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David X. Cohen of Futurama Talks About the Movie

CmdrTaco posted more than 6 years ago | from the things-i-want-to-see dept.

Television 141

Joel Keller writes "I conducted a brief interview with David X. Cohen, EP and show-runner for Futurama, about the release of the new DVD, "Futurama: Bender's Big Score," as well as the return of his show to TV. The interview was posted to TV Squad this morning. In it, Cohen talks about how the movies will be split up into episodes, some of the inside references that they inserted for the die-hards, and a quick preview of what the second Futurama movie is going to be about."

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To Mix Memes (5, Funny)

X43B (577258) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480075)

I've got a fever....and the only prescription is more Hypnotoad.

Re:To Mix Memes (1)

rootofevil (188401) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480733)

ALL BOW BEFORE THE HYPNOTOAD

Re:To Mix Memes (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21480827)

You'll love the DVD then. It has a full 22-minute episode of "Everyone Loves Hypnotoad," complete with commercials and bloopers. :)

Re:To Mix Memes (1)

satoshi1 (794000) | more than 6 years ago | (#21481057)

All glory to the... cowbell?

Comedy Central? (5, Insightful)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480093)

Ick. Comedy Central is famous for getting shows like this and then killing them off quick. MST3K anyone?

Re:Comedy Central? (3, Insightful)

roadkill_cr (1155149) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480117)

I'll take what I can get; better that we have any new Futurama than no new Futurama at all.

Re:Comedy Central? (5, Informative)

AmaDaden (794446) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480297)

It's worth noting that both Adult Swim and Comedy Central both put in bids for the new eps of Futurama and Comedy Central won. Since Adult Swim more or less resurrected Futurama by playing it almost every night for the last few years it was kind of a dirty move on CCs part. So if Adult Swim got it the new eps would still happen and would be in, what some would consider, more capable hands. The same exact thing happened with Family Guy but the other guy was Fox and not CC.

Re:Comedy Central? (4, Informative)

MuscaDomestica (764805) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480657)

Wha? Fox made new episodes and aired them, but Adult Swim got the episodes one Week after they aired on Fox. It was an arrangement that helped both of them. The Futurama situation is a little different.

Re:Comedy Central? (1)

AmaDaden (794446) | more than 6 years ago | (#21481007)

Your right. I was thinking about the events leading up to it, not the details of the conclusion.

Re:Comedy Central? (2, Insightful)

PoitNarf (160194) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480185)

I think Futurama has a slightly larger audience than MST3K ever did... so I'm not all that worried ;)

Re:Comedy Central? (1)

thedogcow (694111) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480231)

Oh come on man! You're telling me that Crank Yankers, Reno 911, Upright Citizens Brigade, and Mind of Mencia are worse shows than MST3K and Futurama. What next huh?! You're probably gonna tell me that the Sci-Fi channel sucks and kills off all their good sci-fi programming as well and replaces it with wrestling... oh wait...

In all seriousness, I agree. With the exception of South Park, Comedy Central really doesn't have a whole lot going for it. With Sci-fi, well they had Dead Like Me for a while but they got rid of that as well. So I guess the only thing Sci-fi has going is Enterprise. Oh wait, that show sucks too. Meh, both channels are dying. Netcraft confirms it.

Re:Comedy Central? (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480329)

Hey, I like Reno 911 you insensitive clod!

Re:Comedy Central? (2, Informative)

cthulu_mt (1124113) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480563)

I think "Dead Like Me" was originally on ABC and didn't last a full season. Sci-fi ran the episodes a few times and then moved on. They do that alot with cancelled series.

Re:Comedy Central? (1)

Tony Hoyle (11698) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480759)

DLM had a few good soundbites ("Life sucks, then you die, then it still sucks" springs to mind) but the programme was pretty terrible to watch - poor script writing I think. It's not surprising it didn't last.

Re:Comedy Central? (1)

Darthmalt (775250) | more than 6 years ago | (#21483117)

Dead Like Me had two seasons on showtime and has a DVD movie coming this spring. Sci-Fi was doing basically the same thing they did with Firefly. / I personally liked DLM.

