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Futurama Returns!

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the teach-me-to-love-you-squishy-poet-from-beyond-the-stars dept.

Sci-Fi 226

Random BedHead Ed writes "Good news everyone! After a five year vanishing act the sci-fi spoof Futurama returned this week with a direct-to-DVD feature. Wired has an article about its return, including the story of the show's origins, a behind the scenes gallery, interviews with creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, and some interesting trivia. For example, did you know the ship has an overbite like a Simpson's character? Or that the show's title is taken from an exhibition at the 1939 Worlds Fair?." We just talked about this a bit the other day, too, in reference to a great interview on TVSquad.

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Forget the DVD! (4, Funny)

explosivejared (1186049) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539489)

I'll just pirate my own copy with blackjack and hookers! In fact, forget the pirated movie!

LYE IS AN ALTERNATE COPY OF FRY (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21539541)

FROM A DIFFERENT TIMELINE

warning, spoiler in subject!

Re:LYE IS AN ALTERNATE COPY OF FRY (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21539627)

NOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Oh wait... I shouldn't feed the trolls.

But yes, I know the story and it's sad but true...

His name wasnt lye (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21539799)

His name is Lars

NO, SORRY, MAKE THAT LARS FILMORE (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21539659)

fry survives when bender shoots the house up, but loses his hair and damages his voice. He then realises he is really Lars Filmore. He then goes back into cyro to hit on leela.

Also, the universe explodes in the end.

Also, Mexicans are lazy and steal things.

Re:Forget the DVD! (5, Insightful)

EvilMonkeySlayer (826044) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539785)

To take a slightly more serious note on piracy/copyright infringement. As soon as I heard the Futurama dvd was coming out this November I asked for it to be bought as a christmas present, however a few days ago I discovered it was coming out in November in the USA. I'm in the UK here, and it actually comes out on dvd sometime in 2008.
It doesn't take many guesses for what I did and no, it wasn't flown over my magic carpet...

We'll see if in 2008 I still have the impetus to buy it when it comes out, considering the nature of the internet and how it's stupidly easy to get this kind of stuff nowadays I wish companies would wake up and start doing their releases simultaneous or near simultaneously worldwide. (especially when they're in the same damn language with the only difference of one being NTSC format and the other PAL)

Re:Forget the DVD! (4, Insightful)

AbRASiON (589899) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539885)

Couldn't agree more, with the way the internet works the world has changed, region coding is fucking stupid (especially for games consoles) and releasing TV shows and movies later (by a large degree) often just costs them sales.

1 week is fine but months or more? their loss.

Re:Forget the DVD! (2, Insightful)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539923)

Also, how much does the format matter anymore?
I can play PAL or NTSC (never tried NTSC-J, but it should work, and SECAM doesn't work) on my TV and it doesn't give a shit, just plays (PAL forms a border on the top and bottom). I'm in the US and I assume this isn't the norm here, but in the UK with SCART, doesn't NTSC work, albeit with a touch of overscan?
-nB

Re:Forget the DVD! (1)

yakumo.unr (833476) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540241)

I came across the first TV that I've ever seen in the UK that looked like it was built after 1998 that doesn't do NTSC just the other day, I was very surprised, it really is that rare for them not to be fully capable.

Every DVD player I've owned had NTSC/PAL or Auto modes selectable too, though on some content (mostly noticeable on anime) it auto selected incorrectly and the curved edges were noticeably jagged.

Re:Forget the DVD! (1)

blackest_k (761565) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540485)

depends entirely on the kit your using.
I have seen NTSC DVD display perfectly, in black and white, or in colour with an audio sync issue. (all of these can occur on the same TV DVD combination). Some setups are unable to be set correctly. There is also the region coding problem some DVD players do not have codes to allow region switching.

On the other hand DivX copies seem to be flawless... Hopefully the DVD release will be collectible and well supported by sales.

