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Kattyness
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« on: 02-04-2009 21:11 »

Hello all,

I am a teacher and I want to use an episode of Futurama to illustrate a moral issue. Can anyone think of one?! I've been looking through all my boxed sets but can't find anything appropriate. Anything about lying, cheating, stealing (Bender basically!) or maybe war. Which is the episode where Zoidberg ends up at war with earth?

Any help hugely appreciated!

Einahpet

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« Reply #1 on: 02-04-2009 21:24 »

The Zoidberg episode is called a taste of freedom!

Also I would recommend,
1. Insane in the membrane, this one is to do with stealing!

Also welcome to peel!

Seymour_My_Hero

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« Reply #2 on: 02-04-2009 21:29 »
« Last Edit on: 02-04-2009 21:30 »

Well, I would say you should use "Hell is other Robots" to say "Do what your parent's say or the Robot Devil will send you to hell", but if these are toddlers that might not be the best thing.
Kattyness
Poppler
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« Reply #3 on: 02-04-2009 21:46 »

Thanks people! Am looking them out now and settling down to remind myself. They're kids of about 13 so should be fine.

Great forum - thanks for the welcome!
Bear

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« Reply #4 on: 02-04-2009 21:53 »

Moral issues? I dont really think Futurama is the best example... hmpf
no9man v2

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« Reply #5 on: 02-04-2009 21:55 »

It's OK.
ShepherdofShark

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« Reply #6 on: 02-04-2009 21:58 »

I don't think your knowledge of Futurama is strong enough to make that statement, Bear.

And "A Big Piece of Garbage" is a good one to raise the issue of environmental awareness.
Seymour_My_Hero

Professor
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« Reply #7 on: 02-04-2009 21:59 »

Or 300 Big Boys to say "Don't steal"
Kattyness
Poppler
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« Reply #8 on: 02-04-2009 22:00 »

It needs to be something they get, are possibly familiar with and it needs to be fairly lighthearted as an introduction. Everybody uses The Simpsons but it's kind of been done to death! It's just to get them started thinking about the sorts of things that are moral issues (war, stealing, capital punishment etc etc). I think Futurama has loads on these issues!

Good suggestions though - I will find something in one of them.

Cheers!
ShepherdofShark

Space Pope
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« Reply #9 on: 02-04-2009 22:00 »

A Clone of My Own raises points about euthanasia.
Smarty

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« Reply #10 on: 02-04-2009 22:01 »
« Last Edit on: 02-04-2009 22:04 »

Or 300 Big Boys to say "Don't steal"

Or "don't become so engrossed in material items and money that you forget what is closest to you--your friends. Because money may go away, but your friends will always be there for you."

Oh wait that is A Fishful of Dollars.

The Route of All Evil shows the importance of not taking shortcuts to do your work. It could apply to homework, maybe?
Seymour_My_Hero

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« Reply #11 on: 02-04-2009 22:02 »

Or listen to the audio commentary for "300 Big Boys" to teach children how to pronounce "Ambergris"
no9man v2

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« Reply #12 on: 02-04-2009 22:17 »

Ok your just being stupid now.
Bear

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« Reply #13 on: 02-04-2009 22:20 »

I don't think your knowledge of Futurama is strong enough to make that statement, Bear.

That is quite assumptive of you hmpf

I say that because, in the end, the moral side usually doesn't win out. Bender escapes Hell and goes back to his ways, etc

I wouldn't call environmentalism a moral issue either. I suppose you could argue it, but I disagree.
ShepherdofShark

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« Reply #14 on: 02-04-2009 22:32 »
« Last Edit on: 02-04-2009 22:37 »

A non-stupid reply.

war, stealing, capital punishment

War: War is the H Word (so much stuff on xenophobia and propaganda)

Stealing: Take your pick....

Capital Punishment: Erm, A Tale of Two Santas, maybe the end of Why Must I be a Crustacean in Love.


That is quite assumptive of you hmpf


That's based on observation.
Bear

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« Reply #15 on: 02-04-2009 22:33 »

I dont get it Shepherd. Are you referring to my post or is that taking place of a post you would have written but didn't want to while at the same time calling mine stupid? confused
ShepherdofShark

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« Reply #16 on: 02-04-2009 22:39 »

I wrote that before you posted but didn't feel the need to edit it. I have since added my reply to your post.
Bear

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« Reply #17 on: 02-04-2009 22:40 »

I haven't really ever talked about Futurama but yes it is assumptive to assume that I don't know much about it. I don't think I would be so lame as to join this board if I hadn't been, at one point, obsessed with it.

smile
ShepherdofShark

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« Reply #18 on: 02-04-2009 22:44 »

I suggest a refresher course. smile
Officer 1BDI

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« Reply #19 on: 02-05-2009 04:56 »

It needs to be something they get, are possibly familiar with and it needs to be fairly lighthearted as an introduction.