Re:Comedy Central? (1)

Schnapple (262314) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480791)

"Dead Like Me" was on Showtime originally, which is why the show had to be somewhat censored before it was on the Sci-Fi channel.

Re:Comedy Central? (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 6 years ago | (#21481389)

Most of those shows suck, but UCB is one of the best american sketch comedy shows ever. It's easily up there with Mr Show and the early years of SNL.

Re:Comedy Central? (1)

MrSelfDestruct (30535) | more than 6 years ago | (#21482673)

I want my Hot Chicks Room! And my Bucket of Truth.

Re:Comedy Central? (1)

twistedsymphony (956982) | more than 6 years ago | (#21483373)

I want my Hot Chicks Room! And my Bucket of Truth.
Obviously the mods aren't familiar enough with UCB... then again, the parent didn't exactly provide quotes with the rapier wit of a Master /. Dialectition on Super Cool.

Re:Comedy Central? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21481749)

With the exception of South Park, Comedy Central really doesn't have a whole lot going for it.

You must be one of those who aren't independent-minded enough appreciate the genius of John Stewert and Stephen Colbert.

Re:Comedy Central? (1)

thedogcow (694111) | more than 6 years ago | (#21481857)

There are not any new episodes of The Daily Show or The Colbert Report right now and is the reason why I did not say those shows. FYI, I like The Daily Show. I do think The Colbert Report is old and tired.

Re:Comedy Central? (1)

WhatAmIDoingHere (742870) | more than 6 years ago | (#21482629)

Reno 911 is a hilarious show and UCB was even better. I like MST3k a whole lot (every single episode downloaded and watched over and over), but with that show it's more than just ratings. The licensing issue with the movies was a big deal with CC and the reason SciFi finally called it quits.

Re:Comedy Central? (2, Insightful)

starwed (735423) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480301)

Wait, how does carrying a show for seven years constitue "killing it off quick?"

Re:Comedy Central? (3, Informative)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480999)

Comedy Central != Cartoon Network.

The show's been on Cartoon Network for the last 7 years not Comedy Central

Re:Comedy Central? (2, Informative)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 6 years ago | (#21481489)

Comedy Central != Cartoon Network.

The show's been on Cartoon Network for the last 7 years not Comedy Central
He was talking about MST3K.

MST3K was on Comedy Central/Comedy Channel for seven years. It's the only show to survive from the network's launch that survived that long. So it's hard to understand how someone could use MST3K as an example of Comedy Central killing off good shows quickly...

Granted, as the show went its timeslot got shifted around, it got split up into "MST Hour" format, etc. - and then the seventh season was remarkably short... But still, it ran seven seasons. It even survived major cast changes. So, yeah, it's not a great example of Comedy Central getting a good show and killing it off "quick"...

(As an MST3K fan it was hard to understand a decision like that when the 7th season ended - Comedy Central pulled MST3K in favor of... what, exactly? So they could run crappy low-budget unfunny Bill Maher movies? Mind you, this was when The Daily Show had just barely started and South Park hadn't. But TV shows gotta end sometime, right?)

Re:Comedy Central? (1)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 6 years ago | (#21481583)

Oops, sorry.

Re:Comedy Central? (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480333)

"Ick. Comedy Central is famous for getting shows like this and then killing them off quick. MST3K anyone?"

Oh yeah, five years is real quick. BTW, that's longer than they had under Fox's reign.

MST3K (1)

conureman (748753) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480697)

I, for one, could stand more re-airing of that show. However, IMHO, Comedy Central gave it a decent run.

Re:Comedy Central? (1)

Darth_brooks (180756) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480731)

You're confusing MST3K's run on comedy central with its run on SciFi. Scifi finally killed off MST3k, though in their defense it was a mercy killing at that point. The show had had its run and needed to end. The fan support kept it limping along.

Re:Comedy Central? (1)

theantipop (803016) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480749)

That's not even the worst part. Instead of humorous off-the-wall [AS] bumps I have to gnash my teeth to Mind of Mencia promos. Ugh.

