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Phishy042

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« on: 08-03-2009 13:07 »
« Last Edit on: 08-03-2009 13:22 »

Basically anything that happened, in any episode or movie, that isn't directly acknowledged by any of the characters!

Mine, Fry, in Bender's Big Score, hanging up the Family Guy calender, 12 Laughs a Year!

Coffee machine in Fransworth Parabox,  New Chunky Chicken Style!
hobbitboy

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« Reply #1 on: 08-03-2009 15:44 »

I was going to say Admiral Crunch & Archduke Chocula breakfast cereals but, of course, they were mentioned in the dialogue.

So I suppose I'll go for the predicaments that Amy seems to get herself into in the background of many scenes. (Perhaps the others never say anything because she never seems to get hurt.)
FistfulOAwesome

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« Reply #2 on: 08-04-2009 00:38 »

My absolute favorite sign gag is from 313- "Bendin' in the Wind": "No shirt, No shoes, What are you washin'?"
Freako

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« Reply #3 on: 08-04-2009 00:45 »
« Last Edit on: 08-04-2009 00:48 by Futurama_Freak1 »

Man in background: "Basically what we get you to do is starve to death"

- A pharaoh to remember

and

Fry: "My face was stuck in a pizza"

-  Kif gets knocked up a notch

Singled out crowd banter is hilarious
soylentOrange

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« Reply #4 on: 08-04-2009 01:09 »

My absolute favorite sign gag is from 313- "Bendin' in the Wind": "No shirt, No shoes, What are you washin'?"

your pants?
Svip

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« Reply #5 on: 08-04-2009 01:12 »

My absolute favorite sign gag is from 313- "Bendin' in the Wind": "No shirt, No shoes, What are you washin'?"

your pants?

Seems to me you don't get it.

It's a pun on the standard sign, "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service".

More here
Frida Waterfall

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« Reply #6 on: 08-04-2009 01:50 »

The most obvious one, in "Parasite's Lost", is the "Ballroom".

"Jurassic Bark" is the first one that comes to my mind as far as background jokes go since I didn't realize it until a few years later. I swear there are so many different aspects that could be taken when interpreting Fry's protest sign.

In "Into the Wild Green Yonder", in the last meeting of Fry and the Legion of Mad Fellows on Mars, you can see that just before the Martians abondoned their land, one had enough time to sketch the fate of their civilization into art on the wall.
dr.bender nye

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« Reply #7 on: 08-04-2009 23:06 »

Well, I liked the "Quantum Leek Soup" from Mothers Day. Though to be honest, that was the only background joke I remembered.
Morgan_G19

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« Reply #8 on: 08-05-2009 17:37 »

For me in "Why Must I Be A Crustacean In Love"

NEW! WINDOWLESS ROOMS FOR UGLY EXERCISERS
hobbitboy

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« Reply #9 on: 08-10-2009 14:19 »

I liked the Mortal Kooperation arcade game from the moon episode.

Don't hate me, Trinity.  I'm just the messenger.
dr.bender nye

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« Reply #10 on: 08-10-2009 15:40 »

Some of the arcade games in Beast with a Billion Backs like Ms. Marple Madness and Honkey Kong were pretty funny too.
Freako

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« Reply #11 on: 08-10-2009 15:48 »

Poverty Party!
totalnerd undercanada

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« Reply #12 on: 08-10-2009 16:11 »

The best background/non verbal joke in the TV shows for me was the convenience store open more than 24/7 in "War is the H-Word".

In the movies, it was the King beer mat from ITWGY.
I.C. Weiner

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« Reply #13 on: 08-10-2009 21:53 »

For a non-verbal joke the look on Fry's face when he and Bender are crash landing in "Amazon Women in the Mood" kills me every time.
hobbitboy

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« Reply #14 on: 08-11-2009 15:08 »

Does The Moon Shall Rise Again (written on the cap of the guy who has a farm on the moon) count as a joke?

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

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« Reply #15 on: 08-12-2009 00:46 »

Got milk?
Then you're a human and must be killed.
Gorky

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« Reply #16 on: 08-12-2009 04:52 »

Got milk?
Then you're a human and must be killed.

I think that's probably the funniest sign gag in the whole series. It's just phrased so matter-of-factly that it always makes me laugh.

