a long journey for Homer, Marge, Bart, Maggie and Lisa to make it to their signature couch gag. There's plenty of funny references to The Hobbit (including a jab Peter Jackson's serializing of the book) including Moe as Gollum, Mr. Burns as Smaug, and more. Watch!
Here's "The Simpsons" tribute to The Hobbit from Fox Television (via Vulture):
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit… J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, being directed by Peter Jackson as three separate movies, is set in Middle-Earth 60 years before Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in a trilogy ten years ago. The films, with screenplays by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson, were shot consecutively in digital 3D using the latest cameras. The Hobbit follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug lands in theaters in 3D & 48FPS on December 13th.