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Wiidiot

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« on: 07-26-2009 00:18 »

The Futurama Panel @ SDCC ended just little over an hour ago.

Here is an article from the live feed: http://www.thrfeed.com/2009/07/futurama-panel-lends-support-to-voice-cast-.html

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'Futurama' panel lends support to voice cast
 By Steven Zeitchik


"Futurama," the property that features a gallery of bizarre creatures, was forced to address the elephant in the ballroom when writers convened at a Comic-Con panel Saturday.

Exec producer Matt Groening came right out at the event for the Comedy Central movie series and addressed the labor standoff between studio Twentieth Century Fox Television and "Futurama" voice actors

"We love our 'Futurama' actors. And we hope that Fox and the actors can come to an agreement as soon as possible," he said.

The actors -- a group that includes Billy West, Katey Sagal and John DiMaggio -- are in a dispute with the studio over contract and wage terms, a battle that threatens the future of the pics.

Because of the dispute, the panel featured none of the actors, prompting exec producer David X. Cohen to slyly note the panel only contained writers "for some reason." He latter added an optimistic, if tentative, "What is going on right now is business. Hope for the best."

Before they took questions, the panelists also tried an odd format -- they read segments from past shows off script pages that were projected on screens in the hall. While they made no comment on the reasons for the unusual format, their flat, almost robotic tone could be interpreted as a subtle bid of support for the voice actors.

The panel also saw Groening comment on what's been a perennial topic for the enduring TV property -- a potential movie.

Groening sounded a supportive note for the idea, noting, "We'd love to do a 'Futurama' theatrical feature. It's really fun to see 'Futurama' on the big screen."

The larger question, though, is whether there continues to be fun on the small screen.

Also there is quite a lot of information/qoutes from britl @ twitter http://twitter.com/britl and others:

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Offering prizes for good questions... Not questions of a "certain subject"
A lot of their best databases are the fan websites
Will they address the wormhole that the crew went through? DXC: Yes, but not the main focus of first episode
Will Fry and Leela ever get together? DXC: will address in first episodes, will have ups and downs. Believes its destiny!
Harder to come up with new stories than new jokes.
Will there be any new major characters? DXC "Guess we'll see how the voice actors thing goes...
Will be revealing the origins of Scruffy in future episodes.
May bring up Twitter in Futurama episodes.
Hot & Heavy relationship in next season... Bender&Amy. Even turns Robosexual marriage. Proposition infinity.
Leela and Zap wind up on island together
Fry and Professor find time machine that only goes into the future. They keep going ahead until they can find a way back
More Anthology of Interest episodes? There will be one for sure!
Dr. Zoidberg - will he ever get a friend? DXC: Hopefully an episode 'why did professor hire Zoidberg?' Origin story.
Keep your fingers crossed, what is going on now is business and we're hoping for the best." -David X. Cohen's last words.
MightyBooshFan91

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« Reply #1 on: 07-26-2009 00:22 »

It seemed like it was all a bit disorganized and rushed without the VAs...resorted to giving out family guy boxers.....
Some good new episode ideas though....wonder how they'll pan out
luvtheshows

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« Reply #2 on: 07-26-2009 01:20 »

has anybody seen any video from the comic con (sorry for the stupid question)
jigielnik

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« Reply #3 on: 07-26-2009 01:22 »

Before they took questions, the panelists also tried an odd format -- they read segments from past shows off script pages that were projected on screens in the hall. While they made no comment on the reasons for the unusual format, their flat, almost robotic tone could be interpreted as a subtle bid of support for the voice actors.


This seems like it was clearly a show of support for the voice actors. My assumption here (and i feel like its a realistic one) is that this event, scheduled months in advance, called for a section where the voice actors would do this very thing, reading out lines from classic episodes. When the voice actors were out because of the disputes, the futurama guys decided to keep the section rather than just skip it to prove that without them things just dont sound right. I applaud David and Matt for this move. One thing is clear is that if it were up to them, this would not be happening, but it is of course up to the bastards executives at fox...
ScootyPuffSr.

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« Reply #4 on: 07-26-2009 06:02 »

I could not hate the idea of Amy and Bender together anymore. Didn't Amy and Kif appear to get back together in the end of ITWGY? I hope that's a joke. It just sounds like the dumbest thing I ever heard of.
Chug a Bug

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« Reply #5 on: 07-26-2009 12:10 »
« Last Edit on: 07-26-2009 12:13 »

Before they took questions, the panelists also tried an odd format -- they read segments from past shows off script pages that were projected on screens in the hall. While they made no comment on the reasons for the unusual format, their flat, almost robotic tone could be interpreted as a subtle bid of support for the voice actors.


This seems like it was clearly a show of support for the voice actors. My assumption here (and i feel like its a realistic one) is that this event, scheduled months in advance, called for a section where the voice actors would do this very thing, reading out lines from classic episodes. When the voice actors were out because of the disputes, the futurama guys decided to keep the section rather than just skip it to prove that without them things just dont sound right. I applaud David and Matt for this move. One thing is clear is that if it were up to them, this would not be happening, but it is of course up to the bastards executives at fox...

I agree it was almost certainly supposed to have been read by the VA's. As for the flat tone, erm, isn't that just DXC's normal voice?

*ducks*

Any comment on this from anyone who was there?
mossy

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« Reply #6 on: 07-26-2009 12:18 »

has anybody seen any video from the comic con (sorry for the stupid question)
i second this request for videos
Future Shock

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« Reply #7 on: 07-26-2009 13:28 »

has anybody seen any video from the comic con (sorry for the stupid question)
i second this request for videos

And I am thirding it.
seattlejohn01

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« Reply #8 on: 07-26-2009 18:21 »
« Last Edit on: 07-26-2009 18:26 »

[Scruffy]Fourth[/Scruffy]

I just read the LA Times article about Comic Con, and their assessment was the star of the convention was Bruce Campbell.  They said he totally entertained the entire audience during his schtick (an audience member screamed "I love you, Bruce!", after which Bruce had the guy come to the stage & he paid him; big laughs), and he also talked about his series (Burn Notice) and the plans for the next Evil Dead movie.
dr.bender nye

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« Reply #9 on: 07-30-2009 01:02 »
« Last Edit on: 07-30-2009 01:04 »

I take the fifth! I saw the article with "Sad Groening" picture and I was thinking "Oh man, there's no way it could pick up positively"
It really is the rough spot for Futurama right now. Mind you, when wasn't it rough?
Angelikfire

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« Reply #10 on: 08-02-2009 23:37 »

Here's a pretty good summary of the Futurama Comic-Con panel. Nothing new, but there's some direct quotage you might find interesting.
homerjaysimpson

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« Reply #11 on: 08-03-2009 02:39 »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2y7kD9fIkc

Here's the only video I found of the comic con.
dr.bender nye

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« Reply #12 on: 08-05-2009 00:25 »

You know, now that the cast has fully returned, and my previous post is now obsolete, I don't wanna see the video anymore. It's kind of like asking the "What If Machine" What if the cast never got signed on? Nobody in the right mind would want to see that.
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