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Sedna

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« on: 03-25-2008 11:34 »

I don't know if this was previously done - if it has, link the other one.

Basically, where have you seen plots and parodies that Futurama has used?

Plot wise:
The "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" idea in 3x11.  I've seen this in a Charmed episode ("Brain Drain" ) and I'm pretty sure it was also in a Buffy episode, though I don't watch that show.  It was also used in a Fearless book ("Gaia Abducted" ), and was more thoroughly fleshed out.  Of the three I've seen, the Futurama one was the funniest while the Fearless one was probably the most serious.

[there are lots more of these common-ideas that I recognized, but they're not coming to mind right away]

There's probably a ton more parodies.  (Al Gore being portrayed both on Futurama and South Park, et al.)
DrThunder88

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« Reply #1 on: 03-25-2008 20:39 »

I don't know how much IitM actually parodies One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.  It may give a nod or two to the book/film, but that'd be somewhat expected in an episode of a comedy taking place in an insane asylum of sorts.
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« Reply #2 on: 03-25-2008 21:14 »

I'm gonna get the obvious ones out of the way.

"A Flight To Remember" = "Titanic"

"Where No Fan Has Gone Before" = "Star Trek"
NastyInThePasty

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« Reply #3 on: 03-25-2008 21:53 »

""The Farnsworth Parabox" is Futurama's obligitory "alternate universe" episode, which every cartoon ever made has to do at one point or another.
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« Reply #4 on: 03-25-2008 22:29 »
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"The Sting" is the "which reality is real?" episode. Another common sci-fi thing. Although it is without doubt the best one.
trickster381

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« Reply #5 on: 03-26-2008 14:43 »

Fry and the Slurm Factory = Charlie and the chocolate factory

That was easy
Frisco17

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« Reply #6 on: 03-26-2008 21:23 »

Leela's part in AOI2 = The Wizard of Oz

Mars University = Animal House

Bender's part in AOI = Iron Giant
seattlejohn01

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« Reply #7 on: 03-27-2008 20:40 »

Not an actual plot but a riff on a title.

Less Than Hero - Less Than Zero.
Unknown

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« Reply #8 on: 03-30-2008 10:16 »

Parts of Parasites Lost = obligatory Fantastic Voyage parody.
seattlejohn01

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« Reply #9 on: 04-02-2008 03:50 »

Where no fan has gone before - riff on the Star Trek introduction sentence "to boldly go where no man has gone before".
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« Reply #10 on: 04-02-2008 22:29 »

Raging Bender is the obligatory boxing episode.

Actually I'm suprised they never did an episode about a race of some kind. That's one of the biggest cliches.
NastyInThePasty

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« Reply #11 on: 04-02-2008 23:22 »

Well, there was the Phantom Menace pod race-style sewer race in "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles"...

Another cartoon cliche plot they never got around to...the characters switching bodies for some reason. Pretty much every Disney TV cartoon series of the 80's and early 90's did this one at least once.
seattlejohn01

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« Reply #12 on: 04-03-2008 00:19 »

Good call, Nasty.  About the closest they got was what your avatar represents, in "Put Your Head On My Shoulders".

This is a scene parody: the NY City hustler scene in "Brannigan, Begin Again".  Zapp Brannigan as the John Voight cowboy hustler character...
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« Reply #13 on: 04-03-2008 01:54 »
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Yeah, but there was nothing riding on the race and it wasn't particularly integral to the story.  Despite the fact that the craft were hovering I'm unconvinced it was pod race-style.

Certainly not in the sense that the fleet of ships orbiting the Moon (and several shots thereafter) was a sendup of the beginning of the Battle of Yavin or that the "anti-monument lasers" were a parody of Independence Day weaponry in WAA.
FordMustang

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« Reply #14 on: 04-03-2008 15:17 »

"Futurestock" would be a parody of "Wall Street."

"War is the H Word"- "Starship Troopers"

"The Honking"-  "The Howling "and Count Dracula movies

"I Dated a Robot"  - "Metropolis"- at least where a robot is made to look like a real woman

ShepherdofShark

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« Reply #15 on: 04-03-2008 15:21 »

I know it's been mentioned but "Parasites Lost" is a lot like "Innerspace" to me.
NastyInThePasty

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« Reply #16 on: 04-03-2008 16:24 »

 
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Originally posted by ShepherdofShark:
I know it's been mentioned but "Parasites Lost" is a lot like "Innerspace" to me.

Which was in itself a comic riff on Fantastic Voyage.

ShepherdofShark

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« Reply #17 on: 04-03-2008 16:50 »

I've never seen or heard of Fantastic Voyage. Thanks for correcting me on that.

"Love and Rocket" obviously has many 2001: A Space Oddessy parodies.
seattlejohn01

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« Reply #18 on: 04-03-2008 22:13 »

Title riff: "Godfellas" from "Goodfellas"

Program riff: "The 30% Iron Chef" from "Iron Chef".

