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New Futurama Movie Coming in June

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the good-news-everyone dept.

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walterbyrd writes "Bender's Big Score is just getting set to air on Comedy Central, but already Fox has announced that the next straight-to-DVD Futurama film/series is coming in June. The title? 'The Beast with a Billion Backs.' 'In what Fox is calling the most tentacle-packed Futurama epic, space itself rips open, revealing a gateway to another universe. What lies beyond is a mix of horror and love as the Planet Express crew encounters a repulsive, planet-sized monster with romantic intentions. The second feature-length Futurama film will be followed by at least two more movies from series creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen. The show's entire voice cast and most of its main writers have returned to help revive the series, which FOX cancelled in 2003.'"

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Better in half-hour installments (4, Interesting)

aapold (753705) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800006)

Bender's Big Score had many awesome moments, but it made me realize Futurama is better in shorter installments, it begins to wear at the interest after awhile. BBS is best watched in pieces IMO. of course straight-to-dvd you're free to do that. But I'd take a series of tales over a single long one I think. I do hope for another episode of "Everyone loves Hypnotoad" on the extras though.

Re:Better in half-hour installments (1)

Coraon (1080675) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800052)

we love the hypnotoad...

Re:Better in half-hour installments (1)

moderatorrater (1095745) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800076)

I agree. I wish they would release a dvd of four new episodes instead of a movie. The old series was as close to perfect as a show gets, IMHO.

Predictable naysayers (-1, Flamebait)

ClintJCL (264898) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800296)

The way they are making these movies is to make 4 episodes, take out the themes, and widescreen it. These ARE episodes. Quit your whining. Any book, comic, or tv show made into a movie gets these predictable complaints from people who call themselves "fans".

Re:Predictable naysayers (1)

harrkev (623093) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800646)

The way they are making these movies is to make 4 episodes, take out the themes, and widescreen it. These ARE episodes.
Yes, but they packed all of the fun and laughs of a 20-minute episode into an hour-and-a-half movie. I loved Futurama (the series), but Futurama (the movie) was not nearly as entertaining.

Re:Predictable naysayers (0, Flamebait)

ClintJCL (264898) | more than 6 years ago | (#22801344)

No.. They packed all the fun of 4 20-minute episodes into this 4-episode 'movie'. And it tied together a LOT of the series. They weren't just 4 one-off adventures. Meh.. You probably hated the Simpsons, South Park, and Aqua Teen movies too.

Re:Better in half-hour installments (1)

Oktober Sunset (838224) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800322)

your wish shall be grant little one, as when they have made all 3 movies, they are going to chop them up into episodes like family guy did the Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story. Of course whether that will make it any better is to be seen.

Re:Better in half-hour installments (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22804490)

All FOUR movies, not three. They're making a whole new season, which consists of 16 episodes, not 12. I except your Futurama Fan Club parking tag and geek card in my mailbox by tomorrow, thank you.

Subscription Model (Japanese OVA) (3, Interesting)

StCredZero (169093) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800828)

I agree. I wish they would release a dvd of four new episodes instead of a movie. The old series was as close to perfect as a show gets, IMHO.
Lots of great animation went straight to video in Japan. (OVA = Original Video Animation [wikipedia.org] ) This was a way that new, innovative, and quirky shows could get produced even when no network execs had the courage or foresight to touch them. It's time we had more of that in North America! The technology is certainly there on the production side, with good software and commoditized hardware like scanners and digital cameras to support independent production. Someone should do a combination of Machinima + live action greenscreen.

If you want to see what amateurs can do with greenscreen, take a look at Star Wreck [starwreck.com] . Amazing what you can do with attention to detail, home made costumes and greenscreens, and a render-farm of 3 PCs in your living room. Oh, and it helps to have a hot girlfriend [plaza.fi] and goofy actor friends [plaza.fi] to play parts!

Re:Better in half-hour installments (1)

Sporkinum (655143) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800084)

All hail the Hypnotoad!

