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DotheBartman

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« on: 06-28-2005 03:35 »

Forgive me if this has been posted before. I did a search and didn't find anything.  Anyway, some of you may be familiar with the site "Jim Hill Media", which covers a lot of insider and historical info from the entertainment industry, mostly Disney.  Anyway, they had an interesting column a few months ago that I just came across after doing a search for "Futurama" as a lark.  It concerns the trend of cancelled shows being ressurected later, and talks a little about Futurama and one really interesting and suprising thing that is/was in the planning stages:
 http://www.jimhillmedia.com/mb/articles/showarticle.php?ID=1370

 
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Speaking of "Star Trek," there is another cancelled futuristic show that is always surrounded by rumors of resurrection. "Simpsons" creator Matt Groenig's "Futurama" has always had a strong fan base despite Fox's habit of sticking the show in horrific time slots. Talk around L.A. is that the show's producers view "Futurama" as a "Star Trek" like franchise. In other words, they hold out hope that after "The Simpsons" leaves the air, the time might be right to bring Fry, Bender, and the rest of the Planet Express crew back to the air waves.

In fact, JHM sources have told us of a "Futurama" themed simulator ride that has been worked on in hopes that series might make a comeback. I know what you are thinking. "Cory, tell me about the ride. What would it be like?" Ok, I'm no Jim Hill, but I'll give you the best description I can of what this ride might be like if it ever reaches the light of day, which sadly, will probably never happen.

The show building would resemble the Planet Express office that you see in every episode of the show. As you entered the building you would pass by the offices of the crew and staff, and see the Planet Express ship being prepared for departure.

Once you board the ship you would be informed that the crew (Leela, Fry, and Bender) is on a routine mission to deliver a package to the moon. At this point in the show Fry would turn around and see all the riders in the seats behind him. "I know this ride!" he would exclaim, "We all think this is going to be a regular trip. But something is going to go horribly wrong!" Clearly the writers are setting us up for a parody of the grandfather of all simulator rides, Disney's "Star Tours."

However, as your mission to the moon proceeds you find that strangely nothing seems to be going "horribly wrong". You encounter numerous ominous situations where Fry exclaims "Here is where it's all going to go horribly wrong." Yet, everything continues smoothly. Even the package delivery to a huge menacing looking monster goes off without a hitch, and the crew begins its journey back to Earth. But, before they return home the ship must make one last stop to pick up the ever pompous captain Zap Branigan. When Branigan takes control of the ship from Leela, Fry finally gets his wish and EVERYTHING starts to go horribly wrong all at once. Every simulator ride cliche would be pulled out during the final minutes of the ride.

Not a bad rough plot-line for a ride that will probably be forever stuck in the "blue sky" phase. But if "Futurama" does find its way back to television and gains genuine popularity, maybe we will see this ride some day. But I wouldn't hold your breath.

But, clearly the rules of television programming are changing as we speak. Today's cancelled show could be tomorrow's thrill ride.

Venus

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« Reply #1 on: 06-28-2005 07:55 »

I love sim rides! That would kick so much ass!
JBERGES

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« Reply #2 on: 06-28-2005 09:24 »
« Last Edit on: 06-28-2005 09:24 »

Wow, that was one of the most bittersweet things I've ever read.  Why can't these ideas be realized?!!! *sob* 

Well, here's blindly hoping!

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Damnit Idan, I'm at work whenever you're on!  No messaging at work.
Idan_Aharoni

Professor
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« Reply #3 on: 06-28-2005 09:26 »

Instead of crying, get a messenger!
j_ohanley

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« Reply #4 on: 06-28-2005 09:27 »

I want an actual ride (not a sim, an actual ride) through the tubes. It can be called... Cross Town Express.
Gorky

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« Reply #5 on: 06-28-2005 09:54 »

Now that would be cool. Sure, it's only a sim ride, but at least it'd be something *sigh*...

And, j_ohanley, I like the "Cross Town Express" idea, too.

Maybe someday, not so far away, one of us PEELers will strike it rich, and we can build both those rides and more...

