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1/10 Holiday Cuminmyface,spankmyassandkillme Spectacular   -5 (6.9%)
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3/10 Modern Treehouse of Horror   -3 (4.2%)
4/10   -1 (1.4%)
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Svip

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« Reply #40 on: 07-18-2013 21:51 »

Johnny Bravo's Scoopy-Doo episode is a lot better, because it explores the tropes of Scoopy-Doo, while having Johnny Bravo as an additional character, so it creates an interesting story on its own.
MuchAdo

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« Reply #41 on: 07-18-2013 21:59 »
« Last Edit on: 07-18-2013 22:03 »

Exactly, I concur Svip.

The Scooby Doo and Strawberry Shortcake parodies have been done elsewhere far better.. numerous times.

I guess it was funny Larry Bird refused to be in this trash, and Futurama is proud that it's so bad he wanted nothing to do with it.

G.I. Zapp was the only good part, and it was only mildly humorous as was the PSA.


SolidSnake

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« Reply #42 on: 07-18-2013 22:26 »

Johnny Bravo's Scoopy-Doo episode is a lot better, because it explores the tropes of Scoopy-Doo, while having Johnny Bravo as an additional character, so it creates an interesting story on its own.
We can all agree that Johnny Bravo episode was a classic......As for this. It wasn't a classic, but it was definitely very humorous/enjoyable.
Fnord
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« Reply #43 on: 07-18-2013 22:29 »

I didn't like this one much, either.

I watched Scooby Doo a few times as a kid (each of the characters supposedly was on their own kick: pot, lesbianism, sex, etc.) but wasn't impressed by the Futuramazation of it.

I didn't watch Strawberry Shortcake (I'm a guy), so I wasn't impressed at all with the second part.

The third part (G.I.Zapp), with the censoring, was the best for me, but only because of the censoring. "I caught it!"
DotheBartman

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« Reply #44 on: 07-18-2013 22:44 »


I guess it was funny Larry Bird refused to be in this trash, and Futurama is proud that it's so bad he wanted nothing to do with it.


You clearly missed the joke.

And there are photos of Larry recording his lines at the Futurama studio. I'm pretty certain just taking his "no" voicemail and inserting it into the episode would be illegal.
Destroyer334545

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« Reply #45 on: 07-18-2013 23:01 »

GI Zapp was Genius, Bendy Boo was okay, Purpleberry Pond sucked
Destroyer334545

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« Reply #46 on: 07-18-2013 23:02 »

If it wasn't for Purpleberry Pond, 8/10
Quantum Neutrino Field

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« Reply #47 on: 07-18-2013 23:07 »

If you're going to do a douple post, just do one.
If you're going to do a douple post, just do one.
(You can edit it.)
Destroyer334545

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« Reply #48 on: 07-18-2013 23:43 »

sorry

I'm new here, don't blame me
futz
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« Reply #49 on: 07-18-2013 23:56 »

Oh hell, even Harvey Birdman did a better Scooby parody than Fun Pit and I'm not sure that show even had a budget.
fryfanSpyOrama

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« Reply #50 on: 07-19-2013 00:05 »

this was a great episode.  the fact that Nixon hosted this episode just added more points to this for me.  Though, him "editing" the G.I. Zapp segment was a little distracting.  I enjoyed the Scooby Doo segment, but disappointed they didn't have Amy lose her glasses like how Velma used to do.  The Strawberry Shortcake segment could've used a little more work, though the commercials in between were hilarious.
cyber_turnip

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« Reply #51 on: 07-19-2013 00:26 »

This joins the ranks of one of the few season 7 episodes I don't hate.

The Scooby Doo segment was, by far, the best, even though I hated the way that Nibbler wasn't Fred (Frank Welker) and I've seen Scooby Doo parodied much better in numerous other places.

The middle segment was pretty poor. G.I. Zapp was good but only because of Nixon's censorship. In fact, I liked the attempt at a wrap-around, even if the running time stopped them from being able to do one as effectively as they might and now it sort of suggests that these shows are canon in the Futurama universe, although they obviously aren't.

I'm amazed at how divisive the episode seems to have been. I've seen a hell of a lot of people calling it the worst episode ever, but then, the same thing happened with "Reincarnation". I suppose some people just aren't willing to accept the show trying to do something a little bit different once in a while.

