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Re: Futurama

Postby smw543 » Wed Jun 10, 2009 6:52 am UTC

SecondTalon wrote:Eh, writing four episodes that also have to tie together in a coherent way is way, way different than writing four episodes that stand on their own.
Which seemed a rather pointless restriction, since I never once saw any of the new episodes played by themselves. They were always shown together (all four in a row) as a mini-marathon.

Hmm, does anybody know how much of the original writing staff they're getting back?
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Re: Futurama

Postby Sir_Elderberry » Wed Jun 10, 2009 1:08 pm UTC

Well, if this new season was just confirmed, I'm sure some people are frantically on the phone right now trying to figure that out.
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Re: Futurama

Postby BigBoss » Wed Jun 10, 2009 4:34 pm UTC

I just heard about the new season too. I hope it's true.

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Re: Futurama

Postby mr_pathetic » Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:09 pm UTC

Awesome.... way past due, I can only recite the lines from the original 72 so many times.... :lol:

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Re: Futurama

Postby Durinthal » Thu Jun 11, 2009 1:39 am UTC

Woo! And not in a "gas escaping from the fat folds of a morbidly obese human Bender" way, either. I can't wait to add seasons 6 and 7 (assuming the movies make up season 5) to my collection.

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Re: Futurama

Postby Xeio » Sat Jul 18, 2009 2:33 am UTC

What? Recast voice actors? Nooooooo

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Re: Futurama

Postby Mother Superior » Sat Jul 18, 2009 9:15 am UTC

Whaaat? No way. No way, they can't recast! If they don't have Billy West, that's like, half the characters gone. I refuse to believe it. It'll sort itself out.
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Postby existential_elevator » Sat Jul 18, 2009 11:05 am UTC

Mother Superior wrote:Whaaat? No way. No way, they can't recast! If they don't have Billy West, that's like, half the characters gone. I refuse to believe it. It'll sort itself out.

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Mother Superior wrote:Whaaat? No way. No way, they can't recast! If they don't have Billy West, that's like, half the characters gone. I refuse to believe it. It'll sort itself out.

*hug* I know guv, I know. Shhh, shhh. It will be okay.

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Re: Futurama

Postby existential_elevator » Sat Jul 18, 2009 11:23 am UTC

Sometimes, when a writer and a network love each other very much.. they have to have an argument to clear the air, okay honey? And sometimes it's better for their creation if they split ways for a little while. Don't worry, they still both love you very much. So long as you buy their products.

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Re: Futurama

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Re: Futurama

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cephalopod9 wrote:"Phil LaMarr posted 20th Century Fox's request for auditions on his Facebook page. "
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Re: Futurama

Postby TheGuyWithTheHat » Wed Jul 22, 2009 5:47 pm UTC

Futurama is awesome! You gotta love Bender! :P
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Re: Futurama

Postby Durinthal » Sat Jul 25, 2009 8:27 pm UTC

I was hoping this would be resolved at the ComicCon panel (happening right now), but nope. We're doomed! DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-

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Re: Futurama

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Re: Futurama

Postby Clumpy » Sun Jul 26, 2009 7:24 pm UTC

Y'know, frankly I'm torn. On one hand I thought the movies were slower and more uncreative (I'll never sit through TBWABB again), so I'm looking forward to a return to the episode format, but I probably won't watch more than a couple of episodes for curiosity if they don't bring back the original cast.

Honestly Futurama confounds me. On one hand it makes stabs at continuity and cohesion, and handles some emotional moments very well while still immediately following them with an irreverent joke, but the ubersilliness of the world and callousness of the characters makes it difficult to get into as much as Groening's sister show in its heyday.

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Re: Futurama

Postby Mother Superior » Sun Jul 26, 2009 7:41 pm UTC

Clumpy wrote:Y'know, frankly I'm torn. On one hand I thought the movies were slower and more uncreative (I'll never sit through TBWABB again), so I'm looking forward to a return to the episode format, but I probably won't watch more than a couple of episodes for curiosity if they don't bring back the original cast.

Honestly Futurama confounds me. On one hand it makes stabs at continuity and cohesion, and handles some emotional moments very well while still immediately following them with an irreverent joke, but the ubersilliness of the world and callousness of the characters makes it difficult to get into as much as Groening's sister show in its heyday.

