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Futurama: Volume One (1999)

Billy West , John DiMaggio  |  PG |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille, Phil LaMarr
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox Film Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2003
  • Run Time: 22 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000083C6W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,017 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Futurama: Volume One" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 13 episodes on 3 discs
  • Commentary on all episodes
  • Animatic, script, and storyboards for "Space Pilot 3000"
  • Deleted scenes from six episodes
  • Featurette
  • Concept art gallery (videos and stills)

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Set in the year 3000, Futurama is the acme of sci-fi animated sitcom from Simpsons creator Matt Groening. While not as universally popular as The Simpsons, Futurama is equally hip and hilarious, thanks to its zippy lateral-thinking contemporary pop cultural references, celebrity appearances (Pamela Anderson and Leonard Nimoy are among a number of guest stars to appear as disembodied heads in jars), and Bender, a distinctly Homer Simpson-esque robot. Part of Futurama's charm is that with decades of sci-fi junk behind us, we've effectively been living with the distant future for years and can now have fun with it. Hence, the series stylishly jumbles motifs ranging from Lost in Space-style kitsch to the grim dystopia of Blade Runner. It also bridges the gap between the impossible dreams of your average science fiction fan and the slobbish reality of their comic reading, TV-watching existence. Groening himself distinguishes his two series thus: "The Simpsons is fictional. Futurama is real."

The opening season (premiered in 1999) sees nerdy pizza delivery boy Fry transferred to the 31st century in a cryogenic mishap. There, he meets the beautiful, one-eyed Leela (voiced by Married with Children's Katey Sagal) and the incorrigible alcoholic robot Bender. The three of them join Fry's great (great, great, etc.) nephew Professor Farnsworth and work in his intergalactic delivery service. Hyper-real yet strangely recognizable situations ensue--Fry discovers he's a billionaire thanks to 1,000 years' accrued interest, Leela must fend off the attentions of Captain Kirk-like Lothario Zapp Brannigan, and Fry accidentally drinks the ruler of a strange planet of liquid beings. --David Stubbs

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164 of 185 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lived up to it's expectations February 13, 2003
Format:DVD
Obviously, with 'Futurama' being made by Matt Groening, the same creator of probably the most popular animated show in the world, 'The Simpsons', expectations were high for 'Futurama'. It had to be an instant hit, and I have to say it's not as popular as 'The Simpsons', but it is definitely worth watching, and the first season is definitely worth buying.
1. Space Pilot 3000
A 25-year-old pizza delivery boy named Fry spends New Year's Eve 1999 lamenting his lame existence. That night, he accidentally freezes himself in a cryogenics lab and awakens at the dawn of the year 3,000! With the past 1,000 years behind him, Fry decides to make a fresh start. He tracks down his great-great-great-great (etc.) nephew, Professor Farnsworth, and gets a job with his intergalactic delivery service. With the help of his two new friends, a beautiful one-eyed alien named Leela and a degenerate robot named Bender, Fry prepares for the ride of his life in this bizarre new millennium.

2. Episode Two: The Series Has Landed
When one of his first deliveries takes him to the moon, Fry can hardly contain his excitement. For the others, it's just a routine trip, but Fry is shocked to discover a giant lunar theme park! He convinces Leela to go exploring and search for the original moon-landing site, but their excursion soon becomes a matter of life or death! Meanwhile, Bender puts the moves on a moon-farmer's daughter and suffers the consequences!

3. I, Roommate
Everyone is sick of Fry so he has to get his own apartment. He decides to become Bender's roommate. The only catch is that Bender's apartment has a volume of 2 cubic meters.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bite My Shiny Metal AxSS September 17, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Campy and hilarious cartoon by Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons. Futurama makes fun of politics, other movies, people, TV, advertising, social concerns, environmental issues, religion, se$x, and everything both touchable and untouchable.

The combination of in-your-face one-liners and tongue-in-cheek humor is as good as it gets for an evening of enjoyable escapism. The entire premise of the show is that Philip J. Fry, a pizza delivery boy, was accidentally frozen back in 1999 and reawakened in the year 3000. He goes to work for his great nephew, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, who's 150 years old and senile.