I was going to suggest "Jurassic Bark" (it's not directly addressed in the episode, but I think the writers intended the audience to leave that episode wondering if Fry really did do the right thing by not cloning Seymour), but that lighthearted criteria kind of kills that nomination.

What about "The Problem With Popplers?"  That episode deals with the morality of eating sentient beings (or just eating other creatures in general), and I think there's something to be said about Leela (and then a random orangutan) being sacrificed to save the rest of humanity from being consumed by the Omicronians.
futz
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« Reply #20 on: 02-05-2009 05:16 »

Books

Near Death Star Inhabitant
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« Reply #21 on: 02-05-2009 05:18 »

Oh my god futz, you're at leet. I just checked. smile
hobbitboy

Sir Rank-a-Lot
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« Reply #22 on: 02-05-2009 15:29 »

There's the thing where Zoidberg breaks the ship-in-a-bottle and frames Fry.

Don't hate me, Trinity.  I'm just the messenger.
Bear

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« Reply #23 on: 02-05-2009 16:48 »

GOSH FREAKING HECK FUTZ WHY IN THE FLIP DID YOU HAVE TO MAKE ONE FLIPPING EXTRA POST?!? I HAVE NEVER SEEN SOMEONE AT LEET AND NOW WHO KNOWS WHEN I WILL THANKS TO YOUR ONE MEASLEY EXTRA POST?!?!?!?

I AM MAD!!!!!! mad
no9man v2

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« Reply #24 on: 02-05-2009 17:00 »

GOSH FREAKING HECK FUTZ WHY IN THE FLIP DID YOU HAVE TO MAKE ONE FLIPPING EXTRA POST?!? I HAVE NEVER SEEN SOMEONE AT LEET AND NOW WHO KNOWS WHEN I WILL THANKS TO YOUR ONE MEASLEY EXTRA POST?!?!?!?

I AM MAD!!!!!! mad

Ok I didn't understand that.
Bear

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« Reply #25 on: 02-05-2009 17:17 »

I'm mad no9man v2 what is there to not understand?!?!?!?!?
no9man v2

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« Reply #26 on: 02-05-2009 17:18 »

I'm mad no9man v2 what is there to not understand?!?!?!?!?

I understand.
Bear

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« Reply #27 on: 02-05-2009 17:30 »

suss6052

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« Reply #28 on: 02-05-2009 17:32 »

how lame, reverting to kindegarten/first grade logic of using pictures to try and represent an idea, I/stand= I understand, how very elementary.
Bear

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« Reply #29 on: 02-05-2009 17:33 »

Well aren't you just the lovely running commentary laff
suss6052

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« Reply #30 on: 02-05-2009 17:34 »
« Last Edit on: 02-05-2009 17:58 »

The Zoidberg episode is called a taste of freedom!

Also I would recommend,
1. Insane in the membrane, this one is to do with stealing!

Also welcome to peel!


The correct title of this episode was Insane in the Mainframe, not membrane
Bear

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« Reply #31 on: 02-05-2009 17:35 »

Maybe she was talking about the Cypress Hill song confused
suss6052

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« Reply #32 on: 02-05-2009 17:59 »

Why would you think that? This was in context of a moral issue in Futurama, and the only time the words insane in the membrane are uttered was in The Why of Fry, when Fry reveals that he will still utilize the bomb even though he no longer had transportation out of the infosphere.
Bear

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« Reply #33 on: 02-05-2009 19:46 »

I said that becasue it's the title of a Cypress Hill song. That's where Fry got it from and that's the origin of the title of the episode in question. It's a pun. And don't always take me so seriously wink
suss6052

Starship Captain
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« Reply #34 on: 02-05-2009 19:54 »

Fry never said insane in the membrane, that was the brains inside the infosphere at the moment he revealed the bomb, but whatever.
no9man v2

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« Reply #35 on: 02-05-2009 20:15 »

SPAMMERS!!!!!
Cinimod

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« Reply #36 on: 02-05-2009 20:24 »

SPAMMERS!!!!!

That's rich coming from someone with 104 posts from 3 days
no9man v2

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« Reply #37 on: 02-05-2009 20:28 »

You haven't been on for four months!!!!!!!!
User Undefined

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« Reply #38 on: 02-06-2009 16:38 »

Moral issues? I dont really think Futurama is the best example... hmpf

What ? There are. South Park is actually quite even more moral. Adult cartoons are usually made by very intelligent moral people. What are you a right wing nut job ?
Bear

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« Reply #39 on: 02-06-2009 16:41 »

laff
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