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PEE Poll: How would you rate ITWGY (1 = worst; 10 = best)?
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Curious Gorge

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« Reply #160 on: 02-12-2009 17:10 »

I also pre ordered the DVD ages ago, in fact, I think I pre ordered it before Bender's Game had even come out so they're not losing out with me. I'm just impatient and wanted to see it ASAP, we'd all waited for so long anyway, it'd take a stronger will than mine to resist despite knowing that it's available to watch only a few mouse clicks away.

And it certainly was the best of the four, by a long shot. Even BBS has a couple of dull moments that seemed to drag but this one had my attention all the way through. Also the funniest by a long shot too. Did anyone else find Fry's telephone greeting hilarious?

I'll put this next bit in spoiler tags just in case. I'm not really revealing anything that hasn't been alluded to already but I don't want to spoil things for anyone so I'll put my question in tags.


speedracer
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« Reply #161 on: 02-12-2009 17:16 »

I'm not too worried about the writers hitting the reset button; they've shown before that they can handle dynamic characters and relationships.
Crash_7

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« Reply #162 on: 02-12-2009 18:13 »




soylentOrange

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« Reply #163 on: 02-12-2009 18:38 »

Well, originally I'd planned to actually wait until the release to watch the movie, since this was quite possibly the last futurama ever, but after the conveniently-timed rumors that there might be a new season in the works, I couldn't help myself.  Curse you, internets!

ITWGY was finally, and at long last, a return to form for Futurama.  Each of the previous movies had at least one large problem.  BBS had that whole dumb Leelu story and wasted a ton of time, BWABB had Fry and Leela so wildly out of character that I couldn't help but wonder who these people were (and the ending was truly just plain bad), and Bender's Game, though hysterically funny, just didn't feel like Futurama.  Not only was ITWGY funny, but the story was fantastic.

I dont want to give anything away, but I will say that the ending will leave just about any fan content if this is the last of the series that we see.  A couple of people have said the Fry/Leela romance sort of turns on and off like a lightswitch throughout the movie.  But I mean, come on,  they're either running away, being shot at, or hiding from various people for a good deal of the movie.  Things like that tend to kill the romantic mood, you know?

The plot itself was top-notch.  We're talking real hard-core, scifi stuff here.  My only gripe is that they didn't do as good a job as I would have liked trying to keep the nature of the big "mystery" a secret until the very end.  But meh.  

This movie was the best of the four by a long shot.  It may even rank as one of my favorite episodes of all time.  Any fan of the series should pick ITWGY up when they get a chance, especially those of you that hated some of the other movies because of the Reset Button.

big time spoilers!
 
Curious Gorge

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« Reply #164 on: 02-12-2009 18:49 »

This movie was the best of the four by a long shot.  It may even rank as one of my favorite episodes of all time.

Whilst some quite rightly said that the first three movies weren't quite up to scratch with the Futurama episodes of old I'd agree with the above sentiment, this one certainly was up with the original series. In fact I'd say it probably will end up being my favourite episode/movie of all time. This one was just golden from start to finish. Brilliantly funny, great story and it had heart.

If this is the end then what a way to finish.
speedracer
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« Reply #165 on: 02-12-2009 20:13 »

I dont want to give anything away, but I will say that the ending will leave just about any fan content if this is the last of the series that we see.  A couple of people have said the Fry/Leela romance sort of turns on and off like a lightswitch throughout the movie.  But I mean, come on,  they're either running away, being shot at, or hiding from various people for a good deal of the movie.  Things like that tend to kill the romantic mood, you know?

I think it would be more accurate to say that their relationship is tested throughout the movie, and as you point out it happens because of some pretty powerful circumstances.
Curious Gorge

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« Reply #166 on: 02-12-2009 20:36 »

I don't think that the romance aspect popped up randomly like some reviews suggested, it just wasn't always particularly obvious but it was always there in the background.

Some people may whine because "the other" was never obviously explained but if you think about it their relationship was key in achieving the goal so I guess Leela was "the other" after all despite it not being painted on the screen in big letters.
JustNibblin

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« Reply #167 on: 02-12-2009 21:01 »



I dont want to give anything away, but I will say that the ending will leave just about any fan content if this is the last of the series that we see.  A couple of people have said the Fry/Leela romance sort of turns on and off like a lightswitch throughout the movie.  But I mean, come on,  they're either running away, being shot at, or hiding from various people for a good deal of the movie.  Things like that tend to kill the romantic mood, you know?

