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aslate

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« on: 02-21-2002 17:38 »

What do you think were Futurama's best movie/TV/book rip-off?
I'd go for Fry and the Slurm Factories rip-off of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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« Reply #1 on: 02-21-2002 17:59 »
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I would have to agree with you aslate. "A Flight To Remember" was very good and seemed fresh despite being based so heavily on the film Titanic.
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« Reply #2 on: 02-21-2002 18:44 »

The Slurm Factory was a good parody of the Chocolate Factory, although Family Guy also did one and is was more accurate (and much more blatant).

I like their Star Wars parodies, especially when Fry was in the turret area shooting away in Luke  Frywalker's uniform.
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« Reply #3 on: 02-21-2002 20:04 »
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Originally posted by Otis P Jivefunk:
I would have to agree with you aslate. "A Flight To Remember" was very good and seemed fresh despite being based so heavily on the film Titanic.


Yeah same here. my best spoof is from Bendless Love in wich Bender and Angalyne did a scence from "Ghost" where he helps her bend a girder.
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« Reply #4 on: 02-21-2002 20:12 »

"A Flight To Remember" was a pretty good parody (no comments about the quality of the parody target). The trekkie in me like the "Amok Time" part of "Why Must I be...", and Shatneresque parts of Zapp. The spoofing of "Animal House" in "Mars University" was cool too, especially the ending.

Spoiler for some people:
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« Reply #5 on: 02-21-2002 23:33 »

I loved the 2001 parody in "Love and Rocket".
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« Reply #6 on: 02-21-2002 23:42 »

The jetsons and 1984 and hitchhikers guide -- because that is what Futurama is.

Overall I liked the love and rocket parody the most, just as that is one of the best science fiction movies and books of all time.  It is great to see this stuff being payed homage to.
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« Reply #7 on: 02-22-2002 00:18 »

Kryten!  Teral puts it in a spoiler section, and you just yell it out!  Though it was very good.
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« Reply #8 on: 02-22-2002 06:42 »

I liked A flight to Remember'.
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« Reply #9 on: 02-22-2002 10:16 »

I prefer homage or parody to "ripoff".
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« Reply #10 on: 02-22-2002 10:54 »

i gotta agree with everyone who mentioned 'love and rocket'. it was by far the best parody.
imagine hal saying stuff like that...  laff
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« Reply #11 on: 02-22-2002 10:58 »

I'm not a fan of having entire episodes spoofing other movies, but Fry & The Slurm Factory rocked. Love & Rocket was good too, I guess, but it wasn't very parody-heavy.

 
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Family Guy also did one and was more accurate

I actually saw that. It was more accurate, but the gags were pretty lame(wow, they are farting instead of burping, what a bunch of fucking geniuses), and they completely abandoned it midway through. I honestly wonder if fox accidentally showed the second half of a completely different episode that night. It was like the worst of the Simpsons x20.
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« Reply #12 on: 02-22-2002 12:34 »

jeff, how can you say love and rocket wasn't very parody heavy when you told me you hadn't seen 2001?   tongue

are more accurate parodies better?  i mean doesn't that take Less creativity to copy something more directly?
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« Reply #13 on: 02-22-2002 12:43 »

For me the best parody they did on Futurama was Wizzin' from the Anthology of Interest II episode. I really liked the use of so many different characters in all the different roles like Mom as the witch as well as Scruffy. Amy as the good witch and the assorted characters portraying the munchkins.
Great segment and based heavily on that segment it makes AoI II one of my all time favorites and I don't even like the Wizard of Oz!
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« Reply #14 on: 02-22-2002 13:31 »

In my opinion the best ever parody of a film that Futurama has done is "Parasites Lost". It's a superb parody of the film "Fantastic Voyage" but with added comedy.
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« Reply #15 on: 02-22-2002 13:46 »

 
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Originally posted by VelourFog:
jeff, how can you say love and rocket wasn't very parody heavy when you told me you hadn't seen 2001?    tongue

Because I'm an idiot, that's why.

Rethinking it, I guess Love & Rocket did have a good amount of parodyness. But still, I have a feeling the story came first, and the parody came later. (they already have a story about the ship's personality, so they might as well do some HAL related gags).

With the other episodes, it seems more like a case of the writers saying "hey, why don't we just do a parody of Willy Wonka/Titanic/whatever?" and then writing an episode about it.

Of course, I'm just speculating here, and whenever you "speculate" you make an "ass" out of "u" and "me". But whatever.
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« Reply #16 on: 02-23-2002 04:38 »
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I rather liked the Odd Couple parody in "I, Roommate." The Titanic/Willy Wonka/2001 parodies were also good.

