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(ANIMATION) THE SIMPSONS / MATT GROENING (1954-) The Simpsons. Couch Gag cel setup.
Early couch gag multi-cel setup for a classic Season 3 (1991) opener, presented over a studio-prepared hand-painted reproduction background. 270x317 mm; 10 3/4x12 1/2 inches. Background is marked #4 / 18A; top marked M8FCG-1-10 / GM 1286 / Santa / H32, dated 1991; it additionally bears a Fox Studio seal in the lower left corner and a TM/Fox copyright statement.
The related frame appears 20 seconds into this classic opening, as Homer reaches to discover the family dog, Santa's Little Helper, under his couch cushion. The cel layer with Homer appears to be an alternate version of the gag, as it matches the final scene in every aspect except that his eyes are open. A purchase certificate from Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. is included with the artwork.