There's a lot of truth in this. The problem, if you wanna call it that, I think, is that the writing staff of Futurama is relatively independent, in that any of about fifteen writers will write an episode according to his/her tastes and regard for continuity etc (for example, Ken Keeler, who I think wrote the BWABB, and BBS, while an awesome writer, doesn't give two shits about continuity, and finds it hard to understand that an audience can invest itself even in cartoon characters). That episode of course goes through an extensive collective process before you get a final script, but the individual writers still influence how the episode will go. Part of the reason Simpsons declined so in quality I think is because Matt Groening is very easy to work with, in so far that he won't stick to his guns very much when it comes to what his initial vision for the show was. For example, he opposed with a fury the episode of the Simpsons where Jay Sherman from The Critic shows up, with the reasoning that if you do a cross-over with another show, the show becomes less real, and he never wanted the Simpsons to be cartoon, which is why Homer really gets hurt when he falls down the cliff, he can't bounce and then get back up again, he needs to be wheeled out to an ambulance. Now, I'm not entirely sure exactly what kinds of power Groening has, even though he created the show, but none the less he allowed it to be made. This is the case with a whole bunch of stuff that slowly turned the show into a silly, occasionally funny over-the-top sitcom, and not the family-centred semi-realistic top quality comedy it once was. Futurama so far seems to have been a bit more consistent in this respect, but then the show was created from the get-go by both Groening and David X Cohen, who seems to know what they want.

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Re: Futurama

Postby Various Varieties » Sat Aug 01, 2009 9:43 pm UTC

Mother Superior wrote:(for example, Ken Keeler, who I think wrote the BWABB, and BBS, while an awesome writer, doesn't give two shits about continuity, and finds it hard to understand that an audience can invest itself even in cartoon characters).

Although there is a theory that characters' emotions are utterly vital to the plot/SF-heavy Ken Keeler episode "Time Keeps on Slipping".

Take note of this comment in particular. ;)

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Re: Futurama

Postby Mother Superior » Sun Aug 02, 2009 9:48 am UTC

Sure. But Ken Keeler also wrote The Principal and Pauper, which was basically a big Fuck-You to the audiences (An episode I have later learned to love, only after hearing Mr Keeler's explanation for why he wrote it).
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Re: Futurama

Postby NawlejSeekur » Wed Aug 05, 2009 8:43 am UTC

I'm a bit late in saying this (Hi, I'm new :)), but Futurama's an extremely underrated show and I was so disappointed when they stopped showing it on Fox. The movies they showed on Comedy Central about two months ago were a bit strange, though. O_O

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Re: Futurama

Postby HighCharity » Thu Aug 06, 2009 6:26 pm UTC

I knew if I wished hard enough it would happen! Nothing's a total load!
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Re: Futurama

Postby Xeio » Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:01 pm UTC

HighCharity wrote:I knew if I wished hard enough it would happen! Nothing's a total load!
Assuming you wished with your wallet by buying the boxed sets/movies (or at least, enough other people did), then yes, wishing does work! :mrgreen:

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Re: Futurama

Postby HalfEvil333 » Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:35 am UTC

This might be a good place to ask if anyone knows where I can find a video of 2 sections of Futurama.

The first is a short clip about the Neutrals. I can never remember what they actually say which is why I want to see it again (for quoting reasons of course). It was one point in the show I liked the most. "If I die, tell my wife Hello".

The second is part of an episode where Bender and Fry were locked up in a cell or something. The lines when something like this:
Bender: Lets see if we can get out of this steam pipe
*breaks hatch*
Fry: No good it's full of steam!!!

That part made me laugh so hard, I would really like to find it somewhere.
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Re: Futurama

Postby phlip » Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:54 am UTC

HalfEvil333 wrote:The first is a short clip about the Neutrals. I can never remember what they actually say which is why I want to see it again (for quoting reasons of course). It was one point in the show I liked the most. "If I die, tell my wife Hello".

That would be from Brannigan, Begin Again.
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*breaks hatch*
Fry: No good it's full of steam!!!

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Re: Futurama

Postby Phill » Mon Aug 10, 2009 12:52 pm UTC

phlip wrote:
HalfEvil333 wrote:The first is a short clip about the Neutrals. I can never remember what they actually say which is why I want to see it again (for quoting reasons of course). It was one point in the show I liked the most. "If I die, tell my wife Hello".

