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boognish

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« on: 10-03-2004 14:25 »

That Futurama had a pretty good run? I mean, 72 episodes isn't that many, but in comparison to a lot of other T.V. shows that's a pretty good amount. Would you really want them to have run Futurama into the ground a la the Simpsons? Because I wouldn't. I think the shorter length of the show's lifespan makes it all the more special. However, I don't think that The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings was the proper closure for the show. I think a movie is in order. That would be the perfect way to tie the bow on Futurama.
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #1 on: 10-03-2004 14:30 »

It did have a good run, and I wouldn't want it turning out like The Simpsons either. Things started appearing in Season 4 which scared me, so maybe it was for the better. But part of me always wonders if they could have made one more great season...
LoveForFry

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« Reply #2 on: 10-03-2004 14:33 »

I think futurama did have a good run, but a few more seasons would work quit nicely. I dont think a 16 season futurama would be any good though.
Idan_Aharoni

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« Reply #3 on: 10-03-2004 14:35 »

Personally, I always prefare for a show to run forever until I'm sick of watching it, than have a taste for more without the ability to get it.
Futurama had a good run, 4 seasons is alot more than most shows get on TV, and yet it didn't get fed up. There might have been a few weird episodes, and it didn't feel as fresh as in the first airing season, but there was alot more ground to cover and basically, I was left with a taste for more. A shame.
Benderfan 1230

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« Reply #4 on: 10-03-2004 14:40 »

I agree with you,boognish. Matt Groening and the other creators and writers said that there were still some things to reveal on the show but couldnt because of its cancellation,so a movie would be a great way to tie up all the loose ends (including FINALLY getting Fry and Leela together) without having to worry about getting a new season or anything.I don't exactly know how they could persuade Fox to let them do a movie, but it would  be, in my opinion, the best thing to do.
Local Jerseyan

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« Reply #5 on: 10-03-2004 15:10 »

Yes, I'll be the parrot and state that a movie would be perfect.

A movie's a perfect way to tie up Futurama. Hell, even the trilogy that Matt's always wanted to do. But Futurama certainly did have much more room to grow than say, "Millenium" or "Harsh Realm".
VoVat

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« Reply #6 on: 10-03-2004 17:57 »

It wasn't a BAD run, certainly.  A lot of shows have done far worse.  I still find myself wanting more, though.  When I like the characters and the universe, I really don't want to say goodbye to them, unless the quality REALLY declines.  (For what it's worth, while I think The Simpsons might be past its prime, I still think it's a quality show, so "You don't want them to ruin it like they did with The Simpsons, do you?" arguments don't really mean that much to me.)
Hedonism Bot

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« Reply #7 on: 10-04-2004 12:42 »
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I'm British, so I've seen a lot of shows that have burnt out rather than faded away; there were only 12 episodes of Fawlty Towers, for example. A short run means that it's not that hard to be able to discuss all of them; imagine having threads as in-depth as in the Recheck forum with a show with over 300 episodes, like The Simpsons.
John Pannozzi

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« Reply #8 on: 10-04-2004 16:15 »

 
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Originally posted by boognish:
That Futurama had a pretty good run? I mean, 72 episodes isn't that many, but in comparison to a lot of other T.V. shows that's a pretty good amount. Would you really want them to have run Futurama into the ground a la the Simpsons? Because I wouldn't. I think the shorter length of the show's lifespan makes it all the more special. However, I don't think that The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings was the proper closure for the show. I think a movie is in order. That would be the perfect way to tie the bow on Futurama.

