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aknightofni

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« Reply #200 on: 09-25-2008 23:13 »

Sorry for the double post, but I have seriously good news.  Back in June, Billy West did an interview with TV.com.  Here's the link.  In it, Billy talks about BWABB, which had just been recently released.

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TV.com: Have you heard any talk about bringing Futurama back to series?

Billy West: Yeah, supposedly this is the benchmark, with this movie. If it does well, I think they're going to talk about television.

YESSSSS.

I might just go buy 10 more copies of BWABB right now...
Curious Gorge

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« Reply #201 on: 09-26-2008 00:18 »

I personally think that ITWGY will be the last Futurama ever made...though whether that's a good thing or not depends entirely on how it ends which remains to be seen.

However by the same token I thought that the Devil's Hands was going to be the last we ever saw of Futurama...so it just goes to show how little I know.

And just to add even more emphasis to my lack of foresight, I didn't think Red Dwarf would ever make a comeback...wrong again.
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« Reply #202 on: 09-26-2008 00:22 »

No, I actually feel that we'll get another season of eps out of the show.

DXC and Groening are shooting for a Theatrical release but I don't think the support is there. 
Curious Gorge

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« Reply #203 on: 09-26-2008 00:28 »

No, I actually feel that we'll get another season of eps out of the show.

DXC and Groening are shooting for a Theatrical release but I don't think the support is there. 

We'll see...I think Groening has talked about wanting to do a fifth movie though I could be wrong on that. I certainly wouldn't say no to more Futurama but I would like for it to end at some point...preferably on a high. I'd hate for it to end up like the Simpsons.
aknightofni

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« Reply #204 on: 09-26-2008 04:13 »

I am sure they will be able to come back after ITWGY, they fought this long and hard and that passion will bring it back.


But I don't think they can go straight to a theatrical release, there is a big gap between selling enough DVD's to warrant another season and having a large enough fan base to make a feature film successful. Ideally, they will come back for season 5, get well dug in for at least a few more, and go out with the movie. Everyone want's the show to end as good as it began, but we want some more time with the characters before they say their final goodbye.
soylentOrange

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« Reply #205 on: 09-26-2008 06:39 »

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that's not news, soylent. That has been the word since the movies were announced.

It's always been assumed that there would be the chance for Futurama to be renewed again after the movies, but we never got a definitive answer as to when that decision would be made or what it would be based on.  What I got from this article is that BWABB's sales figures will be the deciding factor in whether or not to bring the series back to TV as regular 22 minute episodes.  Since those figures are known by now, that means that it's quite possible that a decision will be made in the very near future, and, since BWABB sold well according to the little scraps of info that I've seen, our chances seem pretty good.
Curious Gorge

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« Reply #206 on: 09-26-2008 12:42 »

I am sure they will be able to come back after ITWGY, they fought this long and hard and that passion will bring it back.


But I don't think they can go straight to a theatrical release, there is a big gap between selling enough DVD's to warrant another season and having a large enough fan base to make a feature film successful. Ideally, they will come back for season 5, get well dug in for at least a few more, and go out with the movie. Everyone want's the show to end as good as it began, but we want some more time with the characters before they say their final goodbye.

I suppose that since the films we're currently seeing are just four episodes moulded into one big package they technically count as season five so perhaps it won't be that surprising if we get another TV season after the last movie is out...which is then followed up with a "proper" movie to end it all with.

I'd be pretty happy with that.
soylentOrange

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« Reply #207 on: 10-07-2008 05:06 »

I found a nice little video interview with one of the Futurama animators while I was browsing utube.  There wasn't any particularly Earthshattering news, but it was an interesting listen:

interview
upside_ur_head

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« Reply #208 on: 10-08-2008 21:37 »

Finally a UK TV showing for the first two movies (cut up mind) on Sky1. Lets hope they advertise it though I won't get my hopes up:

http://www.sfcrowsnest.com/news/arc/2008/nz13171.php

(also 7:30pm! they're going butcher (i.e. edit) the hell out of the movies I feel)
dr.bender nye

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« Reply #209 on: 10-13-2008 09:38 »

