Futurama - Monster Robot Maniac Fun Collection
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Like the FG Freakin' Sweet Collection, Futurama's Monster Robot Maniac Fun Collection is a compilation of four episodes (one episode per season) hand-picked by the creator himself. Here are my given thoughts on these episodes:
Hell is Other Robots is probably the funniest episode of the first season, where Bender, while trying to clean up his act, joins a robot religion group which irritates his friends at the Planet Express. Plenty of gags and music to keep you happy. 9/10
Anthology of Interest I is one of my all-time favorites; I always enjoy 10-minute sketches compiled into a half-hour episode like Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror and Family Guy's Viewer Mail. Fry, Leela, and Bender lend their wonders in a "what-if" machine; Bender wonders what if he was 500 feet tall (obvious to see him on the DVD cover art), Leela wonders what if she was a little more impulsive, and Fry wonders what if he never fell into the cryogenic freezer and never come into the future. 10/10
The Emmy-award winning Roswell that Ends Well follows Fry accidentally opening a time portal by a pot of popcorn while at a supernova explosion in a microwave and transporting the entire Planet Express Crew into Roswell, New Mexico in the year 1947, the time where Fry's grandfather was alive...well, at least Fry tries to keep him that way. Funny episode, well-written, period.Read more ›
Bonuses include an animatic (the early, rough pencil animation) of "Hell Is Other Robots" complete with new commentary track and scenes cut from the final version; a general intro to the disc by Matt Groening, cast (John Dimaggio - Bender, and Billy West - Fry/Zoidberg/Professor), and crew; as well as individual intros to each episode, and maybe an Easter Egg or two.
Just like the Family Guy Freakin' Sweet DVD, these 4 episodes (1 episode per season) are hand-picked favorites by the creator of the show, Matt Groening. These episodes are:
Hell is Other Robots (S1)
Anthology of Interest I (S2)
Roswell that Ends Well (S3)
The Sting (S4)
If the extras are good, than that will make this DVD worth buying. There's no final word on what the extras are yet, but there are some rumors that there will be intros into each episode by Matt Groening, as well as brand new commentaries and a never-before-seen animatic.
If you want more info on this, go to GotFuturama.com. Otherwise BITE MY SHINY METAL @$$!
You like the show, so why the two star rating you ask? Well there is very little new content for fans, such as myself, who have the 4 season boxsets. New to the disc is an animatic from "Hell is Other Robots" which runs about 5 minutes longer than the finished episode. There is also a brand new commentary track on the animatic. Rounding out the new extras is an intro to the series and mini-intros to each episode. Curiously the commentary tracks on all 4 episodes which were present on the season sets are not present on this compilation.
I suppose this collection is meant to attract the casual fan who wants to see some of the best the show had to offer, and it does a fairly good job at that, though a welcome inclusion would have been the Pilot episode to properly introduce people to the Futurama Universe. Another excellent bonus feature would have been to include the hillarious cinematics from the Futurama video game.
To summarize, if you already own the boxsets, there is not much reason to bother with this release, rent it if you want to give the commentary track a listen. If your new to the series, this is a pretty good litmus test to whether your style of humor gels with Futurama, though your money would probably be better spent toward the purchase of Vol. 1 of the series.
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A must have, if you are a Futurama fan like me, I enjoy all of Futurama series I am looking forward for volume nine to come out.Published 10 months ago by Joe
Futurama grew on me and I ended up having to have them ALL. This disc had several features I wanted to have. This finished the kit!Published on January 16, 2014 by Albert D. Smith III
This is just a rehash of other episodes, nothing new . Thought I had stumbled on a gem. Nothing new here to see, but still enjoyable as it is FuturamaPublished on October 10, 2013 by D. M.
If you're new to Futurama, this is a collection of select episodes from the original 2000-2004 series run that stood out for one reason or another... Read morePublished on August 26, 2011 by Beth Smith
This is a fun collection of both old and new espisodes. Fun to watch on a boring afternoon.Published on July 4, 2010 by Kathryn Fouch
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