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Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #80 on: 03-31-2002 18:32 »

 
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 I know that much, but I just found it odd that when you really think about it, Leela's dream had nothing to do with her trying to find her home either.  You'd think that if she thought it was happening she would immediately dream about trying to find her home, but instead she starts out that way and then the whole thing becomes a (albiet funny) parody of "The Wizard of Oz".  Why not just have her make any random wish to the What if machine if they weren't even going to concentrate on finding her home at all.

Don't get me wrong, AOI2 is one of my very favorite episodes.  I just think it's odd that they addressed that and then went in a completely different direction with the plot.


I think it's because they knew that it's one of the secrets that every Futurama fan would like to know more about. They already knew they were going to make an episode about it, "Leela's Homeworld" and wanted to wet peoples appetites in "AOI 2" so that they would leave everyone hanging on anticipating "Leelas Homeworld" all the more.

The reason "The Wizard of Oz" was chosen is because the whole point of the film is that Dorothy wants to find her way back home. Leela's dream deliberately steered away from this and made fun of it, Leela wanting to become a witch instead.
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« Reply #81 on: 03-31-2002 20:31 »

You're right.  I guess I was just a little upset because I was hoping that we would get some kind of answer to Leela's homeworld in that episode.  After knowing for sure with the later episode, it's not as much of a letdown now.
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« Reply #82 on: 04-10-2002 05:34 »

Bender really should steer clear of AOI episodes, by my count he's died three times over the two that have aired so far.  The video game bit was cool - "Drop down!  Increase speed!  Reverse direction!".  The third part was the best, though.  Amy getting squished!  The bit with Hermes through the letterbox!  Leela as a witch!  It's not the best episode ever, but it's pretty close.
Kryten

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« Reply #83 on: 06-16-2002 17:20 »

*BUMP*
McGrady

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« Reply #84 on: 06-16-2002 21:28 »

I still liked the second part best, still very funny with the old video gaming jokes.  'Course, this is about the 8th time I have watched it.  I think since I have seen it compared to the first time, without the shock value Bender's segment was less enjoyable.  Leela's also, but to a much lesser extent.
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« Reply #85 on: 06-17-2002 17:17 »

Seems to be the 'Anthology Of Interest' series of Futurama is nothing but about partying yourself out until there is no more partying left.  Hmmmph...some world you can end up living in!!!!!
McGrady

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« Reply #86 on: 06-18-2002 01:04 »

At least the most recent Bender anthology of interest; the other plots didn't involve partying.
BrainSluggo

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« Reply #87 on: 06-18-2002 02:05 »

This be weird: the remaining episodes (AKA "Season Five") do not seem to include an Anthology of Interest episode. Whatup with that?

"Heed your own advice once in a while and you won't come over as such an arrogant pr*ck."
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« Reply #88 on: 06-18-2002 02:20 »

I believe I read somewhere that there would not be an anthology of interest in "season five" because AoI 2 was held over to season 4 and they didn't want two AoI in one season (little did they realize that they would be put on hiatus).
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« Reply #89 on: 06-19-2002 09:45 »

It would have been better if Charles Martinet did the voice of Mario in AOI 2.
Kryten

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« Reply #90 on: 06-19-2002 09:57 »

To me, Lou Albano will always be the REAL Mario.
BrainSluggo

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« Reply #91 on: 06-19-2002 18:12 »

Speaking of Mario: when he hops up on the desk and runs off-screen, he's clearly saying something, but there's no dialogue. Anyone have an idea what the edited line might be?
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« Reply #92 on: 06-19-2002 23:33 »

 
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To me, Lou Albano will always be the REAL Mario.

What about Bob Hoskins?    wink
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« Reply #93 on: 06-20-2002 08:21 »

I'm still so very disappointed with the Bender-as-a-human segment.  It was so unimaginative seeing him run to excess.  What else was Bender going to do?

The Leela as Dorothy segment was brilliant.  The was she 'disposed' of Amy was very funny.  Zoidy's contributions were only so-so, but I still love seeing the crab-monster.
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« Reply #94 on: 06-20-2002 14:54 »

 
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Speaking of Mario: when he hops up on the desk and runs off-screen, he's clearly saying something, but there's no dialogue. Anyone have an idea what the edited line might be?

Looks to me as if the mouthmovements is just a result of him running. I don't know if that was the case in the game though, I've never actually played it.

