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PEE Poll: Just look at the subject, I won't write it twice!
The Late Philip J. Fry   -5 (21.7%)
Yo Leela Leela   -9 (39.1%)
All the President's Heads   -0 (0%)
The Prisoner of Benda   -1 (4.3%)
The Mutants are Revolting   -7 (30.4%)
Law and Oracle   -1 (4.3%)
Total Voters: 23

Benderloveer
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« on: 10-08-2011 18:28 »
« Last Edit on: 10-09-2011 11:52 »

A lot of Futurama episodes are really good but they're too short. I'm asking you which episode could be extended into a movie?

Personally, I think that Yo Leela Leela would make a great movie. I know some people don't like it but the idea of the episode is a great idea .

100% for Yo Leela Leela, Yeahhhhhhhhhhhh!
Edit:50%,  shifty
Edit 2: 33% no no
Edit 3: 7%  cry
Inquisitor Hein
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« Reply #1 on: 10-08-2011 18:44 »
« Last Edit on: 10-08-2011 20:02 »

TMAR got my vote.
This episode featured some long term developments (changing society at the end), so a more considerate, thorough development only possible in a movie could have worked.
(E.g. the Devolution Revolution works as montage, but a complete storyline would imho not been out of place).
DannyJC13

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« Reply #2 on: 10-08-2011 19:28 »

Same here, TMAR.

Also, it's Presidents' Heads, not President's Heads. tongue
Benderloveer
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« Reply #3 on: 10-08-2011 19:39 »

Danny, please! I'm not writing as good as you do!
cyber_turnip

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« Reply #4 on: 10-08-2011 19:48 »

What an odd selection of episodes you have there...

"Overclockwise" was the one that sprung to mind for me, but it's not even listed.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #5 on: 10-08-2011 19:51 »

Danny, please! I'm not writing as good as you do!

I'm not good... shifty
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #6 on: 10-08-2011 19:52 »

Could anyone even imagine Yo Leela Leela as a movie? no no...
DannyJC13

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« Reply #7 on: 10-08-2011 19:53 »

Could anyone even imagine Yo Leela Leela as a movie? no no...

It shouldn't of even been an episode. no no
Gorky

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« Reply #8 on: 10-08-2011 19:58 »

TMAR got my vote.
This episode featured some long term developments (changing society at the end), so a more considerate, thorough development only possible in a movie could have worked.
(E.g. the Devolution Revolution workes as montage, but a complete storyline would imho not been out of place).


Agreed. I was pumped for "The Mutants Are Revolting" before it aired but wound up somewhat disappointed by how superficially and sort of offhandedly the story played out. The idea of this mutant society going about its business beneath New New York was always an interesting story point to me, and it would have been cool to see more time devoted to them gaining their freedom and such.
Benderloveer
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« Reply #9 on: 10-08-2011 19:59 »

Yo Leela Leela is a beautiful episode. A clever writing a a critic of our society with funny songs. That's almost perfect!
Ambitious misunderstood

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« Reply #10 on: 10-08-2011 20:15 »

Could anyone even imagine Yo Leela Leela as a movie? no no...

I don't see anything in Yo Leela Leela that deserved to be shown any longer. There's a reason why it's the lowest rated Futurama episode.

Of all the episodes named in the survey, TMAR is the only one that I see working as a movie. I agree though, Overclockwise would have been a more obvious choice. The Leela-Fry substory was squeezed in there in an almost painful way, there was an obvious lack of time. The whole concept of Bender becoming all-knowing and god-like could have been further explored, even though it was fine the way it ended up.
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« Reply #11 on: 10-08-2011 20:19 »

Yo Leela Leela is a beautiful episode. A clever writing a a critic of our society with funny songs. That's almost perfect!

Oh my God... no no

And this time it just won't be me disagreeing with you, Benderloveer...
spira

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« Reply #12 on: 10-09-2011 00:31 »

YLL isn't that bad, but I wouldn't call it "beautiful" by any means.

Of these, Mutants are Revolting. I actually feel like that episode had great pacing, but it could have used even more development. It was a pretty big story.

Overclockwise is sort of the kneejerk "this should have been a movie" ep for me.