I agree 100%
boognish

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« Reply #9 on: 10-04-2004 18:28 »

It seems like a movie would work best because it would be relatively cheap to make. 2 million per episode (and I'm not even sure how accurate that figure is, it just gets thrown around a lot) is a lot for TV, but add up four of those (I imagine that it would be about 2 hrs. making it 4x the length of a normal episode)and that's only 8 million, which is relatively cheap for a movie. Then again, I'm still not sure how much it actually costs for them to make an episode. I mean, it can't be THAT much more expensive than Family Guy. The only difference (animation-wise) is the 3D stuff, and that can't be THAT expensive. Not 2 million per episode expensive. Both shows are sent to Korea for animation, both shows use big names in voice talent, etc. Anyway, I've meandered a good deal from my original statement, so I'll just end it here.
ShortRoundMcfly

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« Reply #10 on: 10-04-2004 19:33 »
« Last Edit on: 10-04-2004 19:33 »

If Futurama continued on as something other then a Movie, it would become a sitcom about fry and leela, I'm afraid I cannot let that happen.
scooty puff snr

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« Reply #11 on: 10-04-2004 23:47 »

maybe i'm being greedy, but just one more season would have satisfied me more. Listening to the commentaries about ideas and even characters that never got to be done because of the untimely death of the show is depressing. just one more season! is that too much to ask?
Sivak

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« Reply #12 on: 10-05-2004 02:22 »

I believe it was okay.  I didn't get to watch all season 4 until DVDs, so I caught up on that.

I don't think the Fry & Leela thing would have been bad.  All they would have to do is just not focus on that a great deal.

Zoidberg227

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« Reply #13 on: 10-05-2004 02:37 »

I don't think there's any argument that Futurama had a phenominal run.  Despite being short-lived, we learned a lot about the characters.  But, as has been said, there is a lot that has been left unsaid.  I feel confident that there could have safely been another two or three seasons at least without getting weird.

I think a movie would be sketchy ... Futurama isn't as well known as it should be, so it's unlikely it would do well in theaters.  And while FOX might be willing to give it a decent timeslot for a half hour one day a week, it's unlikely they'd give it a couple hours several times in a good timeslot to air it enough to pay for it and make money.  I think that the series would best be finished with a regular TV season in a suitable timeslot.  But I'll take what I can get. 
JDB

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« Reply #14 on: 10-05-2004 02:50 »

I think that if Futurama went for as long as the Simpsons have they would have ran out of GOOD ideas and the show would have dragged on a bit but I think a movie would be great!
Zmithy

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« Reply #15 on: 10-05-2004 05:55 »

No, I don't agree, Futurama has unlimited scope thanks to its futuristic setting.
There's only so much to do with the simpsons, whereas futurama can do anything.
Would they ever have bart simpson ride a dinosaur, get his hands bitten off, then blow up a planet? OK, maybe in a halloween special, but the standard template for many simpsons episodes seems to be: 'homer does something dumb, the end'.

I am content with 72 episodes, but think the show should have lasted for at least one more season.
Fox should make another 18- episode run, to make 100 episodes, how good would that be for marketing?
airbagfailure

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« Reply #16 on: 10-05-2004 06:04 »

Oh network gods PLEASE MAKE FOX SEE THE LIGHT!..

i doubt it will happen... Because of a few pigheaded people, squillions of futurama nerdlingers will cry themselves to sleep because it got cancelled way before it's time..

well..maybe it's just me.. but still.. there was SO much more they could have done.. so many planets to explore and for bender to steal from..

oh the shame of it all....
kiffan

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« Reply #17 on: 10-05-2004 12:07 »

 My main fear is the show will be forgoten, but a short run does not nesisarily mean the show will be forgoten. Monty Python's flying circus was 4 seasons, but they got movies, hoards of fans and are still remembered.  So a movie would be nice, but as long as I'M alive, Futurama will not be forgoten! NEVER!!!

And if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. --Groucho Marx.
Buick 8

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« Reply #18 on: 10-05-2004 12:12 »

I agree with kiffan, futurama might still if not more, at least lot of re-runs (only my opinion).
Colonel43

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« Reply #19 on: 10-05-2004 12:16 »

 
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so many planets to explore and for bender to steal from..

oh the shame of it all....

  mad ur all gay!
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