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'Simpsons' Couch Gag Gets Big-Name Director for Halloween Episode LA Times

The upcoming "Treehouse of Horror" Halloween episode of animation staple "The Simpsons" will open with a couch gag directed by Guillermo del Toro, reports the Los Angeles Times' Show Tracker.

Del Toro is known for his work in feature films, with "Blade II," "Hellboy," "Mimic" and this year's "Pacific Rim" among his credits. He will follow in the footsteps of other creative bigwigs, such as Oscar-nominated animator Bill Plympton and the artist Banksy, in taking on the end of the show's opening credits.

"But del Toro is by far the biggest name of the lot, and his gag is definitely one appropriate for him," the story notes. "According to Fox, del Toro's gag will feature monsters and classic characters from horror movies throughout history."

The "Treehouse of Horror" anthology will air Oct. 6.

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