Tuesday, November 27, 2007

"Good News, Everyone!"

First, a confession: I'm a Futurama fan. A BIG Futurama fan (you, in the back row--shut the hell up!) and why shouldn't I be? What's not to like about an animated show for adults by Matt Groening (The Simpsons, Life In Hell) that takes place at the beginning of a 31st century chock-full of suicide booths, soap operas for androids, celebrity heads in jars, hideously addictive soft drinks and features an "alcoholic, whore-mongering, chain-smoking" robot, an undeniably hot one-eyed mutant, an increasingly senile mad scientist who runs a delivery service to fund his experiments, a decapodian M. D. with a woefully inadequate knowledge of human anatomy, and a not-so-bright, cryogenically-preserved pizza delivery boy from the year 2000?

Even better, as Groening himself said, "it was full of catnip for geeks" what with "allusions to classic videogames, programming languages, Schrodinger's cat, and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle." Oh, yeah, and an occasional appearance by Lucy Liu.

Fox canceled the show in 2003 whereupon Cartoon Network began airing reruns to the wild acclaim and near-orgasmic excitement of die-hard fans while garnering a new generation of viewers. Soon thereafter began...The Rumors. Teasing rumors. Exciting rumors. Rumors of new episodes of Futurama. Oh, my, yes!

Well, as it turns out, the rumors were true--Futurama Is Back! Grab A Can of Slurm and Settle In as Bender's Big Score (spoilers galore) hits the DVD shelves TODAY, ultimately (meaning next year) being aired as half-hour episodes on Comedy Central. Get it fer cheap at Amazon.com.

Naturally, the big question is whether my favorite character, the Robot Devil, will make an appearance.

Anyone besides me notice how much the Robot Devil sounds like deceased voice actor Hans Conried?


Cathy VanPatten said...

He who shall not be named does voices for Futurama, but I'm relatively sure he doesn't voice the Robot Devil. I'm sure he can do a creditable Hans Conried, though, so who knows?

Cathy VanPatten said...

LOL! Now that I finally got a chance to watch it (they block youtube and other video stuff at work... hmmm... wonder why? Heh!), I can attest that it is NOT He who shall not be named.

Pretty funny clip... and quite a snappy tune!

G. W. Ferguson said...

Nah, thank goodness or I'd be morally obligated to spit, the Robot Devil is voiced by Dan Castellaneta of Simpsons fame or Maurice LaMarche, who's everywhere. LaMarche, by the way, is currently my favorite living voice actor--he does the BEST Orson Welles EVER!