Re:Forget the DVD! (4, Insightful)

Kazzahdrane (882423) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539939)

As a massive Futurama fan who greatly looked forward to buying each season on DVD on release date, I empathise completely. Not having even a confirmation that there will EVER be a Region 2 release boggles the mind (AFAIK, perhaps a R2 release has been confirmed recently?). The funny thing is that all 4 DVD seasons came out here in Europe before North America, apparently because the show had such a big European fanbase so it was a good testing ground.

Like you, I resorted to other means to watch this first movie, something I (almost) never do on principle. I believe that good work should be paid for, but I wasn't willing to wait possibly over a year to then find out I'd just need to import anyway. I'll definitely be buying the DVD if it's ever released in R2 though, not because I thought the film was amazingly good, but because the Futurama DVD commentaries were always fantastic and very very funny.

Re:Forget the DVD! (0, Troll)

AngryLlama (611814) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540371)

How massive are you?

Re:Forget the DVD! (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21540013)

If the only difference in releases was the encoding, I would be a hapy customer.

But when I (a region 4 person) find out that most of the DVDs I have bought over the years come without all the many extras on USA (and Japanese) releases... well, then I'm a pissed off customer.

I just can't work out why extras on DVDs differ so much by region. It isn't a case of music release rights, because most of these extras just don't have music like that in it - I'm talking about things like behind-the-scenes documentaries, minidocs, commentaries etc.

Compared to the minefield of trying to work out which DVD region offers the better purchase for a fan (even ignoring the multiple version release scam), a difference in release dates between countries seems minor :)

Re:Forget the DVD! (4, Funny)

MobyDisk (75490) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540023)

Just remember, it takes months and years to sign distribution deals in other countries. And there is a shortage of talented voice actors and translators who can translate American English to UK English. How many people do you know who understand the minute differences between pants and trousers? Between a truck and a lorrie? Don't even get me started on Canadian English. Adding all those "eh's" into the end of each characters lines requires digitally lengthening each episode by 5 minutes.

Okay, leaving tongue-in-cheek mode to make a technical point: Back in the VHS days, you had to translate media between PAL and NTSC. Today, there's no reason a DVD player can't handle both. The DVD players can already rescale the video, frame rate no longer has anything to do with "tracking" or "synching." So the PAL -vs- NTSC excuse doesn't hold water any more. Especially since that conversion can be done in real time on a midrange PC these days.

Re:Forget the DVD! (3, Interesting)

fuzzix (700457) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540213)

Okay, leaving tongue-in-cheek mode to make a technical point: Back in the VHS days, you had to translate media between PAL and NTSC. Today, there's no reason a DVD player can't handle both. The DVD players can already rescale the video, frame rate no longer has anything to do with "tracking" or "synching." So the PAL -vs- NTSC excuse doesn't hold water any more. Especially since that conversion can be done in real time on a midrange PC these days.
Most people will still have region locked players. Here in Ireland it's more expensive to buy a region locked player than an evil region free mpeg4 player (about 50 euro last I saw) but most made their purchase a couple years back when this wasn't the case.

So, 2008? They must be encoding the region 2 version on an Oric 1 from tape.

An aside, I bought a region 2 uncut Evil Dead box set some years back (on the cheap - I'm not really the boxed set sort but this was Evil Dead...) I was perplexed by the length of the three films... each was about 3-4 minutes short. "Hmmm... the pencil in the ankle scene is intact... there's the tree doing its thing... what's missing?". I got my clue when Bruce's "Groovy" in ED2 was a little higher pitch than I remember. The ~24 frames NTSC version was "accelerated" to 25 frames - when I refactored the framerate the movies matched the uncut lengths exactly. How common is it to just squish the movie rather than recoding it to the correct pitch/length?

Re:Forget the DVD! (4, Funny)

Citizen of Earth (569446) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540247)

Don't even get me started on Canadian English. Adding all those "eh's" into the end of each characters lines requires digitally lengthening each episode by 5 minutes.

Out of sheer frustration, many of us Canadians have learned American English. The missing "eh?" makes listening like reading messages in all-caps, but this is the price for an early release.