I hate going slightly offtopic, but I know there's alot of people saying the Futurama Fantasy DVD film, Bender's Game won't work. But doesn't the Anthology of Interest episodes count as fantasy?
obsidian
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« Reply #210 on: 10-13-2008 18:00 »

The wait for ITWGY isn't as long as you think (scroll to the bottom):

http://www.fox.co.uk/dvd/coming-soon/

this is the UK release date, but the North American should be very similar.
aknightofni

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« Reply #211 on: 10-13-2008 21:00 »

Thats pretty awesome! I was expecting something like april.
Curious Gorge

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« Reply #212 on: 10-13-2008 21:21 »

The wait for ITWGY isn't as long as you think (scroll to the bottom):

http://www.fox.co.uk/dvd/coming-soon/

this is the UK release date, but the North American should be very similar.

February?! I also thought that it was going to be released in April...still, great news.

It's still quite a distance away but it's certainly not as long a wait as I thought it'd be...near enough cut two months off the waiting time.
K3vin

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« Reply #213 on: 10-13-2008 22:55 »

Awesome news. But we still have to see the third movie first. ^^ But yeah, really great news.
Frisco17

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« Reply #214 on: 10-15-2008 02:07 »

February? Seriously? Awesome!!!

You have served us well George.
La Belle Leela

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« Reply #215 on: 10-15-2008 02:17 »
« Last Edit on: 10-15-2008 02:19 by Torgo »

My hunch is this,

        Feb is a tenantive release date, and April is far enough away that they could do a last minute edit to ITWGY, pending the future of the series after the DVD movies.
Curious Gorge

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« Reply #216 on: 10-15-2008 11:29 »

My hunch is this,

        Feb is a tenantive release date, and April is far enough away that they could do a last minute edit to ITWGY, pending the future of the series after the DVD movies.

Possibly but I doubt that would happen. DXC has always said that ITWGY will serve as a good conclusion to the show yet at the same time leaving it open for more episodes.

It'll probably end up being a more conclusive ending than the Devils Hands regarding the Fry/Leela story arc but I think that's mainly down to the writers themselves realising that there's not really much more they can squeeze out of the 'Fry chasing after Leela' angle. The events in BBS narrowed down their options even further with the whole "Lars (and by extension Fry) is the only man I'll ever love" line. There really isn't that much left for them to do.

So no, I can't see ITWGY being edited further depending on whether the series comes back. If my suspicions about what happens in ITWGY are correct then the writers will probably just explore new avenues should the series come back.

And I trust them to do a good job should that be the case.
Gopher

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« Reply #217 on: 10-15-2008 17:32 »

just noticed this interview with MG on peel's welcome page in the autogen'd google-based futurama news items. The critical bit is this:

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iF: Whatís the last FUTURAMA movie INTO THE WILD GREEN YONDER going to be about?

GROENING: The last one is about the end of the universe. For the last scene we made an ending that will be very satisfying.

iF: Are you saying this will be the end of FUTURAMA?

GROENING: We donít know. We did that, so if thatís the last thing people see, they will be satisfied.

I've been wondering since the release of BwaBB when Comedy Central would get off their ass and exercise their option for a new batch of episodes, and this seems to imply that they may not intend to do so.

If this is true, I am incredibly confused. From what I had heard, I thought the DVD sales were exceeding expectations; if so, then the only basis I can think of for CC to pass on their option is that the ratings of Futurama, particularly the movies broken into episodes, were not as strong as they had hoped.  If this is the case, then it seems like an idiotic decision to me; the original episodes were milked on Adult Swim for years, including frequent marathons during the final year of AS' syndication of the show - basically an attempt to suck as much remaining value out of the show as possible before it went to CC. And the movies, two things come into play: first, the hard-core already bought (or at least watched) the DVDs before it aired on TV. Second, the insistance on doing it as both movies and episodes creates all kinds of complications for the producers. Even done with the greatest care and skill, at the very least it introduces pacing issues which will inevitably weaken it in one or both forms. This is why so many fans (including myself) had mixed reactions to the announcement of the 4 movies plan in the first place.

