From a coma to intentional weight-gain to crayons up the nose, Homer Simpson’s body has been one 25-season-long punchline on The Simpsons. In the hands of award-winning Polish animator Michal Socha, that portly, balding, radiation-tinged vessel is also a work of art.
It’s not pretty – no one ever expected Homer’s liver to be the picture of health – but Socha’s imagining of the Springfield resident’s innards makes for a very cool couch gag. Kicking off Sunday’s episode, What to Expect When Bart’s Expecting, the director’s opener is a minimalistic Fantastic Voyage, drawn only in red, black and white. The whole family takes a tour of Dad’s body, where intestines dice doughnuts (and nearly Marge) and a can of Duff – yes, a can – flows freely. Take a look:
Socha is known for his animated shorts, specifically Chick, which won at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. His couch gag follows some very high-profile openers this season, including Guillermo del Toro’s horror-filled Halloween spot and an extended homage to The Hobbit.
The Simpsons airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.