Re:Comedy Central? (3, Informative)

poot_rootbeer (188613) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480975)

Comedy Central is famous for getting shows like this and then killing them off quick. MST3K anyone?

Zwuh?

The Comedy Channel/Comedy Central picked up a quirky little program from a Minneapolis UHF station, and turned it into a national sensation (turning itself one of the top-tier cable networks at the same time). MST3K ran on CC for seven seasons.

Honestly, Futurama would be more at risk returning to Fox -- the network that already short-sightedly cancelled the program once -- than to a cable network like Comedy Central, which has typically taken very good care of its cash cows.

Re:Comedy Central? (1)

Blakey Rat (99501) | more than 6 years ago | (#21481147)

WTF? Didn't Comedy Central fund MST3K for like a decade? Or almost a decade? Didn't Comedy Central buy this MST3K from a teeny local broadcaster in the first place? WTF?

Re:Comedy Central? (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 6 years ago | (#21481511)

Okay, okay, you're right everyone. I'm confusing CC with Sci Fi. Still, I think Futurama would have been better served by Adult Swim than by CC.

Re:Comedy Central? (1)

falcon5768 (629591) | more than 6 years ago | (#21481819)

Cartoon network couldnt pay for the rights... They show has gotten so popular that Comedy outbid them by a decent amount of money.

Re:Comedy Central? (2, Funny)

owlnation (858981) | more than 6 years ago | (#21481751)

Ultimately, you need to really blame the brainless drones at the Box Network...

Re:Comedy Central? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21482397)

Are you perhaps confusing Comedy Central with the Sci-Fi Network?

Re:Comedy Central? (1)

heelrod (124784) | more than 6 years ago | (#21482519)

Comedy Central = Cartoon Network = SciFi = Thank God for Porn!

If it aint animated or naked, I dont watch

Re:Comedy Central? (1)

C0rinthian (770164) | more than 6 years ago | (#21482751)

IIRC, MST3K lasted quite a while on Comedy Central. (6 seasons I believe) Thats not 'quickly killed off' by any stretch. Especially for a series with 2-hour episodes.

AdultSwim (1)

jshriverWVU (810740) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480127)

AdultSwim saved Futurama,and I believe it's still one of the most popular shows, even with it being a constant rerun over the past year or so. Can't wait for the new season (?) movie (?).

Re:AdultSwim (1)

techpawn (969834) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480447)

AdultSwim saved Futurama

just like Family Guy right? It was all [AS] and had nothing to do with DVD sales?

Re:AdultSwim (1)

jshriverWVU (810740) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480605)

Thought the DVD's didnt come about till after it was on [AS] for a year or so. That the DVD sales were sparked by the following on AdultSwim.

Re:AdultSwim (1)

phobos13013 (813040) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480655)

Further I think Futurama creators would be well served to release this _to_ AS regardless of whether it single-handedly brought them back from the depths! Simple matter is, the best market for them on television is likely on AS. Fiercely loyal and fairly consumerist. Comedy Central for what its worth, is the next best option, IMO.

Re:AdultSwim (1)

Bill_the_Engineer (772575) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480853)

AdultSwim saved Futurama,and I believe it's still one of the most popular shows, even with it being a constant rerun over the past year or so. Can't wait for the new season (?) movie (?).

I think it worked both ways, meaning Futurama (and Family Guy) also saved Adult Swim.

It was the mass appeal of Futurama that allowed AS to experiment with alternative shows. I believe Futurama and Family Guy would be considered lead-in shows, which all the remaining shows benefited from anyone who decided not to change the channel.

The big question is: What will Adult Swim do? More Family Guy?

Re:AdultSwim (1)

jshriverWVU (810740) | more than 6 years ago | (#21481005)

Agree after reading the article it seems Comedy Central bought the rights to Futurama, so no more 11 Futurama on Adult Swim. Kinda sad too, the new shows have sucked the past years. I really miss Sealab 2021, Harvey Birdman, The Brak Show, and countless others that modernized remakes of classic based shows. The new shows seem centered on being weird but not in a funny way. Mole people!?

