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PEE Poll: Was it fun?
1/10 Holiday Cuminmyface,spankmyassandkillme Spectacular   -5 (6.9%)
2/10   -2 (2.8%)
3/10 Modern Treehouse of Horror   -3 (4.2%)
4/10   -1 (1.4%)
5/10 Naturama   -8 (11.1%)
6/10   -10 (13.9%)
7/10   -7 (9.7%)
8/10 Anthology of Interest   -17 (23.6%)
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Total Voters: 72

Box Incorporated

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« on: 07-18-2013 04:15 »

Original Airdate: July 17th, 2013. The Futurama Crew stars in 3 craptastic 70's cartoons. Rate and Review
Quantum Neutrino Field

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #1 on: 07-18-2013 04:31 »

That was funny as Reincarnation was, but maybe not as good overall.
Kornography

Bending Unit
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« Reply #2 on: 07-18-2013 04:31 »

I'm probably gonna be in the minority that absolutely loved this. So many great lines, the GI Zapp segment was beyond hilarious!

"Send him straight to he-"
"CHURCH!"
Just Fan
Starship Captain
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« Reply #3 on: 07-18-2013 04:32 »

I loved the third segment.

7/10
SolidSnake

Professor
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« Reply #4 on: 07-18-2013 04:32 »

This is most likely at Reincarnation standards in my opinion. But a little bit lower because PurpleBerry Pond was meh.

I loved the Bendy Boo and G.I Zapp ones. For now, I'll give it a 9/10. I'm not sure if this is the best of the season or not, but it just might be.
Zoo Station

Crustacean
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« Reply #5 on: 07-18-2013 04:33 »

I really liked it. The Scooby-Doo segment was my favorite overall but each episode was funny and I really liked the character redesigns. I need to watch it again but right now I'm giving it an 8.
CitizenSnips

Bending Unit
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« Reply #6 on: 07-18-2013 04:39 »

The Professor's voice in the Strawberry Shortcake segment was incredible...
Anna3000

Starship Captain
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« Reply #7 on: 07-18-2013 04:49 »

I loved this one, even more than I expected to. In fact, I thought it was almost as great as "Reincarnation", which is one of my favorite episodes.

There was really not a single thing in this episode that didn't "work" for me, and I enjoyed every segment about equally. The Purpleberry Pond one was probably my least favorite if I had to choose, but the "commercials" in it made up for the actual Purpleberry episode being a tad dull.

Surprisingly, I liked SMFP equal to, or maybe even slightly more, than "Fry and Leela's Big Fling." I'm not sure whether to give it a 9/10 or 10/10, but either way this one was awesome.
Zmithy

Professor
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« Reply #8 on: 07-18-2013 05:15 »

Didn't like it very much, the references other than scooby doo were lost on me as a non-US viewer. Third segment was kinda amusing, but otherwise I didn't enjoy it.
And I *loved* reincarnation.

5/10.
UnrealLegend

Urban Legend
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« Reply #9 on: 07-18-2013 05:21 »

Bleh. Pretty damn mediocre in this guy's opinion. I quite enjoyed Nixon's edits in the third act (as well as the over-the-top violence), but there was maybe one funny joke every five minutes, which just doesn't cut it for me. The first act in particular felt really dry and almost everything fell flat.

One thing I did appreciate was the way it actually had an in-universe explanation for it being non-canon. Overall though, this was ludicrously disappointing.

4/10 for the first act.
5/10 for the second act.
7/10 for the third act.

If Futurama ever gets renewed, I'll be sure to not expect anything from these segmented episodes. 5/10 is my overall score, making it my least favourite episode of season 7.
pumpkinpie

Starship Captain
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« Reply #10 on: 07-18-2013 05:41 »

I. Loved. This. I actually laughed out loud. Which is something I usually NEVER do when it comes to TV shows. Sure, they're entertaining, but laugh out loud actually holy hilarious?

Wow. I was impressed. I really liked the first act, the second one was pretty good, the commercials really made it. Also, am I the only one who thinks that the whole "purple and orange" thing may have been a wink to shippers? Eh, probably just me.

