Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Nov 2007 21:16 UTC
Geek stuff, sci-fi... Geeks of the world rejoice: Futurama is back. After a long wait, today is the official release date of "Bender's Big Score!", a 90 minute direct-to-DVD film, that will later be chopped up into the first four episodes of the new season. Filled with geek and nerd references, Futurama is a popular American cartoon series, by Simpsons' creater Matt Groening, that sadly got cancelled way before its time by the Fox Network. Now, it's back, and the opening sequence, a big slap in the face of the Fox Network executives, is already a classic. I have already seen the new film, and as a big, big Futurama fan, I can tell you it will not let you down. Three more direct-to-DVD movies are already planned, so go out, buy the DVD, and just like Family Guy, let's get it back on a regular schedule! My personal favourites: Zapp (s03e02): "That young man fills me with hope and some other emotions that are weird and deeply confusing to me." And of course the classic sign over Amy Wong's parents' house (s04e06): "You came to the Wong place."
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A Christmas miracle!
by Almafeta on Tue 27th Nov 2007 21:53 UTC
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2007-02-22

God bless us, every one.

*sniff* (It's so beautiful...)

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Yaaaa
by ranrar on Tue 27th Nov 2007 22:02 UTC
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2007-02-09

It is the greatest movie EVER, iThink iWill se it soon again!

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Shouldn't this post begin with...
by dwave on Tue 27th Nov 2007 22:41 UTC
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2006-09-19

"Good news everyone"

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Rejoyce!
by flashog on Tue 27th Nov 2007 22:41 UTC
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2007-07-25

Bender's back, baby!

Edited 2007-11-27 22:42

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Futurmama is great!
by Marcin on Tue 27th Nov 2007 22:59 UTC
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2007-06-06

Futurmama is great!

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Math Time!
by Gunblade on Tue 27th Nov 2007 23:00 UTC
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2005-07-21

The special features are cool too. Especially the Math lecture. I had no idea there were so many math references in the show.

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Yiiir!
by dylansmrjones on Tue 27th Nov 2007 23:03 UTC
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That's so great news I modded up everybody (even Almafeta ;) )

Finally. Finally! Come to papa! ;)

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Fan-freakin'-tastic!
by Bobthearch on Tue 27th Nov 2007 23:10 UTC
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Fantastic news! And I'm glad it's being picked up by a channel I actually get, Comedy Central.

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Fine!
by ThawkTH on Tue 27th Nov 2007 23:13 UTC
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Fine! I'll go create my own OS...Only this time, with blackjack and hookers!

Forget the OS...and the blackjack!

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The hype is big, the movie ain't
by tante on Tue 27th Nov 2007 23:20 UTC
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2006-04-17

Many people are hyped about that thing, but after having seen it I have to say it suffers from the same deficits that made the Simpsons movie bad: Lack of good writing, lack of momentum, lack of story structure. It's a long Futurama episode with the same flat characters acting just as they did in the series with a "story" that feels like a bad episode (Time Travel? Come on, why that amateur move?).

Fans might have fun, but people not religiously attached to Futurama will probably as bored as I was.

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brewin Member since:
2005-06-30

Bite my shiny metal ass!

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

It's a long Futurama episode with the same flat characters acting just as they did in the series


Why would you expect them to act differently?

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archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

I disagree. I just finished watching it and I thought it was great! The time travel aspect was well done - just because time travel is often the first refuge of the bad sci-fi writer doesn't mean you still can't write a funny story about it.

Oh, and "flat characters?" Give me a break.

Fans might have fun, but people not religiously attached to Futurama will probably as bored as I was.


Well, too bad for you. No go away, no one here wants to talk to someone who likens appreciating a TV show to being part of a religion. Here's an idea: go back to writing that funny, well-written, well-structured screenplay filled with three-dimensional characters.

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

Time Travel? Come on, why that amateur move?


Yes, I can't imagine why a Futurama story would feature time travel. Why, it's almost as if mocking the cliches of science fiction is a central premise of the series or something.

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I've enver seen Futurama ...
by WorknMan on Tue 27th Nov 2007 23:31 UTC
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Since I stopped watching TV in the late 90's. However, I was at a friend's house once and caught part of an episode. I guess the internet was like a 3D world, and they were flying around in it, trying not to get nailed by the flying ads. Guess adblock doesn't exist in the future ;) Pretty funny though.

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RE: I've enver seen Futurama ...
by DigitalAxis on Wed 28th Nov 2007 08:23 UTC in reply to "I've enver seen Futurama ..."
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2005-08-28

Well, you see, in the future advertisements evolved sentience. Not real sentience, just cookie-cutter spoiled vapid socialite sentience... but that meant they couldn't turn 'em off.

Not that they didn't try. Oh, those poor veterans of World Wide Web War III...

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why futurama got canned
by thebackwash on Tue 27th Nov 2007 23:33 UTC
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2005-07-06

futurama was cancelled because half of the writers from the simpsons were pulled to write for it. if you can remember the simpsons episodes while futurama was out, they. were. awful.

that's why.

