BTS: Stoopid Buddy Hatches New ‘Simpsons’ Couch Gag

What’s in the egg?! Find out as we sneak peek the latest take on the classic “couch gag” for Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons. Produced by the stop-motion masters at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios (Robot Chicken, Crossing Swords), the intro skit sees Springfield’s most famous baby whisk us away to a fantasy kingdom set inside an old wooden peg-people playset — but Princess Maggie might have a touch of the mad Targaryen queen in her …

“Collaborating with the Simpsons team on couch gags is always a highlight for me and Tom Root,” shared John Harvatine IV, who directed the segment. “This time we were beyond excited to share our vision of a wooden peg person world reimagined as Springfield from a long lost fairytale. The world was completely fabricated out of wood, and lovingly hand-crafted in stop-motion with our super talented crew at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.”

The Simpsons "All Hail Princess Maggie!" production photo (courtesy Stoopid Buddy Stoodios)
The Simpsons “All Hail Princess Maggie!” production photo (courtesy Stoopid Buddy Stoodios)

Tom Room came up with the story and wrote “All Hail Princess Maggie!” The Stoopid Buddy team on this project also included supervising producer Kelly L’Estrange, line producers Alyssa Choate Rusche and Mario De Jesus, director of photography Joe Passarelli, art director Frank Duran, storyboard supervising director and character designer Shannon Denton, head of puppet fabrication Caroline Kastelic, head of costume Julia Kalugina, editor Hank Friedmann, VFX supervisor Mike Spitzmiller and production designer Shannon Denton.

The Simpsons "All Hail Princess Maggie!" production photo (courtesy Stoopid Buddy Stoodios)
The Simpsons “All Hail Princess Maggie!” production photo (courtesy Stoopid Buddy Stoodios)

Executive producers on the project were Stoopid Buddy co-founders Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Eric Towner and Harvatine IV. Jasmine Johnson is head of studio.

The Simpsons "All Hail Princess Maggie!" production photo (courtesy Stoopid Buddy Stoodios)
The Simpsons “All Hail Princess Maggie!” production photo (courtesy Stoopid Buddy Stoodios)

In the new episode of The Simpsons, “The Wayz We Were,” Evergreen Terrace is overrun with traffic and Moe has a fateful choice to make. Premieres Sunday, October 17 (8 p.m. ET/PT) on FOX.

The Simpsons "All Hail Princess Maggie!" production photo (courtesy Stoopid Buddy Stoodios)
The Simpsons “All Hail Princess Maggie!” production photo (courtesy Stoopid Buddy Stoodios)
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