 And the third act? OH.MY.GOD. abso-frigging-lutley hila-fricking-arious. I was belly laughing. So many damn good lines. 9/10. Loooved iiiiiittttt
MuchAdo

Professor
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« Reply #11 on: 07-18-2013 05:47 »
« Last Edit on: 07-18-2013 05:53 »

That.. was... awful!
This is actually my new least favorite episode of the series.
Only the ending PSA and Nixon editing stuff worked.. the there cartoon segments were obvious and dull, and totally stupid and unfunny.

For shame Futurama.

Did CC see this episode.. question WTF they were paying good money for... and cancel the series??
I believe so.

A 1.5/10.

Glad to see Cubert back I guess.
Anna3000

Starship Captain
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« Reply #12 on: 07-18-2013 05:48 »
« Last Edit on: 07-18-2013 05:53 »

Also, am I the only one who thinks that the whole "purple and orange" thing may have been a wink to shippers? Eh, probably just me.

I thought so, too. Glad to see that I'm not the only one.  smile



Sof

Bending Unit
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« Reply #13 on: 07-18-2013 06:15 »
« Last Edit on: 07-18-2013 06:16 »

BEST EPISODE EVER 10/10

And people calling this episode trash,wow, we're seeing the same show? Because that was really well written,good animation and a lot of details,if something makes Futurama special,are the little details (for example the bad animation in the first segment,the commercials in the second and all the censorship in the third segment ,wow that was precious) and I know this isn't dramatic or romantic as TLPJF or The Sting but was funny and different and it's what I appreciate in an episode.

Also I appreciate the effort that the animators made for make everything similar to the original cartoons.

Well done,Futurama writers,well done.
SolidSnake

Professor
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« Reply #14 on: 07-18-2013 06:36 »
« Last Edit on: 07-18-2013 06:46 »

It's a nice step away from Sci-Fi plots and character developing. It isn't exactly the kinda stuff that usually shows the superior greatness of Futurama. It's something different. And I can see why there is mixed thoughts on this. But overall I enjoyed this ALOT. The characters fit in there too well.

Some jokes were hit or miss, but most were hit. It kept me satisfied the whole time. The G.I Zapp segment. Was just hilarious. Nixon's little Commentary thing was just priceless. My favorite quotes were "Find that Apple, it's down there somewhere!" and "Yay, I caught it!". It still kills me every time I hear it.

Bendy Boo was Good. I liked the Fry gags alot. And Bendy Boo saying "I'm an awcahowlic!". Priceless.

PurpleBerry Pond was meh. It wasn't really funny. The ads stuff were kinda boring too. I did like the repetitive Professor purple berry want, and Zoidberg's "Bort". That's really it though.

Still a good episode in my eyes. Loved the G.I Zapp segment. It well deserves the 9/10 I gave it. If I could, maybe I would change it to a 10/10

*EDIT* I just realized there wasn't much cameos from Secondary Characters. (Excluding Scruffy, Kif, and Zapp). Not really disappointing in a way, but I think if Mom was in PurpleBerry Pond, I'd like it more. She'd probably have 10x better quotes than she had in Naturama.
totalnerduk

DOOP Ubersecretary
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« Reply #15 on: 07-18-2013 07:37 »

Well, that was an absolute turd of an episode. Not a patch on Reincarnation. Not even as good as the disappointing Naturama.

The one thing I enjoyed was G.I. Zapp. I'd watch that show. I'd watch the hell out of it.
Jezzem

Urban Legend
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« Reply #16 on: 07-18-2013 07:57 »

I loved this episode, but I'm always more forgiving of the non-canon episodes, I guess.

Nixon's edits in the third segment provided a lot of great laughs for me (plus violence is cool!) and I liked the way they made the first segment look like old cel animation.

I think the second segment was the least interesting but it was still funny and I liked the ads. Also, I thought it was cool to see the final product after seeing the animatic for that segment.