Katey Sagal was the perfect choice for the voice of Leela, a feisty spaceship captain with one eye and a purple ponytail. Wherever she goes, Leela really kicks hinder. Bender is a foul-mouthed girder-bending robot who becomes Fry's friend, and who must drink alcohol to charge his batteries. There Hermes the Jamaican accountant, Amy the intern, and Dr. Zoidberg, the giant lobster physician. (he also eats everything in sight)

Because it's a space cartoon, the creators are not bound to any kind of realism, which is good. Some of the creatures and situations in the series really showcase the sick and twisted minds behind the show, freeing Groening from the restrictions of The Simpsons and allowing his darker side to soar. Nothing is too sacred to take advantage of in this comical and entertaining series. Also, watch for the quips at the bottom of the screen during the opening credits, very similar to Bart writing on the chalkboard during the opening theme of The Simpsons.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best New TV Series November 2, 2004
By Brad
Format:DVD
Futarama is the best new TV series. If you only watch "Simpsons", "Family Guy", or "King of the Hill" then what the heck is wrong with you. Futarma is so funny on so many different levels. They have so many guest stars like Pamlea Anderson, a couple Star Trek members, and the voice of Richard Nixon. The three disc collection contains episodes 1-13.

The show is about Fry (Phillp) who a loser pizza delivery boy that has nothing to live for. His girlfriend leaves him he always gets fake deliveries. He ends up getting frozen for 1000 years. He wakes up in December 31, 2999. He goes out nd meets a robot and ends up running into Leela which joins him for the rest of the show. Fry trys to find a reletive in the future. He finds Professor Farnsworth who is some 100 year old man which ends up being his nephew. He hires them as his delivery crew on go on all kinds of exciting and funny missions. Here is a list of the episodes and what there about:

Disc1
1.Space Pilot 3000
After an accidental cryogenic freezing, Fry awakens at the dawn of the year 3000. With the help of his two new friends, a swearing robot, and a cute one-eyed alien named Leela, Fry defies his life assignment as a delivery boy. He tracks down his great-great-great-etc. nephew, Professoe Farnsworth, who hires the three to work for his intergalactic delivery service.

2.The Series Has Landed
After delivering a pacgage to an amusement park on the moon, Fry shows Leela how to appreciate the celestial body. Meanwhile Bender finds a little robot romance with a farmer's daughters, which puts the whole crew in jeopardy.

3.I,Roommate
Fry is such a slob that he is forced to move out of the Planet Express offices.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love At First Sight
Best series ever! I watch it as a pick-me-up whenever I'm feeling down. Never fails me.
Published 14 days ago by Christine Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Futurama!
I love this show. Can watch it over and over. So clever, so fast, have to pause, rewind, and watch over and over to catch everything on screen. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Everything I wanted. Great!
Published 2 months ago by linda maxwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking Genius
Futurama is an animated comedy from Matt Groening, the creator of 'The Simpsons'. The Simpsons often cracked us up with social satire, but Futurama turned the Simpsons'... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Winter
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Show Ever
Futurama is one of my all time favorites, it's always a good laugh. So unless you have no sense of humor you'll enjoy this. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Andrea Fecteau
4.0 out of 5 stars Good comedy; you need a remote control, though.
Great sci-fi comedy; however, the episode prompts are irksome....don't misplace your remote! "Bender" is a bit crude for my taste!
Published 5 months ago by JLTneedsTLC
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool
Cool Runnings. Love the show, sorry it had to go!
The older ones are the best.
Had a blast reliving the past.
Published 5 months ago by dru jackson
1.0 out of 5 stars poor quality
I ordered all 7 of these seasons. I returned them all. Two came with disc sliding around inside. When I opened one of the seasons I saw why, cardboard sleeves. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Cartoon
Great comedy from the creator of the Simpsons. In retrospect I think I like this more than the Simpsons now. Read more
Published 7 months ago by M. Olson
4.0 out of 5 stars I like Futurama
I chose 4 because I really do love the season. But I don't like the where the discs slide in and scratch them over. Other than I'm really happy with it.
Published 7 months ago by Matthew
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