The plot itself was top-notch.  We're talking real hard-core, scifi stuff here.  My only gripe is that they didn't do as good a job as I would have liked trying to keep the nature of the big "mystery" a secret until the very end.  But meh.  

This movie was the best of the four by a long shot.  It may even rank as one of my favorite episodes of all time.  Any fan of the series should pick ITWGY up when they get a chance, especially those of you that hated some of the other movies because of the Reset Button.

[/spoiler]  

Well, DAAAMMMNNN!  I hope you're serious about what you're saying, SO, because you're tastes are pretty similar to mine (at least in fanfiction), so this post has raised my hopes 987% regarding this movie.  In fact, my dormant futurama addiction is starting to stir.

I'm proud that I resisted looking at your spoilers, but I can tell I should bail out of this thread NOW because I can tell big spoilers are going to be posted from now on.

Adios!
JonahFalcon
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« Reply #168 on: 02-12-2009 21:06 »
« Last Edit on: 02-12-2009 21:08 »

"Return to form"? What form would that be? First draft form?

What I'm hearing is people trying to CONVINCE themselves that Into the Wild Green Yonder was funny (FUNNY? What part?!)

ITWGY seemed to like they'd completely run out of ideas (and humor). As I said in my review, it make Bender's Big Score look like Casablanca in comparison.

It lacks any sort of structure. It's sloppy. It recycled old jokes. I wouldn't be surprised if they made another film, had Bender stroll out, crack a line about being a thief and a scoundrel and killing all humans, took a bow, and strolled out again. Good science fiction? As good a sci-fi as, say, the ending of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (laugh)

This reminds me of Return of the Jedi - unlike a lot of you, I was alive at the time it came out (I was 13, in fact), and I didn't like it much. People acted like I was crazy, but over time, people realized it wasn't very good.

A lot of people here say, "Well, I refuse to listen to JonahFalcon (or others) because they're wrong" - sounding a lot like Star Wars fans when Richard Schiekel's (sp?) negative review of The Phantom Menace came out - despite the fact they hadn't seen it.

I'm sure you'll convince yourself it's a good film, but it's pretty awful. After you've spent your money on the DVD, you'll find yourself watching it a second time, dutifully chuckling when you're supposed to, then fast forwarding to the end. Occasionally, you'll break it out to go to the chapter menu and just watch the final scene.

But, I'm willing to wait 2-3 years for you to regretfully admit my review was honest. wink
Ralph Snart

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« Reply #169 on: 02-12-2009 21:21 »

"Return to form"? What form would that be? First draft form?

What I'm hearing is people trying to CONVINCE themselves that Into the Wild Green Yonder was funny (FUNNY? What part?!)

ITWGY seemed to like they'd completely run out of ideas (and humor). As I said in my review, it make Bender's Big Score look like Casablanca in comparison.

It lacks any sort of structure. It's sloppy. It recycled old jokes. I wouldn't be surprised if they made another film, had Bender stroll out, crack a line about being a thief and a scoundrel and killing all humans, took a bow, and strolled out again. Good science fiction? As good a sci-fi as, say, the ending of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (laugh)

This reminds me of Return of the Jedi - unlike a lot of you, I was alive at the time it came out (I was 13, in fact), and I didn't like it much. People acted like I was crazy, but over time, people realized it wasn't very good.

A lot of people here say, "Well, I refuse to listen to JonahFalcon (or others) because they're wrong" - sounding a lot like Star Wars fans when Richard Schiekel's (sp?) negative review of The Phantom Menace came out - despite the fact they hadn't seen it.

I'm sure you'll convince yourself it's a good film, but it's pretty awful. After you've spent your money on the DVD, you'll find yourself watching it a second time, dutifully chuckling when you're supposed to, then fast forwarding to the end. Occasionally, you'll break it out to go to the chapter menu and just watch the final scene.

But, I'm willing to wait 2-3 years for you to regretfully admit my review was honest. wink

Damned. I thought I was the obnoxious member of the board.