I'm gonna give this a 9/10 (yeah, that's right!) mostly because of how many times I laughed out loud at the third segment.
Tachyon

Space Pope
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« Reply #17 on: 07-18-2013 08:03 »


Couldn't stand it.  Except for Nixon's overdubbing of GI Zapp, which started out meh but had me cracking up by the end smile  I'll delay voting until I've seen it again on Sunday.

Scrappylive

Starship Captain
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« Reply #18 on: 07-18-2013 08:27 »

I think you all need some Bendy Brews, because I really loved this episode!

This episode brought on the funnies as much as any recent episode that I can think of! Lots of great jokes and none of them fell flat for me.

I know it was non-canon, but I still didn't like how Nixon was watching a series of cartoons that all starred "real life" people (since Fry, et al exist in the same universe as Nixon in the year 3013). I also didn't like how the protestors magically knew exactly what Nixon was watching at any given moment, but oh well. Maybe that's just me over-analyzing a non-canon episode.

Other than that, I really liked everything this episode had to offer. 9/10.
UnrealLegend

Urban Legend
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« Reply #19 on: 07-18-2013 08:32 »


And people calling this episode trash,wow, we're seeing the same show? Because that was really well written,good animation and a lot of details
These things (other than the writing, which I thought was quite horrid) may have been up to scratch, but that's something that we've come to expect because Futurama has always excelled in these areas.

The animation is the reason I gave this a 5/10 rather than a 4/10. It was pretty impressive for the most part. Sadly, there were far too many other things that stuck out as crappy.

It felt like the first two segments weren't even trying to be Futurama. They were kind of doing their own thing, only they replaced the characters of the original show with the PE crew. This is why the GI Zapp part was by far the best to me; the dubbing gave it a bit of Futurama-esque humour that was seriously lacking until then. Even without the dubbing I reckon it could've held up reasonably well ("Did you prepare your parachute? Good, because I forgot mine.")

But man, those first two acts really rustled my jimmies. Looking back, there was exactly one thing in each of those segments that amused me (The Professor continuously plotting to get the purpleberries over and over, and Leela attempting to pull Zoidberg's "mask" off (which was subsequently ruined by having his head bounce all over the damn place)).

"Reincarnation" was much more broad than "Saturday Morning Fun Pit", which I think really worked in the former episode's favour. Old school animation, retro video games, and anime are three styles that are widely known even by people who don't care about them. But what exactly is somebody who's never seen Scooby-Doo/Strawberry Shortcake/G.I. Joe going to get out of this episode? Jack all. And if it means anything, I used to watch a lot of Scooby-Doo back in the day yet found that segment the worst.

Anyway, that's enough ranting. I hope the worst of the season is behind us now, because otherwise season 7 is quickly on track to becoming the worst yet for me.
SolidSnake

Professor
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« Reply #20 on: 07-18-2013 08:48 »


And people calling this episode trash,wow, we're seeing the same show? Because that was really well written,good animation and a lot of details
These things (other than the writing, which I thought was quite horrid) may have been up to scratch, but that's something that we've come to expect because Futurama has always excelled in these areas.

The animation is the reason I gave this a 5/10 rather than a 4/10. It was pretty impressive for the most part. Sadly, there were far too many other things that stuck out as crappy.

It felt like the first two segments weren't even trying to be Futurama. They were kind of doing their own thing, only they replaced the characters of the original show with the PE crew. This is why the GI Zapp part was by far the best to me; the dubbing gave it a bit of Futurama-esque humour that was seriously lacking until then. Even without the dubbing I reckon it could've held up reasonably well ("Did you prepare your parachute? Good, because I forgot mine.")

But man, those first two acts really rustled my jimmies. Looking back, there was exactly one thing in each of those segments that amused me (The Professor continuously plotting to get the purpleberries over and over, and Leela attempting to pull Zoidberg's "mask" off (which was subsequently ruined by having his head bounce all over the damn place)).

