Once upon a time, "Pacific Rim" director Guillermo del Toro was slated to direct a two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit," under the supervision of original "Lord of the Rings" helmer Peter Jackson. That, of course, never happened and after spending 18 months in New Zealand working on the script and overseeing countless designs, del Toro left the project altogether. (Jackson would come back to the franchise as a director and turn it into another trilogy).

Earlier this month, del Toro orchestrated a "couch gag" for "The Simpsons'" annual Halloween episode that was, simply put, jaw dropping. It was del Toro's personal history through horror and it was an undeniable hoot. Now, in one of those cosmic coincidences, a "Hobbit"-specific "Simpsons" couch gag has followed del Toro's gag. It goes without saying that he had nothing to do with it.

The gag starts out with a hilarious map of Middle Earth that includes Springfield, Disneyland area Critter Country, Funkytown, and, of course, the James L. Brook. The rest of the gag consists of lots of walking and a fair amount of decent jokes. Marge is Gandalf, Moe is Gollum (of course), Burns is Smaug and Lenny, Carl, and Barney are giant trolls (who turn into stone when the sun hits them). It's pretty cute. We just kind of wonder what a couch gag would have looked like had it been based on a "Hobbit" del Toro had directed.

Watch the "Simpsons" couch gag above.

[via Vulture]
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