Speaking of Love and Rocket, did anyone notice that none of the candy hearts floating around the ship had anything written on them? I know it would have been terrible to make the animators put stuff on each of them, but it was strange to see the nifty hearts rotating in 3D with nothing on either side, and Fry picking some up and reading off them.
aslate

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« Reply #17 on: 02-23-2002 05:03 »

I noticed that too but i think that you would end up with just a red blur in the middle of them and that would make it worse!
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« Reply #18 on: 02-23-2002 06:59 »

My favourite ripoff if actually the Popeye song for the Popplers commercial Bender and Fry are singing in "The Problem with Popplers". I must restrain myself from humming that tune on an almost daily basis, or I drive everybody else here nuts.
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« Reply #19 on: 02-23-2002 09:12 »

With all the great parodies mentioned, the execs at Fox must be brain dead and stupid for not seeing great TV in this show! 
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« Reply #20 on: 02-23-2002 15:12 »

Like fox execs even watch futurama... or get any of the jokes.
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« Reply #21 on: 02-23-2002 15:35 »

It's not TV or movies, but I like the way they paid homage to the classic video games in "Anthology of Interest II". Zoidberg makes a great Pac-man.
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« Reply #22 on: 02-24-2002 08:27 »

Its only a small parody but I was watching "insane in the mainframe" last night and thought It was funny when the robot at the end of the table in the asylum shouted " CHANGE PLACES!" As the mad hatter did in Alice in Wonderland. I thought it was pretty funny. I never noticed until the thread started that there were so many parodies in Futurama  smile
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« Reply #23 on: 02-24-2002 11:50 »

 
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Originally posted by McGrady:
Like fox execs even watch futurama... or get any of the jokes.
Betcha' they've seen them all, even the one's not aired yet.  Uh, how many unaired episodes are there?

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« Reply #24 on: 02-24-2002 12:33 »

Ooooh, I can't pick! A tie between Willy Wonka in "Fry & the Slurm Factory" and the Odd Couple thing in "I, Roommate."
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« Reply #25 on: 02-24-2002 20:32 »

War is the H-Word did a really good job of parodying Starship Troopers.  Only instead of joining the army to become a Citizen it was joining the army to save $0.02   smile

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« Reply #26 on: 02-24-2002 20:38 »

Yeah it was nice, but I personally like the homage to M.A.S.H. better. iHawk was brilliant.

"This isn't war, this is moider"  laff
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« Reply #27 on: 02-27-2002 00:02 »

The IGN review praises iHawk for that bit. They were saying that he shows what M.A.S.H. is in a nutshell. You don't even need to bother with that show.

I also like how "A Big Piece of Garbage" parodied Armageddon. I guess Fry was the one with space dementia.
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« Reply #28 on: 02-27-2002 07:21 »

I've always wondered about that movie, why they brought a heavy machine gun of some kind into space with them.  It just didn't seem to fit.

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« Reply #29 on: 02-27-2002 08:06 »

Fry and the slurm factory. I get the feeling that the better parodies are the wittier ones. (which obviously isn't going to be family guy)
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« Reply #30 on: 02-27-2002 17:12 »

I like the movies posters on the DVDs, some, if not all, of which have appeared in the show at some time. My favourite is the Buff-Bot one.
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« Reply #31 on: 02-28-2002 15:23 »

Another small parody - in I Second That Emotion, the mutants worshipping an atomic bomb is taken from "Beneath the Planet of the Apes" (don't bother renting it, it's really crap)
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« Reply #32 on: 02-28-2002 18:12 »
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It might be completely unintentional, but the  part of "The Deep South" were the ship groans under the heavy pressure, instantly made me think of "Das Boot".

The small bit about Independence Day with Zoidy in "Roswell, That Ends Well" was hillarious.

"A buffet! Oh, if only I had my vallet with me."
"Uhhmm, it's free."
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« Reply #33 on: 02-28-2002 18:26 »
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There's still more - at the end of Garbage, they play We'll Meet Again from the end of Doctor Strangelove, Mainframe was a parody of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and (tenuous link) the title "Problem with Popplers" sounds like the original Star Trek episode "The Trouble with Tribbles". But I'm still waiting for a Futurama parody of Pulp Fiction.

Here's a weird one ... watch the part in Love & Rockets with the dummies from Romanticorp. Look like they're made of chickenwire and they're used to test emotional responses? It's a send-up of an early piece of experimental psychology called the "wire monkey experiment". Lookee here if you don't believe me http://users.rcn.com/napier.interport/cwm/cwm.html

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« Reply #34 on: 02-28-2002 23:22 »

 
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The small bit about Independence Day with Zoidy in "Roswell, That Ends Well" was hillarious.

"A buffet! Oh, if only I had my vallet with me."
"Uhhmm, it's free."

I'm not catching the similarity.  The only ID:4 parody I can think of offhand is in the beginning of "When Aliens Attck," with the assault on Monument Beach.

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« Reply #35 on: 02-28-2002 23:46 »

 
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 I'm not catching the similarity.  The only ID:4 parody I can think of offhand is in the beginning of "When Aliens Attck," with the assault on Monument Beach.


The part where Zoidberg sticks to the window is exactly like the part in ID4 where you don't see the alien and then all of a sudden it pops up against the glass. Funny stuff.
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« Reply #36 on: 02-28-2002 23:54 »

Yeah, I guess so.  Seems a bit of a stretch to me, still.
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« Reply #37 on: 03-01-2002 07:52 »

Yeah, come to think of it, it might be a bit thin. Besides as I recall it, it was Dr Okkun, not the alien that slammed against the glass in ID4. Originally the bit also made me think of a small part of "Aliens", where the space marines finds the laboratory, with the face-thingies in jars. One of the marines take a closer look at what he thinks is a dead alien, and suddenly it moves against him, scaring the s*** out of him.

Now that's a stretch-and-a-half.  big grin

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« Reply #38 on: 03-01-2002 19:35 »

Brannigan begin again has a section taken from Midnight Cowboy ... http://www.filmsite.org/midn.html

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« Reply #39 on: 10-21-2007 15:14 »

Yup, "Titanic-short" was excellent   love
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