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starone

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« Reply #320 on: 09-04-2006 21:58 »
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Ok, I've read through the whole thread and am caught up. Guess this happens when no new Futurama material causes you to put Futurama on the back burner for a revolving door of obsessions like Batman and Dragonball.

As far as I understand there's gonna be the 4 movies and then the new episodes in 2008 with the 4 movies eventually being spliced into individual episodes, Right?

Ralph said that Matt made sure he had total control of the series on CC. It's nice to hear that he's still being assertive about keeping full control and not letting the series fall into the hands of board executives like he did with Fox.

Someone said they heard a rumor that they're making the very last episode first but saving it for last to avoid having to end the series with unresolved plot points like they had to do last time. That's sounds like a very good contingency plan to have.

It's nice to hear that the first movie is nearing completion. I didn't read the leaked summary incase it is true so I don't know everything about it but I agree with the sentiment that bringing back Seymore wouldn't be a good move and would likely cheapen the effectiveness of the ending of Jurassic Bark.

Officer 1BDI wondered if Matt's increased involvment in Futurama would affect the Simpsons. As far as I know Matt hasn't worked on the Simpsons for a while now, plus the show has become a lost cause anyway (I personally think Matt knows how low the show has fallen and doesn't bother with it much because of that).

Finally, Ralph, who's RDS?
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« Reply #321 on: 09-04-2006 22:02 »

Richard Dean Sanderson.
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« Reply #322 on: 09-04-2006 22:19 »

Oh Nix, don't be a tease.

RDS = Rough Draft Studios
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« Reply #323 on: 09-04-2006 23:29 »

Keeps sounding like Leela's gonna croak or find a true love other than Fry or something. Bit surprised that they thought Bender would be the popular one (like Bart?). Perhaps people have trouble relating to a robot. Or like me, would probably take a baseball bat to him after a while, I mean really.

It's not that the shippiness is that interesting it's just that it's a human story. There's also something about the Leela character that seems to add something that the other characters can't. Like AOI I & II the 2 best segments are the ones about Leela. I just wish they could find a phrase other than the screechy "hi ya" when she does the kick thing. Miss Piggy did it first and better - and wore it out.

Would like to see more of the quirky future than just a slightly veiled story about present times. Sci-fi used to be about exploring and discovery and it's fun to see Fry discover things as we would. At least before people soured on technolgy and Sci-Fi went phsyco.
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« Reply #324 on: 09-05-2006 00:24 »

 
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... It's not that the shippiness is that interesting it's just that it's a human story. ...
I recall from somewhere that the show is about fitting it, that is a group of people who don't "fit in" to society (c'mon, a reject from the 'stupid ages', a Cyclops, an antisocial robot, an anal-retentive Jamacan, a senile amoral genius, a Martian klutz, and a destitute lobster-thing Doctor?), forming something akin to a family: Making their own place to fit in.
It's the human stories that make the show.
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... Would like to see more of the quirky future than just a slightly veiled story about present times...
How are the writers to accomplish the social commentary' they desire unless the stories are comparable to our times?
That'a a rhetorical question...
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... Sci-fi used to be about exploring and discovery and it's fun to see Fry discover things as we would...
I have no problem at all, 'exploring the future' so long as it's not at the expense of the other storylines we've come to love.
I... uh... I'll just ooze back out under the door now...
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« Reply #325 on: 09-05-2006 08:32 »

Well, the social commentary thing has been done to death in sci-fi. From the Twilight Zone thru Star Trek and on and on. Meh. One problem is it can "date" a show so that it was only relevant 3 months either way from it's airing. Sort of like a cameo or name drop of a quasi-celebrity. When you watch it 5 years later you struggle to remember what that was all about. Then there's Hollywood's unique ability to lecture people about things they don't have to deal with day-to-day.