Re:AdultSwim (4, Insightful)

chrismcdirty (677039) | more than 6 years ago | (#21481343)

I liked the early years of AS up until Sealab, Home Movies, Brak, and Harvey Birdman stopped making new episodes and ATHF got really bad (somewhere around the 3rd or 4th season). The only "new" shows I like are Robot Chicken, Venture Bros., and Lucy, Daughter of the Devil, and I haven't noticed my MythTV recording Lucy recently, so I hope it hasn't been canceled already. Everything else (especially Saul, Tim & Eric, and Xavier) is trash.

Re:AdultSwim (1)

techpawn (969834) | more than 6 years ago | (#21483379)

Call me what you will but I still like the DethAlbum. Some Metalocalypse [wikipedia.org] episodes where bad... Real bad... But the ones that where good where really good and the music is pretty solid.

Besides where else would we get Dr. Rockzo the Rock and Roll clown?

Re:AdultSwim (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21483677)

The only "new" shows I like are Robot Chicken, Venture Bros., and Lucy, Daughter of the Devil,
Yeah, well, it's not brutal, you know. That, that list of yours, it's just not brutal.

Re:AdultSwim (1)

schiefaw (552727) | more than 6 years ago | (#21481543)

I believe that Venture Bros. is due for a new season after the first of the year. Much better than the new Family Guy.

Re:AdultSwim (1)

jandrese (485) | more than 6 years ago | (#21482639)

According to the bumps Venture Brothers has been renewed for two seasons, a fact which brought joy to my heart, especially since they have been advertising even more Tim Eric crap lately.

Re:AdultSwim (1)

FudRucker (866063) | more than 6 years ago | (#21481127)

the ONLY show Adult Swim has that is worthwhile is Robot Chicken, both Family Guy and Futurama are not manufactured in-house are good editions though...

Re:AdultSwim (1)

Tony Hoyle (11698) | more than 6 years ago | (#21482535)

Have to agree.. a lot of AS is pretty crappy. I found Moral Orel quite amusing (now cancelled, alas), and Sealab has its moments, but most of the stuff I switch off after about 10 seconds as it's unwatchable.

Oblig. (1)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480155)

Professor Farnsworth: (Staring at blank movie screen) They don't make movies like these anymore...(blows nose)

Or...

Calculon: I've seen better acting from extras in Godzilla movies.

His show? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21480163)

...return of his show to TV...

Didn't some guy named Matt Groening [wikipedia.org] have something to do with it?

Re:His show? (5, Informative)

AmaDaden (794446) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480425)

I thought that too at first but he seems to stick mostly to the Simpsons. David X. Cohen is the main guy behind Futurama but as I understand it he still has to answer to Groening.

Re:His show? (4, Interesting)

Xiaran (836924) | more than 6 years ago | (#21481733)

If you listen to the DVD commentaries(yes I am a futurama fan... one of those that DXC thanks in TFA... no problem Dave) I get the distinct impression you are correct. Cohen seems to be the head day to day management of the show guy and Groening comes in time to time with advice and suggestions... Greoning seems to be the one that deals with the boneheads at Fox(prolly cause he has the showbiz clout)

Re:His show? (4, Informative)

joelkeller (1194509) | more than 6 years ago | (#21482405)

Groening is the creator, but Cohen runs the show. I talked to Groening in January about the show [slashdot.org] , and, believe me, he's pretty involved with it, as well.

I've seen it (5, Insightful)

astrotek (132325) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480181)

If you like Futurama you will like this movie. The movie dragged on for about 45 minutes to long because the ending was obvious through the last 60 minutes or so.

Re:I've seen it (2, Informative)

Selfbain (624722) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480903)

I thought the movie was decent but not as good as I had been hoping for. Some of the old episodes had more funny moments in 22 minutes than the entire movie had (Roswell That Ends Well anyone?).