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RE: why futurama got canned
by archiesteel on Wed 28th Nov 2007 08:10 UTC in reply to "why futurama got canned"
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2005-07-02

Well, the Simpsons didn't really get any better while Futurama was cancelled...

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RE: why futurama got canned
by Vanger on Wed 28th Nov 2007 15:03 UTC in reply to "why futurama got canned"
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2007-11-28

Fox was expecting something familiar, The Simpsons in space. Executives certainly were not prepared for the bizarre contours of Groening and Cohen's brave new world. "The network's attitude quickly went from tremendous excitement to great fear," Groening says. "They were very troubled by the suicide booth. They didn't like the 'All-Tentacle Massage' parlor."

Futurama premiered to strong ratings, but as the show was shuffled around the schedule, viewership slipped. Every season, the renewal notice came late — so late that there wasn't always time to deliver a full slate of episodes. After the fourth season, the people working on the show waited and waited for a renewal notice until they eventually assumed — correctly — that it wasn't going to come. (c) Wired


That's why.

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RE[2]: why futurama got canned
by mmu_man on Wed 28th Nov 2007 16:14 UTC in reply to "RE: why futurama got canned"
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Oh! A suicide booth! Tchao the organics!

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RE: why futurama got canned
by protomank on Wed 28th Nov 2007 18:21 UTC in reply to "why futurama got canned"
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2006-08-03

>futurama was cancelled because half of the writers from the simpsons were pulled to write for it

Actually most of the original Simpsons team was moved to Family's Guy (a show I don't like).
Most of Futurama team was formed by people who left Simpsons after it started to decay (after 4th season) and returned.

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RE[2]: why futurama got canned
by apoclypse on Wed 28th Nov 2007 22:40 UTC in reply to "RE: why futurama got canned"
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2007-02-17

That's why Futurama's writing was everythign the simpson's weren't at that point. The show's writing was just as good if not better than the Simpon's at its best.

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Geeks of the world ... ??
by drkwolf on Tue 27th Nov 2007 23:34 UTC
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2007-05-18

those days geeks got a lots of free time

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Incidentally, Kif...
by Morph on Wed 28th Nov 2007 00:04 UTC
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2007-08-20

your toilet seems to be set to 'stun', not 'kill'.

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Best Quote
by Adam S on Wed 28th Nov 2007 00:12 UTC
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2005-04-01

Frye: Where's the bathroom?
Bender: The what?-room?
Frye: The bathroom.
Bender: The bath-what?
Frye: The bathroom.
Bender: The what?-what?
Frye: Ah, nevermind.

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RE: Best Quote
by Laurence on Wed 28th Nov 2007 11:26 UTC in reply to "Best Quote"
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2007-03-26

Bender: Not enough room? My place is two cubic meters, and we only take up 1.5 cubic meters. We've got room for a whole other two thirds of a person!

Edited 2007-11-28 11:27

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One of my fav's
by camo on Wed 28th Nov 2007 00:26 UTC
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This is so cool! Wooooohoooooooo!

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Supposedly..
by ThawkTH on Wed 28th Nov 2007 00:48 UTC
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2005-07-06

Supposedly the funniest parts of the movie involve Al Gore (who played himself). I did enjoy him in the series ;)

The front of the DVD box says "Carbon Neutral" as well...Thought that was a riot.

Maybe I should watch it?

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Best. Line. EVAR
by StephenBeDoper on Wed 28th Nov 2007 02:21 UTC
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"Our kitten-class attack ships were no match for their chairs!"

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I'm was so excited...
by unthinkableMayhem on Wed 28th Nov 2007 02:44 UTC
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2006-01-16

...I took the liberty of fertilizing the caviar..

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Thank goodness,
by Devils_Advocate on Wed 28th Nov 2007 02:50 UTC
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2006-02-09

I'm not as big a fan of velour as you, sir.

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You have sea lions on the land?
by nick on Wed 28th Nov 2007 04:23 UTC
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2006-04-17

Yep. We call them "land sea lions". I tame them.

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One of my favorites from the DVD
by archiesteel on Wed 28th Nov 2007 08:13 UTC
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2005-07-02

Leela: "What's the secret of time travel doing tatooed on Fry's ass?"

Fry: "It was bound to be *somewhere*."

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Rocks
by mmu_man on Wed 28th Nov 2007 09:11 UTC
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2006-09-30

I discovered it this year, (airing on NRJ12 french DVB-T channel), and got hook to it... But then they put the 3rd (I think) season, that didn't get the same dub voices for Leela and others, and hmm... I really want to switch to the english version :^)

Reply Score: 2

slight
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2006-09-10

series? I thought they were just doing the four DVD movies and showing each one on TV as four episodes (next movie is due in 6 months *ish* apparently).

I'd be over-joyed if there's a series to go with each one though. There have been hints in interviews I've read that there is a series too, but I haven't seen any concrete confirmation..?

