As Professor Farnsworth would say “Good News Everyone” 🙂 new episodes of Futurama are back on TV with the 1st of a 4 part special “Bender’s Big Score” airing on Channel 10 in Australia at 7:30pm on Thursday June 19.
Background for people unfamiliar with Futurama:
Created by comedic genius and Simpsons creator Matt Groening, Futurama is a cult classic amongst geeks, nerds and sci-fi fans combining a satirical depiction of everyday life in the future, parodies with the present and frequent homages to science fiction, star trek, maths, physics and technology.
Philip J. Fry was a 25-year-old pizza delivery boy in New York whose life was going nowhere until the fateful day when he made a delivery to a cryonics lab on New Year’s Eve, 1999 and is accidentally flash-frozen until the next millennium. Reawakened in 31st century New New York, he finds work at his great-great-etc. grandnephew Professor Farnsworth’s Planet Express delivery service and grabs the chance to make a fresh start
Together with his hedonist robot buddy Bender (a robot with very human flaws, including drinking, smoking and petty theft) and cyclopsian love interest Leela (a beautiful one-eyed female alien who kicks some serious butt), Fry travels to the farthest reaches of the universe. Along the way they discover strange alien life forms, velour-clad lotharios, freaky mutants, intergalactic conspiracies and the disembodied heads of celebrities throughout the ages.
“Bender’s Big Score” Plot Overview & Movie Trailer:
As Xmas 3007 approaches, the Futurama crew must fight to save Earth in an epic battle against nudist alien Internet scammers.
When the evil naked aliens launch a cyber-attack on Planet Express, they make a shocking discovery: the secret of time travel, mysteriously tattooed on Fry’s buttocks. Using their devious nudist software to control Bender, they repeatedly send the beer-fueled robot back in time to loot Earth of its greatest treasures.
Bender’s rampage through history has shocking repercussions when he encounters Al Gore (guest-starring as himself) during the 2000 Presidential recount. Meanwhile, Leela finds true love, a beloved crew member suffers an embarrassing decapitation, and Fry learns deep secrets about his destiny and his buttocks.
Futurama: Bender’s Big Score was released straight to DVD in November 2007 made its TV premiere on Comedy Central on March 23, 2008 and will be shown on Channel 10 in Australia in 4 parts during June/July 2008.
Bender’s Big Score along with the three follow-up films (The Beast with a Billion Backs, Bender’s Game, and Into the Wild Green Yonder) will comprise season five of Futurama each 90 minute DVD film will be cut into four TV length episodes.
Buy Futurama Movies on DVD
Futurama fans can buy Benders Big Score from Chaos.com in Australia or from Amazon.com in the USA
The second movie length episode Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs is available on DVD from Amazon.com in late June 2008.
Futurama: Interviews, Behind the Scenes and Background Articles
In the pilot of the animated comedy Futurama, the protagonist awakens from a millennium of cryogenic slumber to find himself in the year 3000. The first thing he hears is a portentous, booming voice: “Welcome…to the world of tomorrow!” The speaker is soon revealed to be a lab technician with a flair for the melodramatic. The scene riffs on a 70-year-old fair ride, a vision of the future that’s been so influential it’ll probably seem familiar even if you’ve never heard of it. – Wired Magzine: The Original Futurama
Set in the year 3000, Futurama’s interstellar sci-fi future isn’t a shiny utopia like The Jetsons or a dark dystopia like Blade Runner. It’s a time that seems wonderful or awful depending on how you look at it — just like the present. “On The Jetsons, there’s a machine that ties your tie for you,” Cohen says. “On Futurama, there’d be a machine that tied your tie, but it would malfunction and start strangling you.” – Wired Magzine: Futurama Is Back! Grab a Can of Slurm and Settle In
In the new Futurama DVD Bender’s Big Score, the characters encounter Al Gore driving a taxi — a hybrid taxi, naturally. Some viewers may chuckle when they notice that the license plate on the former Vice President’s cab reads NOCO2. But very few will realize that the the badge number on another cab, 87539319, is also a joke – Wired Magzine: The Geekiest Show on TV
If The Simpsons is essentially about family, Futurama is fundamentally a workplace sitcom, centering on the tension between responsibility and leisure. The irony in Futurama is that for Fry, unlike his underpaid and dangerously overworked comrades, the tension doesn’t exist.
A recurring motif in the earlier shows is Fry’s innocent, Candide-like joy in interacting with his strange new world; the fact that Bender is a borderline sociopath and ex-felon doesn’t detract from Fry’s bliss at fulfilling his childhood dream of having a robot for his best friend. Even in the face of certain death, Fry rejoices in living out his sci-fi fantasies; flying against an invading alien fleet, Fry marvels at being a space hero, “like Lieutenant Uhura… or Captain Janeway!” (You can tell it’s the future because Star Wars has been all but forgotten.)
Leela stands in contrast as the sole voice of reason on the series, serving to deflate Fry’s media-influenced notions about the future. – “Hey Sexy Mama, Wanna Kill All Humans?”:Looking Backwards at Futurama, The Greatest SF Show You’ve Never Seen