Re:I've seen it (1)

putch (469506) | more than 6 years ago | (#21482441)

i'd say it breaks down to be about 1 really good ep (think roswell that ends well or time keeps on slipping). 2 so-so episodes (think how hermes got his groove back or obsoletely fabulous) and 1 really bad episode (think bend-her).

i thought it was great. though. can't wait to buy the real version. i hope it has commentary!

Re:I've seen it (1)

Selfbain (624722) | more than 6 years ago | (#21482719)

Oh come on, the line "I'm a doctor, she's dead" in bend-her is one of my favorite scenes.

Re:I've seen it (1)

neoform (551705) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480957)

--SPOILER--

I thought it was obvious as soon as i noticed their voices were the same.

Re:I've seen it (1)

darien (180561) | more than 6 years ago | (#21481211)

I thought that too, but then Billy West does lots of voices - Fry, the Professor, Zoidberg and Zapp Brannigan, TO NAME BUT FOUR... so it wasn't exactly a foregone conclusion.

Re:I've seen it (1)

neoform (551705) | more than 6 years ago | (#21481673)

I thought that too, but they're voices were too similar and so were their faces. Like, on the simpsons you can tell the voice of martin is reused by a lot of child characters, but they're always very different looking kids, that way you don't confuse them. Fry and Lars both looked very similar minus the hair.

Re:I've seen it (1)

skoaldipper (752281) | more than 6 years ago | (#21481969)

Y'arrrgh. Like a moth to flame, I saw the word spoiler and read further. Thankfully, I probably won't see the movie for months, and my memory fades away quicker than monkey fur in the summer.

Re:I've seen it (1)

owlnation (858981) | more than 6 years ago | (#21481717)

I liked it well enough, however my viewing enjoyment came with neither Blackjack nor Hookers. To my great disappointment...

My favorite part (4, Interesting)

Brazilian Geek (25299) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480191)

I loved the movie and I loved the nods and goodies they gave the fans such as Seymour.

My favorite part was during the opening graphics - the "old" cartoon showing before the Planet Express ship crashes into the billboard. I had to stop the movie and jerk back a few tears, it was the most intense feeling of nostalgia I've felt in a very long time.

Re:My favorite part (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21480919)

what was the old cartoon?

Re:My favorite part (1)

Ultra64 (318705) | more than 6 years ago | (#21481283)

It was Fry falling into his cryogenic tube.

Re:My favorite part (3, Funny)

ArcherB (796902) | more than 6 years ago | (#21481431)

So Seymour is back? I see that they took the threats from the SRF [youtube.com] seriously!

Oblig. (5, Funny)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480211)

Good news, everyone!

Re:Oblig. (0, Redundant)

PinkyDead (862370) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480235)

Bite my shiny metal ass.

Re:Oblig. (4, Funny)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480555)

Hey, what kinda party is this? There's no booze and only one hooker.

Re:Oblig. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21482147)

A whaling party?
Or Shatner celebrating a 25 year reunion [imdb.com] at the Wonderland Center with co-stars?

I give up. What?

the DVD movie is awful (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21480455)

seems for the DVD they didnt use any of the original series writers, the jokes where poor, the plot was non-existant ,the whole thing screamed amateur writing (maybe it was done in a lunch hour)with rehashed jokes and memes from previous episodes and no clear purpose, it was very slow and stupid, Bender deserves better, much better. maybe this WGA strike affected them but the comedy writing for this DVD was terrible, 3.5/10

Anybody else smell that? (1)

StressGuy (472374) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480939)

The distinct aroma of BS that is. A blanket, anonymous, and non-specific, "This movie sucks" post with a vague reference to the WGA strike.

I certainly hope your not one of the writers because I just know you could have done better than that.

Re:Anybody else smell that? (1)

jo42 (227475) | more than 6 years ago | (#21481679)

The problem with Futurama: Bender's Big Score is that it is a 20 minute episode stretched out into an excruciating hour plus. The time could have of been better spent doing something much more satisfying, like pulling pud to pr0n. At least, at the end of that activity, there would have been a much greater feeling of satisfaction rather than then "man, that new Futurama kinda sucked".