Re:Better in half-hour installments (2, Informative)

DimmO (1179765) | more than 6 years ago | (#22801058)

http://www.r33b.net/ [r33b.net] (not mine)

Re:Better in half-hour installments (4, Insightful)

Rutulian (171771) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800160)

That's funny because I thought Bender's Big Score was terrible. My roommate and I loved the old Futurama episodes and have watched them all several times over. About 30 minutes into the movie, we were looking at each other and asking, "Is this Futurama?" I had to force myself to sit through the whole thing, hoping that it would get better, but all I got was a seemingly endless stream of jokes and gags repeated over in a bad way from the series. And the fart joke level of humor was pretty excessive. I always liked Futurama because it didn't have a lot of that, and instead had a lot of subtle humor that could really be appreciated by geeks.

I'm really hoping the second movie is better....

Re:Better in half-hour installments (1)

Profane MuthaFucka (574406) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800290)

Excessive fart humor? That's un-PPPPHHHHHFFFFFFFTTTTT-possible!

agreed (1)

WiseWeasel (92224) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800504)

I agree completely. I'm a big Futurama fan, and I've watched every episode, and I thought the movie Bender's Big Score sucked ass. They must have changed their writing staff or rushed production, because the humor was just lame. The next one had better not be this bad, or I'll have to write Futurama off as a total loss.

Re:agreed (1)

onemorechip (816444) | more than 6 years ago | (#22803762)

I agree too. But my hope is that they will have learned a few lessons about working in larger forms. For one, you can't make a good story better by adding a lot of pointless filler (and there was a good story underlying Bender's Big Score; maybe a shorter cut of the movie, around 45 minutes, focusing on that story, would have worked).

Re:Better in half-hour installments (4, Insightful)

CKW (409971) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800722)

YES. That's exactly what I thought. They went out of their way to re-do gags they've done before and "show" every character ever in the series, no matter how irrelevant to the plot. Like you were watching a kitschy movie trying to remind you of how great it's past was - but DOING NOTHING NEW OR INTERESTING. HUGE disappointment.

Any two episodes from the series was better than the first movie. Any two. Many individual episodes from the series were better than the whole movie.

I would so mod this comment to 6 (1)

filthpickle (1199927) | more than 6 years ago | (#22803846)

"why don't you just make 5 the highest that you could be modded?"

"well, this comment goes to 6"

Re:Better in half-hour installments (1)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 6 years ago | (#22801078)

I guess it's all a matter of opinion. I didn't think Bender's Big Score was on par with the series' best moments, but I would rate it as being in the better half of the Futurama material... there are a good few regular series episodes that were weaker than Bender's Big Score.

And as for the "fart joke" factor, I'm not sure what you even mean. Specific examples?

Re:Better in half-hour installments (1)

morari (1080535) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800174)

Agreed. A half season of new stand alone episodes would been much preferred.

Also, did anyone else notice that Bender's Big Score suffered from "jaggies" on many straight lines through the animation? I noticed a similar, though not as severe, effect on the Simpsons Movie once it was released to DVD as well.

Re:Better in half-hour installments (2, Insightful)

LunaticTippy (872397) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800664)

Maybe you are used to these shows on a SD feed, which would tend to blur this. Another possibility is your TV is higher res than the dvd and the upscaling artifacts are visible.

YES, jaggies (1)

illegalcortex (1007791) | more than 6 years ago | (#22804052)

I also noticed this in a big way, but I think we're in the minority. I have a Toshiba dvd player with a Faroudja scaler (basically one of the last good mass market priced DVD players made) and I saw jaggies through the whole thing. That was when it was hooked up to an SD television (Sony Trinitron). After I replaced the TV with a 720p plasma, I did not see the jaggies (either with the DVD player set to interlaced or progressive). Still not sure what caused it but it was there and VERY distracting.

And for reference, I also own all the Futurama season discs. They look stunning and there was never a jaggy to be seen - on the SDTV or the HDTV.

Re:Better in half-hour installments (1)

residieu (577863) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800220)

I'd like to see more "Scary Door", though a full length episode of that would be missing the point.

