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Details Emerge On Futurama's "Rebirth" (and Return)

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the you'll-need-a-3d-tv-with-smellovision dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 183

Svippy writes "As revealed last summer, Futurama will be returning this year, and while there were conflicts about the cast of the show in the late summer of 2009, a deal was eventually secured. Last week, Comedy Central confirmed the airing of the first episode, 'Rebirth,' will be 24 June 2010. Several other details related to plot and production have surfaced over the months, and for those interested, a full article is available on the subject."

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hmm (4, Insightful)

nomadic (141991) | more than 4 years ago | (#31530774)

One of my favorite shows of all time, though most of the recent movies were kind of disappointing. The first one was good though.

Re:hmm (1)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 4 years ago | (#31530838)

I thought the second was a pretty epic disappointment, but the other three were worthy additions to the universe. None would rank up there with the series' finest episodes, but I would say they were definitely better than the weaker episodes. Not all they could have been, perhaps, but they could've been a hell of a lot worse.

Re:hmm (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31531166)

Posting anon because I have inside information:

Spoiler alert, in the season finale, Hermes allows his cousin from New Detroit, Tyrone, to stay with the planet express crew. All sorts of wackyness ensues when Tyrone ties up and muh-dikks Amy and Leela and then escapes with the Planet Express ship.

Re:hmm (1)

tylernt (581794) | more than 4 years ago | (#31531336)

most of the recent movies were kind of disappointing. The first one was good though.

Huh, My reaction was the opposite -- I thought the first was the weakest. It was like they tried to stretch a 1/2 hour episode into a full movie, so it was kind of thin in places... weak jokes, scenes that dragged on a bit.

I thought the second was a pretty epic disappointment

I thought the second was pretty good, especially compared to the first one. The third movie was the best, though.

Re:hmm (1)

Blakey Rat (99501) | more than 4 years ago | (#31532122)

The first was cramming every single character into the movie, that's what made it substandard. It had moments.

My favorite is the second, Beast with a Billion Backs-- the ending is genuinely sad, and that appeals to me. (You can probably tell some of my favorite episodes too.) Also, it has the scene where Wornstrom and the Professor are demonstrating how the portal lets living beings through but not robots, and end up throwing a cute puppy out the window. That scene rocks. "Play time *is* fun time!"

Re:hmm (3, Insightful)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#31531004)

Hopefully most of the problems were related to the weird format (where they wanted to be able to air it in 1/2 hour time slots, but also sell the movies as standalone DVDs).

Re:hmm (1)

PoderOmega (677170) | more than 4 years ago | (#31531076)

It was strange that they did that, because Comedy Central has only aired the movies all at once, and has advertised it as a single movie. It was split up into 4 parts but played back to back.

Re:hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31531482)

Some Canadian stations have played them separately in syndication (after initially showing them whole). I was somewhat confused the first time I saw one of them; it was familiar, yet incomplete.

Re:hmm (5, Insightful)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 4 years ago | (#31531120)

All the movies suffered from the same basic flaw, not nearly enough Zoidberg.

Re:hmm (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31531790)

I hated the Zoidberg-heavy episodes. They are my least favorite.

My most favorite episodes are the Fry-centric (Parasites Lost, The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings, etc).

The problem with the new episodes is that they are going to be on Comedy Central. I don't know what it is about that station but I never watch it. I used to watch the Futurama reruns every day on Cartoon Network but since they switched to Comedy Central I haven't watched a single one.

Re:hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31532066)

Zoidberg was best used as a strong secondary character, but he fails as a primary character as secondary characters are wont to do.

Second: Comedy Central is great at letting writers/directors succeed and fail as they will. For example, South Park and the Daily Show (with Jon Stewart Leibowitz Daily) have survived for over a decade, but few other shows on the network have.

The best thing about Comedy Central is that every episode of every show is available online by the morning after it airs. This means that I don't have to pay out the ass for 100 channels, when all I want is South Park, the Daily Show, Hockey Night in Canada (can't get CBC here), and BBC (but only if they get rid of the "delay" - apparently it takes a week to send a video between from the UK to the US as of New Year's, but only an hour over bittorrent \ldots).

Re:hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31532500)

fuck zoidberg, it's all about bender.

In this being (4, Funny)

arcite (661011) | more than 4 years ago | (#31531364)

In this being the post-millennial / post-9/11 age, the world has become too cynical, and frankly...depressing.

Futurama's humor was meant for the waning years of the 90's when the world was scared of Y2K and still revered Star Trek and Twilight zone as pinnacle of science fiction. When one eyed purple aliens and rich asian chicks were still 'hot' - and not in a weird way. It was a time when a young man could still dream of being a delivery boy in space, and maybe, just maybe it was possible (the US was rich and had all those mars landers planting flags). A time when no man would envy another, and there would be sexbots for all. It was a simpler time. Futurama is dead to me now.