Re:Forget the DVD! (1)

ConceptJunkie (24823) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540437)

The irony here is that the original series was out on DVD in region two about two years before it was out in Region 1. It's so stupid, but any way they can screw, annoy or harass the customer is good if it can make a couple extra bucks.

Re:Forget the DVD! (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540449)

To take a slightly more serious note on piracy/copyright infringement. As soon as I heard the Futurama dvd was coming out this November I asked for it to be bought as a christmas present, however a few days ago I discovered it was coming out in November in the USA. I'm in the UK here, and it actually comes out on dvd sometime in 2008.
That's unfortunate, puts my having to wait an extra day due to back order into perspective.

It tends to be really bad when the studios pull that kind of crap. It is truly unfortunate, and it ends up being the producers of the music/movies and such that lose out rather than the labels or studios directly.

I would have hoped that with the transition to digital systems that we could all have systems which were designed to interoperate between continents rather than continuing to localize international media. It couldn't possibly have been much of a challenge to make DVDs that would play on both Pal and NTSC sets or to have the players convert them.

Re:Forget the DVD! (1)

Alwin Henseler (640539) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539875)

In fact, forget the pirated movie!

Be careful what you wish for, dude. Those hookers will beg you to burn a copy for them, and once you've done that, they'll make you bend over and whip your ass in shape because you've done something... ehm, naughty.

Oh wait, where's that party at again?

And may I be the first to say... (4, Funny)

CaptainPatent (1087643) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539497)

All Hail Hypnotoad! [wendellwit.com]

Everybody Loves Hypnotoad! (4, Funny)

WombatControl (74685) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539641)

The DVD has the single most awesome DVD extra ever -- an entire half-hour episode of Everybody Loves Hypnotoad (with commercials). It's worth watching just to see the 30th century commercials...

I'm still waiting for the Season 1 DVD box set with all 365 episodes myself...

Re:And may I be the first to say... (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21539673)

ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD! [r33b.net] (now with original sound)
                                                                                                 

I hope (2, Funny)

zsouthboy (1136757) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539507)

the dvd comes with "contents of space-wasp's stomach"

Re:I hope (1)

Facetious (710885) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539529)

Mmmm. Slurm. [roll-eyes upwards, let's tongue hang out] Aaaaagggggaaaaaaaaaaaggggghh.

I downloaded it (3, Insightful)

neoform (551705) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539509)

I admit, I downloaded it, but I'm definitely buying it first chance I get simply because the sales of the movies are what could possibly bring back the series..

Re:I downloaded it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21539607)

yeah right. its people like you who make sure tv is nothing but LCD crap. Thanks jackass!

Re:I downloaded it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21540417)

ITYM GCF. HTH HAND.

Re:I downloaded it (5, Interesting)

lucas teh geek (714343) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539745)

I downloaded it too, but I live in Australia. they dont even have a release date set here (region 4) yet. stupid media companies and they archaic "regions". if you dont want to sell it to me when it comes out, dont expect me to buy it a year later when you decide my region can finally have it.

Re:I downloaded it (2)

TooMuchToDo (882796) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539817)

I'll buy it for you and ship it to you if you want. I'm in the US. And I'm not going to hose you. Just a huge Futurama fan.

Re:I downloaded it (3, Insightful)

lucas teh geek (714343) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540005)

thanks for the offer, but no thanks. I'm fully aware I could import it myself from umpteen different sites but it's an unnecessary hassle. companies who make their customers jump through hoops end up losing customers.

Re:I downloaded it (1)

MerrickStar (981213) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540235)

I can understand this. Much like everyone buying to make a point that, "We like it, we want it back. Here's my money to encourage you." I think (intentionally or not) the parent is making a point through a similar medium, in the sense of "I want it, but you're not acting in a manner considerate of worldwide interests, so when I can buy it here, I won't"

Unfortunately, I think that sort of protest is as likely to produce a desired result as it is to produce a, "well, no one there is buying it, so we won't put any future effort into simultaneous release in the future" result.

