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Ttomalss
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« on: 09-02-2004 16:40 »

Right now, the possibility of Futurama returning lies in the hands of the executives at FOX (sadly).  However, if this new season of Family Guy that's in the works is a hit, Futurama's chances might get better.

However, a major question lies in the way of any resurrection: can the old show be put back together?  What I mean is, can most of the writers, producers, directors, animators, and all of the actors be brought back to do the show.  I know Katey Sagal has a committment to "8 Simple Rules...", and that writer Eric Kaplan is now a producer on "Malcolm in the Middle".  I think David X. Cohen has also found work, though I don't know where.

Thoughts?
DrJohnZ

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« Reply #1 on: 09-02-2004 17:23 »

We can only hope that it would all work out if re-production was possiable to the show.
Nasty Pasty

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« Reply #2 on: 09-02-2004 17:30 »

All the workers and actors who worked on the show really enjoyed doing it. They thought it was a great show. I believe with some convincing, they'd come back.
j_ohanley

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« Reply #3 on: 09-02-2004 19:05 »

The only one I'd be worried about would be Katey Segal. It wouldn't be a huge deal, but her voice is pretty much impossible to duplicate.
PCC Fred

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« Reply #4 on: 09-02-2004 19:19 »

I don't why Katey Sagal wouldn't be able to do it.  My understanding is that voiceover work is nowhere near as time consuming as filming a live-action show, and remember that she was able to film Tucker and the early episodes of 8 Simple Rules while Futurama was still in production.
Whoopwhoopwhoop

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« Reply #5 on: 09-02-2004 19:36 »

Listen carefully...  FOX will not give the rights away...  They like the money they make with them...  If you made lots of money off essentially a piece of paper with legal words on it, I am sure youd keep it around too...
Philp_J_Fry

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« Reply #6 on: 09-02-2004 20:00 »

 
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Originally posted by Ttomalss:
Right now, the possibility of Futurama returning lies in the hands of the executives at FOX (sadly). However, if this new season of Family Guy that's in the works is a hit, Futurama's chances might get better.

However, a major question lies in the way of any resurrection: can the old show be put back together? What I mean is, can most of the writers, producers, directors, animators, and all of the actors be brought back to do the show. I know Katey Sagal has a committment to "8 Simple Rules...", and that writer Eric Kaplan is now a producer on "Malcolm in the Middle". I think David X. Cohen has also found work, though I don't know where.

Thoughts?

'A man can dream,a man can dream'  smile
PCC Fred

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« Reply #7 on: 09-02-2004 20:13 »

 
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Originally posted by Whoopwhoopwhoop:
Listen carefully...  FOX will not give the rights away...  They like the money they make with them...  If you made lots of money off essentially a piece of paper with legal words on it, I am sure youd keep it around too...

First of all, that's irrelevent to the thread topic.  We're discussing whether or not it'd be possible to get the original production team back together.

Second, Ttomalss' post makes no mention of FOX losing the rights to the series.  He suggested that if the new series of Family Guy (a FOX/CN joint venture) was a success, then FOX and CN might go on to resurrect Futurama.
newhook_1

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« Reply #8 on: 09-02-2004 23:05 »

I think they'd all get back together because the simple fact that it didn't seem like any of them wanted the show to be cancelled. DXC is still making stuffed toys, Verrone is still writing for the comics, Matt seems to really want it back, that's three majior players right there, and I'm sure many other writers would love to come back. 
Jicannon

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« Reply #9 on: 09-02-2004 23:05 »

And thirdly, it should be "Read carefully"  wink

Chris Tyng has also found new work I believe...but I'm sure that the old cast and production team could get together. DXC has indicated before that if money were not a problem, they'd love to work on the show again.
fryfanSpyOrama

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« Reply #10 on: 09-02-2004 23:16 »
« Last Edit on: 09-02-2004 23:16 »

If the show was to come back, it has to be as if the show was never cancelled.  The same cast, writers have to be involved, because then it loses what originally made it cool.
Nasty Pasty

