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​The mysterious voyage of Homer: Don Hertzfeldt's Simpsons couch gag

The Simpsons has turned to Oscar-nominee Don Hertzfeldt for its latest couch gag, but it's more bizarre than you'd expect as the nuclear family goes post-nuclear apocalypse.

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And you thought the coyote episode was weird...

The Simpsons has turned to the creative and twisted genius of Don Hertzfeldt for its latest couch gag, dragging the world's favourite nuclear family into a warped and amorphous future -- all thanks to a mysterious time machine.

Homer starts in his usual couch groove, but after mashing at a time travel device in his hands, is transported back to a 1987 Ullman-era version of himself, before lurching forward several millennia to Sun-Date Septembar 36.4, 10,535.

Hertzfeldt, the Oscar-nominated American animator and filmmaker behind the cult short film 'Rejected', leads Homer and his crew into a nightmarish future world, full of Dali-esque blobs and binary gibberish for you to put in your eye holes.

Sure, it doesn't make a lot of sense, but then again, neither did Armin Tamzarian...