Re:I downloaded it (1)

jonwil (467024) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539903)

Aussies who want it can always buy it from a site like www.dvdpacific.com :)
But yes, I do agree that its stupid that the studios dont make this stuff available to the people willing to pay perfectly good money for it.

And they wonder why people download this stuff from p2p or buy from import shops like DVDPacific.

Re:I downloaded it (1)

kentrel (526003) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540025)

Stop whining about how they're forcing you into piracy, and just buy it over the internet like a normal person.

Re:I downloaded it (1)

zsau (266209) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540239)

Because legally, we're not allowed to do that? The US is region one, Australia is region four. Most people have multi-region players, but my understanding is they've been illegal since we got a so-called free trade agreement with the US a few years back. Both options are piracy. Why should I pay to pirate, when I can pirate for free?

Re:I downloaded it (1)

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540087)

Not to discourage you from buying it, and thus proving there is interest, but aren't new episodes already purchased by either Viacom (for Comedy Central) or Time-Warner (for Cartoon Network)?

Re:I downloaded it (1)

friedo (112163) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540331)

Only the four DVD movies (chopped up into episode form) have been bought by Comedy Central. If they do well then they may order another season.

Interestingly, they only bought the cable rights. The broadcast rights could still be bought by Fox.

Re:I downloaded it (1)

SendBot (29932) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540107)

I bought all the dvd's at once a few years ago. I'm not really the person to collect dvd's or cd's. I find that compared to encoded files on my hard drive they're cumbersome, prone to failure, and slow to access. For what it costs to procure these "info disks", I find it to to a poor value, particularly in resale.

But I bought futurama because the network never really gave it a fair chance during its original airing. They had it in a crappy, moving time slot and never promoted it enough. I paid all that money to give send a message:

"You were mistaken in cancelling futurama, so I appeal to your greedy side in hopes that you will find it profitable enough to produce future episodes"

I was thrilled to see news about these movies and now I'm glad to see them out!

oblig. (5, Funny)

niteice (793961) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539521)

And Zoidberg!

Re:oblig. (1, Offtopic)

beckerist (985855) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539795)

why do people mod offtopic when they themselves don't even know what the topic is?

Great show, decent movie (4, Interesting)

Synesthesiatic (679680) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539547)

One thing I've realized about Futurama is that, unlike most "adult cartoons," it actually has a lot of heart. The episodes about Fry's brother, his dog, Lela's parents, and of course the whole Lela and Fry subplot are quite sweet, and you it actually give a crap about the loserish characters.

As for the movie, the story wasn't amazing, but there was a huge amount of fan service in it. To the point where only an avid fan could really appreciate it. I was so overjoyed to see new content that it was pretty easy to overlook the flaws.

Re:Great show, decent movie (4, Interesting)

explosivejared (1186049) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539629)

Lela and Fry subplot are quite sweet
I say this with all seriousness! It is one of the greatest "romances" I can remember in any show, movie, what have you. The show actually made me care about a love subplot, and that never happens. It was so painful for the both of them, and as a typical nerd, I related to it so much. It was such a funny yet touching ride. I know this offtopic as opposed to the random show references (I'm guilty of doing that with the first post already), but I am completely serious. One of the best fictional "romances" ever! Period.

Re:Great show, decent movie (3, Insightful)

nomadic (141991) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539635)

One thing I've realized about Futurama is that, unlike most "adult cartoons," it actually has a lot of heart. The episodes about Fry's brother, his dog, Lela's parents, and of course the whole Lela and Fry subplot are quite sweet, and you it actually give a crap about the loserish characters.

In the end I think that's what makes Futurama past the Simpsons in terms of quality.

Re:Great show, decent movie (1)

gardyloo (512791) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540093)

I love lamp!

Re:Great show, decent movie (5, Insightful)

Unoriginal Nick (620805) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539711)

The episodes about Fry's brother, his dog,...

