Futurama: Bender's Big Score
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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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Such is the case with Futurama: Bender's Big Score. Have fans legitimate gripes with the latest installment in the Futurama universe? Yes. But the pros at least negate the cons.
I am satisfied with this straight-to-DVD movie for the following reasons: 1) The animation is well done. Though Fry, in particular, looks slightly different than the Fry we all remember (mostly around the eyes), it is very subtle, and all other characters look exactly as I remember them. 2) The writing is still very witty. With a plot that is incredibly convoluted, the writers were not afraid to take jabs at themselves and their plot, while at the same time coming up with new jokes and clever jabs (Bender is still in great form). 3) For Futurama fans, so many references are made to the original four seasons that this alone will keep a fan pleased. The writers did not forget their original four seasons and made many references to them, and even used this movie to explain certain things (how Fry's dog got fossilized, for instance). I appreciated the writer's attention to maintaining story continuity.
For these reasons, Futurama: Bender's Big Score is certainly no miss, and indeed, it satisfies where it needs to. That said, there are a number of legitimate complaints a fan can have:
1) In order to bring in so many characters from the original four seasons, the writers took away the power from certain characters--Nibbler and Robot Santa, for instance.Read more ›
It's here the first of the 4 "NEW" FUTURAMA direct-to-DVD videos, 3 of which will be released throughout 2008. Following "BENDER'S BIG SCORE" will be, "INTO THE WILD GREEN YONDER" then, "BENDER'S GAME" and THE BEAST WITH A BILLION BACKS." The features will be cut into an episode format to air eventually on Comedy Central, not Cartoon Network.
Each of these feature the brilliant original voice talent, from the short-lived fox series: John Di Maggio (as Bender and others), Dave Herman (as the Honorable Mayor C. Randall Poopenmayer and more ) Katey Sagal (Leela), Phil LaMarr (Hermes), Lauren Tom (Amy Wong), Billy West (Fry, Zoidberg, Farnsworth, an other Futurama, but known as Stimpy and from the Howard Stern Show, West does the best LARRY FINE in the business), old school veterans like Frank Welker (here for Nibbler but he's the original Fred Jones, if you saw Saturday morning, you can bet he was in it) and Maurice LaMarche (as Morbo, but LaMarche was on the original Transformers, amoung other projects) and Tress a.k.a. "Skinner's Mom" MacNeille (most recently played the "Spider-Pig" in Simpson's Movie). This time around Sarah Silverman is a guest along with others, like Star War's Mark Hamill.
The Planet Express crew are back, only to be accidently sold to evil nudist aliens in an internet racket (remember kids don't give out personal info. on-line). The aliens desire information and upon learning the secret of paradox-free time travel is tatooed onto Fry's butt, the turn Bender into an evil (well more-evil) time-traveling killing/stealing machine.Read more ›
This is the first new thing from the show since it has been cancelled and the good thing about the movie is that nearly everyone who had previously worked on the show contributed to the movie and its the same team.The movie as one could expect has plenty of funny sequence,and its exactly what you get here.Bender's Big Score,however is an odd title really as the story isn't really focused on him and after seeing the movie a few times i still wondered why it was called that way.The title of the movie can be misleading.Another great thing,this is all NEW material nothing from the four seasons,entirely new stuff.They putted a lot in the film,in fact maybe a little too much but overral it lives up to the series and i didn't expect it to be this good honestly i expected some kind of flop.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have a problem with the cheap cardboard packaging and Asian Titles. This is a playable disc, so that's all good, but the packaging is terrible and begins to ruin the disc as soon... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chris
If I am not mistaken this movie came out between the original cancellation and the show being picked back up. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Beth Smith
Very funny and jam packed with features, my only complaint is the damn carbon neutral cases that all futurama stuff comes in now. It is cardboard and it can scratch the disks.Published 6 months ago by Skylar Munkers
Great mini-movie from the Futurama crew! This was actually my first introduction to Futurama, and it's been a lot of fun - some sources even vote it the best Futurama of them all... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Surferofromantica
I bought this for one of my kid's at Christmas awhile back and they didn't like the ending.. but I won't tell you why.Published 10 months ago by bluebird54
I haven't actually watched it yet, but Bender is by far my favorite character on Futurama!
I also have the talking Bender figure, so he can hide stuff in his compartment,... Read more
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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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