This thread could easily encompass parodied/riffed characters as well, like "Elzar" for "Emeril Lagosse"...
Seymour_My_Hero

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« Reply #19 on: 04-03-2008 22:16 »

 
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Originally posted by seattlejohn01:
Title riff: "Godfellas" from "Goodfellas"

Program riff: "The 30% Iron Chef" from "Iron Chef".

This thread could easily encompass parodied/riffed characters as well, like "Elzar" for "Emeril Lagosse"...

  laff This is gonna be FUN!   big grin
FordMustang

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« Reply #20 on: 04-03-2008 23:23 »

I should add also that "War is the H Word" has some comic spoofs on "M*A*S*H" as well as "Mulan."

seattlejohn01

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« Reply #21 on: 04-04-2008 04:49 »

I, Roommate - Riffed/parody'd from The Odd Couple.
NastyInThePasty

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« Reply #22 on: 04-04-2008 11:45 »

 
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Originally posted by seattlejohn01:
I, Roommate - Riffed/parody'd from The Odd Couple.


And the title is a riff on Issac Asimov's I, Robot.
ShepherdofShark

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« Reply #23 on: 04-04-2008 13:18 »

The Cyber House Rules = The Cider House Rules
seattlejohn01

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« Reply #24 on: 04-04-2008 20:46 »

The beginning of "I Dated a Robot" riffs on 3 Twilight Zone episodes.
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« Reply #25 on: 04-04-2008 21:41 »

 
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I should add also that "War is the H Word" has some comic spoofs on "M*A*S*H" as well as "Mulan."

How Mulan, exactly?
PhilipJ.FryFan

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« Reply #26 on: 04-04-2008 22:00 »
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Mulan wasn't allowed to be in the army because she was a girl. So she discuised herself as man to be allowed to fight in the army. In "War is the H-Word" Leela does the same thing.

In "I Dated a Robot" they do a parody of the  show All in the Family.
bobbot

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« Reply #27 on: 04-04-2008 22:32 »

Actually, Mars University does a triple threat parody.
1.  Bonzo goes to College
2.  Animal House
3.  Up The Creek
seattlejohn01

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« Reply #28 on: 04-05-2008 00:51 »

 
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Animal House
 

Dean: "Roooo-bot HOUSE!"
Bender: "Cheese it!"

ShepherdofShark

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« Reply #29 on: 04-05-2008 08:46 »

A Big Piece of Garbage is parodying either Armageddon or Deep Impact, or both.
seattlejohn01

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« Reply #30 on: 04-05-2008 16:58 »

A Pharoah To Remember - The Mummy (a little, not a direct riff)
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« Reply #31 on: 04-05-2008 21:36 »

 
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Originally posted by PhilipJ.FryFan:
Mulan wasn't allowed to be in the army because she was a girl. So she discuised herself as man to be allowed to fight in the army. In "War is the H-Word" Leela does the same thing.

Some girl did the same thing during the Civil War. I just cant remember her name.

Mars University is also a take on Revenge of the Nerds.
FordMustang

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« Reply #32 on: 04-05-2008 22:10 »
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Well, I  was actually thnking of the briliant "The Notororious Mrs. Winston"  which actually validates what PhilipJ.FryFan wrote...  There were many ladies in the U.S. Civil War who disguised themselves as men to be fighting alongside the guys they love (Leela Style in a sort of way).  They were not found out until the end that they were women.  The book "The Notorious Mrs. Winston" does the Lee Lemon line proud in that the heroine( a Leela-like tomboy) takes part in the Civil War as an abolitionist and as as a soldier to be with the guy she loves.  It's a cool book in that it looks at the Civil War from the view of the women who pretended to be guys to fight alongside their dudes... but also the war as it was fought in the Midwest, a vital part of the U.S Civil War that is still not yet recognized. 
PhilipJ.FryFan

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« Reply #33 on: 04-05-2008 23:37 »

Yeah, St. Joan of Arc also discuised herself as a man to fight in the war in France.


ShepherdofShark

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« Reply #34 on: 04-06-2008 06:25 »

And Eowyn disguised herself as a bloke in Lord of the Rings in order to fight the hoards of Mordor.
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« Reply #35 on: 04-06-2008 11:53 »

 
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Originally posted by PhilipJ.FryFan:

In "I Dated a Robot" they do a parody of the  show All in the Family.

I love the concept of Bender as Archie.  big grin

"Will you stifle, meatbag!"
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« Reply #36 on: 04-06-2008 21:40 »

Leela: "You stifle, Bender!"
NastyInThePasty

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« Reply #37 on: 04-07-2008 00:05 »

"That Fry's a sicko poivoit I tells ya! It's an atrocimity!"
FordMustang

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« Reply #38 on: 04-07-2008 10:59 »
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I don't know if the producers intended it, but the plot of "Godfellas" had a lot in common with the plot of the sci fi novel "Godgame" by Andrew Greeley.

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_Game_(novel)
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« Reply #39 on: 04-07-2008 20:25 »

Not sure. It's probably in the commentary for that episode somewhere.
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