I have all the DVDs, and I still watch the repeats on Adult Swim once in a while, but I'll never watch "Jurassic Bark" again. Saddest. Ending. EVER.

Re:Great show, decent movie (3, Informative)

Rosyna (80334) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539765)

I'll never watch "Jurassic Bark" again. Saddest. Ending. EVER.


Eh, spoiler, but the movie makes it a lot less sad. Perhaps it's for people that couldn't watch the episode without crying.

CUNT! DAMN SPOILER! (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21539839)

DAMN YOU! YOU CUNT!
I mean that from the bottom of my heart!
I'm so fucking mad that I put on caps lock!

SPOILER WARNING GOES IN THE SUBJECT LINE.

captcha text was "incurred"
YOU HAVE INCURRED MY WRATH!!!

Re:Great show, decent movie (2, Insightful)

zolaar (764683) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540167)

Seconded.

That episode made me cry, and just thinking about it now made my eyes well up. No joke.

Re:Great show, decent movie (2, Informative)

xenophrak (457095) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540197)

The plot for that episode was taken from the tale of "Hachiko."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hachiko [wikipedia.org]

Re:Great show, decent movie (1)

pak9rabid (1011935) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540603)

The plot for that episode was taken from the tale of "Hachiko." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hachiko [wikipedia.org]


Man, and Futurama isn't listed as one of the references...tisk tisk...guess I'll have to do something about that.

Then whatever you do (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540223)

Never rent 'Day of the Dolphin'.

Re:Great show, decent movie (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21540329)

I'll never watch "Jurassic Bark" again. Saddest. Ending. EVER.

Strange -- that's precisely the reason why I watch such things *more* often. Entertainment for me is that which inspires strong emotion.

Re:Great show, decent movie (0, Redundant)

13bPower (869223) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540443)

Kind of less sad once you see this new dvd... Not that much though.

Re:Great show, decent movie (2, Insightful)

pak9rabid (1011935) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540571)

I agree. I don't normally get emotional during a movie/show, but gd..everytime I see that I wanna start bawling.

Highlights (1)

StefanJ (88986) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540309)

* Fry giving up his super-parasites (shades of Bear's Blood Music!) to see if Leela will love him for himself.

* Fry uncovering the truth of about his brother's assumption of his name and heroic career. Oh, man!

When's the next one come out? (3, Informative)

tlhIngan (30335) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539549)

I believe there were 16 episodes that were made (and Bender's Big Score covers 1-4 - the production numbers mark it as season 5).

However, I can't seem to find any details on the next one in the series... I'd love to mark it in my calendar so I don't forget.

Re:When's the next one come out? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21539671)

On the audio commentary, they said about six months.

Re:When's the next one come out? (2, Interesting)

nine-times (778537) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539819)

Yeah, I read elsewhere that the movie was created in the first place to be easily edited down into 4 episodes (but they tried not to be too obvious) because it will actually air on Comedy Central as the first 4 episodes in a new season. They'll have enough new episodes to fill out the rest of the season, and if its viewership is good, it could be picked up as a normal show again (by Comedy Central this time).

Re:When's the next one come out? (1)

Leiterfluid (876193) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540165)

There was another article I read earlier this week that mentioned while Comedy Central bought the cable TV rights, broadcast TV rights were still up for grabs.

Re:When's the next one come out? (1)

EMCEngineer (1155139) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540641)

I sure hope this happens. It would be much much much better than most of what's on Comedy Central - Drawn Together, Sarah Silverman, a thousand showings of Blue Collar Comedy Tour, etc.

This is... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21539559)

...Good news, everyone!

Hard to Find (1, Interesting)

CheshireCatCO (185193) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539567)

Is anyone else having a helluva time getting a copy? I went to three stores in Boulder, CO on Wednesday. All had carried it, but were sold out (and I heard that a fourth was in the same boat). Is this a local phenomenon or is this just selling that well? If so, excellent... except the part where I can't get a copy.