Everybody is entitled to their opinion.  I hated BBS with a white hot passion.  Others loved it.  More power to them.

That said, I rather enjoyed ITWGY despite being hit over the head with the PC messages.  As SO said, it finally "felt" like Futurama.

As for your age thing, I remember when the orignal Star Trek was on network TV, Watergate, the Iran Hostage Crisis and when Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon.

But you're right about ROTJ and TFM - both sucked harder than a 20 dollar whore.
speedracer
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« Reply #170 on: 02-12-2009 21:39 »

Time to start picking nits.

As with any epic, mostly self-contained plot, there are going to be holes and glaring questions.
Crash_7

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« Reply #171 on: 02-12-2009 21:53 »

As for your age thing, I remember when the orignal Star Trek was on network TV, Watergate, the Iran Hostage Crisis and when Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon.

I'm with you on this one, Ralph.  (Not the ROTJ opinion, though.  I liked that one.)  Jonah Falcon, don't try and pull the ageist crap here.  Today happens to be my 51st birthday. 
metal_dude

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« Reply #172 on: 02-12-2009 22:19 »

Great movie! but it canīt be over!!
Curious Gorge

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« Reply #173 on: 02-12-2009 22:47 »

"Return to form"? What form would that be? First draft form?

What I'm hearing is people trying to CONVINCE themselves that Into the Wild Green Yonder was funny (FUNNY? What part?!)

ITWGY seemed to like they'd completely run out of ideas (and humor). As I said in my review, it make Bender's Big Score look like Casablanca in comparison.

It lacks any sort of structure. It's sloppy. It recycled old jokes. I wouldn't be surprised if they made another film, had Bender stroll out, crack a line about being a thief and a scoundrel and killing all humans, took a bow, and strolled out again. Good science fiction? As good a sci-fi as, say, the ending of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (laugh)

This reminds me of Return of the Jedi - unlike a lot of you, I was alive at the time it came out (I was 13, in fact), and I didn't like it much. People acted like I was crazy, but over time, people realized it wasn't very good.

A lot of people here say, "Well, I refuse to listen to JonahFalcon (or others) because they're wrong" - sounding a lot like Star Wars fans when Richard Schiekel's (sp?) negative review of The Phantom Menace came out - despite the fact they hadn't seen it.

I'm sure you'll convince yourself it's a good film, but it's pretty awful. After you've spent your money on the DVD, you'll find yourself watching it a second time, dutifully chuckling when you're supposed to, then fast forwarding to the end. Occasionally, you'll break it out to go to the chapter menu and just watch the final scene.

But, I'm willing to wait 2-3 years for you to regretfully admit my review was honest. wink

You hated it, I loved it, opinions are wonderful aren't they?

It's not a cause of people trying to convince themselves that it was good just for the sake of it. You didn't like it, fine, but there's little point attempting to convince other people that they should also hate it...just as it's not worth anyone trying to change your mind.
Zilex

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« Reply #174 on: 02-12-2009 23:30 »

cohen certainly wasn't lying when he said it had a great ending.  smile
any1else

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« Reply #175 on: 02-13-2009 01:01 »

I watched the movie last night. When it ended I didn't have anything to say. It didn't work for me.
I hope they do make more episodes. It can't end this way  frown
PatchChord_Adams

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« Reply #176 on: 02-13-2009 02:46 »
« Last Edit on: 02-13-2009 02:47 »



big time spoilers!
 


In my opinion I think this movie could compete with SOME of the original episodes, it was so good and had an amazing story and ending.  That was more emotional than jurassic bark.
leiapadme77

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« Reply #177 on: 02-13-2009 07:00 »

UGH! I can't wait any longer to see this movie!
I'm very nervous to see what happens to Fry & Leela. I wish they would just give in!!!!
 I've read most spoilers, and I'm trying VERY hard not to read the really hardcore spoilers. I read one sentence of a big spoiler, then I freaked out and closed it!!! haha
leiapadme77

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« Reply #178 on: 02-13-2009 07:05 »

"Return to form"? What form would that be? First draft form?

What I'm hearing is people trying to CONVINCE themselves that Into the Wild Green Yonder was funny (FUNNY? What part?!)

ITWGY seemed to like they'd completely run out of ideas (and humor). As I said in my review, it make Bender's Big Score look like Casablanca in comparison.

