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Boxy Robot

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« on: 08-20-2013 23:53 »

I was wondering if you guys have ever been watching a show/movie when a certain plot-point or joke triggered your brain to utter the title of this thread.

Maybe it was a coincidence, maybe not. Post them below.
cartoonlover27

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« Reply #1 on: 08-21-2013 01:31 »
« Last Edit on: 08-21-2013 01:33 »

The Pepperidge Farm meme on Family Guy, which Futurama did first 😒
Saw something the other day that reminded me, but I can't remember what it was on. I just remember hearing cryogenically frozen suspended state of animation. Maybe South Park?
DannyJC13

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« Reply #2 on: 08-21-2013 01:37 »
« Last Edit on: 08-21-2013 01:38 »

I just remember hearing cryogenically frozen suspended state of animation. Maybe South Park?

Yep, in "Go God Go" (season 10 episode 12) Cartman tries to freeze himself for 3 weeks so he doesn't have to wait for the Nintendo Wii to be released, but he ends up getting frozen for 540 years.
cartoonlover27

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« Reply #3 on: 08-21-2013 01:53 »

Man, you have all the knowledge.
Beamer

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« Reply #4 on: 08-21-2013 03:39 »

You may also be thinking of the South Park episode Starvin' Marvin in Space which had a similar "frozen in carbonite" joke to Futurama (though granted, in this case, both shows were just referencing the same thing).

In the episode Pre-School, South Park also made reference to Captain Pike from Star Trek (in the "beep once for yes, beep twice for no" machine) and did the same "Two beeps? Double yes!" joke as Futurama. Matt and Trey mentioned on the audio commentary that they were really proud of the joke when they wrote it, then found out later that Futurama had done the same gag.
Lost My Phone

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« Reply #5 on: 08-21-2013 04:23 »
« Last Edit on: 08-22-2013 23:25 »

I remember watching an episode of SpongeBob when I was a kid that involved Squidward accidentally freezing himself and waking up 2000 years later.
TheBPB11

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« Reply #6 on: 08-21-2013 05:22 »

I remember watching an episode of SpongeBob when I was a kid that involved Squidward actually freezing himself and waking up 2000 years later.
I remember that one.  It's been a while, but I remember it being pretty good.
Boxy Robot

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« Reply #7 on: 08-21-2013 10:01 »

I remember watching an episode of SpongeBob when I was a kid that involved Squidward actually freezing himself and waking up 2000 years later.

I think that was purely coincidence, considering the premier of Futurama aired the same year as that SpongeBob episode (by the way, it's called "SB-129" and I agree with TheBPB11 that it is a good episode).
Beamer

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« Reply #8 on: 08-21-2013 10:06 »

Yeah, being frozen and then waking up X amount of time later is a pretty standard storytelling trope. Futurama hardly invented it. The only thing that make's Futurama's use of the concept different is that it's a focal point of the show's narrative (or, at least an instigator for the narrative, anyway).

I remember when Idiocracy was first announced and everybody here was up in arms about "how much it's ripping off Futurama" due to the whole man-gets-frozen thing. But of course, we all know now that isn't the case. smile
Lost My Phone

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« Reply #9 on: 08-21-2013 19:26 »

I'm not saying it ripped off Futurama, I'm just saying it was similar. And it was a good episode.
SolidSnake

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« Reply #10 on: 08-21-2013 19:39 »

Well, you guys DO realize Futurama takes alot of stuff from modern-day pop culture and makes a joke/episode about it. So I mean there really isn't a whole lot that other shows can do that would really be classified as "steal from futurama".

The only one I can think of right now, is Family Guy. The new episodes with Stewie and Bryan and the Time Machine is OBVIOUSLY copying off of Futurama, big time. I mean they went back to the pilot (Futurama did that), went back to the beginning of the universe (Futurama did that), had a bigfoot story (FUTURAMA DID THAT), plan on doing a Jack and the Beanstalk parody (Again, Futurama did it), the list goes on.

I mean they used to copy The Simpsons, and still do a little. But now they gone onto copying the shit out of Futurama.
Quantum Neutrino Field

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« Reply #11 on: 08-21-2013 19:57 »

plan on doing a Jack and the Beanstalk parody (Again, Futurama did it)

Unless it contains genetics and tentacles, it's probably not from Futurama. It is commonly parodied thing after all.
Beamer

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« Reply #12 on: 08-22-2013 02:43 »

Likewise for Bigfoot.
Monster_Robot_Maniac

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« Reply #13 on: 08-24-2013 18:29 »

I mean they used to copy The Simpsons, and still do a little. But now they gone onto copying the shit out of Futurama.
Maybe that means it'll get better, seeing as they've been copying off of the now crappiest show on TV. (Not that Simpsons has always been crappy, I mean how the newer ones are crappy.)
SolidSnake

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« Reply #14 on: 08-25-2013 19:14 »

Yeah. But still, the evidence is there. If you'd call that evidence.
cartoonlover27

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« Reply #15 on: 08-26-2013 00:37 »

Futurama doesn't copy the Simpsons.....
Monster_Robot_Maniac

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« Reply #16 on: 08-26-2013 01:36 »

Futurama doesn't copy the Simpsons.....
Other than the style. Seriously, how can they legally use such as similar style of drawing as the Simpsons?
I heard that Matt sued them for using his style once.
Lost My Phone

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« Reply #17 on: 08-27-2013 21:57 »

I don't really think Futurama copies The Simpsons, but a few similarities come to mind.

First of all, in THOH VII, during the segment in which Lisa accidentally creates a world inside a container, something similar to the Tube Transport System is seen. A fish similar to Blinky was seen in SP3K, but I'm pretty sure that was just a reference.

The main similarity that comes to mind right now are the several humorous signs/billboards that appear in both shows.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #18 on: 08-28-2013 12:58 »
« Last Edit on: 08-28-2013 13:00 »

I don't really think Futurama copies The Simpsons, but a few similarities come to mind.

The plot of "Fry Am the Egg Man" is similar to "Bart the Mother", the latter of which was written by David X. Cohen. David notes this on the commentary for "Fry Am the Egg Man".
Lost My Phone

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« Reply #19 on: 08-28-2013 15:25 »
« Last Edit on: 08-28-2013 15:36 »

I don't really think Futurama copies The Simpsons, but a few similarities come to mind.

The plot of "Fry Am the Egg Man" is similar to "Bart the Mother", the latter of which was written by David X. Cohen. David notes this on the commentary for "Fry Am the Egg Man".
That's true, I forgot about that. I haven't seen "Bart the Mother" in years.

Which reminds me, the scene in "I, Roommate" where Fry and Bender were looking at places to buy reminds me very much of a similar scene in "Lisa's First Word".
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« Reply #20 on: 10-26-2013 02:34 »

I... think I saw a Futurama joke on 30 Rock. Can't remember the episode now... or the joke. I've not been sleeping well. Just go and watch the entire series of 30 rock and you'll see what I mean.
SolidSnake

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« Reply #21 on: 10-29-2013 23:52 »

Gravity Falls.

A few of the jokes used on the show are extremely similar to some used on Futurama. That is all I will say.
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