About halfway through Bender's Big Score, I got the "aren't we done yet?" feeling. But I got into it again after that. I'm used to watching 5 episodes at a time, though. I'm still looking forward to the remaining movies, and anything that might come after that.

Re:Better in half-hour installments (5, Insightful)

explosivejared (1186049) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800254)

The thing about Bender's Big Score is that it wasn't made to be successful in the normal sense. It was much more an homage to the fans that have waited the series out. The plot is one essentially that would work really well as a half-hour episode, but instead it's intentionally stretched out to allow for a lot of in-jokes and nods to long time fans. They knew exactly what they were doing when they made BBS. I see the new one being a regular old movie with no ulterior motive other than to entertain. Now I know making a movie that is successful and able to stand on its own is hard, but I have faith that David X. Cohen and the rest of the lot can do it.

Re:Better in half-hour installments (1)

daveywest (937112) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800768)

I saw BBS like a week's worth of Dilbert cartoons by stringing a bunch of unrelated absurdities together under an odd theme. Personally, I felt like there were too many gratuitous naked spammer sceens.

Re:Better in half-hour installments (1)

illegalcortex (1007791) | more than 6 years ago | (#22804058)

Comedy is all about timing. The pacing in BBS was atrocious. They did NOT know exactly what they were doing. This was their first time to try to make Futurama work at that length and it showed. Plus they just made some completely boneheaded decisions like thinking the whole FOX Executive Powder joke was funny after the 500th time. And why did Zapp Brannigan have less screen time than BARBADOS SLIM, for Ja's sake?

Re:Better in half-hour installments (4, Interesting)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800312)

Actually, the "Anthology of Interest" episodes (you watched it - you can't unwatch it!) were among my favorites from the original series, indicating that extremely short episodes really provided the structure that helped the writers to shine. I wouldn't mind seeing more Tales! Of! Interest! included as bonus features on the upcoming DVDs.

I liked Bender's Big Score a lot better than, say, That's Lobstertainment or The Honking, but they really had some great episodes during the original run that'll be hard to top.

On an unrelated note, I seriously hope they improve the media and packaging quality for the next DVD. My DVD player is barely able to play the BBS disc I got (no scratches or anything, just can't seem to stay focused on the disc, especially layer 2), and the packaging only manages tenuously, at best, to keep the disc from falling out and rolling across the floor.

Re:Better in half-hour installments (3, Informative)

dq5 studios (682179) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800818)

On an unrelated note, I seriously hope they improve the media and packaging quality for the next DVD. My DVD player is barely able to play the BBS disc I got (no scratches or anything, just can't seem to stay focused on the disc, especially layer 2), and the packaging only manages tenuously, at best, to keep the disc from falling out and rolling across the floor.
I'm told it's because they wanted the packaging to be carbon neutral or zero emissions or what ever the term is for what Al Gore's been talking about.

Re:Better in half-hour installments (1)

ufoolme (1111815) | more than 6 years ago | (#22805022)

This looks like ManBearPig central!

Re:Better in half-hour installments (1)

Gatton (17748) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800866)

That's Lobstertainment was one of my favorite episodes. But then I love Zoidberg :-).
I agree with what everyone else is saying about BBS not being as good as the episodes. I understand that they have (or will) planned to show the movie as four episodes with commercials. I wonder if it wouldn't come across better that way.

My oft repeated Futurama quote anytime I do something as a favor for a friend - Zoidberg: "Hooray I'm useful!"

I just wish I could do a stereotypical Jewish accent as well as Billy West or Hank Azaria.

Re:Better in half-hour installments (1)

theheadlessrabbit (1022587) | more than 6 years ago | (#22803458)

that is strange.

i got my copy off of the pirate bay, and burnt it to DVD myself, and I have had no problems at all with playback.

another reason to steal rather than going legit?

(p.s. I live in asia, getting legit copies of N.A. films is nearly impossible. I have supported the rest of the seeries by buying all the seasons on DVD)

Re:Better in half-hour installments (3, Interesting)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800352)

I noticed a similar issue with the Family Guy movie.

The sort of bit comedy that the Simpsons started is hilarious, but hard to maintain plot lines over twenty minutes because most of the humor is helped my plot twists, and they can only twist so much.