On another point, I can't quite understand what Bender says in when he flees from O'Zorgnax'. Something like "Goooodbye, ??????", anybody who'd like to enlighten me?
Venus

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« Reply #95 on: 06-20-2002 15:11 »

gooooodbye moderation!
Teral

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« Reply #96 on: 06-20-2002 15:15 »
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Thanks Venus.

I always made it something like Goooodbye, mother racean, and thought it was some American expression.
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« Reply #97 on: 10-05-2013 00:48 »

8.5/10

I like this one almost as equal as the first one. I didn't exactly like the third act parodying the wizard of oz. That's the only thing that makes the first one better to me. It just didn't amuse me like the first 2 segments did. Bender as a Human was awesome. The Video Game world was great, too. But I definitely could have gone without the Wizard of Oz parody......
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« Reply #98 on: 11-10-2013 16:35 »

YOU WATCHED IT, YOU CANT UNWATCH IT!!!!!

Maybe the best quote ever!
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« Reply #99 on: 06-27-2015 06:01 »

Hello old thread.

In my recent quest to rewatch the series, I got to this episode. It must've been ages since I've seen AOI2 because I usually opt for AOI1 when I want non-canon shenanigans.

I think this is a really under-appreciated episode. The last segment really highlights Leela's amusingly selfish and fickle personality, and Zoidberg is much funnier than normal. Human Bender is also brilliant; I love how he can just vomit spontaneously. big grin
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« Reply #100 on: 06-27-2015 15:53 »

I daresay this AOI is superior to the first (the only segment of which I find truly brilliant is the middle one...though I do often find myself quoting Bender's desire for a big cereal), or at the very least more consistently amusing. I'm particularly fond of "Raiders of the Lost Arcade," but the first and last segments are also quite hilarious and, you know, wooooo!-worthy. I suppose that is the less popular opinion, but no matter.
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« Reply #101 on: 06-27-2015 16:31 »

I enjoy segments 2 and 3 quite a lot (Raiders of the Lost Arcade is arguably my favourite of all the AOI segments), but I think Bender's segment in this episode is just horrendous. As such, Anthology of Interest I wins out, in my opinion.
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #102 on: 06-28-2015 04:23 »

What don't you like about it? I mean, other than the fact that it glorifies a ridiculously unhealthy lifestyle.
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« Reply #103 on: 06-28-2015 07:10 »

I think the genius of the Bender-as-a-human segment is that it highlights why his character is only acceptable as a robot. In one of the DVD commentaries, either Matt or David explains that they can get away with a lot more negative behavior from Bender because he is a robot. If a human character were to drink excessively, chainsmoke, publish indecent magazines, and everything else the Robot Devil and the Beastie Boys sang about, it would seem repugnant. But when a robot does it, you can just say "Oh, well, he's a robot" and not think about it too much. But, for seven-or-so brief minutes, we got to break that rule.

I think the segment also works because Bender receives due consequences for his lifestyle. The DVD commentary for one episode -- I think it was Amazon Women in the Mood -- had them explaining that they can get away with characters behaving in offensive ways so long as those characters are punished.

At any rate, I remember both Anthologies of Interest quite well, but I can never remember which is which nor which segments belong to which. So, for me, I'd say the two are on equal footing.
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« Reply #104 on: 06-28-2015 10:55 »

What don't you like about it? I mean, other than the fact that it glorifies a ridiculously unhealthy lifestyle.

That aspect actually doesn't bother me at all, I just found it to be painfully unfunny. "Bender becomes a human" was an idea ripe with potential, and they instead waste a significant portion of the segment on having Bender vomit repeatedly for no reason.
Tedward

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« Reply #105 on: 06-29-2015 05:42 »

While I do still find it somewhat amusing, I too find the human Bender segment rather yucky. This drags down the episode for me, even though the second and third segments are absolutely brilliant, and as such, I'd have to say I find the first AoI more consistently enjoyable by comparison.

Plus, wacky as this sequel episode's various methods of activating the What-If Machine may be (and even though it's deviously clever that the third act is Leela's knocked-out dream so we don't get to see the machine's vision of her True Home, which could well have been some "Leela's Homeworld" spoiling, could it not?), I like the novelty of seeing the What-If Machine for the first time in the first AoI and with it, of course, the Finglonger.
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #106 on: 06-29-2015 07:14 »

The Who-ask machine is classic as well.

"Ummm... Amy. I mean, Leela."
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