Re:Hard to Find (1)

ArcherB (796902) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539595)

It's at the top of my Netflix queue, but is listed as "Very Long Wait". Looks like you're not the only one having trouble getting it!

Re:Hard to Find (1)

Volante3192 (953645) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539657)

Got my copy yesterday from a So. Cal. Best Buy. They had a good...oh...50 there and this was Thursday.

However, they were all tucked back in the FOX on TV section, which is the farthest DVD section from the new releases. There were ZERO in the new release area...maybe people just gave up when they didn't see anything in the new release area...

Thx for the wiki reference (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21539591)

kinda new here & didn't know why we were referring to an exhibition at the 1939 Worlds Fair (old news, ya know?) so the wiki link really helped clear things up! kthxbye!!!

To watch and to buy (3, Insightful)

adona1 (1078711) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539597)

There is a review here [theage.com.au] of the new DVD. The general gist is that it's good - like an extended episode - but doesn't come across as a feature length movie. Needless to say, most of /. will probably download it and make their own minds up, but agreeing with posts above - if you like it, spend the handful of dollars and ensure that more gets made. It's worked before [wikipedia.org] .

Re:To watch and to buy (1)

aslate (675607) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539709)

I've already torrented it and am waiting for the UK release of it to purchase a copy, but there's just no mention of it even coming our way. I'm sure it will but it would've been great to have got it coming before Xmas.

will there be a cameo by... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21539609)

the Zune Tattoo Guy??

More owls and underpants. (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539611)

Actually good news, everyone!

The Secret to Futurama's success (4, Interesting)

ArcherB (796902) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539649)

From TFA Groening says:

"The operating principle of Futurama was that you can do a joke that 1percent of the audience gets, as long as it doesn't derail the enjoyment of the mass audience," Cohen says. "And that 1 percent becomes a fan for life."
You also see the same formula in Dennis Miller's material. You only get 1/5 of the jokes, but that one make you feel so smart that you become a fan.

I didn't care much for Futurama until one night, I was watching an episode where Bender jumped off a "See where the stars live" tour bus and kept knocking on Calculon's door. Finally, after the third or forth time, Calculon asked him, "Do you have an extra goto ten line?"

I've been a fan ever since.

Re:The Secret to Futurama's success (3, Funny)

Chris Tucker (302549) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539915)

My all time favorite example of this is in the were-car episode.

One of the portraits is of a robot with a decidedly 19th Century British naval officer look to it.

The nameplaque on the portrait is:

Commodore LXIV

Truly, I all but fell out of the chair when I saw that.

If by some chance, the writer who came up with that sees this, THANK YOU for the compliment, that people watching FUTURAMA would be intelligent enough to get something as subtle as that, and would appreciate it.

Re:The Secret to Futurama's success (1, Insightful)

matthewsmalley (242855) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539993)

Subtle, or just aimed at a fairly niche audience?

Re:The Secret to Futurama's success (1)

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540127)

Subtle, or just aimed at a fairly niche audience?

Both. I missed it in the episode, but want to watch it now just to see it myself. But most people are outside the /. niche.

Re:The Secret to Futurama's success (1)

frank_adrian314159 (469671) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539949)

You also see the same formula in Dennis Miller's material. You only get 1/5 of the jokes, but that one make you feel so smart that you become a fan.

Not really. The other 4/5 makes you disgusted at yourself for ever listening to a right-wingnut idiot like him. So you don't.

Re:The Secret to Futurama's success (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21539987)

"...Finally, after the third or forth time, Calculon asked him, "Do you have an extra goto ten line?""

Is there something special in the line that I'm not aware of? Sounds like many other computer-geeky lines (that many of us love) employed in the show...

Re:The Secret to Futurama's success (1)

iknowcss (937215) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540051)

According to Wikipedia, it's a reference to the old BASIC programming language. GOTO 10, if I remember correctly, would basically have taken you back to the beginning of the program.

