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5.0 out of 5 stars Incentivise that employee for a great movie., November 4, 2008
This review is from: Futurama: Bender's Game (DVD)
This movie is completely independent from the other two films, with everything back to normal at the beginning of it from when the last ended. It's pretty easy to follow along for thsoe who haven't seen the other two, or even the rest of the series. As others have mentioned, this movie takes on a D&D / Lord of the Rings feel to it as it explores the fantasy realm, but it's nicely explained as to why it happens that way. Everything seems to blend together well in this movie (the various subplots set up at the beginning join together). The movie also refers back to the original series and explains various things: a possibile origin between the Farnesworth-Wordstrom rivalry, more on the Mom-Farnesworth relationship, Nibbler being picked up off Vergon 6 as it implodes (and why it does implode), and a few other things. I think all of these add to what's known in the Futurama universe without taking away from anything, and fits very well in to what is already established.

I really enjoyed the movie, probably more than the other two movies. The one thing I didn't like so much about the DVD were the features. I didn't find them all that exciting. I enjoyed seeing how to draw the characters, and the genetics lab was somewhat interesting (but limiting). Everything else wasn't bad, but just seemed a bit short.

Features:
-Movie Commentary
-Storyboard Animatic for part one (~ 20 minutes)
-Futurama Genetics lab (you can choose two characters and see what they look like merged- but only for a small number of characters)
-Dungeons & Dragons & Futurama (~ 7 minutes, explains D&D references in the show)
-How to draw Fry, Bender/Flexo, Leela, & Zoidberg (~ 8 minutes)
-3-D modeling of various ships in the series (~ 5 minutes)
-Deleted scene (only one)
-"Blooperama," outtakes from the movie (~ 2 minutes)
-Bender's Anti-Piracy Warning
-Trailer for the fourth movie: "Into the Wild Green Yonder"

The packaging I got my DVD in was the cardboard "carbon neutral" packaging, in which the disc is put into a cardboard slit. I went out and bought a CD envelope to put in my box instead of using the slit.

The box did contain 4 Futurama postcards: giant Bender and Zoidberg (from the Anthology of Interest), Fry and Leela running away from aliens attacking, an ad to "Keep your robot clean" and a generic "The future is today, worry about it tomorrow." Even though these were mostly put in to advertise that these images were for sale in paintings, I kind of like the extra of having postcard-sized art ("One 'art' please").
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Initial post: Nov 4, 2008 4:10:16 PM PST
Twiddles42 says:
A good review, thank you.

I too enjoyed this one. Like the other two movies, it re-uses some aspects of old plots and explains character backgrounds and daring to become a self-parody of a pastiche, yet manages to still remain fresh and interesting.

I never cared much for "Beast with a Billion Backs" and the preview for "Bender's Game" was disappointing. Seeing the actual thing restored my faith.

Oh, terrific cameo by George Takei and parody of the Dixie Chicks; there's a lot that comes out of nowhere. Though some of it is still more "Family Guy" oriented as "Futurama" tends to do better when bringing in or parodying sci-fi than mainstream pop culture.

Posted on Nov 5, 2008 11:09:49 AM PST
Paige Nance says:
thanks for a good review... also thanks for the dr. z quote at the end. makes me laugh every time. :)

Posted on Nov 17, 2009 5:33:51 PM PST
Xylobe says:
Good review. Also, I just saw the episode with that Dr. Z quote about 2 hours ago.
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