Re:Better in half-hour installments (1)

Boronx (228853) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800536)

Ironically, the Simpsons movie wasn't half bad.

Re:Better in half-hour installments (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22800724)

That's strange. I actually liked the Family Guy movie. Being long, it was forced to have an actual storyline, and it was pretty good. It's even better if you remove all the "salmon helmets". If you do that to a regular episode, you find you're left with a few badly written minutes of television.

Re:Better in half-hour installments (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22802302)

I noticed a similar issue with the Family Guy movie.
I didn't. The Family Guy movie was just as awful as a Family Guy TV episode, only longer.

Re:Better in half-hour installments (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800774)

I dunno, I thought it worked pretty well. Not my favorite Futurama outing, but it certainly holds its own.

Re:Better in half-hour installments (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22800826)

Wow. I'm shocked. Am I the only one who utterly loved it? It had a good involving storyline, it had real science fiction (the idea of time travel duplicates is something I have been wanting to see explored well in some story for a long time), and it even grips your heart at the end. Yes, short instalments are often quite funny (what if life were more like a video game?), but the ones I will remember the most were the ones with a good story. Also, you'll notice a lot of cool details during the second watching. That said, it was still pretty damn funny. I can't wait for more.

Re:Better in half-hour installments (2, Interesting)

Progman3K (515744) | more than 6 years ago | (#22802254)

You're not alone.

I also thought it was great.

To appreciate it you really have to concentrate. There are lots of subtle details that were put in the movie, time-travel stories like BBS require more from the viewer.

I believe this is the reason some fans didn't like it. It out-geeked its supposed geek audience.

Re:Better in half-hour installments (2, Insightful)

bugg (65930) | more than 6 years ago | (#22804124)

Nope, I loved it too.

I'm also a sucker for endings that pull on your heartstrings - and this movie ranked up there with Jurassic Bark for emotional response at the end.

I did apologize to those who watched it with me, however, as they weren't really futurama fans, and all of the in-jokes were a bit much for them. I found myself having to explain why santa was a robot who killed things, etc.

Does anyone know how strong the sales were? I'm trying to decide whether I should buy my own copy - I don't really ever buy DVDs, but I will to keep Futurama alive!

Re:Better in half-hour installments (1)

Moralpanic (557841) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800872)

Yeah, i have to agree. Although the episode was good, it was far too long, and too complex. I don't mean the time paradox, but throwing Hermes problems, Leela and Art budding romance, the scammers, etc all into one LONG episode caused things to jump around too much. I think this would have worked better if they had released them in 4 longer episodes (maybe full 30mins, rather than 20mins episodes) on each CD... this way, if other networks like Comedy or the Toon network wanted to pick them up and air'd them, they could have.

Re:Better in half-hour installments (1)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800956)

Bender's Big Score was too much Futurama at once, I kept looking at my watch to see when it was going to start wrapping things up. But I will admit that Bender's Big Score was one of the strangest mixed up episodes. Talk about taking time travel paradoxes to a confusing extreme :)

I think I would rather see a DVD released every 3-6 months with another 3-5 episodes on it. Hypnotoad is great to play at parties on a random TV. Just leave it on repeat (and low volume) and see if anyone tries watching it.

Mmm, tentacle-packed epic... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22800016)

Wait, which Matt Groening series is this again?

Since it's not in TFS, obligatory: (2, Funny)

amliebsch (724858) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800026)

Good news, everyone!

Re:Since it's not in TFS, obligatory: (4, Informative)

anti-human 1 (911677) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800440)

It was in the department line, sorry to burst your bubble.

Re:Since it's not in TFS, obligatory: (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800812)

That's not good news at all.

Futurama (2, Insightful)

boyko.at.netqos (1024767) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800036)

It makes you wonder why TV shows don't skip the network alltogether and go straight to DVD in the first place.

Re:Futurama (1)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800196)

It makes you wonder why TV shows don't skip the network alltogether and go straight to DVD in the first place.
Who's going to pay for the production?