TLPJF could have carried a movie, probably, but it had beautiful pacing and worked as an episode. TPOB was a great episode, but I think the story would have gotten either boring or too confusing if it had to fill four times as much space. It also worked best as an ep.
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #13 on: 10-09-2011 00:57 »

I agree with everything said in this thread other than the praising of Yo Leela Leela.

Although, I honestly think the episode would have been better if it had an extra 30 seconds. The ending came out of nowhere.
Ambitious misunderstood

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« Reply #14 on: 10-09-2011 01:31 »
« Last Edit on: 10-09-2011 01:34 »

I agree with everything said in this thread other than the praising of Yo Leela Leela.

Although, I honestly think the episode would have been better if it had an extra 30 seconds. The ending came out of nowhere.

I think the main problem wasn't the ending (it was a terrible ending. I just don't see how more time could have made it any better) but instead Leela's unbelievable flip-flopping. Arrogant and self-absorbed at one point, craving for punishment a second later. Additional time could have been invested into making this a smoother development... for starters, they could have cut the horrible first song (which Leela sings to the orphans) and used that time.
spira

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« Reply #15 on: 10-09-2011 02:09 »

for starters, they could have cut the horrible first song (which Leela sings to the orphans) and used that time.

Agreed. That was painful to watch. But the Lick It song was, in my opinion, actually really funny.
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« Reply #16 on: 10-09-2011 03:04 »

"The Mutants Are Revolting" definitely gets my vote. The whole plotline is a pretty big event for the entire series, with the Mutants finally getting their freedom. So the epeisode definitely could have used more time to explore the whole thing. A 1-hour special would have been great.

As for "Yo Leela Leela"...it's not actually not that bad of an episode for me. (I remember giving it a 7 in the poll.) Some parts made me cringe, but the episode as a whole was entertaining enough for me to get a passable score. But really, I don't think it's movie material.
meisterPOOP

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« Reply #17 on: 10-09-2011 03:16 »

YLL isn't that bad, but I wouldn't call it "beautiful" by any means.

YLL reminds me of 'The Cyberhouse Rules',  Had it been presented with that in light it might have been a much better episode.

I still think a 'Space Pilot 3000' Movie would be excellent.
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« Reply #18 on: 10-09-2011 03:29 »

Space Pilot. Obviously. Sets up the whole premise. Alternately, The Why of Fry.
Really odd selection of episodes in the poll. I choose none of the above.
SpaceMaN

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« Reply #19 on: 10-09-2011 04:41 »

That's Lobstertainment.
jeepdavetj

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« Reply #20 on: 10-09-2011 04:57 »

I would have liked TLPJF to have been expanded on. Soooooo much they could have done there. Just seemed too short.
DonnyJC14
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« Reply #21 on: 10-12-2011 19:20 »

TMAR. A too interesting story to be concluded in 20 minutes. It could have been an epic movie.
spira

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« Reply #22 on: 10-13-2011 00:22 »

That's Lobstertainment.

Get out.

TLPJF could have been expanded, sure, but it fit all right. I would have rather seen an expansion of TLPJF than something like Bender's Game, for sure.

Tofu_Lion

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« Reply #23 on: 10-15-2011 08:31 »

I would have liked TLPJF to have been expanded on. Soooooo much they could have done there. Just seemed too short.

This was my choice as well. I would've loved to see more on Leela's, and everyone else's lives in the 31st century first of all...some more time on the time travelling end wouldn't be bad either. With how grand the episode felt, it seems like a reasonable choice. My 2nd choice would be AOI: The Un-Freeze of a Lifetime. Maybe Bender and/or others crawl through the Fryhole and into the 21st century. I'd love to see a lot of characters in the 21st century come to think of it...Zapp, Zoidberg, Professor...
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« Reply #24 on: 10-24-2011 05:52 »

TLPJF, definitely. There are so many more time periods they could visit, plus its got the shippiness going for it that would be perfect for onscreen drama. I thought it was a well written episode and got through many areas they were trying to explore, but I could see it possibly being the length of 4 eps ie. a movie. The thing is though, once you do that you mess with the episode's integrity, and because I felt the pacing was perfect in the episode, you risk it becoming dull and tedious if you stretch it out to 4 eps to give it room to "breathe" a little. I think of all the episodes mentioned though, that one has the best shot. The second one I would pick would be Law and Oracle, simply because when I was watching it there was so much stuff at the police academy that could have been explored had it not been for time, and that segment felt a little quick to me.
Tachyon

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« Reply #25 on: 10-24-2011 05:54 »


You said what I was thinking, FF.  The pacing was perfect and conveyed the feeling of rushing through time but NOT rushing through the episode.