"Reincarnation" was much more broad than "Saturday Morning Fun Pit", which I think really worked in the former episode's favour. Old school animation, retro video games, and anime are three styles that are widely known even by people who don't care about them. But what exactly is somebody who's never seen Scooby-Doo/Strawberry Shortcake/G.I. Joe going to get out of this episode? Jack all. And if it means anything, I used to watch a lot of Scooby-Doo back in the day yet found that segment the worst.

Anyway, that's enough ranting. I hope the worst of the season is behind us now, because otherwise season 7 is quickly on track to becoming the worst yet for me.
About the first 2 segments, I think not being Futurama is what they were aiming at. I think all they wanted to accomplish is have the same Futurama characters we all love, fit into another show that has a completely different environment, with a completely different kinda feel to it. I can understand how you don't like it, but I really enjoyed it for what it was. We all got different opinions though.

And I think Season 7 will continue to get better and better as it progresses. Lewis Morton writes this next episode, and he wrote "The Late Phillip J. Fry". But the whole Calculon getting replaced stuff doesn't really interest me. I just wanna see how he comes back, and if he encounters any dangers to do so.
Eternium

Professor
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« Reply #21 on: 07-18-2013 10:10 »

I didn't think this episode was particulary bad, after seeing PurpleBerry Pond a few times it does start to annoy me tough...
I really liked the first scoobydoo segment, the laugh tapes are as annoying as they've always been. Seeing Fry(& Hermes) like that was pretty awsome, Bender tough a little to much. The first part of the episode was better as the part at which the Globetrotters appeared in my opinion. Cheap animation in a funny way: Check!
G.I. Zapp was weird, the editing was nice. I liked how it ended, the credits and the apperence of Dwight and Cubert big grin

8/10
CoiletteUSA

Crustacean
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« Reply #22 on: 07-18-2013 13:23 »

I liked Nixon's editing of the G.I. Zapp cartoon, but the other 2 segments were torture to sit through, especially the Scooby Doo parody (I never liked Scooby Doo, even as a child). I was also offended by the "mentally ill" joke. 5/10
Tastes Like Fry

Urban Legend
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« Reply #23 on: 07-18-2013 13:27 »


Bork/10
DannyJC13

Space Pope
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« Reply #24 on: 07-18-2013 13:38 »
« Last Edit on: 07-18-2013 14:12 »

Woah man, the G.I. Zapp segment had me laughing almost continuously, Nixon's dubbing was hilarious. laff The Bendee Boo segment was just brilliant, and I honestly didn't mind the Purpleberry Pond one, the commercials were pretty fun. I loved how Fry's name in the G.I. Zapp segment was Freezer Burn, and how they used Yummy Yummy Yummy by the Ohio Express in Bendee Boo. big grin Awesome stuff.

9/10

*edit*

Seems like this episode is going to be one fans either love or hate.
UnrealLegend

Urban Legend
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« Reply #25 on: 07-18-2013 14:03 »

Was anyone else mildly amused by Zoidberg being the sidekick of the Professor in all three segments?
Mr Snrub

Urban Legend
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« Reply #26 on: 07-18-2013 14:31 »

The Scooby Doo one got better as it went along. I was seriously cringing for the first few minutes, which I've never done during a Futurama episode, even the very worst ones. Every Scooby Doo joke had been made before in some other show (how old are they, laugh tracks suck, Shaggy's stoned). It got better though. Larry Bird made me laugh out loud, the animation errors and gentle racism was well done, and for some reason Fry and Bender running into that one room and staying there was hilarious to me.

Purpleberry was meh. I liked the running cereal gag, but I didn't laugh during the entire act. Inoffensive.

I didn't like G.I Zapp as much as everyone else here, it seems. Perhaps I didn't get it because I haven't seen US cartoon editing, but Nixon's dubs were only okay. Wish there had been a bit more Zapp, considering it was named after him, but the two jokes he had were funny, if predictable. I did like 'Orphan Crippler' getting a pass.