Yeah, but it's a fine line between story lines and cliches and type casting. Some fans would be happy if the Fry/Leela thing stayed status quo until they're the Prof's. age. At some point Fry would realize it Leela is just being a day tripper.
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« Reply #326 on: 09-05-2006 13:14 »

 
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Well, the social commentary thing has been done to death in sci-fi. From the Twilight Zone thru Star Trek and on and on.
And it will continue.
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One problem is it can "date" a show so that it was only relevant 3 months either way from it's airing. Sort of like a cameo or name drop of a quasi-celebrity. When you watch it 5 years later you struggle to remember what that was all about. Then there's Hollywood's unique ability to lecture people about things they don't have to deal with day-to-day.
So your gripe is that the social commentary be well-done, and not about the issue dí jour?
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Yeah, but it's a fine line between story lines and cliches and type casting. Some fans would be happy if the Fry/Leela thing stayed status quo until they're the Prof's. age. At some point Fry would realize it Leela is just being a day tripper.
Realistically, we all know it has to be resolved sooner or later.
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« Reply #327 on: 09-05-2006 16:12 »

Well, it seems that security at RDS is getting really strict.

The RDS board hasn't been updated about the DVD's or anything Futurama related since June 17, 2006.

I e-mailed my source (who I haven't heard from in over three weeks) this morning.  It bounced back - account closed.

I guess that things are getting tough at RDS.
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« Reply #328 on: 09-05-2006 16:57 »

Ralph: Oh now, tough security is when they can toss your carcas into Levenworth for 20 years without a trial or shoot you if you're too close to something you were told to stay a certain distance from.

SpaceCase: But what if what you want is the stuff Fox was making them do?
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« Reply #329 on: 09-05-2006 16:58 »

Ah, shoot.  I hope your source didn't get into trouble, Ralph.   frown If you hear from him again, please tell him thanks (again).
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« Reply #330 on: 09-05-2006 18:19 »

 
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Ralph: Oh now, tough security is when they can toss your carcas into Levenworth for 20 years without a trial or shoot you if you're too close to something you were told to stay a certain distance from.

That's military security.  Or Area-51 security.

Since RDS is based in South Korea, God knows what kind of security they have there.

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« Reply #331 on: 09-05-2006 19:09 »

Reminds me of a story I heard a while back. A group of U.S. troops made a bet with some S. Korean troops that the S.K. guys couldn't sneek up on their position at night. When the sun came up the appointed morning all the U.S troops discovered chalk marks on their boots but didn't know how they got them. Anyhoo - on with the show.
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« Reply #332 on: 09-06-2006 00:11 »

 
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Originally posted by starone:Someone said they heard a rumor that they're making the very last episode first but saving it for last to avoid having to end the series with unresolved plot points like they had to do last time. That's sounds like a very good contingency plan to have.

Not a bad idea at all, if true.

Babylon 5, "Sleeping in Light" - intended to end season 5, but made before the end of season 4, in case season 5 didn't happen.
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« Reply #333 on: 09-06-2006 03:43 »

Damn, was the security for the renewal of Family Guy this tight?

Seriously though, I hope your contact is okay, Ralph...
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« Reply #334 on: 09-06-2006 12:50 »

Oh crap, I hope you source is ok Ralph.
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« Reply #335 on: 09-06-2006 13:24 »

I bet they broke his knees.
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« Reply #336 on: 09-06-2006 13:42 »

Yes but with Family Guy's renewal it's not liked the leaked info was interesting.  They don't even have stories in their episodes any more.  All it is now is "Hey remember that one time..."
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« Reply #337 on: 09-06-2006 19:09 »

"Yes but with Family Guy's renewal it's not liked the leaked info was interesting. They don't even have stories in their episodes any more. All it is now is "Hey remember that one time..."

I like the depiction of Family Guy in South Park's Cartoon Wars 1 and 2, so awesome.

Anyway, sorry for the HS.
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« Reply #338 on: 09-07-2006 08:01 »

 
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Yeah, but it's a fine line between story lines and cliches and type casting. Some fans would be happy if the Fry/Leela thing stayed status quo until they're the Prof's. age. At some point Fry would realize it Leela is just being a day tripper.

Eh-hem...


 
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For God's sake, I've been on for a couple of months and have lost count of the "Leela is a tease" stupid comments. That's like saying that all new members are flamers, true in some cases, but not in all of them.

