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dragonballz4
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« on: 08-19-2014 21:24 »

I finished all 7 seasons and the movies.is there any other heartfelt comedy like futurama?.i have watched the simpsons.
Boxy Robot

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« Reply #1 on: 08-19-2014 21:31 »
« Last Edit on: 08-19-2014 21:36 »

There's quite a few great comedies around. If you wanted another animated show, I'd recommend something like "Bob's Burgers" which is lovable and often relatable in it's character interactions and use of dialogue. If you want an animated show that's similar to Futurama in theme, then I'd say something like "Rick and Morty" which only has eleven episodes at the moment, but is incredibly funny and features some of the best sci-fi currently on TV.

If you don't mind wandering into the world of live action, then a sweet show like "Parks and Recreation" may suit you, with lovable characters and a sweet core - it's a really comforting show (just skip to season 2 when watching though). There are some great live-action comedies like "Arrested Development" and "Community" that, while aren't necessarily heartfelt often, are hilarious and have a similar, cartoon-y "wacky" feel that you may enjoy having watched Futurama.
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« Reply #2 on: 08-20-2014 03:27 »

Wow Boxy, you recommended every single show I was about to recommend. Nice.

Rick & Morty would be the most similar thing to Futurama on the air right now, though the fact that you specified "heartfelt" makes me think it's not the weird, inventive sci-fi side of Futurama that was the most appealing to you, so I'd definitely go with Bob's Burgers or Parks & Rec, in that case.
Just Fan
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« Reply #3 on: 08-20-2014 05:14 »

I finished all 7 seasons and the movies.is there any other heartfelt comedy like futurama?.i have watched the simpsons.
I'd recommend you "Tripping the Rift".
LeelasOpposite

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« Reply #4 on: 08-20-2014 06:36 »

What about The Simpsons Movie? I loved that! that's what really got me back into The Simpsons
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« Reply #5 on: 08-20-2014 07:44 »


Oh, wow: avatar shock!  I thought that kgalemma had come back frown

Boxy Robot

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« Reply #6 on: 08-20-2014 10:54 »

Wow Boxy, you recommended every single show I was about to recommend. Nice.

Great minds have similar interests in comedy, I suppose. wink
dragonballz4
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« Reply #7 on: 08-20-2014 11:34 »

Thnks for the reply.I have seen TS:the movie, arrested develoment,seinfeld.i  don't mind live action.what about south park?
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« Reply #8 on: 08-20-2014 17:21 »

South Park is amazing! i really recommend watching it, also you could give Bobs Burgers a try I don't watch it myself but Futurama fans seem to like it so i'm going to try it out myself you should too
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« Reply #9 on: 08-21-2014 03:41 »

South Park is fantastic, though not really comparable to Futurama, seeing as it's a very adult-oriented satire. If your threshold for explicit cartoons isn't too high, I'd definitely recommend it, along with The Venture Bros, which is equally hilarious and has a very elaborate mythology running through it.
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« Reply #10 on: 08-21-2014 05:52 »

The Venture Bros is really good haven't watched it in a while though, I just started getting into SuperJail not to long ago so you should definitely look into that!
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« Reply #11 on: 08-22-2014 09:18 »
« Last Edit on: 08-22-2014 10:10 »

Support the suggestion "Tripping the Rift".
While it is often cruder than Futurama (not reaching plots like TLPJF), it easily surpasses Futurama on the "Starship mission" aspect. (Even Futurama admitted it's own lack in that theme with phrases like "What..we are a delivery company"?).
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« Reply #12 on: 08-22-2014 10:49 »

South Park is fantastic, though not really comparable to Futurama, seeing as it's a very adult-oriented satire.