In the end, it was an okay episode written by the king of okay episodes. 6/10.
AllEggsIn1Basket

Professor
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« Reply #27 on: 07-18-2013 15:01 »

"Ready, Aim, Negotiate!" I think I may have to add that to my office wall, right next to "[That] would take dump trucks of flaming grant money." I enjoyed the whole episode but found the most to laugh at during the G.I. Zapp segment. The commercial break animations were spot on with what used to come on Saturday mornings back in the 90s. Well, up until the one with a bee stinging the return message onto a man's skin. I was surprised at how much of the episode's run time was dedicated to the Scooby Doo segment, but hey- they had to wrap up that mystery I suppose. It's a pity Leela only has one eye because the Daphne character used to have all kinds of eye animation problems in the old run of Scooby Doo.
sparkybarky

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #28 on: 07-18-2013 15:14 »

This episode tickled me, like a gunshot to the gut, I guess. No, seriously, I loved it. I suppose growing up with Saturday morning cartoons as a weekly ritual was a big part of it. I will post more thoughts later...but I just found this delightful.

9/10
Imy

Bending Unit
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« Reply #29 on: 07-18-2013 15:49 »

I'm ultra-critical of such recent segmented episodes (Reincarnation I consider good while Naturama is the worst) and I found this one hilarious! The G.I. Zapp cartoon was by far my favourite of the three, with Nixon's overdubbing particularly great and Zapp's character design (also, Bender's alias "Orphan Crippler" - oh my bahahahaha).
Speaking of "oh myy", George Takei's cameo in the Scooby Doo segment made it for me. Some of the plot was so convoluted and incoherent in the best possible way.
Purpleberry Pond's animation was cute, and the cereal gag - while lilting on the annoying side - was still a good one. The Professor's incarnation was just great.

Bendy Boo: 7/10
Purpleberry Pond: 6/10
G.I. Zapp: 9/10

Overall for the sake of the poll, I'll average it to 7/10 smile
totalnerduk

DOOP Ubersecretary
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« Reply #30 on: 07-18-2013 16:19 »

Was anyone else mildly amused by Zoidberg being the sidekick of the Professor in all three segments?

I noticed it. I can't say I was amused by it, but it didn't enrage me either.
Dorsal Axe

Bending Unit
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« Reply #31 on: 07-18-2013 16:22 »
« Last Edit on: 07-18-2013 16:24 »

Was anyone else mildly amused by Zoidberg being the sidekick of the Professor in all three segments?
Yes, and an evil sidekick at that. They make a nice duo.

Also, it's always fun when Farnsworth is the villain.
Quantum Neutrino Field

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #32 on: 07-18-2013 17:03 »
« Last Edit on: 07-19-2013 11:03 »

Bendee Boo and the crew
Mocking the aspects of Scoopy Doo was made well (especially: chasing scene, "let's see who _ really is" and solution to mystery wrong before twist) and the segment was funny. Larry Bird's line was great (laff), but I really don't see the point of saying aloud the name of guest star (unless that was mocking the Scooby Doo). 7/10
It really appealed to me that Dragon Ghost's voice was same as Dark One's.

Purpleberry Pound
The purple/orange = Leela/Fry was obvious, but nice touch. Segment basically
consisted of the lesson (tolerance) and commercials. Not too funny. 3.5/10

G.I. Zapp
Nixon's cencoring wasn't funny at all IMO. Hard to say much of this particularly though. Pretty straightforward, would have been better without that cencoring-thing. 4/10

"Now stay tuned for 6 hours of golf."
I didn't like the background story, although hypocritical mob was fairly funny. I can see a conjuctive theme of Professor and Zoidberg and other one was things not part of the cartoon itself, but related to them: (not sure if they were an actual case originally)
  • guest stars (?)
  • commercials to kids, selling with the cartoon
  • cencoring the violence of cartoon
Great-looking animation (one thing that seemingly can't fail). I was unimpressed by this, when compared to Reincarnation and I don't find non-canon episodes as enjoyable in the first place. 5.5/10
Zed 85
Space Pope
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« Reply #33 on: 07-18-2013 17:49 »

I found each segment had their own highlights and plus points, but in general the episode went on a steady incline of enjoyment, with Purpleberry Pond somewhere just below the middle line.
Or whatever.

