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Proving that you just can't keep a good animated series down, Bender's Big Score revives the Futurama crew in a full-length feature (reportedly, the first of four which will later be broken down into individual episodes for television broadcast) chock full of the satiric touches that made the Matt Groening series a cult favorite among sci-fi and animation fans. In true Futurama form, the plot of Big Score is proudly ridiculous: At its core, it's about alien telemarketers with a plan to steal Earth's most valuable historical objects, who use e-mail viruses to cripple Planet Express and take control of belligerent robot Bender; the latter carries out their scheme via a time-travel code tattooed on Fry's backside. This allows for all manner of subplots involving Fry's return to the 20 th century, romantic confusion between Fry and Leela (Katey Sagal), and a host of cameos ranging from Kwaanza-bot (Coolio) and Zapp Brannigan to Al Gore (voiced by the real former vice-president, who once again displays an offbeat sense of humor).
Bender's Big Score also features a staggering amount of extras that reflect the show's sense of playful anarchy. Most valuable to longtime fans is the feature-length commentary by Groening, writers Ken Keeler and David X. Cohen, director Dwayne Carey-Hill, and cast members Billy West (Fry), DiMaggio, and Phil LaMarr, which provides a wealth of information on the film's production as well as plenty of laughs from the voice actors. "Futurama Returns!" is a live comic book reading by the cast in front of an enthusiastic convention audience, while "A Terrifying Message from Al Gore" is a short animated promo featuring the ex-veep in an animated promo for his Inconvenient Truth documentary (Gore's commentary for this short is worth the DVD's sale price alone), and "Bite My Shiny Metal X" is an amusing, tongue-in-cheek lesson on the mathematics used to deliver the show's futuristic touches. Perhaps the oddest extra is a full-length episode of Everybody Loves Hypnotoad, a sitcom based around the bizarre title creature that will provoke equal amounts of laughter and exasperation. A small battery of deleted scenes, new character design sketches, and a five-minute promo shot for Comic-Con round out the extras. --Paul Gaita
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Benders big score, what a great way to start off my collection. This is the first of the futurama series that I bought myself. Read morePublished 10 days ago by JtheSuperSlug
I watched Futurama when it was on Fox years ago. I was disappointed when Fox cancelled it. Later I learned it turned up on cable. Now that Futurama has ended after 8 seasons. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Guy Bona
Same as other episode funny and entertaining for all ages. I don't want to give away the plot.
It's Futurama...that's all you need to know. It's not even my favorite movie of theirs and it's still better than most of the other garbage that somehow remains on TV.Published 5 months ago by Andrew Rausch
If Futurama was a religion was a religion i would be some kind of priest. After watching this I can do more than speak, i can pontificate !Published 9 months ago by Boris
I received the dvd in a quick manner but was a little disappointed with the quality of the case. There were small white scratches throughout the front cover and the bottom left... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sabra
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I'm tending to think that Fox will be watching the sales of this DVD VERY closely. Let's give them a reason to wake up, shall we? :)
Oct 28, 2007 by Amazon Customer | See all 4 posts
|are they bringing back futurama||
This is the first of 4 DVD releases. 3 More will be out in 2008. Comedy Central will chop up the content of the DVDs and make it into 16 "New Episodes" (4 per DVD) and air them sometime after all the DVDs are out. I forgot where I read this, but I'm pretty sure this has been confirmed.
Nov 28, 2007 by Daniel T. | See all 13 posts
|will this come to theatres?||
Nope its straight to DVD, then chopped up for episodes on Comedy Central
Oct 10, 2007 by T. Hower | See all 3 posts
Yes, there are optional English, Spanish and French subtitles available for the main feature only.
Nov 29, 2007 by Matthew Phillip Clayton | See all 3 posts
|someone explain why the hypnotoad was funny||
If you didn't watch past 4 minutes, then you won't know why it's funny. On Futurama, the Hypnotoad has the most popular show in the universe due to the fact it hypnotizes all those who watch. Since you're hypnotized, you don't care that nothing happens. The joke is the way they present... Read More
Jan 18, 2008 by Richard B. Hines | See all 8 posts
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