“The Simpsons” take part in an epic “Hobbit”-inspired journey in the long-running animated series’ latest couch gag.
The long opening, which clocks in at one-minute, 30 seconds, follows the family leaving a cave home, traversing Middle Earth and other lands overtaken by inclement weather, passing dragons, ghosts, giant drinking buddies who turn to stone — America’s favorite animated family even comes across a Gollum Moe.
At the end of the long journey, the gang makes finally it to Springfield. Homer promptly plops himself on the couch — the whole couch.
The rest of the weary gang is visually annoyed, led by Bart, who asks, “What about us, man?”
“Get your own couch,” Homer pops his head up briefly to say.
The “Simpsons” episode, opening with the entire 90-second couch gag, airs Sunday at 8 p.m. on Fox. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” hits theaters Dec. 13.
Watch the “Hobbit” couch gag: