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evan

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« on: 04-25-2006 22:24 »

He talks about "Futurama," as well as "The Simpsons" and "Life in Hell." In the interview, he talks more about the "Futurama" DVD movies, but doesn't give any concrete details about it. So it's nothing different than what Billy West said a few months back.

 
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We're going to do four of them, straight to DVD. And as we speak, I'm exchanging e-mails and ideas with David X. Cohen and Ken Keeler, both of whom worked on the show from the very beginning. Right now we're trying to figure out whether to do a giant epic, or separate crazy movies, or what. But I wager that Bender will be featured prominently.

I think everything else he's said has been mentioned before, though.

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Officer 1BDI

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« Reply #1 on: 04-25-2006 23:47 »

My computer doesn't want to load the article.  frown
my man-wich!

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« Reply #2 on: 04-26-2006 04:18 »
« Last Edit on: 04-26-2006 04:18 »

WOW thats the best news ive heard in a while!

if it came out of greonings mouth, they may just be doing them!

[edit: i took out a huge 'yes']

(and officer the news is to good to miss out on even if it isnt offical, so heres the link to copy and paste into your url bar (if it doesnt work normally): http://www.avclub.com/content/node/47771/1
DotheBartman

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« Reply #3 on: 04-26-2006 04:30 »

Wow, thanks Evan!  I read The Onion pretty religiously, and always check out the AV Club stuff, but hadn't checked that yet.  That is incredibly awesome.

Ken Keeler involved too?  That's great.  One of the greatest Futurama writers.
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« Reply #4 on: 04-26-2006 04:32 »

Swweeeet!

Matt sounds like it's (the 4 direct to DVD's) a done deal.  That's the closest to a confirmation we've gotten yet.  Plus, he's saying he's going to expand on some ideas he had.

So, my question is - do we (as fans) want several zany episodes or one long epic?

I'd go with the long epic - since it can have several sub-plots intertwined.
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« Reply #5 on: 04-26-2006 04:48 »

Holy fucking shit. I really hope this happens.
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« Reply #6 on: 04-26-2006 05:01 »

 
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Originally posted by Ralph Snart:


So, my question is - do we (as fans) want several zany episodes or one long epic?

I'd go with the long epic - since it can have several sub-plots intertwined.

I feel the same way.  It might be good to seperate them in a really definable way, so it doesn't feel too drawn out.  But otherwise, I'd like a really long epic thing....I've actually felt for a while that each movie (except for the last one) should end with "To Be Continued" ala Back to the Future.  Just imagine the late night nerdy discussions with friends about what's going to happen next.

I wonder if Groening is remotely serious about the Robot-God/Godfellas exploration though?

Dave B

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« Reply #7 on: 04-26-2006 05:50 »

 
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Originally posted by evan:
He talks about "Futurama," as well as "The Simpsons" and "Life in Hell." In the interview, he talks more about the "Futurama" DVD movies, but doesn't give any concrete details about it. So it's nothing different than what Billy West said a few months back.

 I think everything else he's said has been mentioned before, though.

Here

Discuss.

Evan thats great news! Matt Groening the most important person about Futurama (the creator) has more or less confirmed the DVD's!!! I can't wait!   big grin
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« Reply #8 on: 04-26-2006 09:13 »

I like how he said " we're GOING to do four of them". its not like how they usually just say 'we may be going to do them', i just hope groenings true to his word  smile
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« Reply #9 on: 04-26-2006 09:19 »

 
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Originally posted by my man-wich!:
I like how he said " we're GOING to do four of them". its not like how they usually just say 'we may be going to do them', i just hope groenings true to his word   smile

Well when said like that then it will be whooooooooooooooo  smile
Yardstick2006

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« Reply #10 on: 04-26-2006 09:38 »

Much as I hate to rain on your guys parade but isnt The Onion a satirical publication?
Nixorbo

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« Reply #11 on: 04-26-2006 09:41 »

I found a video on Google video that says the AV Club section isn't.  You should keep an open mind.
my man-wich!

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« Reply #12 on: 04-26-2006 09:44 »
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whoah?

[edit: thanks nixorbo for refrazing that]
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« Reply #13 on: 04-26-2006 10:10 »

 
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Originally posted by Nixorbo:

I found a video on Google video that says the AV Club section isn't.  You should keep an open mind.

Nix - do I take that statement as 'Cautious Optimisom' about the forthcoming DVD's?

If so, then it's gotta be a done deal.

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« Reply #14 on: 04-26-2006 10:55 »

I'm not going to be cautiously optimistic until the dvd's in my player and it's telling me not to steal it
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« Reply #15 on: 04-26-2006 10:55 »
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@Ralph ::Looks into my feelings, knows it to be true::

I'll raise it to incautious optimism - my inner cynic isn't dead.
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« Reply #16 on: 04-26-2006 11:09 »
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Originally posted by my man-wich!:
(and officer the news is to good to miss out on even if it isnt offical, so heres the link to copy and paste into your url bar (if it doesnt work normally): http://www.avclub.com/content/node/47771/1

Cheers for the direct link, but my problem seems to be with The Onion's site in general.  Nothing from it will load for me. My computer seems to think the site as a whole doesn't exist.

I'd also prefer to see a whole epic spread out over 4 movies, rather than 4 separate storylines.  I've been waiting years for Futurama to be able to explore a single plot arc in a great amount of detail, because I feel it's one of the few shows with the potential to do something like that right.
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« Reply #17 on: 04-26-2006 11:15 »
« Last Edit on: 04-26-2006 11:15 »

whahoo, verification by Matt Groening!  That's enough for me!

   
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my inner cynic isn't dead

mine is.  He just had a heart attack.
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« Reply #18 on: 04-26-2006 13:31 »

I'm bored.  I just had to do this.


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« Reply #19 on: 04-26-2006 13:49 »
« Last Edit on: 04-26-2006 13:49 »

Wow.  Good news from a responsible, not-apparently-coked-up source.

Personally, I believed the movie rumors all along, so I'm more gloating than exceited right now.  Hearing pseudo-confirmation from a second source is definitely a good thing.
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« Reply #20 on: 04-26-2006 14:39 »

Very good news.  smile
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« Reply #21 on: 04-26-2006 15:24 »

It's great to finally read something about the movies from Matt himself. The rest of the interview was interesting too. I'd never heard the story of how he became a chauffeur.
I've also never heard of Look Around You...
matt44au

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« Reply #22 on: 04-26-2006 23:39 »

Yes! Great to hear the word about the movies straight from the Neptunian Slug's mouth!
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« Reply #23 on: 04-27-2006 11:08 »

 
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Originally posted by matt44au:
Yes! Great to hear the word about the movies straight from the Neptunian Slug's mouth!

Neptunian slugs don't talk lol  big grin
Teral

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« Reply #24 on: 04-27-2006 15:34 »
« Last Edit on: 04-27-2006 15:34 »

Nice interview, always a pleasure to hear from Groening or Cohen. Particularly good to hear the movies are still on the table. And ofcourse the mindless praise showered over Futurama fans.    wink

1 Print "Input level of optimism created by this report:"
2 Input increase
10 Optimism=optimism+increase
20 If Optimism=100 then goto 60
30 Print "Current optimism level is:" ;optimism;
40 If optimism>85 then print "Almost there..."
45 If optimism<85 then print "Still a wordlweary cynical bastard."
50 End
60 For x=1 to 255
70 Print "E"
80 next x
90 End

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Input level of optimism created from this report? 15
Current optimism level is: 33
Still a wordlweary, cynical bastard.

Ready.

I knew my rudimentary knowledge of BASIC would come in handy some day.    tongue
Nerd-o-rama

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« Reply #25 on: 04-27-2006 20:57 »

Teral, you are officially a bigger nerd than me.  Even I don't code in something as useless as BASIC.  Congratulations.
Kagome

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« Reply #26 on: 04-28-2006 00:27 »

Onions make you cry Negi Negi(means 2 Onions in Japanese)
Gocad

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« Reply #27 on: 04-28-2006 11:36 »

 
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Originally posted by evan:
He talks about "Futurama," as well as "The Simpsons" and "Life in Hell." In the interview, he talks more about the "Futurama" DVD movies, but doesn't give any concrete details about it. So it's nothing different than what Billy West said a few months back.