It lacks any sort of structure. It's sloppy. It recycled old jokes. I wouldn't be surprised if they made another film, had Bender stroll out, crack a line about being a thief and a scoundrel and killing all humans, took a bow, and strolled out again. Good science fiction? As good a sci-fi as, say, the ending of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (laugh)

This reminds me of Return of the Jedi - unlike a lot of you, I was alive at the time it came out (I was 13, in fact), and I didn't like it much. People acted like I was crazy, but over time, people realized it wasn't very good.

A lot of people here say, "Well, I refuse to listen to JonahFalcon (or others) because they're wrong" - sounding a lot like Star Wars fans when Richard Schiekel's (sp?) negative review of The Phantom Menace came out - despite the fact they hadn't seen it.

I'm sure you'll convince yourself it's a good film, but it's pretty awful. After you've spent your money on the DVD, you'll find yourself watching it a second time, dutifully chuckling when you're supposed to, then fast forwarding to the end. Occasionally, you'll break it out to go to the chapter menu and just watch the final scene.

But, I'm willing to wait 2-3 years for you to regretfully admit my review was honest. wink

Well, I LOVED Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and I happen to be the biggest Star Wars fan ever. So, I'm assuming if you think those were terrible, then this should be the greatest Futurama movie EVER!!
dr.bender nye

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« Reply #179 on: 02-13-2009 09:18 »

Well, I LOVED Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and I happen to be the biggest Star Wars fan ever. So, I'm assuming if you think those were terrible, then this should be the greatest Futurama movie EVER!!
I wasn't particularly fond on the new Indiana Jones, but you got the rest of it right..
speedracer
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« Reply #180 on: 02-13-2009 10:08 »

I watched the movie last night. When it ended I didn't have anything to say. It didn't work for me.
I hope they do make more episodes. It can't end this way  frown

Curious Gorge

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« Reply #181 on: 02-13-2009 11:43 »

I watched the movie last night. When it ended I didn't have anything to say. It didn't work for me.
I hope they do make more episodes. It can't end this way  frown


PatchChord_Adams

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« Reply #182 on: 02-13-2009 14:23 »

After seeing all the movies here are my rankings.
1. Into the wild green yonder 9.5
2. Beast with a billion backs 9.0
3. Bender's Big Score 8.5
4. Bender's Game 7.5

I changed my mind about Bender's game because after several viewings its humor becomes boring. That was the only thing it had going for it too.
dr.bender nye

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #183 on: 02-13-2009 14:59 »

My thoughts exactly. Hope your not reading my mind, shouldn't be since the tin foil hat is on.
Curious Gorge

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« Reply #184 on: 02-13-2009 17:33 »

Here's my ratings out of 10, had to revise them slightly after seeing ITWGY as that put a new slant on the others.

BBS: 8.5
BWABB: 5.5
BG: 7
ITWGY: 10

So ITWGY is the clear winner for me, 10 out of 10 might seem like fanboy esque hyperbole to some (particularly those that hated it) but I really loved it. It'll almost certainly go down as my favourite episode/movie of all time as it just encapsulated everything that made Futurama so great, it had the humour, the story and the heart.

Bender's Big Score was very good too, despite some people hating it. It had the story and the heart but it did lack one very key element which was the humour. It had its moments but it didn't make me laugh that much, ITWGY had me laughing throughout.

Bender's Game was good but the last twenty minutes were pretty yawnsome and the ending was one of those godawful last minute clean up jobs which just smacked of lazy writing and no real direction. It did have a number of laugh out loud moments though so it's worth a watch now and again.

BWABB was average at the very best, good opening half an hour but after that it just tailed off into nothing and the jokes soon dried up. I doubt I'll watch this one very much in the future.

I'd say the movie idea was worth it on the whole, in fact it would be worth it just for ITWGY. The middle two seemed to suffer from the 'cut into four episodes' idea and that probably did them no favours but ITWGY proved to me that making a brilliant Futurama movie was possible.