*Scratches off lottery ticket* 7...7...and...grapefruit? What the hell is a grapefruit doing on an instant-win ticket thingy? *Sulks*

Beej

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« Reply #6 on: 06-28-2005 10:09 »

Yeah, I can see it now:

Thirty-seven dead on opening day of Cross Town Express Ride!
Limbs were splayed and bone splinters were torn from eye sockets on the opening day of the new Fururama ride. "It sure was whacky," said Ted Mahoney, park-goer and owner of...
Nasty Pasty

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« Reply #7 on: 06-28-2005 12:22 »

Oh god, that'd be sweet.

I was always hoping for a transport tube simulator, but this sounds cool as well...
TwistedMetalKat

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« Reply #8 on: 06-28-2005 15:55 »

 
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Originally posted by Beej:
Yeah, I can see it now:

Thirty-seven dead on opening day of Cross Town Express Ride!
Limbs were splayed and bone splinters were torn from eye sockets on the opening day of the new Fururama ride. "It sure was whacky," said Ted Mahoney, park-goer and owner of...
LOL, You just reminded me of Jhonny the Homicidal Maniac...

Beej

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« Reply #9 on: 06-28-2005 16:36 »

 
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Originally posted by TwistedMetalKat:
LOL, You just reminded me of Jhonny the Homicidal Maniac...

Hmm... that could be because it's all I've been reading recently.
*hugs homemade Jhonen Vasquez plushie*
i_c_weiner

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« Reply #10 on: 06-28-2005 22:00 »

You know, they are trying to get a new film for Star Tours...
Btb

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« Reply #11 on: 06-28-2005 22:02 »

They should make a VIP entance for us PEELers if it ever gets created.  Thatd be nice.
SwimChick

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« Reply #12 on: 06-30-2005 16:11 »

I don't think there is a good chance...right now. Maybe later if it becomes more popular.
T-Veronica

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« Reply #13 on: 06-30-2005 22:09 »
« Last Edit on: 06-30-2005 22:09 »

That would be SO way past awesome! I mean, a simulator would be a great way to go, IMO. And Fry pointing out all the times something should go "horribly wrong" is so perfect! Man-oh-man, I hope this gets made.

And if there was a Cross Town Express ride, they could have you in a roller coaster buggy within the tubes, but I guess you couldn't fly through them like in the show. (Though it does have possibilities...) Heheh. ^_^ 
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i_c_weiner

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« Reply #14 on: 06-30-2005 22:51 »

Or the Cross Town Express could be bobsled-like vehicles going in a tube across the theme park, and, like the railroads at some parks, sending guests from one end of the park to the other.
T-Veronica

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« Reply #15 on: 07-01-2005 21:37 »

Y'mean like the monorail thing at Disney? Cool idea, but it'd be kinda slow. And you wouldn't get to see the characters like in the sim ride.

"This is how I deal with insignificant bugs," said the spider to the fly, "How do you wish to die?"
i_c_weiner

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« Reply #16 on: 07-01-2005 21:48 »
« Last Edit on: 07-01-2005 21:48 »

No, more like a bobsled-like vehicle on a monorail track inside a tube that would send you from one side of the park to the other. Faster than the monorail, and the bobsleds have less compacity, but there are many bobsleds.

How about Futurama section at a theme park, like a Disney or Universal park, similar to the lands at Islands of Adventure? Have all the rides. Like the sim ride, the Cross Town Express, Slow Mobile Bumber Cars(okay, maybe not that), a roller coaster off of a scene that could be converted to a coaster, and an arcade with Virtual Skeeball, Virtual Virtual Skeeball, Astroid, Colin Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong.
Bandit Ruler

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« Reply #17 on: 07-03-2005 04:47 »

 
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Originally posted by i_c_weiner:
No, more like a bobsled-like vehicle on a monorail track inside a tube that would send you from one side of the park to the other. Faster than the monorail, and the bobsleds have less compacity, but there are many bobsleds.

How about Futurama section at a theme park, like a Disney or Universal park, similar to the lands at Islands of Adventure? Have all the rides. Like the sim ride, the Cross Town Express, Slow Mobile Bumber Cars(okay, maybe not that), a roller coaster off of a scene that could be converted to a coaster, and an arcade with Virtual Skeeball, Virtual Virtual Skeeball, Astroid, Colin Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong.