Re:Futurama (2, Insightful)

Higaran (835598) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800232)

Because if you have never seen something like on the big screen or on tv, there is almost no chance of you going out any buying or renting it. Unless its christmas shopping time, and you grap like 10 dvds from the bargin bin at walmart for like $5.00 to give out as stocking stuffers. I welcome our new overload the beast with a billion backs.

Re:Futurama (1)

leoxx (992) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800422)

If Graham Linehan [wikipedia.org] wrote it, I'd buy it no questions asked.

Re:Futurama (2, Insightful)

Jerf (17166) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800738)

We're getting there, incrementally. We can't jump to it all at once for the reasons cited by others.

If you want to see that world, be sure to support the Futurama movies, and pick up Stargate: The Ark of Truth, too. Right now, that's the most direct way to indicate interest in this.

They're called OVAs/OAVs in Japan (2, Interesting)

ZombieRoboNinja (905329) | more than 6 years ago | (#22802038)

And they've been around for decades there.

One advantage the Japanese have is that often, OVAs (Original Video Animation, sometimes Original Animated Video) are based on comics or video games that already have a large fan base.

There are also plenty of direct-to-DVD movies here in the states, but they have a (largely deserved) reputation for sucking.

I'm actually betting that we never see a big direct-to-DVD-series market in the US because I bet technology will beat out the marketing shift, so that people can just order all their movies on-demand. At that point, there won't even be a difference between "cable broadcast" and "direct-to-DVD" material, except how many buttons you press on your remote to see it.

Re:Futurama (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22802082)

Indeed. They've been doing it in Japan [wikipedia.org] for years!

Re:Futurama (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22802588)

This happens in Japan where OVAs (original video animation) are released without a preceding TV series.

It's possible there as the fan base is established from (usually) manga and the OVA is a type of merchandising (much like figurines, posters, novels, computer games etc). It might later be spawned into a TV series if it becomes successful. In other cases it might be a video/computer game or a novel that develops the fan base. Generally, the franchising model for a property is developed differently. I can't see this happening in the US for instance, as the culture is quite different.

Re:Futurama (1)

NaugaHunter (639364) | more than 6 years ago | (#22803422)

It makes you wonder why TV shows don't skip the network alltogether and go straight to DVD in the first place.

Because most of television is still about being a gimmick to get people to watch advertisements. They aren't called "soap operas" because everyone is clean; it's because the serials started as a way to sell soap. It makes me shake my head at people bitching about product placements when at one time all radio and television were were a series of product placements.

Yes, it is evolving and networks like HBO are creating more and more of their own content for its own sake. But as long as this is a capitalist society the majority of television will be an excuse to sell eyeballs to advertisers. And the rising costs of films and video games will push those even further towards product placements for block-buster type films and games.

Re:Futurama (1)

drydirt (1161445) | more than 6 years ago | (#22804474)

It makes you wonder why TV shows don't skip the network alltogether and go straight to DVD in the first place.


Problem is producting a quality show costs a hell of a lot of money. Animating Futurama ain't cheap and there's a lot of talent who wants to be paid what they're worth. If they would have bypassed fox and went straight to DVD who would have fronted them the production costs?

The networks are a bitch to deal with but they do give you money to work with, and lots of it, and if you're lucky enough to get on the air they will make sure millions of people will see it. The subscriber or direct to consumer system is a great ideal but without advertising and marketing how do you get the people interested? Especially if you're not already a big name?

Good News Everyone! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22800068)

We're going straight to dvd and Fox is helping us!

It's nice to have Futurama back, but... (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22800078)

It's going to suck like the first movie :(

They cannot pull this long format, unfortunately, and should go back to 30 min episodes.

Re:It's nice to have Futurama back, but... (1, Interesting)

AshtangiMan (684031) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800660)

The mods are tripping again.

Movie good, but... (2, Interesting)

Xelios (822510) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800092)

I'd have been happier with new direct-to-DVD seasons rather than long movies. The last one seemed drawn out and the jokes were a bit sparse. It just doesn't translate well into feature length.