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« Reply #26 on: 10-24-2011 06:15 »

Well put, I completely agree. It is amazing how it worked so perfectly.
Frida Waterfall

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« Reply #27 on: 10-25-2011 08:45 »

While I voted for "The Mutants are Revolting", I really would whole-heartedly agree and would put my life on the line in support of making "Overclockwise" into a movie. There would be so much to do with Bender's omnipotence, the plotline with Cubert and the Professor, and not to mention lots of Fry and Leela build-up! I can't wait to hear the commentary for that episode!
Benderloveer
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« Reply #28 on: 10-26-2011 17:04 »

When I think everybody is saying Yo Leela Leela is the worst episode of the show!
spira

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« Reply #29 on: 10-27-2011 01:10 »

Many people are saying that, and their argument is well-founded. I don't really hate it, but I don't love it and I definitely don't want to see it become a movie.
meisterPOOP

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« Reply #30 on: 10-27-2011 01:20 »

I said before...and I will say it again...

"Space Pilot 3000"

Movie
Tachyon

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« Reply #31 on: 10-27-2011 06:27 »


Would you show any more of pre-frozen Fry than the pilot did?

coffeeBot

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« Reply #32 on: 10-27-2011 06:41 »

I've got to agree with the mob and say that Overclockwise would probably be best as a movie. Out of the poll options, though, The Late Philip J Fry definitely wins out. Time travel (forwards or backwards) can be the fodder for really complex stories.
Space Pilot 3000 could be longer, but I don't know that I'd want it expanded into a movie. The only thing I think could be expanded upon would be Fry's pre-frozen life (like Tachy's said). However, I like that that's revealed later in different episodes (Cold Warriors, Luck of the Fryrish, etc).
spira

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« Reply #33 on: 10-28-2011 04:37 »

I rewatched the pilot tonight on syndication. I don't really think it needs to be longer at all and I love that is has been revisited and expanded upon so many times throughout the series. Maybe more of Fry's pre-frozen life would have been okay, but I feel like, looking from the perspective of a brand-new viewer, that would be a bit boring. The episode should definitely be way, way more future stuff than 2000 stuff.
meisterPOOP

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« Reply #34 on: 10-28-2011 04:46 »


Would you show any more of pre-frozen Fry than the pilot did?



Computer Litterate..

In a computer challenged socitey.
Tachyon

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« Reply #35 on: 10-28-2011 07:01 »

...The episode should definitely be way, way more future stuff than 2000 stuff.

Once upon a time not all that long ago "The year 2000" meant the far and exciting future.  Jet cars and spaceships and moon colonies and the first baby steps toward interstellar travel.

These are the "good old days", spira...


I used to think that the pilot would be the best candidate for a movie but I'm not so sure, now.

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« Reply #36 on: 10-30-2011 18:19 »

It did air back in the day when iPhones, iPads, and whatever iGadgets are out there now, didn't exist. If we were to bump into ourselves from that time I'm sure our past selves would be like...whoooooa. I still find the opening sequence where he explores the future humbling, but it is more of a nostalgia factor now than a WOW factor. Many of those items still do not exist, but I can see technology moving in its own direction, so those items don't seem that farfetched.
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« Reply #37 on: 10-30-2011 18:23 »

I want to see a re-vamped opening sequence. I mean, I want it to be the same (flying through the R, showing all around NNY), but extended with new shots of NNY (perhaps a shot of the Planet Express building) and a new remake of the theme song, not just the same song but with more drum and bass.

I mean the intro now is fucking amazing, just a shame they've shortened it down. frown
spira

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« Reply #38 on: 10-30-2011 19:21 »

I used to hate that they shortened the intro, but then I remembered that the CC air time is 1:30 less (or something like that) than the Fox one, so cutting the old 40-ish second intro was reasonable.
Inquisitor Hein
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« Reply #39 on: 10-30-2011 20:17 »

Yep, better cut the intro than the in-episode scenes smile
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