Basically - Scooby-Doo, I loved George Takei, I loved the lampshading of the corridor'o'doors routine, the Larry Bird phoned-in line (geddit!?! *dies*) but... yeah I used to watch a lot of Scooby-Doo and while I did appreciate the parodies and find most of them amusing (poor, repetitive plot; poor, repetitive animation), the greatest sin it struck against me was the fact that it seemed attached to using the concept of being funny by highlight something that isn't funny as being supposed to be funny. So yes, the canned laughter. A witty parody, but the irony ended soon after it was established and then it just became more a duty to the source material that they had to keep generating unfunny moments just to add more canned laughter in. Maybe the parody wasn't complete if it didn't go away, but either way it made everything far less enjoyable.

Purpleberry Pond was saved by the adverts and the Professor and Zoidbort. It wasn't particularly funny without them, but not as unfunny - or basically unenjoyable as the Bendy-Boo segment had become.

But then the G.I. Zapp segment was just brilliant. The hasty edits were, of course, hilarious, but also stopped before they became tired - Nixon literally pulling the plug.

So yeah, overall a good episode. I'm loathed to give it an overall score as its a non-canon composite thingy and while I would give quite different scores to the segments individually, I feel I should praise the overall writing and art direction. Also, major props to Billy West in particular, whose characterisation, I felt, was superb. smile
Jarvio

Bending Unit
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« Reply #34 on: 07-18-2013 17:54 »

I'm not happy that this poll assumes that naturama is a 5/10. Whatever happened to opinion?

Anyway, this episode:
It was a lot better than I thought it would be!

When I read the bad reviews and bad CGEF score, I was worried that we would have another TFHS on our hands. However, this wasn't the case. I got quite a few laughs out of this one, and ended up being pleasantly surprised!

The middle section was a bit annoying though. That was the worst. The first section was decent, and the third was funny for Nixon's 'edits'.

So far 7B has been terrible for me, but this one was not bad at all... I'd rank it as 3rd best of 7B so far, and I never thought I'd say that.
Box Incorporated

Bending Unit
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« Reply #35 on: 07-18-2013 18:14 »

I thought the general opinion here was that Naturama was mediocre. Not bad, but not good. Also, I really hope that this goes up in ratings at CGEF. This does not deserve a 59% at all. And now, my terrible long ass review.

Hey kids, it’s that time of the year again. Yep, it’s time for another trilogy episode! Is it as good as Reincarnation…eh. Is it as good as an Anthology of Interest…not quite. Is it as bad as Holiday Spectacular… uh let’s go back to the previous one. Now kiddies, let’s all dive right into the last of the trilogy episodes, this is Saturday Morning Fun Pit!

Bendy Bendy Boo: Out of the 3 segments, this one does the best in capturing the feel and cheesiness of the show it’s parodying, so naturally this one is my favorite. Everything here just feels perfect in its satire. The awkward laugh track, the unnecessary guest stars, the absolutely nonsensical plot. The animation here managed to capture 70’s cartoons style perfectly, complete with limited movement, reused animations and backgrounds, animation cells, the details were perfect. As for the characters, they felt a bit ‘’put in’ ’into their roles. Bender didn’t really feel like Bender, more like Scooby Doo if he happened to drink. The rest of the characters also were mostly just put into roles, with Fry as stoner Shaggy and Hermes as ascot wearing Fred (didn’t they say in an interview somewhere that Nibbler was going to play Fred?). Still, that wasn’t what we came for, what we came for was the jokes which this segment had a lot of. Nearly every moment I laughed or saw some sort of animation gag that I enjoyed. A great parody and overall a really fun skit. 9/10.