I hope this one will be better, but either way I'm glad they're not giving up on Futurama.

Re:Movie good, but... (3, Interesting)

realmolo (574068) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800164)

I have to agree.

Though, to me the major problem with "Bender's Big Score" is that they just threw everything but the kitchen sink into the plot. By the end of the movie, it's just a confusing mess of plots/subplots. The STRENGHT of "Futurama" has been that the plots are typically pretty tight. They ALWAYS had a good plot, and stuck with it.

Re:Movie good, but... (4, Insightful)

moderatorrater (1095745) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800192)

My opinion is that they had to do some fan service for the first movie, and that these next ones should be able to get away from that.

Re:Movie good, but... (5, Informative)

kimvette (919543) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800246)

They state this is exactly the case in the commentaries. The first one is for the long-time fans and the following three are less complex and lighter/easier to follow.

Re:Movie good, but... (2, Interesting)

Chris Tucker (302549) | more than 6 years ago | (#22802804)

Fan service all the way! And greatly appreciated, too!

I loved how they retconned a happy ending for "Jurassic Bark".

It was great seeing Seymour again. And seeing him happy and with Fry.

Re:Movie good, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22804216)

I dunno what people are complaining about. I loved BBS. It had an interesting enough plot and the jokes were funny - even more so because of the throwbacks. But I guess it's just cause I'm a fan (no pun intended for those who've seen BBS) and have seen all the episodes several times (but I think the Roswell episode is still among those left to beat).

Re:Movie good, but... (1)

glwtta (532858) | more than 6 years ago | (#22802224)

My opinion is that they had to do some fan service for the first movie, and that these next ones should be able to get away from that.

Wait, are you saying no more deliveries to the Nude Beach Planet?

That'd be very disappointing!

Re:Movie good, but... (1)

illegalcortex (1007791) | more than 6 years ago | (#22804080)

To me, a fan who has bought all the seasons and this movie, the best service they could have done was to make a funny movie. They took their eye off the ball with BBS. Hopefully the next one is better. I agree with the other poster who said they should do direct to dvd seasons (or mini-seasons).

Re:Movie good, but... (3, Interesting)

surgen (1145449) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800602)

It does seem that they threw a lot into the plot but that is because it is four times as long. If you break the movie into four 22 minute segments you can see that each part stands on its own very well. I enjoyed that the plot was driving the story forward, if hadn't have had such an active plot the story would have just felt like was drawn out and moving too slowly. I think a lot of the anger at the plot is sparked when people try to wrap their head around the time travel and which instance of a charecter is which.

Re:Movie good, but... (1)

Kjella (173770) | more than 6 years ago | (#22801866)

Though, to me the major problem with "Bender's Big Score" is that they just threw everything but the kitchen sink into the plot.
Name one complicated time travel story (i.e. beyond "everything is back the way it should be" or "the timeloop collapsed and nothing happened") that had a straight forward plot...

Welp, (3, Funny)

Jailbrekr (73837) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800116)

we're boned.

Re:Welp, (1)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800342)

Ask not for whom the bone bones, the bone bones for thee.

Re:Welp, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22802164)

We're doomed! DOOOOOOMED!

Since it's on DVD and not TV. (2, Interesting)

iknownuttin (1099999) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800124)

Do you think they'll have some gratuitous nudity - like Lella? I really want to see her naked!

Re:Since it's on DVD and not TV. (1)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800204)

screw Leela, some hot Amy on Kiff action FTW!

Re:Since it's on DVD and not TV. (3, Funny)

isorox (205688) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800438)

screw Leela
Well, if you insist...

Re:Since it's on DVD and not TV. (1)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800228)

They didn't show any naughty bits on Bender's Big Score, but there was an unprecedented amount of animated ass crack on-screen (some good, some... not so good).

Re:Since it's on DVD and not TV. (5, Funny)

Jello B. (950817) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800250)

I've been poking my monitor for five minutes waiting for your UID to roll over.

Re:Since it's on DVD and not TV. (3, Funny)

The Queen (56621) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800318)

Based on the tone of his comment, I wouldn't get too close to his monitor if I were you.