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« Reply #11 on: 09-02-2004 23:46 »

I really wouldnt like it if they replaced some of the voice talent with other actors. I mean, not having the original voices is just as bad as not having the show at all...
Jicannon

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« Reply #12 on: 09-02-2004 23:50 »

yeah, kind of like the new Doug they made...that sucked  frown
Nasty Pasty

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« Reply #13 on: 09-02-2004 23:56 »

 
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Originally posted by Jicannon:
yeah, kind of like the new Doug they made...that sucked   frown

*shoots self in the face just thinking about that crapfest*
Zoidberg227

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« Reply #14 on: 09-03-2004 00:03 »

I think the show would be worse than not having new episodes if they changed the voice talent.  And the new Doug sucked at least in part because Disney totally raped the show ...

But really, I think it could be rebuilt, assuming FOX realised their misguided ways (or just forked over the rights to someone who can afford it).  I don't see a huge problem with them getting the whole cast and crew back together; most of them have experience in working multiple projects anyway.
Eyedol7513

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« Reply #15 on: 09-03-2004 01:10 »

If it's so easy for an actor/actress to work a live-action show, and do a voice-over, why did it take 6 months for Katey Sagal to do 2 short lines for TDHAIP?
At the very least, they should have DXC and Matt Groening back. They're both good writers, and could carry an entire season. (Whatever the minimum for a series is, if there is one.) If the actors/actresses had to be replaced, then the replacements should do their best to imitate the original voices, but to not do it so much, that it will end up like 'Doug'.
If it has to be replaced with new voice-overs, it would be weird, but I'd get used to it. But they have to have Groening and DXC at the very least.
If they're not there, Futurama will die. And if it does come back, please give the show closure. Don't end it like TDHAIP, with so many unasnwered questions, especially since we don't know for sure whether Fry and Leela got together. (Though it can be safely assumed.) At least with The Why of Fry, we got more closure. At least the ending took place in "real life" and not in a holophoner scene.
If FOX can give Family Guy a chance, they should at least give Futurama one more chance. (Even 7 episodes would be tolerable, but no less. And they could show a new episode every other week to stretch out the season.)
And if it comes back, they should learn from their mistakes. When will the executives learn to take fan's advice? Give it an 8:30p.m. timeslot, and promote it! If they do that, and the episdoes are good, they could make tons of money.
And with a DVD, if they made character commentaries, I think it would sell even better.
^^^But those are just my thoughts.
Squeaky

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« Reply #16 on: 09-03-2004 01:26 »

They can easily bring the show back... and from what I understand most of the old crew said if the show was brought back they would definatly come back.
Zoidberg227

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« Reply #17 on: 09-03-2004 01:43 »
« Last Edit on: 09-03-2004 01:43 »

 
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Originally posted by Eyedol7513:
If it's so easy for an actor/actress to work a live-action show, and do a voice-over, why did it take 6 months for Katey Sagal to do 2 short lines for TDHAIP?

(assuming that was directed at me): Hey, I never said it would be easy to do multiple projects, I just meant that they would be capable.  Plus, my understanding is that it took so long to get those last few lines from Katey because she was out with bronchitis and/or other hoarse voice causing ailments.  That's just something voice actors have to deal with sometimes, regardless of how many projects they are involved in. 

Otherwise, I agree with pretty much everything else you have to say, except the part about the voice talent ... I'm adamant about that remaining intact.  Getting all the writers is less of an issue ... not everyone who wrote for the show was involved in every episode, and there were quite a few writers.  Thus, there's a fairly large and available original pool to draw from.
Squeaky

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« Reply #18 on: 09-03-2004 02:01 »

To add on to what I said earlier... Most actors/actresses that were on a show that was cancelled usually take the side of the show. I mean they are angry because that something they worked hard on gets stopped because the higher ups didn't promote or keep in a steady time slot.