It wasn't an amazing episode, but I enjoyed it and that isn't something I can say about most of season 7. No major gripes here.

5/10 by Futurama's standarrds, 8/10 by overall TV standards
Dorsal Axe

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« Reply #52 on: 07-19-2013 00:30 »

I think the problem with "Purpleberry Pond" is that it's too one-dimensional. It's essentially the same joke for several minutes. Yes, it's a somewhat amusing joke in a way, but that's about it. The other two segments had a lot more going on, with "G.I. Zapp" being particularly inspired.
MuchAdo

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« Reply #53 on: 07-19-2013 00:30 »
« Last Edit on: 07-19-2013 04:20 »


I guess it was funny Larry Bird refused to be in this trash, and Futurama is proud that it's so bad he wanted nothing to do with it.


You clearly missed the joke.

And there are photos of Larry recording his lines at the Futurama studio. I'm pretty certain just taking his "no" voicemail and inserting it into the episode would be illegal.

No, I got it.. it was lame... clearly you missed my joke of pretending it's real b/c the episode is total trash.

Oh hell, even Harvey Birdman did a better Scooby parody than Fun Pit and I'm not sure that show even had a budget.

Exactly. Thank God, some people still have common sense.
SolidSnake

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« Reply #54 on: 07-19-2013 00:32 »

Uh oh, the old bitchy MuchAdo is lurking out of it's cave........EVERYBODY RUN!!!!
DannyJC13

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« Reply #55 on: 07-19-2013 00:32 »

MuchAdo your opinion on this show alternates based on the dumbest of things so I for one am going to ignore you.
Mr Snrub

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« Reply #56 on: 07-19-2013 00:56 »

What's it alternating with? Other things he's said?
Sof

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« Reply #57 on: 07-19-2013 00:57 »
« Last Edit on: 07-19-2013 01:04 »

I guess it was funny Larry Bird refused to be in this trash, and Futurama is proud that it's so bad he wanted nothing to do with it.



Also,if you don't enjoy the show anymore,why are you watching it? Because some of your posts are...come on! the episode isn't bad talking about animation, you can't even appreciate that?

Anyway,it's your opinion.

And I re-watched it and I agree with DotheBartman's first post,if you have seen the original cartoons (as in my case,I'm not that old but I grow up seeing The Smurfs and mostly of all Hanna Barbera's cartoons) then you'll understand:

  • Why the racism or offensive jokes in the Scooby Doo's parody happens.
  • The intentional bad animation in that segment.
  • The commercials in the second segment.
  • Also the simple story,yeah wasn't the funniest thing but,it's a parody kids shows are always like that.
  • The censorhip in the third one.

I don't understand why people hates this episode so much,but I guess is like Fry says: "Clever things make them feel stupid, and unexpected things make them feel scared!"

Also,if people is gonna be offended because some jokes that aren't horrible as in Family Guy or Brickleberry,then I suggest them see another show.

And I'm sorry if I'm being rude,but I can't stand special snowflakes.  roll eyes

EDIT: Watching the episode again, I noticed this and I'm not sure why,but I can't stop to laugh at it.

Zmithy

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« Reply #58 on: 07-19-2013 01:51 »
« Last Edit on: 07-19-2013 02:04 »

I find it interesting that this is being quite well-received, while yo leela leela (similar concept, which I personally found hilarious because it stuck to classic dark futurama humour) is pretty much universally disliked.

I've never seen that gadda gabba show or whatever the hell its called that it was based on (I've heard it's horrible, so maybe I'm better off not knowing?), but the ep was funny regardless.. there didn't seem to be much in the way of funny with this one. There were exactly 2 jokes for the first 2 segments, "canned laughter at unfunny jokes = funny?" ... and "this is product placement"... neither of those things I found particularly funny the first time they were used for a gag, and they certainly wore thin by the 12th time.