If it's the end then they ended on a huge high.

soylentOrange

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« Reply #185 on: 02-13-2009 21:14 »

some framegrabs:

dr.bender nye

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« Reply #186 on: 02-13-2009 21:28 »

Oh, piccy time!
Speaking of which, after playing the slots on the site, I got all the wallpapers and the screensaver (Ask for screensaver)








To be on the safe side, All imagry on this post belongs to ilovebender.com and the whole Futurama team.
totalnerd undercanada

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« Reply #187 on: 02-13-2009 22:28 »

Watched it today. Pure Futurama through and through. It took them four goes to get it right, but when they did they got it spot-on.

Now that they've got the movie-making biz down to a fine art, I hope we can look forward to a theatrical release at some point.
PatchChord_Adams

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« Reply #188 on: 02-13-2009 22:50 »

finally found what the caption is,

La Belle Leela

Starship Captain
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« Reply #189 on: 02-13-2009 23:06 »

Most of the clips at youtube are now kaput!

Frida Waterfall

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« Reply #190 on: 02-13-2009 23:27 »

I may be sick with a nasty little cold right now, but here's my lay-down on the good, the bad, and the ugly of "Into the Wild Green Yonder" (so I guess this would be a review). Don't read on if you want this movie to be spoiled.


"Into the Wild Green Yonder" will definitely place in my top episodes. And yes, I say it's better than the previous series finale, "The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings". Matt Groening and David X. Cohen have finally proved that they can create Futurama just as good- and maybe even better- than the original. Futurama deserves to be renewed now more than ever.
Crash_7

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« Reply #191 on: 02-13-2009 23:57 »

Can I get an "AWWWWWWW"?
JustNibblin

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« Reply #192 on: 02-14-2009 00:03 »

Gave in and watched it, rationalizing I was buying the DVD anyway.

They did it.  It's GOOD!  HUMOR!  ACTION!  ROMANCE!  And dare I say-- PLOT!  Looks like they put their effort into making a good first and last movie, and filled the other two with filler.  Loved Fry's self-soliloquy at the end, and loved the line


They'll be back.  This DVD is going to have great sales.
Frida Waterfall

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« Reply #193 on: 02-14-2009 00:10 »

[...] and loved the line

Sounds like they're making way for a future story...
JustNibblin

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« Reply #194 on: 02-14-2009 00:30 »
« Last Edit on: 02-14-2009 01:07 »



Sounds like they're making way for a future story...


Or just making a sly comment on us.  There were a lot of jokes like that in the movie--not laugh out loud slapstick, but satire and irony.  Fine with me.  I thought there was equal-opportunity skewing of all political viewpoints, as well. I'm also fine with how they treated the character relationships. 



It's gonna take them at least one movie/four episodes to successfully press the reset button after this one.

Also, did anyone else think the musical score and opening was noticeably better in this movie than in the others?
aknightofni

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« Reply #195 on: 02-14-2009 00:48 »

Can I get an "AWWWWWWW"?

Yes, yes you can.

Bout damn time.
Frida Waterfall

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« Reply #196 on: 02-14-2009 01:02 »



Sounds like they're making way for a future story...


Or just making a sly comment on us.  There were a lot of jokes like that in the movie--not laugh out loud slapstick, but satire and irony.  Fine with me.  I thought there was equal-opportunity skewing of all political viewpoints, as well. I'm also fine with how they treated the character relationships. 



It's gonna take them at least one movie/four episodes to successfully press the reset button after this one.

Did you just review my review?
JustNibblin

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« Reply #197 on: 02-14-2009 01:09 »
« Last Edit on: 02-14-2009 01:29 »

Did you just review my review?

You mean the "political viewpoints?"  I meant the movie had an environmental theme while still poking fun at environmentalists and protest politics in general.  Not pro-life/ anti-life (or is it anti-choice/pro-choice?) politics.

Oh, and Crash, will a lower case awwwwwww..... do?
Frida Waterfall

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« Reply #198 on: 02-14-2009 01:13 »

Eh, I could care less about the politics in the movie right now (again, I don't think they were trying to be political). The environmental message bothered me since it doesn't really make any sense.

Oh, and aww... so sweet...
aknightofni

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« Reply #199 on: 02-14-2009 02:00 »

Turns out the bad guy isn't global warming, or pollution, or evil corporations, its natural selection.

FU Darwin.

Brain was happy to filter those nasty logical thoughts that tend to ruin things seeing as the movie really was pretty good.
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