Very occasionally they make a really emotional scene or episode, not as often as Futurama, but they still manage to pull it off. Off the top-of-my-head, there's the part were


and pretty much all of the episode "You're Getting Old".
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« Reply #13 on: 08-25-2014 17:36 »

Definitely second on the venture bros and I can kind of see the parks an Rec correlation
SpaceGoldfish fromWazn

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« Reply #14 on: 11-29-2014 09:33 »

If it makes you feel better, I'm trying to write my own animated sci fi comedy adventure for kids, and Futurama is one of my biggest inspirations for it!   In fact I'm recycling a lot of my ideas for fan episodes and scripts into it. 

The trouble is, I've hit into "Futurama did it" regarding so much of sci fi and astronomical events and theory.  Eternal recurrance? Futurama did it.  Titanic in space?  Futurama did it.  Grey goo scenario?  Futurama did it.  Mechanical evolution? Futurama already did it. 

I guess I just need to take the broader ones and put my own spin on them.  I was obsessed with the Titanic as a child and still know tons of obscure trivia about the ship and the sister ships: I dearly would love to do my own Titanic in Space! episode rationalising it with that Doctor Who and Starship Titanic also managing to do theirs and it coming off as successful, but even then I'm not quite sure. 
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« Reply #15 on: 11-29-2014 14:12 »

It's damn hard to come up with any idea that hasn't already been done ins ome way - the best you can hope for is that you're able to find a unique spin on it.

Plus, if your target audience is children, you can get away with it to a bit more of an extent, seeing as kids will are far less likely to be familiar with existing versions of the story (or narrative device) you're using.
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« Reply #16 on: 11-29-2014 14:56 »

I might be able to pull off my own space Titanic: A flight to remember (damn they already nabbed the perfect title) is very much based on the film, which is a film I absolutely loathe.
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« Reply #17 on: 11-29-2014 15:16 »
« Last Edit on: 11-29-2014 15:17 »

I think the real question is, why do a Titanic parody in the first place (be it the James Cameron film, one of the other film adaptations or the actual event itself)? If the set-up for your story is simply "cruise ship in space," there are many directions you can go with the concept, rather than following the Titanic story beat-by-beat. Why do something that's already been done to death?

Additionally, if you're writing a parody of something for children, maybe pick an event that didn't kill over a thousand people.
SpaceGoldfish fromWazn

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« Reply #18 on: 11-29-2014 15:26 »

Well yeah, I should probably learn my lesson from Titanic: The Legend Goes On and the other cartoon Titanic film where a giant octopus called Tentacles saves the ship.

Though really, I was obsessed with the Titanic as a child, and I still have enough books and a mini-Titanic collection (I got given bowls and plates from another white star liner as a christmas present) that I really wanted it to be a homage to something I loved very much as a child.
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« Reply #19 on: 12-07-2014 17:28 »

Plus, if your target audience is children, you can get away with it to a bit more of an extent, seeing as kids will are far less likely to be familiar with existing versions of the story (or narrative device) you're using.

Also, a lot of kids shows have cultural references that go over kids heads and are clearly there as a hidden joke for parents who have to sit through them.
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« Reply #20 on: 12-08-2014 04:30 »

This is true, though SpaceGoldfish sounds like they want to go all out with a Titanic parody, as opposed to just making a small, subtle reference, which is what a kids show would typically do. And if it is indeed a focal plot point, you're going to get children asking questions.

Not that I really care one way or the other, I just felt it to be a point worth stating.
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« Reply #21 on: 12-08-2014 11:35 »

Hey, Futurama didn't let the fact that Futurama had already parodied The Titanic ("A Flight to Remember") stop them from parodying The Titanic ("The Mutants are Revolting"), so neither should you.
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« Reply #22 on: 12-09-2014 10:14 »
« Last Edit on: 12-09-2014 13:58 »

Hey, Futurama didn't let the fact that Futurama had already parodied The Titanic ("A Flight to Remember") stop them from parodying The Titanic ("The Mutants are Revolting"), so neither should you.