Fox can bite my shiny metal ass.

Re:In this being (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31531412)

I don't think it was the world, but you that has become too cynical, and frankly... depressing.

Re:In this being (4, Funny)

Vellmont (569020) | more than 4 years ago | (#31531930)


Futurama's humor was meant for the waning years of the 90's when the world was scared of Y2K and still revered Star Trek and Twilight zone as pinnacle...
A time when no man would envy another, and there would be sexbots for all. It was a simpler time. Futurama is dead to me now.

Classic! Strangely enough, your post fell through a wormhole in the space-time continuum, and onto a much earlier Slashdot thread in 1999. It sparked a discussion about how the REAL golden age was actually in the waning says of the 1980s when the world was still scared of the Russians, people still thought Magnum PI was great television, and Ollie North was givin 'em hell, and 2400 baud modems were state of the art. (Simpler times as you say)

If I find a post from 2020 that falls through the space-time continuum I'll let you know what the great things that exist today people are nostalgic for then.

Re:In this being (5, Funny)

ConceptJunkie (24823) | more than 4 years ago | (#31532102)

by JonKatzTheSecond (63445274) on 20-03-18 22:01 (#815223905)

By season 14, Futurama seemed to outlive itself. Its humor was meant for the early years of the 2010s when the world was scared of global warming and still revered "Heroes" and "Lost" as the pinnacle of science fiction. When three-eyed omnivores and impoverished Jewish space lobsters were still 'hot' - and not in a weird way. It was a time when an old man could still dream of leading an army of mutant gorillas to global conquest, and maybe, just maybe it was possible (the U.S. still wasn't frozen over and Joe Biden hadn't developed his mighty telekinetic powers). A time when Seattle wasn't a gaping canyon and the Grand Canyon wasn't filled with coffee cups and flannel shirts, and the President still hadn't solved the "War on Terror" with a game of "Quarters" and two-falls-out-of-three Jell-O Wrestling, only to lead to tyrannical world domination by the Mormons. It was a simpler time. Futurama is as dead to me now as electric cheese and skeet shooting using Senators.

Re:In this being (3, Insightful)

glwtta (532858) | more than 4 years ago | (#31532334)

I'll let you know what the great things that exist today people are nostalgic for then.

I'm gonna go with "2D movies" and "the internet".

Re:In this being (4, Funny)

dangitman (862676) | more than 4 years ago | (#31532510)

It was a time when a young man could still dream of being a delivery boy in space, and maybe, just maybe it was possible...

Yes, in those days spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were REAL men, women were REAL women, and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were REAL small furry creatures from Aplha Centauri.

Re:In this being (2, Interesting)

Inner_Child (946194) | more than 4 years ago | (#31532724)

I had to reply because:

1) Hitchhiker's Guide, awesome

and

2) Never before have I seen a post dovetail so nicely with the user's sig.

Re:hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31531374)

Awesome!!! Can't wait to watch it. Bender rules!! Bite my shiny metal @$$

Good News! (5, Insightful)

kurth (221375) | more than 4 years ago | (#31530776)

Good News Everyone!

Re:Good News! (-1, Troll)

Theswager (1455957) | more than 4 years ago | (#31531424)

he says everybody not everyone.

Re:Good News! (3, Informative)

skine (1524819) | more than 4 years ago | (#31531954)

he says everybody not everyone.

I think you're thinking of Dr. Nick Riviera.

Re:Good News! (1)

93,000 (150453) | more than 4 years ago | (#31532220)

You are smart in making that connection. Did you go to Beverly Hills Upstairs Medical College too?

Re:Good News! (3, Funny)

skine (1524819) | more than 4 years ago | (#31532316)

Slashdot is news for NERDS.

I believe you mean the Hollywood Upstairs Medical College, as referenced in episode 3F05, entitled "King Sized Homer," specifically when the character 'Bart' suggests using milkshakes as toothpaste.

Worst. Commenter. Ever.

Good news everybody! (0, Redundant)

Fluffeh (1273756) | more than 4 years ago | (#31530782)

*Professor Farnsworth voice* Good news everybody! *end character voice*

Re:Good news everybody! (1)

binarylarry (1338699) | more than 4 years ago | (#31530796)

Sorry fluffer, knuth beat you to it.

This is why premature optimization is the root of all evil.

Re:Good news everybody! (1)

skine (1524819) | more than 4 years ago | (#31530842)

Basically, as I posted above (though I didn't say it explicitly), whenever Farnsworth says "Good news everybody!" it means something bad is about to happen.

Re:Good news everybody! (5, Funny)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 4 years ago | (#31531112)

Good news, everyone! I've invented a device that lets you hear my voice in your head as you read this!