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Almafeta Member since:
2007-02-22

series? I thought they were just doing the four DVD movies and showing each one on TV as four episodes (next movie is due in 6 months *ish* apparently).


That's sixteen episodes; a season is usually defined as 13 episodes.

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

That's sixteen episodes; a season is usually defined as 13 episodes.


A season / series can be any number of episodes. Lost averages at more than 20 where as some british cult comedies often have as little as 6 episodes a series (Faulty Towers for example)

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slight Member since:
2006-09-10

Yes but they're not being released together, they're being released around six months apart. A series or season is usually shown in one or two parts over a period of less than a year.

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To answer my question above
by slight on Wed 28th Nov 2007 10:44 UTC
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It seems (according to Wikipedia) that these films are all that's planned for now at least, but they'll have extra material when showed on TV.

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YAY!
by Ishan on Wed 28th Nov 2007 10:57 UTC
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2007-10-24

Heyyy pretty mama... want to kill all humans?

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No spoiler...
by evangs on Wed 28th Nov 2007 11:20 UTC
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But I really really cheered for Fry. Yes yes, I'm sad but that guy resonates with me on so many levels ;)

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Best explanation of space travel ever:
by Laurence on Wed 28th Nov 2007 11:22 UTC
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2007-03-26

Farnsworth: These are the dark matter engine I invented. They allow my starship to travel between galaxies in mere hours.
Cubert: That's impossible. You can't go faster than the speed of light.
Farnsworth: Of course not. That's why scientists increased the speed of light in 2208.

Edited 2007-11-28 11:22

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Yay!
by siraf72 on Wed 28th Nov 2007 14:33 UTC
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"you're obviously confused and aroused"

Zap

----

"Everybody get into bed with me"

Farnsworth

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RE: Yay!
by slight on Wed 28th Nov 2007 18:26 UTC in reply to "Yay!"
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2006-09-10

"It's beautiful!" "Can I touch it?"

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RE[2]: Yay!
by StephenBeDoper on Thu 29th Nov 2007 00:33 UTC in reply to "RE: Yay!"
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2005-07-06

"They're called the Brain Balls. Word is, they've got a lot of brains - and they've got a lot of... chutzpah."

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Montypythonesque
by dylansmrjones on Wed 28th Nov 2007 19:48 UTC
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'Those who fired those who were fired have been fired"

Very close relationship between firing the incompetent licensor-board and firing the firing firing-staff firing subtitlers...

or some such thing.

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Resurrecting series
by MamiyaOtaru on Wed 28th Nov 2007 20:15 UTC
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2005-11-11

Now if only this could happen with Firefly. Too bad Whedon killed it off (for me) with Serenity.

Fox does have a knack for cancelling good shows. Or maybe good shows have a knack for being more expensive to produce than crap. Either way, it's a loss.

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RE: Resurrecting series
by apoclypse on Wed 28th Nov 2007 22:45 UTC in reply to "Resurrecting series"
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2007-02-17

I watched Firefly after serenity and I must say that Serenity does the show very little justice. The Show was incredible and I only regret missing it when it first came out. This could have been an emmy winning show if it were on the right network and if it were still around. I loved the show but I feel cheated because I never got to see where it was going and the movie gave me very little to no closure after watching the show. Screw fox, they can put crap like Kithcen nightmare;s on but can't keep a decent show on if it smacked them in their faces and family guy had to literally bitch smack them before they put it back on.

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RE[2]: Resurrecting series
by IanSVT on Thu 29th Nov 2007 00:05 UTC in reply to "RE: Resurrecting series"
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2005-07-06

I wish someone had a good reason why Futurama got canned, but King of the Hill still airs...

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RE[3]: Resurrecting series
by theine on Thu 29th Nov 2007 01:49 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Resurrecting series"
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2005-09-29

Now that's very puzzling indeed.

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RE[3]: Resurrecting series
by m_abs on Thu 29th Nov 2007 13:02 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Resurrecting series"
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Box network executives work in mysterious ways.

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to much ganja?
by xhemi on Thu 29th Nov 2007 06:28 UTC
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2007-02-13

i enjoyed my colonoscopy slightly more than watching this over hyped garbage, and i love the futurama series. to bad they decided not to go out in style. it was almost as flat as the simpsons movie.

i call them as i sees them, whale biologist.

Edited 2007-11-29 06:37

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RE: to much ganja?
by BluenoseJake on Thu 29th Nov 2007 13:38 UTC in reply to "to much ganja?"
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2005-08-11

Maybe you just prefer outpatient anal medical procedures over what really is just a movie. I wouldn't exactly call it over hyped, as we haven't been inundated with Futurama ads/reviews/whatever.

I watched it last night, and thought it was pretty good. I can see that is it really meant to be spread over several episodes, as the story seems to be written that way, but over all, I thought it was a pretty good flick.

Edited 2007-11-29 13:41

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