Thats why I think getting the old crew back together wouldn't be that hard... but getting our show back is a differant story.
Xerxes

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« Reply #19 on: 09-03-2004 02:38 »
« Last Edit on: 09-03-2004 02:38 »

 
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Originally posted by Nasty Pasty:
I really wouldnt like it if they replaced some of the voice talent with other actors. I mean, not having the original voices is just as bad as not having the show at all...
I agree and understand.

I was once used to the Czech voices of The Simpsons. But with 13th season (the last one aired here so far), the voice actor of Homer had retired. Hearing the new Homer's voice, I totally lost my interest in the show (or was it because I got a harddrive full of Futurama back then? Probably both).

And while I'm at it, I must say that the Czech dubbing of The Simpsons is much better than the original one. But, on the other hand, if I were so used to the original voices, as I am with Futurama, I wouldn't stand the dubbing...

I hope that if the Futurama is revived (yes, a man can dream), the production team will remain intact. Otherwise it won't be Futurama anymore...

Edit: Doing TDHAIP was probably the hardest of all because of all the singing...
Rage Dump

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« Reply #20 on: 09-03-2004 02:43 »
« Last Edit on: 09-03-2004 02:43 »

 
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Can Futurama be reassembled?
No. Deal with it.
mic

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« Reply #21 on: 09-03-2004 02:53 »
« Last Edit on: 09-03-2004 02:53 »

 
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Originally posted by Ttomalss:
Can futurama be reassembled?

No.  Here's why.

Would you like to see my warez collection?
Zoidberg227

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« Reply #22 on: 09-03-2004 03:01 »

That's not the point of this thread.  The question was:

 
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Originally posted by Ttomalss:
can the old show be put back together?

It's a hypothetical question; one in which we put on our dream fantasy hats and assume FOX offers to recomission the show.  It has nothing to do with the plausibility of a resurrection (no one here is fooling themselves ... we all know that's pretty damn close to zero).  So instead of meaningless replies consisting of one word, or linking to threads not related to the question, why don't you use an actual, factual point do defend your opinion?
Eyedol7513

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« Reply #23 on: 09-03-2004 17:09 »

 
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Originally posted by Zoidberg227:
  (assuming that was directed at me): Hey, I never said it would be easy to do multiple projects, I just meant that they would be capable.

It was sort of directed to you, but not 100%. I was speaking in a sort of hypothical sense.
I know it would be capable, and just now I realize that the commentators mentioned something about Sagal's commitment to '8 Simple Rules' and something about her throat.
The only reason I'm so hopeful for a comeback, is because how TDHAIP ended. (Not in "real life".)
Even if voice actors had to be replaced, I wouldn't mind unless it was badly done. Even if that happened, I could stand it for one season, as long as the writers brought closure to the show.
But I realize there's a slim chance of this happening.

*Isn't there a way for FOX to give Cartoon Network the rights to produce shows, but still keep the rights to the show?
What I mean, is something like a joint ownership, and profits are split. (But knowing FOX, this will never happen.)
I am thankful they at least released the DVDs. If it is brought back, I'd forgive them.

conman16x
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« Reply #24 on: 09-04-2004 13:48 »

 
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Originally posted by Rage Dump:
   
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Can Futurama be reassembled?
No. Deal with it.

ill never be able to understand why some people are so offended by any talk of bringing the show back, even when its strictly hypothetical!

we understand that it makes you feel superior to try and correct people even when they dont need correcting, but seriously, stop.  it just makes you look like an elitist ass.  and no one likes an elitist ass.

i know i havent posted like, ever, but ive been reading the forum and watching futurama from the beginning, so dont try and pull that "newbies dont know what theyre talking about" crap on me!
Jicannon

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« Reply #25 on: 09-04-2004 14:00 »

Guys, remember this thread is disgussing whether or not the writers, producers, and cast would be able to get back together to work on the show IF[/i][/u] the show was given another chance. Rage Dump and mic, I agree with you completely, but this is not what the question asks.
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