Re:Good news everybody! (5, Funny)

dangitman (862676) | more than 4 years ago | (#31532494)

Good news, everyone! I've invented a device that lets you hear my voice in your head as you read this!

That's weird. You sound exactly like Professor Farnsworth.

Yay! (4, Funny)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 4 years ago | (#31530830)

Dr Zoidberg: Yay! So I didn't lose my job!

Re:Yay! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31531328)

Dr Zoidberg: Yay! So I didn't lose my job!

Dr. Zoidberg: Once again, the conservative, sandwich-heavy portfolio pays off for the hungry investor.

I just got goosebumps (4, Funny)

Reason58 (775044) | more than 4 years ago | (#31530866)

This post brought to you by Glagnar's Human Rinds.

Re:I just got goosebumps (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31531586)

Its a cruncha muncha buncha human

Futurama is best #2 (4, Funny)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 4 years ago | (#31530874)

with Everyone Loves Hypnotoad at #1 of course.

Flame jacket on (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31531484)

Brain slugs would totally kick the asses of hypnotoads, hands down.

a. Brain Slugs have their own political party; the Brain Slug Party. Where is the political arm of the Hypnotoads? They are soft on politics!

b. They are quiet. Have you ever had a hypnotoad try to sneak up on you? All you hear is BZZWAAAAAZAAAAAAWAAAAWAAAA. You never see the brain slug coming, until it's too late.

c. They're so damn cute.

Accepting your (futile) arguments.

Re:Flame jacket on (5, Interesting)

scottrocket (1065416) | more than 4 years ago | (#31531654)

So, if someone had a brain slug & then faced Hypnotoad, what would happen?

Re:Flame jacket on (5, Informative)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 4 years ago | (#31531824)

So, if someone had a brain slug & then faced Hypnotoad, what would happen?

My theory is that the Hypnotoad would control the brain slug as well.

Re:Flame jacket on (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31531832)

So, if someone had a brain slug & then faced Hypnotoad, what would happen?

A few points to note:

a. Brainslugs hail from a Brain Slug planet. They have a (presumable) track record for domination.

b. As far as we know, there is only one Hypnotoad. It has great amounts of power (so great, that it has influence over television).

c. I presume that the influence that Hypnotoad exerts is based on both the sound it creates and the hypnotic gyrations of Hypnotoad's eyes.

d. All things being equal, It is quite possible that Hypnotoad could influence a drone that a Brain Slug has taken over. Now, can Hypnotoad take over a Brain Slug? That's a good question. Hypnotoad has show the ability to control non-human organisms. If Hypnotoad can control the brainslug then it is an instant game-over.

e. Brain Slugs have an apparent lack of ears. This would lead me to believe that they might not be susceptible to the effects of the Hypnotoad.

In the end, I think that the brainslugs and hypnotoads would form an alliance to take over the entire planet. They could easily strive for common goals.

And Zoidberg! (1)

Eristone (146133) | more than 4 years ago | (#31530938)

This means I can go ahead and order another case of Soylent Soda!

Re:And Zoidberg! (1)

Brett Buck (811747) | more than 4 years ago | (#31530970)

How is that?

Re:And Zoidberg! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31531006)

It tastes like people.

Re:And Zoidberg! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31531018)

It varies from person to person.

Re:And Zoidberg! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31531926)

It varies from person to person

Tough contract negotiations (4, Insightful)

PPH (736903) | more than 4 years ago | (#31531238)

No doubt, Comedy Central had to kiss some shiny metal ass.

Hey Everybody! (3, Insightful)

camperdave (969942) | more than 4 years ago | (#31531434)

Hey folks, can we please stop linking to previous Slashdot stories? When I click on the link "Futurama will be returning this year", I want to read the actual press release, or article, or whatever. I don't want to read last year's Slashdot dupe.

Re:Hey Everybody! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31532286)

I think it totally sucks that you had to get to the press release via another slashdot story. That one extra click must have been a bitch. Hope your finger is OK.

All glory to the Hypnotoad (4, Funny)

grapeape (137008) | more than 4 years ago | (#31531476)

Must watch return of Futurama...Must watch return of Futurama...Must watch return of Futurama...

Next step, the amusement park! (2, Interesting)

RevWaldo (1186281) | more than 4 years ago | (#31531528)

"My great unfulfilled ambition - to do my own amusement park - is really why I am doing Futurama. I'm not kidding. If this show takes off, I'm going to do an amusement park." - Matt Groening, Wired 7.02

That, and getting "Life In Hell" online. (For God's sake man! It's an intern, a scanner, and a Facebook page!)