Re:The Secret to Futurama's success (1)

Wudbaer (48473) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540447)

Oh my god. I got the joke without having to resort to incomplete explanations in Wikipedia ! I did the GOTO 10 thing myself, back in the day ! I AM OLD ! *breaks down crying*

Now get off my lawn, damn kids *mutter*

Old News, Everyone! (1)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539723)

Why is /. always the last to know these days?

Re:Old News, Everyone! (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540109)

"Why is /. always the last to know these days?"

Slashdot doesn't actually go and find news, the news is delivered to it via user submissions. For this reason, it'll never actually 'break' news. It's really more of a blog than a 'news site'.

Disappointing, I know. Frankly, though, it's been like this for YEARS. There's nothing to bitch about, here.

Buy it. Watch it. Love it. (1)

dbolger (161340) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539749)

I just finished watching it, and it is top notch all the way. I was mildly concerned that after two years the writing staff would have lost their way, but this was in my opinion on par with the best of Futurama, and I've got/watched every episode. If you watch the show over the course of its seasons, you can see the wonderfully complex threads and story arcs that run through it. The some of the characters are amazingly deep and the mixture of laugh-out-loud funny or zany episodes to emotionally touching ones makes the show entertaining and lovable. This movie is a continuation of that pattern. Because it is a bigger deal than a normal episode, it is jammed with references to its past, but manages not to make it obnoxious. For example, Fry's dog appears in several scenes, which to a casual viewer might not mean much but is a very nice reference to see.

I know, I'm probably coming off a little over the top, and I have been waiting for this for two years, but I could not be happier with the movie. I have spent time eagerly waiting for media before (new Beatles single, Star Wars Episode I, etc), and I have often been disappointed. This is not one of those times.

If you love Futurama, you will love Benders Big Score. Go buy it, now! :)

binary (possible spoiler-warning) (5, Informative)

bumby (589283) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539793)

A previous episode of futurama has had a binary-joke. Benders room number is $ in binary ascii.
So when I saw the binary code here I instantly tried to figure out what it said. It turned out
the message was really IN the binary this time.

001100
010010
011110
100001
101101
110011

s/0/_/g
__11__
_1__1_
_1111_
1____1
1_11_1
11__11

It's the spaceship, from above! Fixed font would be recommended :/

Re:binary (possible spoiler-warning) (1)

jx100 (453615) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539859)

To me, it looked like binary counting..
001
010
011
100
101
110

and then mirrored across the right side.

I bought the dvd the day it came out (5, Insightful)

kithrup (778358) | more than 6 years ago | (#21539889)

I was rather disappointed with it. It had some funny moments, for sure, but for the most part, we were bored. Maybe we had too-high expectations (Godfellas is my favourite episode, and we'd just watched it on Cartoon Network), but it was just... enh. Not really bad, but not particularly good. Not something that would make me want to bring the series back from the dead.

Re:I bought the dvd the day it came out (1)

stox (131684) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540035)

I just bought it this week, and I would have to agree with you. It was mildly amusing, but it wasn't real funny. I was disappointed.

Re:I bought the dvd the day it came out (1)

orkysoft (93727) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540133)

Yep, it felt like one giant re-run to me too.

Re:I bought the dvd the day it came out (5, Funny)

CCFreak2K (930973) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540373)

Attention, Groening. We are reasonably satisfied with the events we have seen. Overall I would rate it a C+. OK, not great. As a result, we will not destroy your planet, but neither will we provide you with our recipe for immortality.

Re:I bought the dvd the day it came out (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21540561)

I thought it started out good, but the pace slowed down greatly after the funeral, and it was boring me to tears, until it finally picked up again with the space battle. They really needed to cut a bunch of crap in the middle out. Starting with BOTH musical numbers.

Re:I bought the dvd the day it came out (1)

OzRoy (602691) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540671)

I felt the same way as you. However, I just watched it a second time and I liked it a lot more.