 
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I'm not sure we need to refute... I think the point futz is making is that IF Fry&Leela were to remain "status quo" till they're the Prof's age, THEN Leela would qualify as a "day tripper" (and in that case, even Fry would catch on, invalidating the whole thing). 

Of course, I could be wrong.  In which case I'll have to crush futz's head most egregiously...

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Originally posted by HopelessShipper:
Don't forget that damn HopelessShipper. I hate shippers, especially hopeless ones. They're all so in touch with their "feelings" and "emotions." All they ever do is flame and troll about how Fry and Leela should be together! Fry is too stupid and Leela is using Fry just to get pampered.
Oh wait...
I love shippers, especially hopeless ones. Fry and Leela should be together!


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« Reply #339 on: 09-07-2006 11:09 »

 
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Seriously though, I hope your contact is okay, Ralph...

Me too.  Hope he/she didn't lose their job.. or worse.

 
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I bet they broke his knees.

Or worse...

 
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Ah, shoot. I hope your source didn't get into trouble, Ralph.  If you hear from him again, please tell him thanks (again).

I will.

Now, I never released anything without permission.  I think it stands that security is very tight because there is a lot at stake here:  RDS/FOX is expecting to make a lot of money off the DVD releases - they want to keep speculation at a certain level making sure that the bits of info that they relase will cause maximum market penetration.  Groening and RDS wants this project to be a success:  RDS for the money that it will bring in and for Groening it's more than money and success - this is his baby.  He's seen the Simpsons get old and stale, but he feels that Futurama was killed way before its time.  If the DVD's are a big success and rating for CC are large, then he may get his 30 extra episodes that he wants.

All the voice actors have signed gag clauses - Billy West won't even acknowledge any Futurama related questions on his forum (which has to be killing him.)  RDS has pretty well killed any outflow of info on it's site - even the forums haven't been updated in months.

Most telling - Sarge Morton hasn't dropped by to say anything... anything to any of us.  I'm sure the head honchos of RDS have him on a very short leash (along with everybody else involved with the project.)

I will let the one last bit of info out - for each of the DVD's  there will be a 'cliffhanger' at the end that will cause people to want the next one.  That is to be expected I suppose.

Anyway, all we can do is wait - I know all of use will be buying the DVD's the day they're released, but it's going to take more than a handful of hardcore fans to make this project the success that is needed.  Exppect CC to start it's advertising campaign the first of 2007 and slowly escalate it over the year.

The last thing - CN/AS played a blurb last night showing that Futurama was the #1 show for AS the previous week - 450,000 viewers for the 10:30 PM showing.  Not bad for a show that's now running 7 nights/week with double eps 5 of those nights. Especially considering that there have been no new eps in over 3 years.
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« Reply #340 on: 09-07-2006 13:59 »

    Quotes concerning 'The Simpsons Movie', that may also apply to 'Futurama':

  • We've taken script security to the point of lunacy, though it helped that we wrote it in Aramaic  - Mike Scully

  • We're going to put some fake plots out there just to make it interesting.  - James L. Brooks

  • Itís been rough. We worked at it for a long time and then found out that 'Snakes on a Plane' was doing the same story.  - James L. Brooks
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The last thing - CN/AS played a blurb last night showing that Futurama was the #1 show for AS the previous week - 450,000 viewers for the 10:30 PM showing.  Not bad for a show that's now running 7 nights/week with double eps 5 of those nights. Especially considering that there have been no new eps in over 3 years.

This reminds us a bit of 'Star Trek', don' it?
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« Reply #341 on: 09-08-2006 16:06 »

Short story about The Simpsons with a short blurb about Futurama from CNN:

 http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/TV/09/08/tv.simpsonsat18.ap/index.html?eref=yahoo


Groening's schedule is especially full these days. Besides his work on "The Simpsons," he and partner David Cohen are bringing one-time Fox series "Futurama" back to TV with new episodes on Comedy Central beginning in 2008.

That's the extent of the Futurama note, but still - it's something that's in the mainstream news.

At least it's good news, everyone.