The third segment repeated one joke over and over too, but luckily that one (nixon's censorship) was actually good. And just listening to nixon is amusing in itself. big grin

I kinda feel like that's where the episode falls down... the hooks of "what makes this funny" weren't strong enough. Reincarnation had much smarter gags playing off black and white, videogame art and terrible japanese dubs (and I understood the references there since they're a lot more mainstream than specific TV shows from the USA that stopped being made 40 years ago).
The Sophisticated Shut In

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« Reply #59 on: 07-19-2013 02:36 »

I loved this episode. Scored it 9/10 as I felt the Purpleberry Pond segment was noticeably weaker than the rest, and I didn't find the Cubert / Dwight ball argument all that funny. Overall the episode was very well done though - the animators captured the style of each cartoon perfectly, and there was a whole lot of detail. Visually they were just great. (Something that has impressed me all through season 7. Even when the writing wobbles the show looks amazing, and they're constantly pushing the boundaries with regard to color and design. When you think of the quality of the original episodes and compare it to the forest at sundown in 30th Century Fox, Bender's sepia-toned railroad ballad, or the 2D-to-3D re-entry sequence in 2-D Blacktop . . . there's been some really imaginative stuff this season, which has been sadly unappreciated. The fact that The Simpsons got an Emmy nod over Futurama is unbelievable.)

Speaking of unbelievable . . . who the hell thought Naturama was a 5 / 10? A minority seem to hate the episode, but I didn't think it was universally held in low esteem. I do remember a few commenters being over-the-top offended about Kif getting squished, but that's about it. As a parody of nature documentaries - of which I've seen more than a few - I thought it was spot-on, and the jokes had me laughing out loud. They managed to work in some canon relationship dynamics too (Fry / Leela / Zapp, Hubert / Mom, Amy / Kif / Bender) AND gave us the most appropriate tertiary character cameos of any of three-piece episodes. (Morbo reporting on the salmon deaths, Lrr as a greedy bear, Nibbler as a titchy looking fish that swallows larger creatures whole.) Seriously, Naturama is on a par with Reincarnation for me.

DEFENSE OF NATURAMA DONE ; BACK TO SMFP.

Some thoughts :

- The whole episode was packed with great lines. I was going to post my favorites, but there were so many. Pretty much all of Nixon's dub was gold. ("Nutcracker? That's no name for a woman!")

- George Takei. Just . . . George Takei. The guy is never not the highlight of an episode.


- I think the Purpleberry Pond segment might have done better as a straight-out parody of The Smurfs. The Professor as a Gargmamel type figure was the funniest aspect of that piece, (aside from Zoidberg - "Blort!"  tongue) and I would have liked to see them run with it.  The adverts for cereal were funny, and made a good point about the commercialism of kids shows and the obesity epidemic - but they kept pulling you out of the Purpleberry Pond "plot", and ultimately felt disjointed. Sometimes simple works better than subversive. PP was trying to do too much in too little time, I think. Both the G.I Zapp and Scooby Doo segments worked better, because they kept it simple. Smurfs would have been a better way to go.

- Agree with pumpkinpie, by the way : this one was so laugh-out-loud funny my OH thought there was something wrong with me.  laff




Spacedal11

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« Reply #60 on: 07-19-2013 02:47 »
« Last Edit on: 07-19-2013 02:57 »

I forgot to watch it last night, I keep thinking it's on Thursdays and not Wednesdays anymore. So I'm watching it in pieces.

I've seen way better Scooby Doo parodies elsewhere unfortunately. The Johnny Bravo one comes to mind or the one with David Cross or Harvey Birdman. That's disappointing because I'm a huge Scooby Doo fan and I love parodies of it. I don't really see why they needed to make Fry, Leela, Amy, Hermes, and Bender look like carbon copies of the Scooby gang. Plus given the short segment time they were all over the place with what they wanted to make fun of. I'd rather have seen their own variation on it than the mixed bag it was. But George Takei! I give this part, 4/10.

Will watch more of it later when my computer wants to not be a bitch.
The Sophisticated Shut In

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« Reply #61 on: 07-19-2013 03:38 »

I find it interesting that this is being quite well-received, while yo leela leela (similar concept, which I personally found hilarious because it stuck to classic dark futurama humour) is pretty much universally disliked.