If this bears out and after the launch of Bender's Game they is still no word on CC signing for new episodes (or worse, official word that they are passing), we may need to start a new online petition.
Curious Gorge

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« Reply #218 on: 10-15-2008 17:49 »

I don't think we'll hear any news on whether Futurama is coming back until after ITWGY is released.

I personally don't think it will come back and ITWGY will be the last we ever see of Futurama but as I've said before, I didn't think that it'd ever make a return after it was initially axed either.
km73

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« Reply #219 on: 10-19-2008 02:24 »

At this point I only want it to come back if it can still match the quality of the original series.

I hate going slightly offtopic, but I know there's alot of people saying the Futurama Fantasy DVD film, Bender's Game won't work. But doesn't the Anthology of Interest episodes count as fantasy?

No, of course not.
Not the kind of fantasy Bender's Game allegedly is.

The AOIs didn't feature dragons, centaurs and D&D stuffs.  roll eyes

Anyway, as I've said, I am not a fan of fantasy and I'm fairly trepidatious regarding where this movie is going to go.  I'm stymied for now as to what exactly they intend to do with it.
PatchChord_Adams

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« Reply #220 on: 10-20-2008 03:51 »

At this point I only want it to come back if it can still match the quality of the original series.

I hate going slightly offtopic, but I know there's alot of people saying the Futurama Fantasy DVD film, Bender's Game won't work. But doesn't the Anthology of Interest episodes count as fantasy?

No, of course not.
Not the kind of fantasy Bender's Game allegedly is.

The AOIs didn't feature dragons, centaurs and D&D stuffs.  roll eyes

Anyway, as I've said, I am not a fan of fantasy and I'm fairly trepidatious regarding where this movie is going to go.  I'm stymied for now as to what exactly they intend to do with it.

GlenP

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« Reply #221 on: 10-20-2008 13:40 »

According to many of the reviews that you can Google up, Bender's Game is going to do something that the Futurama writers were always brilliant at doing & parody things which many people take far too seriously; the reviews don't tend to give away too much of the plot, but they do whet your appetite ready for the release).

One thing that is certain is that the reviewers all seem to be of the opinion that it's going to be excellent; most of the reviews I found give Bender's Game 4 or 5 stars.

Roll on 3 November.
Gopher

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« Reply #222 on: 10-20-2008 18:41 »

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At this point I only want it to come back if it can still match the quality of the original series.

I firmly believe they could, if not constrained by the DVD/episode hybrid arrangement. Their episode structure was generally thee acts; to make one movie split into four three-act episodes requires a 12-act movie. Obviously this does not work. A feature-length movie typically has 5-6 acts. Diced into four episodes this makes for at least a couple of one-act episodes. This also does not work.

IMO they should've dropped the whole four movies idea entirely and just made a 16-episode direct-to-dvd season, four disks with four episodes apeice. That's the format in which the show worked originally, and so it seems natural to me that won't see the same quality come out of shoe-horning the show into a different format.

Hence, I was always more excited by the possibility of another normal season to follow the movies than the movies themselves. As far as I'm concerned if they make the four movies and drop it, nobody taking the option to make a new honest-to-god season, then they didn't really bring the show back at all, they just dug it up to milk it one more time. Which is better than nothing, I guess, but ... meh.
aknightofni

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« Reply #223 on: 10-21-2008 05:57 »

At this point I only want it to come back if it can still match the quality of the original series.

I think they can do it, we should know after Benders Game for sure, but I have faith.
Bigboysdontcry

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« Reply #224 on: 10-22-2008 01:46 »

We all hope there will be a new season, but im just curious if anyone can say that the movies have pulled new fans into the show. I hope they have but from what i've seen it doesnt seem that new people are interested. I hope eveyone else has seen different results. I have been a die hard fan of futurma since the first episode that aired March 28, 1999 and i have loved every second of it. Maybe i just live in the sad part of the world. I wish there was a way to convince the futurama staff to make more but of course that can't happen without the fans, more fans, sales, so on and so forth. I personaly loved both of the movies released so far. Some of you may disagree but i doubt it considering this is a futurama message board. I guess I'm just looking for the silver lining. Can someone please find it and shove it down my throat. thanx take it easy
Gopher

