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Comic-Con: Futurama panel report

by Julia Ward, posted Jul 28th 2007 7:53PM
Futurama Returns

Futurama
is back, and now we know in what form. The show will return on November 27th as a full-length high-def film sold on DVD. It will be followed by three additional films, and each film will be divided into four episodes each to be aired on Comedy Central. So, that's 4 DVD movies or 16 new episodes depending on how you look at it.

The panel featured the show's creator Matt Groening and the vocal cast. In the most highly entertaining Comic-Con panel to date, the cast read aloud a promotional comic book created for the convention. The experience was on the meta- side. The case read the comic, which was projected on the screen. The comic satirized the Fox network's decision to cancel Futurama and the ultimate triumph of the nerds in the room whose mighty power brought it back. In the comic, the characters all go to a massive Delivery Services-Con in Space Diego. I'll see if I can't scan the comic and put it online for those of you interested when I return from the Comic-Con.

The remainder of the panel featured the voice cast being generally endearing. John DiMaggio, the voice of Bender, explained that his voice is a combination of Slim Pickins in Blazing Saddles, a drunk and a college creation of his called Charlie, the sausage king. Billy West, the voice of Fry and half a dozen other characters on the show, shared his love of Yiddish and vaudeville performers and his friendship with Phil Hartman -- all of which influence his characters' voices.

No other real revelations came out of the panel, but I can tell you that the first DVD - Bender's Big Score - centers around some nudist aliens and the secret to time travel which is somehow attached to Fry's buttock. Expect lots of animated asses actually. Welcome back, Futurama.

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Carl

This is without doubt the best animated cartoon to date on Australian television. My family loves every episode !!! Can't wait!!!

October 24 2007 at 9:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
alistair

MORBO DEMANDS YOUR PUNY EARTH-SCANS!

August 06 2007 at 5:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mister groonk

aaaKKKK i must see this comic. need Futurama... to...survive!

will you be able to scan and share?

August 02 2007 at 1:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Doug

Sweet Guinea Pig of Winnepeg!

Billy West was on the Adam Carolla morning show many moons ago (late last year) and broke word of this happening, but so much time had passed since (including subsequent West appearances on the show) without further mention that I feared it'd been scrapped. I'm happier than a moderately intelligent monkey in a suit to find this official day and date!


(And for those above, The Simpsons went south several years ago not because of Groening's involvement, but because the best writers left and Groening's attention turned to his new project. I think you know the one).

July 31 2007 at 2:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mickrussom

Whoever canceled Futurama in the first place should have one leg removed above the knee and walk around like the piece of garbage that that person is for the rest of this forsaken life.

July 31 2007 at 1:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
joker2507

Oh thank God. It's finally happening. I have to admit I didn't even become a fan until after it was canceled, but I watch it religiously every night even though I own them all and have seen them all enough to know which they are by the banner on the Futurama screen. YAY!!!

July 31 2007 at 1:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris Tucker

Ooops! And that email address would be:

tuckerch "at" gmail "dot" com.

Thanks again!

July 31 2007 at 12:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris Tucker

Ooops!

And that email address would be:

tuckerch@gmail.com

July 31 2007 at 12:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris Tucker

Yes, PLEASE scan and post it.

And, if you would be so kind, could you email me(and everyone else) when it's online and where?

And thank you for the grand report on the Futurama panel.

it is much appreciated!

July 31 2007 at 12:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Glenn Fleishman

"a college creation of his called Charlie, the sausage king.": I suspect that he was actually referring to his own riff on a fantastic bit part in The Palm Beach Story, in which an eccentric man known as the weenie king (who has a great voice) gives a pile of good advice to Claudette Colbert, along with some money.

July 31 2007 at 9:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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