A non-canon episode can afford to be a little zany (or self-indulgent in the time it devotes to a pastiche) in the way that attracts more criticism in a "normal" episode. It's fine for Reincarnation to devote a whole segment to the characters "doing anime" or "doing Disney" because that's the point. When a canon episode spends a large percentage of the run-time re-enacting Yo Gabba Gabba episodes or having Bender sing the same folk song, you feel like something else has been sacrificed to make room for it. Other jokes, a more substantial B-plot, better characterization, etc. With an episode like that, there's a danger of the theme becoming more important than the characters. And with the future of the series in perpetual doubt, most people want to get as much of the characters as they can. It's no coincidence that character-driven episodes like Leela's Homeworld, Jurassic Bark, and Luck of The Fryrish consistently top favorite episode polls. Feeling like we got a generically-written Leela or hardly saw the rest of the crew so that we could fit in more Feffernoose . . . well, Feffernoose had better be really funny, is all I'm saying. If he's not the audience feels short-changed, like it was a "lazy" or "filler" episode.


I've never seen that gadda gabba show or whatever the hell its called that it was based on (I've heard it's horrible, so maybe I'm better off not knowing?), but the ep was funny regardless.. there didn't seem to be much in the way of funny with this one. There were exactly 2 jokes for the first 2 segments, "canned laughter at unfunny jokes = funny?" ... and "this is product placement"... neither of those things I found particularly funny the first time they were used for a gag, and they certainly wore thin by the 12th time.

The third segment repeated one joke over and over too, but luckily that one (nixon's censorship) was actually good. And just listening to nixon is amusing in itself. big grin

There were a lot more than two jokes in the Scooby segment. There may have only been two jokes you got, or two jokes you liked, but there was more going on there than "canned laughter is funny". There were visual jokes (eg : the re-used establishing shot), jokes that played on the show's own history (the Professor's invention being a cloning machine, Zoidberg as butler, etc), jokes that played on an adult's perspective of Scooby Doo (the villains all being POC / foreign, blatant marijuana use, etc), jokes that subverted an expected trope (the corridor of doors in which only one was opened, or George Takei's "mask" inexplicably being make-up Leela could just wipe away). There was blatant parody (Amy saying "Splinkies!" instead of "Jinkies!", for example).

The product placement joke did wear thin quite fast, but it wasn't the only joke in the Purpleberry Segment either.

I kinda feel like that's where the episode falls down... the hooks of "what makes this funny" weren't strong enough. Reincarnation had much smarter gags playing off black and white, videogame art and terrible japanese dubs (and I understood the references there since they're a lot more mainstream than specific TV shows from the USA that stopped being made 40 years ago).

The gags are definitely smarter in Reincarnation, but more mainstream? More familiar to us nerds on PEEL, maybe, but half the people I know wouldn't even be familiar with the word "anime", let alone the laughably bad early dubs. Whereas if I was to mention Scooby Doo . . . well, everyone knows Scooby Doo. (Which is, by the way, still being made. New Scooby Doo might be awful, but it's a thing, that exists. Look it up. Scooby talks in full sentences. Shaggy made out with Daphne. And have we all forgotten the live-action Scooby Movie?  eek)

The three shows featured in SMFP might not all be made anymore, but most of them are still aired, and a lot of modern TV is so derivative of them that the format and tropes would be instantly familiar to a viewer. Strawberry Shortcake is not a world away from the Smurfs, or those god-awful La-La-Loopsy dolls. If you've ever owned a G.I Joe or watched an action movie you can laugh at the G.I Zapp segment.
SolidSnake

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« Reply #62 on: 07-19-2013 04:12 »

Looking at the PSA reminded me of how much I miss the silly antics of Cubert and Dwight. If there's ever an 8th season, let there be another episode of these two! I liked the 2 episodes they had of them. Actually made Cubert likable, instead of plain annoying.
MuchAdo

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« Reply #63 on: 07-19-2013 04:19 »
« Last Edit on: 07-19-2013 04:23 »

Frank Welker refused to do the episode, ha!