Finally! (5, Funny)

ZJVavrek (952066) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800152)

Tentacle romance comes to Western Animation! And on a planet-sized scale, too.

Re:Finally! (1)

Sabz5150 (1230938) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800170)

You missed that whole "Fan Fiction" thing, didn't you?

Redundant... (1)

Deja (1048926) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800306)

To FOX,
Bite my shiny metal ass

Love
-The Cast/crew

Best Day Ever (2)

putzin (99318) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800388)

This is all I can say about more Futurama being anounced.

And the winner ... (5, Funny)

Random BedHead Ed (602081) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800470)

And the winner of the best animated series to return to us via DVD is ...

...

... THE HYPNOTOAD. ... ALL HAIL ... THE HYPNOTOAD [r33b.net] .

Re:And the winner ... (4, Interesting)

Graff (532189) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800876)

Random BedHead Ed [slashdot.org] had this [slashdot.org] to say:

... THE HYPNOTOAD. ... ALL HAIL ... THE HYPNOTOAD [r33b.net] .
I think the funniest part of that web page is the source code. Not only does it have an ASCII-art hypnotoad comment but it also uses the special iPhone icon setting.

What's funny about that last part? Well, pretty much all the content on the web page is in a Flash movie and the iPhone can't view it because the iPhone doesn't support Flash!

Kinda ironic that your iPhone bookmark will have a pretty icon for content it can't view...

Re:And the winner ... (5, Insightful)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800924)

Well, after all, Apple is the Hypnotoad of the 21st century.

Re:And the winner ... (1)

dargndorp (939841) | more than 6 years ago | (#22802830)

And for Extra-Fun-Filled-Party-Action, put your browser in kiosk mode and just see the flash animation http://r33b.net/flash/r33bit.swf [r33b.net]

Re:And the winner ... (1)

Juan|Corral (197073) | more than 6 years ago | (#22803928)

:D

Just getting ready for the future. I added the iTouch/iPhone icon stuff back in late January (IIRC) after firmware 1.1.3 was out and was testing the bookmark feature on my phone.

There's also a Chappelle's Show easter egg if you click the Hypnotoad's collar tag, but you need to have pop-ups enabled.

I hope the second movie is better (1)

llZENll (545605) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800884)

I LOVE Futurama! I bought the DVD, and will buy the next one. But BBS was a huge letdown for me, I don't know if it was because it was long or what, but it didn't live up to my expectations at all, I hope the second one is better...

My review of Bender's Big Score (2, Insightful)

Nova Express (100383) | more than 6 years ago | (#22800926)

Can be found here [locusmag.com] . For those interested in such things

ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD!

A minor correction: (2, Insightful)

The_REAL_DZA (731082) | more than 6 years ago | (#22801852)

"...The show's entire voice cast and most of its main writers have returned to help revive the series, which FOX cancelled in 2003.'"
Should have been "...The show's entire voice cast and most of its main writers have returned to help revive the series, which FOX stupidly cancelled in 2003.'" There, I fixed it for you.

Blasphemous I know, but.... (1)

otis wildflower (4889) | more than 6 years ago | (#22801894)

.... The new stuff isn't as good as the original stuff.

There. I said it.

I bought BBS, and it was OK, but to compare it to episodes I'd say I laughed about 1.5x as much as I'd laugh at an episode, which is not what I'd expect given that it's about 4x the length.

It reminds me of the other fan revivals, _Family Guy_ and _Jericho_.

Still, relatively, I'd rather watch BBS than almost anything else on TV. In the Futurama Pantheon, I'd rate it 5 out of 10.

This Sunday! (3, Informative)

computerman413 (1122419) | more than 6 years ago | (#22801942)

FYI, Bender's Big Score will air this Sunday (3/23) at 8:00PM EDT on Comedy Central.