Re:Anybody else smell that? (1)

Svenne (117693) | more than 6 years ago | (#21483077)

The series still holds up, no questions about it, I watched it just a couple of months ago.

But the movie sucked. It really did.

The jokes were boring, and the pace was just too slow. If this was written during the strike that explains a lot.

Movie too long (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21480519)

The movie was boring, too long, and felt like an amalgamated mess of scenes. The humor was nearly absent, and years behind what other cartoon shows have done. Maybe this was their attempt to play catch-up. But if its any indication of what is to come, I wont be watching.

douchebag (3, Insightful)

ClintJCL (264898) | more than 6 years ago | (#21482511)

refer to title for my opinon of parent poster.

Well, bless. . . (1)

noewun (591275) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480685)

My glorious metal ass.

Spoiler alert. (-1, Troll)

Wiseblood1 (1135095) | more than 6 years ago | (#21480751)

Dumbledore dies @ 1:21.

Who cares? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21480773)

I am shocked that people still watch this show. It's almost as bad as the Simpsons have become.

Mars University Challenge (5, Interesting)

itsdapead (734413) | more than 6 years ago | (#21481319)

Speaking of Futurama, a week or two back, the BBC's intellectual quiz show "University Challenge [wikipedia.org] " had a whole round (3 questions) on "Science References in Futurama"!

If I remember the questions were along the lines of:

  1. Which quantum physicist was referred to via a parody of Schroedinger's Cat
  2. What is Bender's serial number, also the smallest number that can be written as the sum of two cubes in two different ways?
  3. What was the symbol, representing the the cardinality of the set of all natural numbers, used in the name of the local cinema?

(I.e. the contestants could conceivably have got the answers without knowing the show - more detail was given for q1 than I can remember - although they didn't do too well and Paxo looked a bit bemused).

I think that this confirms the sad truth that "Futurama" must be the most intellectual TV show of recent years (excluding University Challenge).

Re:Mars University Challenge (1)

MutantHamster (816782) | more than 6 years ago | (#21482367)

Wha? I thought my Futurama knowledge was boundless but I can't for the life of me recall a Schrodinger's Cat parody. The closest I can think of is a reference to Heisenberg in "Luck of the Fryrish." Racetrack PA announcer: And the winner is number three, in a quantum finish. Professor Farnsworth: No fair! You changed the outcome by measuring it!

Re:Mars University Challenge (1)

Kjella (173770) | more than 6 years ago | (#21483229)

Wha? I thought my Futurama knowledge was boundless but I can't for the life of me recall a Schrodinger's Cat parody. The closest I can think of is a reference to Heisenberg in "Luck of the Fryrish." Racetrack PA announcer: And the winner is number three, in a quantum finish. Professor Farnsworth: No fair! You changed the outcome by measuring it!
And quoting the WP article on Schroedinger's cat:

It is accepted that a subatomic particle can exist in a superposition of states, a combination of possible states. According to the Copenhagen Interpretation, the superposition only settles into a definite state upon observation. This is known as collapse or measurement.

Schrödinger proposed his "cat", after a suggestion of Albert Einstein's. Schrödinger states that if a scenario existed where a cat's state of life or death could be made dependent on the state of a subatomic particle, and also isolated from any possible observation, the state of the cat itself would be a quantum superposition according to the Copenhagen interpretation, at least.
Basicly the winner was and was not number three, in a superposition of states. By measuring it, they collapsed the state to be the winner just like Schroedinger's cat which would collapse into a state of dead or alive.

How you figured it was related to Heisenberg I don't know - his most famous part is the uncertainty principle about measuring several quantities at once, but it says nothing of changing anything. So full score on the Futurama trivia, no marks in physics.

Re:Mars University Challenge (1)

nahdude812 (88157) | more than 6 years ago | (#21483383)

I believe the GP was referring to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle (HUP) which states that in quantum physics, you can know either the position or vector of a particle, but you cannot know both since measuring either one alters the other (or something similar to that). HUP makes other statements, but the uncertainty of a particle's position and vector pair is probably the most famous in layman's arenas. Basically you cannot predict where a particle will be because to do so you need both those pieces of information, and measuring either alters the other.