Seriously loved last half season, wtf happened!
Hopefully the writer fatigue is over and they pull it together for the final seven.
I believe they will.  wink
DotheBartman

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« Reply #64 on: 07-19-2013 04:38 »

One thing I really loved was the little bit about Fry wearing orange in the Purpleberry segment. It was a nice jab at the way those cartoons would often introduce some conflict that was seemingly designed to teach kids some actual lesson (e.g. prejudice is bad), but was really just a thinly-veiled excuse to sell another new product to them. Care Bears is one perfect example; they would introduce new Care Bears that would seemingly teach the kids some new lesson about friendship (the whole "Care Bears Movie" is about the bears and this new group of animals coming together), but were really just an excuse for them to make new dolls that kids didn't already own.
Gorky

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« Reply #65 on: 07-19-2013 05:14 »

I really, really enjoyed this episode. I'm with Solid Snake, Anna, and others who have said this was the best non-canon trilogy of the new run, next to "Reincarnation"; it easily blows both The Holiday Spectacular and "Naturama" out of the water. The only thing this episode has working against it that "Reincarnation" had in spades was laugh-out-loud humor. While I giggle like a schoolgirl every time I watch "Reincarnation"--the anime segment in particular is just so wonderfully ludicrous--this episode only provoked true belly laughs in its final segment (I agree with what seems to be the popular consensus here that "G.I. Zapp" was the funniest of the three acts); however, like DtB says

it consistently put a smile on my face

I found myself grinning like a fool throughout this episode. I know the parodies themselves weren't all that inspired (oh, ha-ha, a joke about how Shaggy is a total pot-head; oh, tee-hee, a reference to the hypocrisy of parents who react violently to violent children's entertainment), but I just took such delight in seeing the characters re-imagined in three different types of cartoons. Unlike the Craptacular and "Naturama," which merely re-imagined the same basic Futurama characters in different non-canon circumstances with very little change in visual- or comedic-style, both this episode and "Reincarnation" took the usual characters, tweaked their personalities as needed, and did protracted, careful homages to entirely different types of animation and humor. And, I don't know, I just like seeing such things.

That said, I think Zmithy's observation

that this is being quite well-received, while yo leela leela (similar concept, which I personally found hilarious because it stuck to classic dark futurama humour) is pretty much universally disliked

is spot-on; it's true that a lot of people ragged on "Yo Leela Leela" (I personally like that episode quite a bit, but I obviously exhibit ferociously poor taste) because it was cutesy and nonsensical and so far from what Futurama ordinarily does. The same could be said for this episode, which therefore renders those who liked SMPF but not YLL a bit hypocritical. But it's like The Sophisticated Shut In says:


A non-canon episode can afford to be a little zany (or self-indulgent in the time it devotes to a pastiche) in the way that attracts more criticism in a "normal" episode. It's fine for Reincarnation to devote a whole segment to the characters "doing anime" or "doing Disney" because that's the point. When a canon episode spends a large percentage of the run-time re-enacting Yo Gabba Gabba episodes or having Bender sing the same folk song, you feel like something else has been sacrificed to make room for it. Other jokes, a more substantial B-plot, better characterization, etc.

Perhaps this sounds like a cop-out, but I think it's far easier to accept SMFP than to accept YLL because, well, the former episode is non-canon. You can't possibly have any expectations for its adherence to what Futurama usually does, or how the characters usually behave; rather, what makes this episode so much fun is how unabashedly absurd it is. Crappy plots with slipshod characterizations are a punishable offense in a canon episode of Futurama, but in a non-canon episode concerned with sending-up other types of animation, I'm willing to let the zaniness fly. I revel in the zaniness, in fact.

And, on that note, here's a more specific recounting of my various revelries:

I thought the Bendy Boo segment was pretty damn good; Scooby Doo is the only cartoon of the three this episode parodied with which I am familiar, and though the jabs Futurama took at it are all more or less things that have been done to death on other shows, I appreciated the unique sci-fi spin the story still managed to have (what with the cloning and such). I agree with UrL and others who say the laugh track gag got old fast (I would have preferred they use it in the first scene, lampshade it, then cut it out; however, a part of me also respects the writers for committing that much to a shot-for-shot--or, rather, sound-for-sound--parody of the source material), but I was a huge fan of the "repeating forest" joke, the visible background design sheet, and the subversion of expectations in the trademark Hallway of Endless Doors scene. Oh, and Hermes as Fred was really amusing to me; his careful tying of his ascot in the middle of the night before checking out the ghost was a nice touch. Like AllEggs, I noticed that this segment was the longest of the three, but it certainly did manage to feel like a (compressed) episode of Scooby Doo, with the red herrings and superfluous guest stars and music montages. I thought it was well-done.