Purpleberry Pond: For our second segment of the night, we get a parody of pointless cartoons only there to sell merchandise. For what it was aiming for, it managed to do what it was trying to do, but overall the segment was pretty bland. Purpleberry Pond itself didn’t really have that many special or unique things about it like the other segments had and mostly just felt like the same stuff I’d see in any other cartoon. I guess this is to show how bland and uncharacterized these kind of shows were, but they could’ve did a little more with it outside of just the commercials, like have more cutesy and punnish jokes happen or have some other Futurama characters in it and show how they act in it, just something to make it more definable as a Smurfs/Strawberry Shortcake parody instead of just ‘’Buy Our Shit, The Show!’’. As for the commercial jokes, they were okay. Nothing spectacular, just the usual selling jokes that occasionally got a laugh. The only thing really great from this segment was Farnsworth and Zoidberg as the villains, who were absolutely hilarious to watch in just how useless and repetitive they were. Other than that, just an average segment with Futurama characters. 7/10 *Bort*

G.I. Zapp: To end the trilogy episode, we get a segment about violent cartoons, except with Nixon editing it instead of just a parody segment like before…and it was freaking hilarious. Nixon’s edits were just amazing to watch, especially with his voice awkwardly talking over it, with his edits to it getting even funnier and more randomer as it goes on (I’m going to shoot you to he-Church, bastard…hey it’s okay when I say it.) till he just says fuck it thanks to Bender’s chainsaw massacre. I kind of wished we saw more of the show and the characters talking like the other segments, but Nixon was funny enough to make it a great segment. Also, the PSA at the end was good (hopefully Cubert will appear at least one more time, hate to see this be his only Season 7 appearance). 8.5/10.

Overall, while it didn’t quite reach the creativity and hilarity that Reincarnation did, it was still an enjoyable trilogy episode. The segments were all around fun and gave at least something every couple of seconds, with the jokes rarely backfiring. And the animation team was really great here in capturing each of the show’s likenesses and details. It’s not the best, but it’s still a fun trilogy that I’d be happy to watch again in the future.

Overall: 8.2/10, or 8/10 for the poll.
DannyJC13

Space Pope
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« Reply #36 on: 07-18-2013 18:47 »

Reviews:

IGN - Futurama: "Saturday Morning Fun Pit" Review

A.V. Club - Worst. Episode. Ever.

io9 - Futurama makes me wish Nixon were president
Juliet

DOOP Secretary
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« Reply #37 on: 07-18-2013 18:50 »

I love the Scooby Doo part and I love how they design the crew as the Scooby gang. Purple Berry was ok but loved the evil Farnsworth and Zoidberg part Bort! haha 

I love how they desing Zapp on G.I. Zapp. 
DotheBartman

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #38 on: 07-18-2013 19:31 »

I enjoyed this one a lot. Not nearly as much as Reincarnation. But it consistently put a smile on my face.

I could be wrong, but I feel like reactions to this episode will be somewhat generational. A lot of the crappy cartoons being satirized were just a bit before my time, but in the early and mid 90s syndication was swamped with crappy 80s cartoons. The Scooby Doo thing was just pitch-perfect, and Purpleberry makes a ton more sense if you were raised on those shameless 80s cartoons that were basically just designed to sell toys or other kids' products (Transformers, My Little Pony, The Smurfs...even McDonald's and Mr. Potato Head had shows back then!). Having Nixon himself editing all the G.I. Zapp parts got a bit tiring for me, but the central joke behind it was pretty solid if you ever saw some of the more violent 80s cartoons awkwardly edited once standards started to change (my personal favorite is the way Ninja Turtles was really obviously edited for overseas; "Ninja" was changed to "Hero" and every shot with nunchucks in them had a different, unrelated shot pasted over them).

Not a classic, but man did they nail each style pretty well. Solid episode overall.
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« Reply #39 on: 07-18-2013 21:47 »

It was sort of flat for me but Scooby is the only one they parodied I've actually watched a few times. Thought they played the stories a little to close to the originals to be interesting in themselves. Meaning there wasn't too much that was funny or interesting going on unless you knew the shows. The Nixon edit/overdub thing got tedious real quick. I'm surprised the based the whole segment on it. Remembering the actual Nixon it might have been better to have him sic Erlichman on the crowd while he and Haldeman did their own explitave included overdub in the Oval Office. Seemed like a tame kids show about kid shows. 6 for me.
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