This is also what the "Heisenberg Compensator" in Star Trek transporter systems is meant to address.

Re:Mars University Challenge (1)

Altus (1034) | more than 6 years ago | (#21483427)


Still, I don't remember a reference to a quantum physicist in that scene, so its probably something else.

Re:Mars University Challenge (1)

Jerko (1106295) | more than 6 years ago | (#21482383)

What about Bender's beer? St. Pauli's Exclusion Principle

Re:Mars University Challenge (1)

itsdapead (734413) | more than 6 years ago | (#21482689)

What about Bender's beer? St. Pauli's Exclusion Principle

There was also "Old Fortran" and Kleiner (in a very odd-shaped bottle) :-)

Seen it. (2, Interesting)

ErikZ (55491) | more than 6 years ago | (#21481371)

Overall they put a lot more work into the quality of the show when you compare it to previous episodes.

The only parts I didn't like were the song and dance routines. They were really poor when compared to the opera piece they did.

They really went nuts with the time travel. Which I liked. Sure it got confusing, but it was cheap and easy TIME TRAVEL. Chaos just comes with it.

I plan on buying the DVD when it comes out to show my support. :)

Re:Seen it. (2, Insightful)

Tony Hoyle (11698) | more than 6 years ago | (#21482605)

Oh god singing.

Is it an american thing? Turn every half decent programme into a musical?

There's no *way* I'd watch it in a cinema now. Wait for the DVD when you can fast forward the singing bits.

Re:Seen it. (2, Funny)

Chris Tucker (302549) | more than 6 years ago | (#21482969)

"So jump back, Jack, 'cause I'm Jewish and I'm undead!"

Wait 'till you hear Mark Hamil as the Chanukah Zombie.

As for the film, on the downside, no full frontal Amy Wong or Leela nudity.

On the plus side No Zapp Brannigan nudity of any kind whatsoever! (Oh, thank you, sweet Jeebus!)

So what TIME will it be on??? (1)

gurps_npc (621217) | more than 6 years ago | (#21481391)

I checked Comedy Central and they have nothing about it being on Nov 27th, 2007.

Or is it Nov 27th, 2008? If it is, then those people could have said so. I mean, today being Nov 26th, when you here it will be on Nov 27th, you think tomorrow.

Re:So what TIME will it be on??? (1)

c0ck_l0rge (1121281) | more than 6 years ago | (#21481599)

Not a fan of the show, eh? I only say that because they've been talking about this DVD release for a year and a half or so. Don't check Comedy Central; check Best Buy, Amazon, etc.

Re:So what TIME will it be on??? (1)

mgabrys_sf (951552) | more than 6 years ago | (#21481661)

They haven't announced it yet. The DVD is coming out the 27th. RTFA.

OB Reference (2, Insightful)

notnAP (846325) | more than 6 years ago | (#21481475)

...an "epic" film involving everyone's favorite characters from the show that ran on Fox from 1999-2003.

...Also Zoidberg...

Re:OB Reference (1)

k_187 (61692) | more than 6 years ago | (#21482817)

With my last breath I curse Zoidberg!

WAAAAARGH (1, Flamebait)

polar red (215081) | more than 6 years ago | (#21481839)

WHERE the F@CK is the region 2 release ? I want to BUY it NOW! If they wait too long : I'll download it.

Re:WAAAAARGH (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21482101)

Fix the typo in your sig, you FUCKING FOREIGNER!

Re:WAAAAARGH (1)

FlopEJoe (784551) | more than 6 years ago | (#21482587)

I'm region 1 and I'm still thinking of downloading for now. Don't get me wrong... I bought and own the TV DVDs but I'll wait for the box set of the movies. I've been screwed too many times by buying things as they became available only to be pissed off when a box set comes out later with "never before seen extras."

Fool me 50 or so times... shame on me!

My only concern is how bad it looks for the future of the series if everyone thinks like me. So... erm... forget I mentioned it.

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