I thought the Purpleberry Pond segment was equally well-done, though not as amusing to me as the other two acts. I thoroughly enjoyed the reused animation with the Professor wanting to steal himself some healthy Purpleberries (and the "Bort" thing obviously reminded me of, you know, the bestselling gift shop license plates), but the highlight of this act was the commercial breaks. I loved the cutesy interstitials ("Bee Right Back" and whatnot), and though the commercials were pretty heavy-handed with the "This purportedly healthy cereal is in fact really bad for you!" thing, I thought it was brilliant that the second commercial was actually embedded in the episode itself.

And speaking of things being embedded: The Nixon/Agnew bits of this episode were pretty great. I was a bit wary of the third act, at first, but Nixon's censoring of the oh-so-violent "G.I. Zapp" was easily the highlight of the episode to me. It was like listening to a RiffTrax or something, and the host was Richard freaking Nixon! How is that not hilarious?

The third act alone makes me inclined to give this episode an 8.5/10, and so I believe that is exactly what I shall do.
PeskyOwl

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« Reply #66 on: 07-19-2013 07:11 »

My favorite gags involved making fun of the animation on old Scooby-Doo -- especially the re-using of animation. How many times did they get the something-spinning on Scooby's head animation used? Three times? I think they used the Globe Trotters' passing an object twice. And they provided an in-story reason why sometimes when their legs go through a running motion it doesn't result in actual motion.

I got almost no enjoyment from the second segment. Billy West would have made an excellent villain for an old cartoon, though.

The third one was my favorite -- Nixon really sounded like he was improvising and ad-libbing, which is a credit to his voice actor. Hilarious stuff there.

I seem to have enjoyed it more than most, but I still say it was only average at best. Probably could have been slightly above average if the second act had been tightened up.
flesheatingbull

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« Reply #67 on: 07-19-2013 07:48 »

   I loved it. I loved the entire episode. I didn't know anything about the genre in the second part, but their jokes were awesome, and the animation(especially of Farn and Zoid) was interesting.
The first part, parodying Scooby Doo, was good. It'd been better if it looked just like the originals, but it was a solid and clever effort, no doubt. Bender's remark, upon getting his beer: i'm a rawrcaholic. That was fucking hilarious.
Again, making Farnsworth and Zoidberg so awesome looking drags me right in. I know shit about the genre, but the commercial theme was really funny. I've nothing negative to say about it. In fact, I think I'd like a bowl of thst cereal./
   The third section, mocking GI Joe, was quite possibly the funniest segment ever made. I was cracking up all throughout it. Orphan Crippler!
   The Nixon parts were hilarious, too.

I gave it an 8/10. If available, I'd have given it an 8.5/10.
Well done, Futurama. Your anthologies have been fun!
Svip

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« Reply #68 on: 07-19-2013 09:01 »

I have to agree with Gorky, that this is the best of the non-canon three parter episodes of the new run.  But coming from me, that's not saying much, because I have never been a fan of them.

I liked the Anthology of Interest episodes from the original run, because it was about the actual crew, just ending up in strange things.  (This is what is commendable about the Futurama Holiday Spectacular episode.  And at least two of its segments are not completely awful.)  The framing was also interesting in those episodes.  This is the only episode in the new run to do an interesting framing (Nixon and whatnot), but it still didn't work for me.  Why are all the cartoons on television based on the characteristics of a interplanetary delivery crew?

I still believe that "Whizzin'" from Anthology of Interest II to be the best parody Futurama has done of a film.  It is far more memorable than any of these parodies from the new run.

But frankly, the worst part about these new non-canon episodes, is that it just seems like an attempt to do some writing they've wanted to do, but did not have the chance without Futurama, so they throw their own garbage around in there.

The whole Scooby-Doo segment could easily have been played out by other characters or the original Scooby-Doo characters.  There is nothing uniquely Futurama-esque about it.  It seems to me a writer wanted to do a Scooby-Doo parody and then shoehorned the Futurama characters in, because it was a Futurama episode.

At least the Anthology of Interest episodes' segments started with the characters in the future doing futuristic things (I know "Whizzin'" is the exception here, but it was so excellent, that I don't care.).