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Oh Joy! (1)

Viceroy Potatohead (954845) | more than 6 years ago | (#22802846)

In what Fox is calling the most tentacle-packed Futurama epic, space itself rips open, revealing a gateway to another universe. What lies beyond is a mix of horror and love
Ha! And they called me a fool for getting a giant "I [heart] Cthulu" tattoo on my torso. What started out as Pascal's Wager [wikipedia.org] with the Old Ones [wikipedia.org] , has turned into cartoon-pop-culture-indirect-reference coup d'etat! I can already feel myself becoming cooler.

I only need two more developments to vindicate my tattoo choices: a massive, popular uprising of Schmoo [wikipedia.org] fanatics, and technology capable of generating the Care-bear Stare [wikipedia.org] with skin grafts.

ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD (1)

Rick Genter (315800) | more than 6 years ago | (#22803038)

ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD

(and now some random text to get around the stupid filter that Slashdot employs to prevent postings with too high a percentage of capital letters)

Word (1)

socz (1057222) | more than 6 years ago | (#22803630)

I'm just glad that they are putting more product out! I signed one of the crazy petitions to bring them back and am very happy to see this happen. I hope it works out for the fans like family guy who made a comeback.

Bender's Big Score has its ups and downs (5, Informative)

LoveMe2Times (416048) | more than 6 years ago | (#22803856)

A number of people have commented about having lukewarm feelings for Bender's Big Score, but haven't given much of an explanation, so I'm going to take a crack at it. WARNING: Potential Spoilers! For starters, yes, there is some fan service, for about the first five minutes or so, and yes, it's only kinda funny, and annoying on repeat viewings. However, there are some really great parts to this movie, and some parts that suck really bad, and the fan service is neither. The number one problem (and IMHO only problem) with this movie is that its setup is completely, utterly moronic and very pretentious. Everything relating to SPAM should have been axed completely, or at least made very VERY minor, and a different framing device used. The visual appearance of the alien villains could have been kept, and they could even continue to be annoying, but the way that SPAM infects this plot is just LAME. And letting your framing device drag down an otherwise good movie is a massive screw-up.

That said, if you can get past your gag-reflex during the setup, the rest of the movie's pretty good. The core plot of time travel, Fry, Leela, Leelu, and Lars is a solid one. I think it would have been better if Lars hadn't lived Fry's old life, as that breaks continuity with the series, and was unnecessary for the Leelu plotline. The bits on Neptune and the Death Star sequences were great, with some amazing animation. The Hermes subplot is ok, but not great, and it displaced the far more important Amy/Kiff developments. I think that not even mentioning Amy and Kiff's relationship is a significant oversight, and I hope that is developed more in the forthcoming movies. Finally, I think having a plotline that revolves around time travel but doesn't even mention chronotons or Fry "doing the nasty in the pasty" is a big mistake. Fry being his own grandfather is one of the most important long-term plotlines from the series, and seeing as how the movie has Niblonians in it anyway, the omission is odd.

I think that Bender's Big Score was a poor choice to be the first movie to put out, given that the end of the series was so powerful, I feel that it needed to be addressed much more directly. But aside from the SPAM bits, none of my other complaints really matter that much, but since the SPAM bits kinda drag the movie down, it makes all the other flaws more noticeable.

But everybody should go out and get a copy (Today!) to ensure that we get more Futurama.

Re:Bender's Big Score has its ups and downs (1)

bugg (65930) | more than 6 years ago | (#22804180)

Anyone who says that Lars living Fry's old life breaks continuity does not understand paradox-free time travel.

To resolve common time travel paradoxes, you simply allow for any backward travel to essentially fork() the universe, and then both universes continue on accordingly. It was suggested in the movie that the two possible outcomes of this are destroying the universe (running out of system resources, fork() never returning) and also, a 'doom' factor causing the two universe processes to re-converge at a point.

I'm pretty comfortable with the fact that Seymour waited there until his death and never saw Fry again, AND that Seymor saw Fry again the next day. They both are equally valid, even though they appear to contradict.

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

I'm a huge Futurama fan but,... (1)

AbRASiON (589899) | more than 6 years ago | (#22804384)

I really do hope that this next one is better than Benders Big Score :/ - honestly, it was ok I spose but considering how long they've had to think about a script, it just seemed well pretty bad, more like a video game than a Futurama movie.

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