 I think everything else he's said has been mentioned before, though.

Here

Discuss.

The good:
Matt Groening said that they are doing those DVDs.

The "not so good":
They are still discussing ideas, so it will probably take awhile until we can see those new stories.

But still, new episodes in the near future is a lot better than no new episodes at all.  tongue

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« Reply #28 on: 04-28-2006 11:47 »

Billy West says that the voice actors are to start recording the at end of this summer.

Granted, Billy's made a few missteps, he has never backed off the story of the 4 direct to DVD's.

Matt's busy with The Simpsons, but I'm sure that he and DXC have already mapped out their 'master plan'.  The nits will be in implementing siad plan.

I'm sure that the 4 DVD's will be made at the same time - having the voice actors, animators and writers do everything at one time will be more cost effective than doing them one at a time.

But, at least we have something to back up Billy's statements about the DVD's.
Gocad

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« Reply #29 on: 04-28-2006 12:16 »

Maybe so, but what concerns me is the fact that it takes some time to do the animation. Four DVDs (probably/hopefully with a runtime of about 90 minutes) well, that's a lot do for those animators.
soylentOrange

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« Reply #30 on: 04-28-2006 12:30 »

well when you think about it, it's probably not much more work than animating a season of sixteen 23-minute episodes.
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« Reply #31 on: 04-28-2006 12:34 »

I don't think anybody said they would come out as a set of 4. My guess would be 1 a year or so. If they were working at a broadcast rate it might 1 be every 2-3 months. Might depend on how they see quality vs. quantity. They would first have to decide if they want to do movies or TV length epsiodes that would be interchangeable with past episodes if there is a broadcast option. Not only with the stories but the look of the animation.
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« Reply #32 on: 04-28-2006 12:40 »
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Oh, I agree.  I was just saying that much like 'Back To The Future' Parts 2 and 3 being filmed at the same time, the 4 DVD's will be made at the same time and released over the period of months to a year apeice.

As for the broadcast - FOX may decide to sell the rights to Cartoon Network or Comedy Central - either one of those 2 cable networks would promote the movies correctly and treat them like gold.
Gocad

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« Reply #33 on: 04-28-2006 13:20 »

 
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Originally posted by Ralph Snart:As for the broadcast - FOX may decide to sell the rights to Cartoon Network or Comedy Central - either one of those 2 cable networks would promote the movies correctly and treat them like gold.

I have no doubt that Fox will put some effort in promoting the DVDs. Keep in mind that the Futurama DVD sets sold well, which is probably one reason why they are doing those movies now.
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« Reply #34 on: 04-30-2006 10:35 »

Also, Futurama is doing pretty well on Channel 10 is Australia, which could have prompted something.
KurtPikachu2001

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« Reply #35 on: 05-03-2006 16:13 »

I just read the article.  It's the best news I've heard in a long time!  Gives us some hope! 
Spy

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« Reply #36 on: 05-06-2006 23:25 »

 
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Originally posted by ShaBuBu:
Also, Futurama is doing pretty well on Channel 10 is Australia, which could have prompted something.

I think it was when Matt said it's doing well overseas. There hasn't been much lively discussion on this much lately. Maybe people are skeptic since Billy was wrong the last time.
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« Reply #37 on: 05-07-2006 01:55 »

Futurama? Is that some kind of show you guys are into? Never heard of it. But I guess I'll buy the movies when/if they come out to see if it's good or not.
Officer 1BDI

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« Reply #38 on: 05-07-2006 02:00 »

You sorely disappoint me with your bumpage of movie-related threads and lack of movie-related news.

But I finally got ahold of the article myself, and I have to agree that Matt sounds extremely confident that these movies are going to get made.  While that's encouraging, I just wish someone would come out and outright confirm this.
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« Reply #39 on: 05-07-2006 05:56 »

 
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Originally posted by Officer 1BDI:
... Matt sounds extremely confident that these movies are going to get made.  While that's encouraging, I just wish someone would come out and outright confirm this.
Get outta' my head!  mad

  eek  frown  hmpf

Oh. Er, um, uh... That is...

I couldn't agree more!  big grin

GMTA...  wink
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