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Frida Waterfall

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« Reply #240 on: 11-05-2008 02:05 »

I don't know where I stand as far as which is better "The Beast with a Billion Backs" or "Bender's Game" as far as comedy goes.

I'll get back to that soon.
Binder

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« Reply #241 on: 11-05-2008 02:32 »

Blu-Ray edition is in a normal plastic blue case, like every other Blu-ray disc. (Now that Blu-Ray is THE HD format, can they drop the blue? It totally ruins the look of a lot of boxes and squelches packaging creativity. Bonus of having the DVD is more original art!)
PatchChord_Adams

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« Reply #242 on: 11-05-2008 02:44 »

Here are my one sentence reviews for each movie

Bender's Big Score- The very confusing return of Futurama  8/10

Beast with a Billion Backs- A twisted love story with plenty of Zapp 8/10

Bender's Game- Who knew Futurama could get any nerdier 9/10
Curious Gorge

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« Reply #243 on: 11-05-2008 02:45 »

BBS - 8.5/10
BWABB - 6/10
BG - 7.5/10

That's my view on each film as it stands.
PatchChord_Adams

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« Reply #244 on: 11-05-2008 02:46 »

http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2008/11/futuramas-anima.html check out this interview
La Belle Leela

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« Reply #245 on: 11-05-2008 02:53 »

Frisco17

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« Reply #246 on: 11-05-2008 02:54 »


That...is.....FANTASTIC!!
iceiwynd

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« Reply #247 on: 11-05-2008 03:11 »

Copying and pasting a review I posted on another forum just because I'm really lazy. Using spoiler tags just in case, though I didn't really mention many specifics.

ShepherdofShark

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« Reply #248 on: 11-05-2008 03:18 »

You posted on another forum before PEEL?

KILL THE TRAITOR!!! mad
 
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iceiwynd

Bending Unit
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« Reply #249 on: 11-05-2008 03:51 »

Don't hurt me!!

Nah, I was saving PEEL for last in my checking up on forums, because I assumed that there would have been a lot, lot more analysis and reviews posted here already and I wanted to get everything else out of the way first.

You people disappointed me.
aknightofni

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« Reply #250 on: 11-05-2008 04:01 »

Leela stacks stats:

Frisco17

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« Reply #251 on: 11-05-2008 05:21 »

When I first saw that one on the DVD I literally spat out my drink. laff
aknightofni

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« Reply #252 on: 11-05-2008 05:30 »

Wish they did one for every character.
lilkitten29

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« Reply #253 on: 11-05-2008 07:34 »

Okay so I just watched it today. I thought the first half was great...kind of reminded me of the old Futurama in a way...but I didn't really like it as much when they were in the fantasy world.
I still think BBS was the best by far. It had the best plot and ending out of the three. Even tho it ended on a cliffhanger (I usually don't like cliffhangers) , it seemed to take it's time to end where as it felt like the ending to BWABB and BG was kind of rushed.
In BG it seemed like the whole fantasy world thing seemed kind of pointless in a way..since it was only in like the last 30 mins and it seemed like it was just rushed through. I was enjoying it up to the last 30 mins of the movie.
Oh, btw..how did Nibbler come back from disappearing from the universe in BBS? And there was no significance of the Leela/collar thing...that story got no where in this movie.
Ryan Ro

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« Reply #254 on: 11-05-2008 08:15 »

Just watched it with my wife.  I agree with a few posters on there that the first half feels pretty much like old "futurama."

Short review is that I really enjoyed the first-half, in terms of jokes, wackiness and plot progression.  The fantasy arc had its moments but it slowed the film way down and then was just over with no impact on the actual plot (they're just back in the real world).  I think the problem was that they were so strictly doing an LOTR riff instead of  riffing on all kinds of different fantasy tropes.  There were bits but it was so specifically an LOTR parody that to me it became boring and predictable.  Futurama itself parodies ALL the different elements of science fiction and isn't a slavish parody/satire of any one particular sci-fi.  You know?

And while the BWABB ending didn't bug me, the abruptness of this one surprised me. I fast forwarded through the credits to see if there was something else!

But overall I enjoyed Bender's Game.  Glad Futurama is still around.  Each movie so far has been "good" but missing something, hopefully IWGY will fire on all cylinders.
THM

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« Reply #255 on: 11-05-2008 16:33 »


I...thoroughly agree. *tears eyes away reluctantly*

Also, I think Leela looks better with her hair down like that. Fry, too, to a certain extent.
aknightofni

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« Reply #256 on: 11-05-2008 17:36 »

Amy looked pretty good with her hair down there too...

mmm wet soapy... wait...