Re:Next step, the amusement park! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31532374)

Just wait for "Bender's Wild Ride". It'll be crazier than Vegas, on E, a fifth of tequila, no pants, and a pack of transsexuals chasing you for the money you owe them.

Rebirth? Hopefully this does not mean reboot. (3, Insightful)

kimvette (919543) | more than 4 years ago | (#31531792)

The only franchise "Reboot" I've liked is Reboot iself.

Futurama is perfection as designed; a good mix of classic cel and modern CGI animation, the perfect mix of fart jokes, puns, and science and math humor, as well as subtle story arcs (well, mainly the on-again off-again almost-romance between Fry and Leela, Fry's being the most important "person" in the Universe, and Nibbler's continual influence on keeping society going) that don't cause you to lose interest if you miss a few episodes, but add lot to the show.

I hope the "rebirth" doesn't mean a Tim Burton or Lucas-style franchise reboot.

Re:Rebirth? Hopefully this does not mean reboot. (1)

Lotana (842533) | more than 4 years ago | (#31531978)

Ditto.

When the show is brought back from cancellation, a lot of them just become terrible. Example would be Family Guy.

I *really* hope that Futurama will be an exception to the rule. Let us hope they will not run out of ideas for a long time to come.

Re:Rebirth? Hopefully this does not mean reboot. (1)

glwtta (532858) | more than 4 years ago | (#31532324)

Hmm, I can't really think of any shows (apart from Family Guy) that were good up until their cancellation and became bad after returning. There's certainly a few that already sucked pretty hard for years before getting canceled/uncanceled (SG1, Scrub).

I guess if we're counting follow-on movies then Farscape and Firefly (somebody had to say it).

High def! (1)

kimvette (919543) | more than 4 years ago | (#31531834)

Animation wise, technology has developed significantly since Futurama first aired, and in addition to the high-definition technology used for the films, season 6 (and presumably any subsequent seasons) will be broadcast in widescreen and high-definition where available.

Thank god it's in high def! Now maybe we can finally see Amy's erotic tattoo!

Seriously though, who cares. The CGI portions will improve but honestly standard-def is just fine for Futurama. I'm not complaining mind you, I just don't think high def is that big of a deal for an animated series made up mostly of classic 2D line drawings. But then again, my frame of reference for high-def animation is Comcast's overly-compressed 720p feeds, so I may be completely off base.

Re:High def! (0)

SBrach (1073190) | more than 4 years ago | (#31532054)

It matters because standard def is 4:3 and high def is 16:9. The simpsons looks a lot better now that I don't need to stretch it to fit my screen.

Re:High def! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31532224)

[...] I just don't think high def is that big of a deal for an animated series made up mostly of classic 2D line drawings.

I'd say you can tell that to the anime junkies, but you've most likely already been torn to shreds and violated by a rabid bunch of otaku five minutes after you made that post for ever saying such blasphemous things against their religion, so my words would fall on deaf ears. Er, dead ears.

Re:High def! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31532488)

At least you took the time to write out your indecision in full.

Futurama??? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31532550)

Futurama? Futurama? What about reboot? When are they going to bring back reboot? When are they going to reboot reboot?

Fox Sunday/Friday victims of the early 2000s (5, Informative)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 4 years ago | (#31532674)

Fox killed Futurama by bad scheduling. See, they put the show on various slots Sunday nights, but because of the variable length of NFL football game coverage, the Sunday night lineup was often damaged by running late, being joined in progress, not being shown to the whole nation, and other problems. The only rules were that The Simpsons must run untouched at as close to 8pm ET as possible.

Furthermore, they killed several shows by putting them on Friday nights during the spring and summer... because not only is that a traditional slow night for TV viewing, but Fox-owned stations in New York (the biggest local TV area), Boston (4th biggest) and other markets showed local baseball games on most Fridays, causing new episodes of serial series to air in the late-late-night timeslots in those areas.

Fox has fixed these problems by allowing Fox Sports to control the network up until 8pm ET on Sundays, filling the gap between the end of the games and the set signoff time with a postgame show called The OT when needed. West coast affiliates are left on their own until 8pm PT, and the entire nation sees the Sunday lineup from 8/7-to-10/9 as they should. Fox has also stopped buying local baseball packages for their owned stations and encouraged other affiliates to get out of the local sports broadcast business.

Many geek favorites like Futurama and Sliders got caught up in this mess. It's nice to see that the producers of such shows have found other outlets that treat them better.

Meh, Futurama was very hit or miss (-1, Redundant)

SlappyBastard (961143) | more than 4 years ago | (#31532834)

There are episodes of Futurama that were good. There were many episodes that were unwatchable. And frankly, Futurama never produced a truly great episode, along the lines of The Simpson first Treehouse of Horror or Spongebob's (that's right bitches, I'm invoking Spongebob) P.O.O.P. episode.
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