My main issue with this episode is that it mostly reminded me of other folks and how much better they've done it.  When they played Yummy Yummy Yummy in the Scooby-Doo segment, all I could think of was episode 24 of Monty Python's Flying Circus, "How Not to Be Seen", which is one of my favourite episodes.
DotheBartman

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« Reply #69 on: 07-19-2013 10:44 »

The "Yummy Yummy Yummy" bit was a perfect parody of how Scooby-Doo would always shoehorn some popular 60s/70s song that had NOTHING to do with the scene at all into the montage "chase" scenes. That was one of the biggest laughs for me, because even though I was certainly familiar with that Scooby trope, I'd never really thought about how weird it is that the songs had no connection to what was going on.

Hearing a song that's happened to be in another show in a different context and thinking of that show is understandable, but it isn't the fault of the newer show using it. The joke and what's being parodied in the Monty Python sketch is in no way the same as here.
Svip

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« Reply #70 on: 07-19-2013 10:58 »

The "Yummy Yummy Yummy" bit was a perfect parody of how Scooby-Doo would always shoehorn some popular 60s/70s song that had NOTHING to do with the scene at all into the montage "chase" scenes. That was one of the biggest laughs for me, because even though I was certainly familiar with that Scooby trope, I'd never really thought about how weird it is that the songs had no connection to what was going on.

Hearing a song that's happened to be in another show in a different context and thinking of that show is understandable, but it isn't the fault of the newer show using it. The joke and what's being parodied in the Monty Python sketch is in no way the same as here.

I understand the usage of the song.  My point was that the segment had put me into a 'reference mode', where I am more focused on other stuff that had done these parodies better, so much to a point where I am reminded of Monty Python, despite having nothing to do with it.
Destroyer334545

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« Reply #71 on: 07-19-2013 14:34 »

There were some good quotes. (Amy Throws knife at enemy and kills him) Nixon: CAUGHT IT!
Leela: I WILL AVENGE HIM YOU HEARTLESS Nixon: BASTARDS! It's okay if I say it
(Leela throws grenade) Nixon: Here comes the WATER BALOON! (Explodes) Nixon: That's quite the splash! it had some laughs with GI Zapp.
homerjaysimpson

Space Pope
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« Reply #72 on: 07-19-2013 17:12 »

My review of this episode:

Fanarama

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« Reply #73 on: 07-19-2013 23:13 »

awfull episode.... i liked the george takei bit.

3/10
TheAnvil

Bending Unit
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« Reply #74 on: 07-20-2013 00:11 »

I really liked the G.I. Zapp part, the censorship provided a lot of laughs.

The Scooby bit was a miss for me, being a fan of the original show I was thinking that I'd love it. But the jokes felt forced and most of them had been made before.

I liked the Purple land segment though.

No where near as good as the ET parody episode, Fireman Bender episode or the Ape planet ep.
Tedward

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« Reply #75 on: 07-20-2013 00:17 »

In the spirit of the near-ubiquitous usage on PEEL of the title "The Futurama Holiday Craptacular," I propose that those who strongly disliked this episode hereby refer to it as "Saturday Morning Dumb Shit." If they so choose.
totalnerd undercanada

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« Reply #76 on: 07-20-2013 01:12 »

In the spirit of the near-ubiquitous usage on PEEL of the title "The Futurama Holiday Craptacular," I propose that those who strongly disliked this episode hereby refer to it as "Saturday Morning Dumb Shit." If they so choose.

Counter proposal: "Saturday Morning Fuck This".
Svip

DOOP Secretary
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« Reply #77 on: 07-20-2013 01:15 »

In the spirit of the near-ubiquitous usage on PEEL of the title "The Futurama Holiday Craptacular," I propose that those who strongly disliked this episode hereby refer to it as "Saturday Morning Dumb Shit." If they so choose.

Counter proposal: "Saturday Morning Fuck This".

Only problem is that that can describe pretty much any Saturday morning.
TheBPB11

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« Reply #78 on: 07-20-2013 01:50 »

I liked this one quite a bit.  It's better than Holiday Spectacular & Naturama (for the record I actually like this one).  It's also on par if not somewhat better than Reincarnation.  As you can probably guess it's nowhere near the quality of Anthology of Interest 1 or 2, though.  I seriously don't get the hate on this one.
winna

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« Reply #79 on: 07-20-2013 09:30 »

What the hell did I just watch?

I hope the series ends with AoI 3, so we finally figure out just what the f*ck that machine was for or where it came from. frown
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