BAD BRAIN. BAD.
Binder

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« Reply #257 on: 11-05-2008 18:02 »

Stop it! You'll make God cry!
Binder

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« Reply #258 on: 11-05-2008 18:44 »

Watching now, I LOVE the group therapy session scene! Reminds me of HG2G.
aknightofni

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« Reply #259 on: 11-05-2008 21:08 »

Stop it! You'll make God cry!

Pfffft if that happened every time a guys thoughts went down that path he would spend all his time crying and no time enacting his great cosmic plan or whatever. Think he cries for girls too? wait... dammit brain... you had to go there.

Sorry God.

Relaxation therapy was hilarious, especially with what bender was chanting! I found it funny when he shut it off and the arms all managed to perfectly grab the spiders and rats.
Gopher

Fallback Guy
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« Reply #260 on: 11-06-2008 01:22 »

peel search didn't come up with it anywhere, so I guess it hasn't been posted... AL1 sighting, AL1 on the oil tanker near the begining reads "Obey Mom".
aknightofni

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« Reply #261 on: 11-06-2008 01:29 »

Caught this funny mistake:



Leela goes from leather top to her usual tank top and back again in the blink of an eye!
GreyThinkyWhale

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« Reply #262 on: 11-06-2008 05:47 »
« Last Edit on: 11-06-2008 05:49 »

Despite the fact that I was highly skeptical of the fantasy theme, I really liked the movie.
I loved BBS and really liked BWABB (after a couple watches), but the problem with them is the pure joke parts were hit and miss, and the misses were really bad. This was especially apparent in the first 20 minutes of BBS (before the story picked up) and at various times in BWABB (especially moments with Colleen). It was made up for in BBS by the fantastic story and emotional impact, and the fact that there weren't really many bad jokes after the story did pick up. In BWABB it was made up for by the weird but kind of cool story, the emotional impact, and the Zapp jokes.
Here we have Bender's Game, in which the story is silly and not very important. The fantasy theme didn't help my fear that this would turn out like the worst parts of the other two movies stretched into an hour and a half. However, there weren't any particularly bad jokes that took me out of the movie; it was consistently good like the old Futurama... and they actually sorta pulled off the fantasy theme.
A very solid episode/movie, and went beyond my expectations. Funniest of the 3 movies (got more laughs from me than the other two I'd say).
I prefer Bender's Big Score though...I loved that movie soo much.
lilkitten29

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« Reply #263 on: 11-06-2008 07:20 »

I watched BG again and it totally grew on me. I actually love this movie! I think it's the funniest out of the three. I still like BBS the best. BG's story wasn't anything special, but I thought it was just pure fun!
Here's my rank from favorite to least favorite so far:

Bender's Big Score
Bender's Game
Beast with a Billion Backs
Binder

Starship Captain
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« Reply #264 on: 11-06-2008 16:18 »
« Last Edit on: 11-06-2008 16:28 »

My lightspeed brief review

When Bender's Big Score came out, I was elated. My cartoon friends were back for all new adventures! (FYI: I also have real friends). Back in true form, BBS was a complicated plot filled with nods to past events and characters. What I loved most was that the film expanded on and altered how I and many other view past events of the series, while standing on its own as a great feature-length story. 9/10

The Beast with a Billion Backs
was a step sideways and an inch back from BBS. The plot focused less on nods to past characters and plots, which I was happy for, allowing the story to be its own. The positive of this was that one could enjoy BWABB for what it was, the negative was that the film did little to progress the characters and past stories. If anything the one major impact of the film was that Amy and Kif are broken up. I loved the b-movie homage the film brought as well as the Wernstrom/Farnsworth team-up and League of Robots. While not the best of the DVD movies, It was better than the weaker episodes of the series ('A Leela Of Her Own' or 'A Taste of Freedom'). 7/10

Compared to the past two films, I would place Bender's Game in the same league as BBS. The film (or is that movie?) feels much more like a movie (or is that film?) than 4 episodes strung together. The two major plots run through to the very end, never feeling heavily episodic or truncated to fit a four part narrative. Bender's imaginative dementia organically escalates taking the overlying dark matter plot to its pre-climax (sounds sexual, but it's not) of the fantasy world, before the film's actual climax occurs when returning to the real world.
I definitely got the feeling that the Futurama cast and crew have hit their stride with this one and comfortably produced BG. Consistent jokes and consistent pacing of the plot prove this. My favorite aspects of the moviefilm are
Two definite impacts to the series, making BG relevant! Huzzah!  big grin 8.5/10

Having seen BG, I can't wait for Into the Wild Green Yonder! The geeky fan in me hopes for

Nixorbo

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« Reply #265 on: 11-06-2008 16:28 »

Binder

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« Reply #266 on: 11-06-2008 16:39 »

DXC lied to me! I typed in "47234933710907948826733209316 07411192135290712794853297" and got nothing from Google.