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« Reply #225 on: 10-22-2008 02:21 »

again, I don't understand why they would've expected direct-to-dvd movies based on a series which was cancelled six years ago to attract new fans. If that was the intention, they were doing it wrong.
GlenP

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« Reply #226 on: 10-22-2008 04:05 »
« Last Edit on: 10-22-2008 04:06 »

Oh, I don't know. I can only talk on the basis of what I saw in the store where I bought my copies but, certainly, in the UK it was only about a month ago that Bender's Big Score left the top 20 TV DVD chart & 2 weeks ago for BWABB.

Thankfully, Sky has never stopped showing Futurama & they've gone for multiple episodes every day, in the aftenoon & at night, with one episode immediately before The Simpsons, so a lot of people might just have become fans of the series after Fox officially killed it off.

Certainly, Sky 1 appears to be concentrating on the, DVD based, episodes starting this Sunday with the new series of The Simpsons sort of pegged onto the trailers; sorry, but I really can't be bothered watching the Simpsons these days so I'm hoping that this is a sign that Sky are hoping the new Futurama episodes will make viewers stick around & watch them.
aknightofni

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« Reply #227 on: 10-23-2008 04:36 »

Global played BBS here in Ontario, of all people my Dad ended up telling me he watched it, and wanted me to get him the next one!

When Benders Game releases I'm going to keep a closer eye on sales here, it could be the biggest yet if the strong TV increase is helping bring fans!
K3vin

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« Reply #228 on: 10-25-2008 10:38 »

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Futurama-Into-the-Wild-Green-Yonder/10754

The Release date for February 24th seems confirmed.
Curious Gorge

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« Reply #229 on: 10-25-2008 12:18 »

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Futurama-Into-the-Wild-Green-Yonder/10754

The Release date for February 24th seems confirmed.

The day after Europe get it then...I was hoping the US would end up getting it much earlier than us (say in late December) just so I could see it earlier, albeit on the internet.

I guess I was just being greedy though...it's already coming out two months earlier than originally planned.
Cinimod

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« Reply #230 on: 10-25-2008 13:05 »

Has anyone got a trailer for ITWGY that they can put online somewhere?
Curious Gorge

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« Reply #231 on: 10-25-2008 21:08 »

Has anyone got a trailer for ITWGY that they can put online somewhere?

I'm very surprised it hasn't emerged anywhere yet.
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« Reply #232 on: 10-25-2008 22:13 »

Has anyone got a trailer for ITWGY that they can put online somewhere?

I'm very surprised it hasn't emerged anywhere yet.

I'm surprised that BG hasn't been leaked to the net yet.

FOX must have really tightened down on the number of screener disks sent out.

I am hoping to hear some new from Groening, FOX, DXC about a possible revival of the show.

Okay you cunts, let's see what you can do now.
Frisco17

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« Reply #233 on: 10-26-2008 02:18 »

I'm surprised that BG hasn't been leaked to the net yet.

FOX must have really tightened down on the number of screener disks sent out.

This just adds weight to my theory that FOX has a secret police force.
pkennedy47
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« Reply #234 on: 10-26-2008 02:38 »

Where would one even find it if it had been leaked?
PatchChord_Adams

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« Reply #235 on: 10-26-2008 05:14 »

on some website
homerjaysimpson

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« Reply #236 on: 10-26-2008 05:30 »

Google is your friend!

Welcome to 2001!
pkennedy47
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« Reply #237 on: 10-26-2008 06:22 »

Well I have been googling it, I was just wondering if there was a specific torrent/video hosting site that had had the first two movies upon leakage.
Rhodan

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« Reply #238 on: 10-26-2008 15:36 »

Quick moment from Benderīs Game:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7EVV0WOZyY
homerjaysimpson

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« Reply #239 on: 10-26-2008 16:44 »
« Last Edit on: 10-26-2008 17:28 »

I'm scared! frown

Here's the first few mins of the whole movie!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FtoExMe2-g

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