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#1 of 59 Jeff Jacobson

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Posted May 31 2005 - 12:19 PM

From gotfuturama.com:
taken from billywest.com's message board :

Well, I spoke to David X.Cohen because we did promos for a new Futurama compilation and he said that they did have talks with the top guys at FOX and they were extremely impressed with the sales of the Futurama DVDs. The idea was to make a Futurama movie right to DVD and then a 2nd and a 3rd. That's what's being discussed. Fox is trying to figure out a budget for the whole project, and it sounded like David X. was very jazzed!

I would love more than anything to do that show again. I thought it was best experience on every level... creatively, voice-wise, writing, animation and the laughs. The laughs. Writers and performers that respected each other.


#2 of 59 TravisR

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Posted May 31 2005 - 01:48 PM

That would be beyond great if it happensPosted Image

#3 of 59 Sam Favate

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Posted May 31 2005 - 11:33 PM

Would love to see it happen. Futurama is one of the great underappreciated gems in animation. A handful of DVD movies (which could then be shown as special events on Cartoon Network or elsewhere) would be great.

#4 of 59 Chris Brunner

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Posted June 01 2005 - 01:59 AM

Oh Please! Oh Please! Oh Please!

#5 of 59 Scott-S

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Posted June 01 2005 - 02:52 AM

I would buy them.
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#6 of 59 CaseyL

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Posted June 01 2005 - 04:00 AM

I'd be all over that. As a great man of Sci-Fi once (well, okay, more than once) said: "Make it so" *finger point*

#7 of 59 David_Rivshin

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Posted June 01 2005 - 04:39 AM

I'd be quite excited about more Futurama of any form. Hey, if Family Guy can make a comeback, why not Futurama? Although I suppose FG appeals to a much broader audience (which does include myself), I always thought Futurama was the better show on every level. I do think you do need to be abit geeky to really get a number of the jokes, which is probably why is isn't as appreciated by many people.

If they do end up producing new content (and keep the quality up, we don't need trash), I'm sure to be in line for my copy.

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#8 of 59 Amy Mormino

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Posted June 01 2005 - 08:10 AM

Direct to DVD movies may be the best solution for this show, perhaps even more so than a return as a regular TV series. It would keep the budget high enough for artistic quality and I always thought that a number of the best episodes of the series had enough meat in them that they could sustain a movie's length.

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Posted June 01 2005 - 08:16 AM

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I always thought that a number of the best episodes of the series had enough meat in them that they could sustain a movie's length.


Running time is my 'fear' about them doing new movies. I hope that they don't feel the need to meet a certain running time. Like if the story works best at 70 minutes, go with that rather than putting in another 15 or 20 minutes to meet a movie length run time.

#10 of 59 Bill GrandPre

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Posted June 01 2005 - 08:23 AM

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I'd be quite excited about more Futurama of any form. Hey, if Family Guy can make a comeback, why not Futurama? Although I suppose FG appeals to a much broader audience (which does include myself), I always thought Futurama was the better show on every level. I do think you do need to be abit geeky to really get a number of the jokes, which is probably why is isn't as appreciated by many people.

It is BECAUSE "Futurama" is better than "Family Guy" on every level that it will not return to regular, weekly television. "Futurama" employed an A-list cast of actual voice actors, was written by talented writers and featured sophisticated animation. This of course means that the show was expensive to produce. "Family Guy", on the other hand, was mostly voiced by actors with little or no VO experience, was written by washed-up writers of poor 80's family sitcoms (seriously, check it out on IMDB) and horribly animated. "Family Guy" was unfortunately more popular than "Futurama" but not by a wide margin, their success on Cartoon Network and DVD are comparable, it's just that Fox's main concern is the almighty dollar. I wish someone at Fox would have enough faith in "Futurama" to throw some money their way based on the quality of the show itself and not the bottom line.
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Posted June 01 2005 - 08:34 AM

Bill, I get the feeling that you don't care for The Family GuyPosted Image

In all fairness, Fox is a business so I can understand why they're concerned with the bottom line. However, I like the idea of them making Futurama movies more than restarting the series. I think they'd have trouble getting the same high quality if they started the series again. The writers, producers, actors, etc have moved on to other shows and might not be able to participate in another series as easily as they could with a one shot movie. Now if they could get back the same (or close to the same) crew, I'd love to see it return as a seriesPosted Image

#12 of 59 Casey Trowbridg

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Posted June 01 2005 - 03:13 PM

Count me in as not only really wanting this, but hoping it happens and would gladly purchase it. I love the show, I love the DVDs, and I love the commentaries.

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Posted June 01 2005 - 03:15 PM

If direct-to-DVD is the show's future, that's fine by me. Just gimme more Futurama FOX.
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#14 of 59 Joseph DeMartino

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Posted June 01 2005 - 03:45 PM

There's a radio newscast I hear a couple of times a day, and I can't for the life of me remember if it is network or local. The only reason it catches my attention every day is the newscaster's sign-off, "I'm Aaron Bender"

Whenever I hear that I keep expecting him to continue "...and you can bite my shiny metal ass!"

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#15 of 59 Amy Mormino

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Posted July 16 2005 - 02:53 AM

Good news everybody! IGN's DVD section just put up news that at least one Futurama direct to DVD movie has been officially greenlit with the option to do one more. Billy West revealed the news at Comic-Con 2005.

#16 of 59 Christian Preischl

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Posted July 16 2005 - 03:16 AM

LOL! Yet another show cancelled by the Fox Networks that lives on in another medium, each one confirming that these people don't know anything about TV programming. If I were in their shoes I'd be majorly embarrassed by now. Posted Image

I can't wait!

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#17 of 59 Joseph Bolus

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Posted July 16 2005 - 03:44 AM

Great news regarding Futurama! I'm ready for all the direct-to-DVD movies they can muster! (I still think that this is what Paramount should be doing with Star Trek these days ...)

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Anyone know any other sci-fi comedies out there, other than Futurama and Red Dwarf? And no, Star Trek TOS doesn't count

Just off the top of my head:
Galaxy Quest
Spaceballs (Yeah ... It's a satire ... but it's funny!)
Ice Pirates

Oh ... If you were talking about TV series:
Third Rock from the Sun
Firefly
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#18 of 59 TravisR

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Posted July 16 2005 - 04:01 AM

Great news!

#19 of 59 Eric F

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Posted July 16 2005 - 06:20 AM

Yes, it would be great if it didn't follow the way the last few episodes of the final season did. I did not like the shlocky/soap-opera storyline that was inserted into a show that was supposed to be satire.

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Posted July 16 2005 - 07:26 AM

Awesome. I love the show. Fry and Bender just crack me up! Can't wait to see some new stuff.
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