That would be from Brannigan, Begin Again.


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I hope the new series hits the ground running, I need some new Futurama :D

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Re: Futurama

Postby HalfEvil333 » Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:58 am UTC

phlip wrote:
HalfEvil333 wrote:The first is a short clip about the Neutrals. I can never remember what they actually say which is why I want to see it again (for quoting reasons of course). It was one point in the show I liked the most. "If I die, tell my wife Hello".

That would be from Brannigan, Begin Again.
HalfEvil333 wrote:The second is part of an episode where Bender and Fry were locked up in a cell or something. The lines when something like this:
Bender: Lets see if we can get out of this steam pipe
*breaks hatch*
Fry: No good it's full of steam!!!

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Re: Futurama

Postby Jorpho » Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:18 pm UTC

It's 2010 now, so what's the story here? Of course, with new seasons of Doctor Who and Stargate Universe starting up (not to mention Adventure Time), there's enough to watch already.

EDIT: Oh, wait, June 24. Carry on.

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Postby Bennt » Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:56 pm UTC

Tonight!

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Postby SecondTalon » Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:19 pm UTC

Or possibly earlier, if you're one of those people!
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Re: Futurama

Postby Mother Superior » Thu Jun 24, 2010 11:13 pm UTC

Futurama is back, bitches! First episode was great, second episode was so-so. Not bad, but not fantastic. I'm still super-excited about it being back however. As far as I can see there's been little to no degradation in the animation or voice acting. The writing, well it's early days yet, too soon to tell.
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Postby aleflamedyud » Fri Jun 25, 2010 2:57 am UTC

Whoever wrote that second episode needs to realize that when you make sex jokes, fanservice, and nudity so common that they become expected, they kind of stop being funny. OTOH, I feel like that episode may have been a great big "ha-ha we're on Comedy Central now where they let us use DIRTY WORDS" directed at Fox.
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Postby Sir_Elderberry » Fri Jun 25, 2010 2:10 pm UTC

I didn't get to see it. I'm hoping Comedy Central streams it or something soon. (I know I could torrent it, but this is one instance where I do want my ad revenues to be counted.)
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Re: Futurama

Postby Lumpy » Fri Jun 25, 2010 2:33 pm UTC

I hadn't seen the fourth movie before. I thought it was kind of trying to hit me over the head way too hard with its satire in some parts, but I enjoyed the meta-humor about trying to tell a good story, the tinfoil hats society, and everything else. The first episode fantastic, but I agree with aleflamedyud's opinion on the second episode. I was only laughing during Zapp Brannigan's runaway explanation at the end.

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Re: Futurama

Postby broken_escalator » Fri Jun 25, 2010 4:31 pm UTC

I haven't seen it yet but I'm worried the characters will all be changed like how family guy got changed when they brought that back. I liked the movies for the most part, Bender's Game the most, so I think I need to watch these new episodes :)

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Re: Futurama

Postby RogueCynic » Fri Jun 25, 2010 7:06 pm UTC

I missed the last night's show and forgot to record. Comedy Central's tv schedule lists a "Rebirth" episode airing at midnight tonight. Please tell me that's the first new episode. My life has no meaning without Bender.
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Postby emceng » Fri Jun 25, 2010 7:17 pm UTC

RogueCynic wrote:I missed the last night's show and forgot to record. Comedy Central's tv schedule lists a "Rebirth" episode airing at midnight tonight. Please tell me that's the first new episode. My life has no meaning without Bender.


Yep, Rebirth was the first new episode. I actually thought the second was a little better than the first. The nudity was overdone, but it felt like a Futurama episode, and less like the movies.
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Re: Futurama

Postby smw543 » Fri Jun 25, 2010 10:25 pm UTC

Sir_Elderberry wrote:I didn't get to see it. I'm hoping Comedy Central streams it or something soon. (I know I could torrent it, but this is one instance where I do want my ad revenues to be counted.)

It's Comedy Central; they replay new episodes of everything at least five times before the next one airs.

Anyways, I liked both episodes as far as humor is concerned, but a mixed bag story-wise. The ending of "Rebirth" was just ridiculous.
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