And this doesn't really qualify as a joke, exactly (though various examples in the series have amused me from time to time), but I like how a lot of the character acting in Futurama is reactionary. Like Leela shuddering during the "Bee Happy" segment in "The Sting", when Zoidberg suddenly pops up behind her, singing. I like the little touches. I like that the characters react to what's going on around them, like you would expect in live-action shows. They don't just freeze when another character is speaking; there's still a lot of body-language and subtle reactionary stuff going on in the background.
NastyInThePasty

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« Reply #17 on: 08-12-2009 05:06 »

I like the sign in "I Dated A Robot" reading "If your food is not reasonably clean, please return uneaten portion for a partial refund" (or something to this effect).
chay´s head

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« Reply #18 on: 08-12-2009 09:47 »

The blink and you'll miss it joke in the opening credits, the newspaper that says "Moon Pie Fight in Mars Bar".
totalnerd undercanada

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« Reply #19 on: 08-12-2009 17:49 »

Got milk?
Then you're a human and must be killed.

I think that's probably the funniest sign gag in the whole series. It's just phrased so matter-of-factly that it always makes me laugh.

It's a close second for me.
I.C. Weiner

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« Reply #20 on: 08-13-2009 06:38 »

The sexy robots posters with tape rolls for boobs that Bender always has hanging up make me laugh.
lilkitten29

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« Reply #21 on: 08-13-2009 07:58 »

Star Wars 9 -- Yoda's Bar Mitzvah
leela09

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« Reply #22 on: 08-17-2009 03:25 »

In bicyclops the sign on the internet. Four Prostitutes Playing Bridge.oR Theater Grade popcorn.Not for Animal Feed
willsterdude3000

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« Reply #23 on: 08-20-2009 20:28 »

My absolute favorite sign gag is from 313- "Bendin' in the Wind": "No shirt, No shoes, What are you washin'?"
That's one of my faves too! I also like the sign in episode 110- a flight to remember- Buffet- all you can eat plus a whole chicken.
lilkitten29

Starship Captain
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« Reply #24 on: 08-20-2009 22:34 »

From The Why of Fry:

Sign At Elzar's: "Bathroom is for Stroganoff Customers only!"
leela09

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« Reply #25 on: 08-21-2009 03:33 »

I like that one too
MightyBooshFan91

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« Reply #26 on: 08-21-2009 21:27 »

One of my Favourites is the sign on Mercury in Put your Head on My Shoulders:

 Hg's fuel - last fuel 'til you circle the planet and return here!
leela09

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« Reply #27 on: 08-21-2009 21:37 »

That would almost qualify as a science joke,Hg being the symbol for Mercury.
MightyBooshFan91

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« Reply #28 on: 08-21-2009 21:42 »

That would almost qualify as a science joke,Hg being the symbol for Mercury.

Double Joke!
Basil
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« Reply #29 on: 08-22-2009 04:50 »

The calendar in 'Roswell That Ends Well'
leela09

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« Reply #30 on: 08-22-2009 22:14 »

In Bendless Love in Fry and Benders Appartment the dart board is a Target logo.I jus' spotted it today.
Frisco17

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« Reply #31 on: 08-23-2009 00:07 »

That's because the Target logo is a bullseye, which is essentially all a dartboard is.
Bones

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« Reply #32 on: 08-24-2009 14:20 »

...And a dartboard IS a target - yes, it's all coming together now, it's as I thought all along, the crime is unsolvable!
leela09

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« Reply #33 on: 08-24-2009 19:01 »

...And a dartboard IS a target - yes, it's all coming together now, it's as I thought all along, the crime is unsolvable!
I'm bored.You're boring Zoidberg.I'm going to watch TV.
leiapadme77

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« Reply #34 on: 09-02-2009 03:13 »

haha! The slot machines in ITWGY are still my favourite:
"Poverty Party, Granny's last Nickel"

And the arcade game in The Series Has Landed:
"Gender Neutral Pac Person" aka Pac man or Mrs. Pac Man LOL

Or in Parasites Lost,
the sign on the wall in the truck stop bathroom:
"Employee's must wipe hands on pants"
PatchChord_Adams

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« Reply #35 on: 09-02-2009 03:28 »

Yelper, the electric fence dogs ask for by name. or.......

Rock us, Dukakis!
Seymour_My_Hero

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« Reply #36 on: 09-04-2009 01:54 »

"Fiddler Way Below the Roof-It's Crap!"

Always makes me laugh wink
Phishy042

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« Reply #37 on: 09-06-2009 06:06 »

Bump for good catches!


A Leela of Her Own

The pictures behind Hank Aaron the 24th...

Also, the way swings at the pitch the upside down bat.  So priceless.
I.C. Weiner

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« Reply #38 on: 09-09-2009 21:27 »

Bender throwing the Countess' necklace away in a flashback at the beginning of "Amazon Women in the Mood" is pretty great.
horriblegb

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« Reply #39 on: 09-11-2009 07:44 »

Not really a joke but I really like how in the movies you can seymour up on the shelf in the tv room at planet express, but as far as sight jokes go I really like " New Chunky Chicken Style!"
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