I'm now willing to say that Futurama is indeed back and I can't wait for the next movie to come out :D

World's Fair (1)

fm6 (162816) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540009)

...the show's title is taken from an exhibition at the 1939 Worlds Fair?.
Beside the point. How could you make a show like this and not have a "...rama" title? Otherwise, Homer Simpson might not watch it!

I also downloaded the movie (1)

Chris Tucker (302549) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540011)

And had it preordered via Amazon.

A previous poster noted that Bender's Big Score is a major hunk of fan service.

Why not, already?

We kept the interest alive via the high ratings on [adult swim] and by buying the DVD sets, not to mention all the fansites.

I think that one aspect of BBS is that it is a "thank you!" to, and recognition of, all the FUTURAMA fans who kept the faith and kept the interest in the series so high.

Re:I also downloaded the movie (2, Funny)

Bushido Hacks (788211) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540293)

And had it preordered via Amazon.
Amazon: "Package for...I.C. Wiener?"
Chris: "Ha! Ha! Ha!"
Amazon: "That not funny! For that I kill you!"
Chris: "And what are you going to do? Death by snoo-snoo?"
The Amazon has smashed Chris into the ground. All his bones shatter.

Watched it today... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21540061)

I'll not say much for fear of spoilers, but I will say that I watched it today and whilst it's not as good as the original TV series it's still quite likeable. Only quarm: too many digs at Fox, which while justified do get a little tiring. Don't take your eye off the screen for a moment or the whole plot will be be lost to you. 7/10.

I'm glad I didn't pay for that (1)

spiffmastercow (1001386) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540065)

I searched for it locally, and when I couldn't find it, I downloaded with the full intention of purchasing it ASAP. Then I watched it, and it was a huge disappointment. Instead of coming up with new jokes and humorous scenarios, it just makes references to old episodes and beats a dead horse with the theme on spam/phishing.

Oh well, maybe the next DVD release movie will be worth buying.

You raised my hopes and dashed them quite expertly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21540187)

Upon reading the headline I thought the series was coming back to television. I've known about the movie for quite some time.

All Glory to the Hypnotoad! (1)

Bushido Hacks (788211) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540261)

You will buy this DVD. The Hypnotoad commands it!

A few months later...

Oscar presenter: "And the Oscar goes to [monotone] The Hypnotoad [r33b.net] ."
Al Gore: "Lousy Hypnotoad! My plans to conquire the world have been foiled!"

"Bender's Big Score..." (1)

siglercm (6059) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540279)

... was the name of an exhibit at the 1939 New York World's Fair? Whaaaa....???

Oh, you mean "Futurama...."

the torrent was (1)

old and new again (985238) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540413)

online 7-10 days before the actual release, i guess they went "chuck" on this one and they released it themselves

X-Bender (1)

ScytheBlade1 (772156) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540439)

X-Powered-By: Slash 2.005000184
X-Fry: Hardy Boys: too easy. Nancy Drew: too hard!
X-Bender: Listen up, cause I got a climactic speech.
X-Fry: I'm going to continue never washing this cheek again.

Nothing quite like slashdot HTTP headers.

(wget -S http://slashdot.org/ [slashdot.org] )

torrent of "Everybody Loves Hypnotoad"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21540459)

I can't find one anywhere w/o downloading a 4gb rip of the entire disc. I don't have the bandwidth for that!

Any ideas?

I am very confused by it (1)

harlows_monkeys (106428) | more than 6 years ago | (#21540501)

Warning! There may be spoilers ahead, so I'll put in a little padding.
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The time travel story left me very confused. I have not been able to figure out what makes a given Fry a duplicate or the original. In fact, I don't see how there is anything that could be called a duplicate under that time travel system. Does it have something to do with it being "paradox-free time travel"?

So, for example, when Hermes sent Bender back to kill past Hermes and bring his body back to the present, that is the kind of thing that would "normally" cause a paradox. Is the resolution of the paradox that it is a duplicate Hermes that Bender kills? In general, if you do something in the past that would create a paradox, is a duplicate created to prevent the paradox?

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