Ahh.. a man can dream though, a man can dream... *looks up at the stars*
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DrThunder88

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« Reply #18 on: 07-04-2005 03:06 »
« Last Edit on: 07-04-2005 03:06 »

The ride would be more like a roller coaster.  You'd start out strong, climbing, gaining potential.  Then, all of a sudden, the track would get all bent out of shape and the chain that was pulling you up the hill would stall and the cars would abruptly stop, leaving you hanging there waiting for all that potential energy to lead to something great.  Only then you'd realize that the people who were building the coaster didn't have any intention on completing construction.

It's a metaphor, I say!
KurtPikachu2001

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« Reply #19 on: 07-04-2005 14:43 »

A Futurama-themed ride would be awesome!  Where would it be?  Six Flags?  Busch Gardens maybe?  It should be a roller coaster and the outside can be shaped like the Planet Express ship and the inside could look like the inside of the PE Ship!

Also, next to the ride, there could be statues of Bender, Fry, and other characters you can have your picture taken with!  A Futurama attraction at an amusement park would be great!  I think it could happen.  The show is popular, you know.
T-Veronica

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« Reply #20 on: 07-05-2005 20:26 »

Hmmm, Six Flags tends to have Cartoon Network stuff, and that'd include [adult swim], but I would imagine Fox would have the rights, and they don't have a specific theme park, I don't think...

"This is how I deal with insignificant bugs," said the spider to the fly, "How do you wish to die?"
Spacedal11

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« Reply #21 on: 07-05-2005 21:48 »

Hell yeah! I love simulator rides. That'd be so cool. We!  big grin
i_c_weiner

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« Reply #22 on: 07-06-2005 12:00 »

Well, Warner Bros. is Six Flags, Disney and Lucas is Disney, Universal and Dreamworks is Universal, and Paramount and Viacom is at Parmount. Disney has rights to Harry Poter broadcast and ride devolpment, and I think Universal has Lord of the Rings. On Fox, I don't know. There isn't really a theme park with Fox stuff in it.
Fryday

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« Reply #23 on: 07-09-2005 14:35 »

I had the idea of a tube rollercoaster ages ago, here are some screenshots from a simulation I made. It would be a flying coaster (Air Alton Towers, Superman - Ultimate Flight, Six Flags)

Futurama - The Ride screenshot 1
Futurama - The Ride screenshot 2
Futurama - The Ride screenshot 3
Futurama - The Ride screenshot 4

Enjoy!
i_c_weiner

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« Reply #24 on: 07-09-2005 17:29 »

If they made an actual ride of that, they'd have the whole ride tubed in cylinder tubing, but I know that that's the best that you could do with the software you had. Great job. What program did you use?
Fryday

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« Reply #25 on: 07-11-2005 04:18 »

It's called NoLimits, most coaster fans (like me) use it. It's about £16/$20 from www.nolimitscoaster.com
Procyon

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« Reply #26 on: 07-11-2005 16:07 »
« Last Edit on: 07-11-2005 16:07 »

Very neat. I was at Six Flags over Georgia yesterday, and rode Superman-Ultimate Flight. It's very smooth, and does feel like you're flying. They could easily incorporate that into a tube and even go underwater! Of course, it wouldn't be the same as actually being in the transport tubes, but plenty of people would ride it.
Whoopwhoopwhoop

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« Reply #27 on: 07-11-2005 22:39 »

 
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Originally posted by Nasty Pasty:
Oh god, that'd be sweet.

I was always hoping for a transport tube simulator, but this sounds cool as well...

That would be the most extreme ride ever... I would ride it more times then the person who rode it alot.
Beamer

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« Reply #28 on: 07-12-2005 01:29 »

I would give my left nut to see a Whalers on the Moon ride.
Bendin´ It

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« Reply #29 on: 07-12-2005 17:16 »

I want to ride that ride.  If it's not built.  I'll ride it in my dreams!  At the end he talks about the contest.  Futurama would win.  But I'm too lazy to e-mail him.  No wait.  Is that page old?  Oh well.  I hate me. 
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