(Referring to the lines of numbers in the Yellow Submarine intro)
Binder

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« Reply #267 on: 11-06-2008 16:59 »

Btw, the infosphere sections on Dark Matter and Bender's Game look like they were written by Igner.


Arrooo??
homerjaysimpson

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« Reply #268 on: 11-06-2008 18:30 »

DXC lied to me! I typed in "47234933710907948826733209316 07411192135290712794853297" and got nothing from Google.

(Referring to the lines of numbers in the Yellow Submarine intro)

I think he was talking about when Leela got gas.
JBERGES

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« Reply #269 on: 11-06-2008 19:18 »

Nix:  "...yes... yes it can."

Screw the naysayers that are clearly jaded and jaundiced and will never be happy with the new stuff; this was the first movie that felt like the Futurama of old to me.  Sure, I liked the other two, but they certainly felt slightly 'off.'  Bender's Game brought me back to years ago when I first became obsessed with the show, and left me with a grin on my face for the near entirety of it. 9/10


Only real low point was that stupid infomercial joke. Soooo stupid... sooo Family Guy.
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #270 on: 11-06-2008 19:39 »

At the moment my rankings for the three movies are:

Beast With A Billion Backs
Bender's Big Score
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Bender's Game
Binder

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« Reply #271 on: 11-06-2008 20:09 »

I think he was talking about when Leela got gas.

I had to reread that about four times until I figured out you meant gas for the ship.
Cinimod

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« Reply #272 on: 11-06-2008 21:02 »

This is definately my favourite movie so far. By a long way.
aknightofni

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« Reply #273 on: 11-06-2008 21:05 »



My desktop background rotates between this pic and the shower scene. Epic.
Binder

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« Reply #274 on: 11-06-2008 21:34 »

A fun fact: I did the math, and Leela pumped 63.27 dark matter balls into the ship, and as the ship was empty we can assume that is a full tank for the PE ship. DXC be proud.  big grin
Cinimod

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« Reply #275 on: 11-06-2008 22:01 »

The ship already had 1 ball of dark matter from Nibbler's litter tray
aknightofni

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« Reply #276 on: 11-06-2008 22:17 »

It ran out when it hit the gas station!
Binder

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« Reply #277 on: 11-06-2008 22:31 »

Yeah, it hit empty right at the pump. BTW, How can dark matter be cut to a .27?
GreyThinkyWhale

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« Reply #278 on: 11-06-2008 22:36 »

I watched BG again and it totally grew on me. I actually love this movie! I think it's the funniest out of the three. I still like BBS the best. BG's story wasn't anything special, but I thought it was just pure fun!
Here's my rank from favorite to least favorite so far:

Bender's Big Score
Bender's Game
Beast with a Billion Backs
My opinion exactly, including the list... except that I think I was hit by the full potential of the movie the first time I watched it, and since it's all about the jokes, and the story is nothing special, I can only imagine it'll get more stale with multiple viewings.
Bendersfan1221

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« Reply #279 on: 11-06-2008 22:48 »
« Last Edit on: 11-06-2008 22:50 »

So I just watched Bender's Game for the 3rd time. I got it on the 4th and I styayed up until 1 am watching it becuase I was kinda busy during the day. I liked it. I like it lust about as much as BWaBB. I liked the fantasy part a lot and the entire thing was funny (much funnier then BWaBB and BBS.) but not any where near as good as the series was. I loved the plot and the Igner stuff I think they could have done more with. That was something they wanted to do for years and they should have done more and the ending was weak and no resolution. So how the hell are they supposed to get around now that Dark Matter no longer works?! That will be a major problem for the next movie. The Nibbler stuff wasn't well explained how did he get back to this universe? When did he get back? He was gone for all of BWaBB. So many quiestions left unanswered. I really hope they have more Farnsworth Igner stuff in the next movie and the series if it doesget revived. 8.5/10

i need to decide whether I should get the Blu-ray version for the Video commentary and so that there is a Blu-ray disc here to use on the PS3
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