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« Reply #342 on: 09-09-2006 13:16 »

 
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Originally posted by Ralph Snart:Most telling - Sarge Morton hasn't dropped by to say anything... anything to any of us.  I'm sure the head honchos of RDS have him on a very short leash (along with everybody else involved with the project.)

Sarge doesn't live there in CA anymore last time I heard, so I bet he's not involved with
any Futurama project.




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« Reply #343 on: 09-14-2006 15:34 »

When Futurama comes back, it will not be just one big running gag like Family Guy is these days.  No offense to FG fans there.  Futurama will be the same as it was, only with new episodes and maybe it will reveal about Leela being the 'other'. 

However, which is supposed to come first?  The Futurama DVD movies or the new episodes?
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« Reply #344 on: 09-14-2006 17:10 »

wait, I thought the new episodes were the movies, just in chopped up into ~30 minute pieces so they could be aired on comedy central with the old episodes?
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« Reply #345 on: 09-14-2006 18:30 »

My (fuzzy) interpretation of the situation is that they're making 4 DVD movies to be released starting next year, and will then be chopped into 30 minute segments for airing on CC, starting in 2008.  If they're successful, further 30 minutes episodes may be produced.
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« Reply #346 on: 09-14-2006 20:15 »
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Purty sure it's 2 different deals. 13 new eps. that CC is paying for and 3 or 4 DTM-DVD's that Fox is paying for. The DVD's could be cut in bite-size episodes for CC later. My guess would be the DVD eps would air to promote the next DVD in the series. Sort of a standard TV/Movie relationship.

I wonder if all the knee-jerk skeptics ever got around to apologizing to this guy:

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« Reply #347 on: 09-14-2006 23:26 »

Every time I see that photo all I can think of is this guy:

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« Reply #348 on: 09-15-2006 00:16 »

Hmmm, do you fantasize about Dick a lot?
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« Reply #349 on: 09-15-2006 08:38 »

 
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Damn, was the security for the renewal of Family Guy this tight?

Everyone knows that the tighter it is the better it always turns out...

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« Reply #350 on: 09-15-2006 12:39 »

 
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Hmmm, do you fantasize about Dick a lot?
  confused

  eek

  roll eyes

Not with an electric cattle-prod, I ain't touchin' that one!
  no no
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« Reply #351 on: 09-15-2006 12:47 »
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 Everyone knows that the tighter it is the better it always turns out...

Yes, but the looser the waistband, the deeper the quicksand.

Or so I have read.
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« Reply #352 on: 09-22-2006 10:40 »

I'm very excited about tihs return in 2008 and I'm sure it will spawn for Futurama active discussion in the coming years. Peel will probably see its way into more members and with the sudden australian popularity I'm sure Futurama will have a grand future.
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« Reply #353 on: 09-27-2006 06:38 »

I would happily slaughter every person on this forum in a chaotic orgy of violence and destruction for a chance to see some new Futurama.

Apparenyly that won't be necessary.
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« Reply #354 on: 09-27-2006 13:52 »

Awww and I was just getting excited...
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« Reply #355 on: 10-01-2006 18:23 »

 http://news.toonzone.net/article.php?ID=12598

 
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St. Louis radio personality Paul Harris has posted an audio file of his recent interview with voice actor Billy West, who spoke about the state of Futurama on Comedy Central and some of the unpleasant experiences he's had as a voice actor.
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« Reply #356 on: 10-01-2006 20:10 »
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Billy West: We've already recorded one DVD movie that will be released, um, next year as well.
Paul: Is that "Bender's Big Score?"
Billy: Yes it is.

So... was the rumored plot true, then?  Should I be eating crow right now?  >_>

Edit: I've heard that theater story before, but it gets more infuriating every time I listen to it....
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« Reply #357 on: 10-02-2006 18:55 »

Maybe it's a fake plot to throw a spanner in the works. I really can't see how they would be able to tastefully bring back Seymour unless they used more flashbacks...
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« Reply #358 on: 10-02-2006 19:06 »

God,if they make another episode like Jarassic Bark I will be so angry and sad.
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« Reply #359 on: 10-02-2006 20:13 »

Congrats all, dare to dream and it might come true.
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