While "A flght to remember" directly parodied "Titanic", "The mutants are revolting" actually took on the Rosa Parks incident by reversing it. The vehicle in TMAR was therefore mostly a bus in function. The Titanic shape was for me rather a plot detail, allowing that bus to sink/end in the sewers. There would probably have been other ways to let said bus end there, but the Titanic just happend to be the most (in)famous passenger travel catastrophe, and could be handled rather quickly in the plot. A "vehicle that happend to be Titanic shaped" vs "The actual Titanic is Space".
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« Reply #23 on: 12-09-2014 13:14 »

Plus, Futurama is just a parody of The Jetsons. Which, in itself, is a parody of Future Fella: The True Tomorrow.
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« Reply #24 on: 12-09-2014 13:54 »
« Last Edit on: 12-09-2014 14:45 »

Plus, Futurama is just a parody of The Jetsons. Which, in itself, is a parody of Future Fella: The True Tomorrow.

I consider the basic premise of Futurama and Jetsons too different for one really parodying the other (leaving references out of the equation).
Flintsontes and Jetsons were family centred sitcoms, portraying everyday life in an unfamiliar setting (also a dominant theme in "Hägar, the Horrible"). While the plot might focus on job situatons, the characters main ties, their base, have ALWAYS been a family.
Unlike those, Futurama has always been a WORKPLACE sitcom, with most character ties not family, but job related. In fact, the Flintstone/Jetson family theme was actually reversed in Futurama: While being a member of PE is engraved in Leelas essential character design, her family/parents are treated as occasional epsode-specific plot, popping up from time to time. The reduced family ties, the lonely indivudual in a job related society themes have in fact often been subject to Futurama reviews.
(One could claim that Futuramas workplace stance is actually a take on the traditional family centre shown in Flintstones/Jetsons. Yet, I am sceptical about this theory).
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« Reply #25 on: 12-09-2014 14:28 »

What? Rosa Parks? It's nothing to do with Rosa Parks. "A Flight to Remember" was largely a parody of the 1997 film Titanic whereas "The Mutants are Revolting" parodied the actual events surrounding the Titanic (among other things). The bit you're referring to was in reference to the class-system causing most of the working classes to die on the Titanic and allowing many of the upper classes to survive.
I mean, it parodied the notion of rights movements but the Rosa Parks incident isn't the be all and end all of such things.

As for you shooting down Futurama parodying The Jetsons, I'm just going to go ahead and leave one of these here: "⸮".
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« Reply #26 on: 12-09-2014 14:39 »
« Last Edit on: 12-09-2014 14:50 »

"The Mutants are revolting" is a take on the civil right movement.

The Rosa Parks incident was
- Location: Bus.
- Action: Older Lady refuses to give up her seat to a "privileged" passenger
- Consequence: Considered to be a milestone/start event of the civil right movement, demading equal treatment.

TMR was
- Location: Bus.
- Action: Older Lady is freely given a seat by a privileged passenger.
- Consequence: Considered to be the "endstone" of the civil right movement, as equal treatment was given as positive example.
(Maybe the term "TMAR took on the Rosa Parks incident" was misleading. Yet, you made the direct comparison between the two Titanics, and I thought the Rosa Parks reference was still obvious in the context of chosing the Titanic as vehicle, instead of being the episodes sole theme).

While new Futurama might have been random in many ways, TMR - as dealing with the civil right movement - chose a BUS for the key event, and the "seat division between an black/mutant Lady and a white/normal guy" as the key even/milestone launching/ending the equal rights movement". Those would be too many coincidences at most.

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« Reply #27 on: 12-09-2014 15:35 »

Plus, Futurama is just a parody of The Jetsons. Which, in itself, is a parody of Future Fella: The True Tomorrow.

I consider the basic premise of Futurama and Jetsons too different for one really parodying the other (leaving references out of the equation).

Both shows are set in the future.
Both shows centre around an intergalactic delivery company.
Both shows have a protagonist who was frozen for 1,000 years.
Both shows feature an alcoholic robot called Bender who is voiced by John DiMaggio.

But the point is moot, because The Jetsons is just a shot-for-shot recreation of Future Fella: The True Tomorrow. Which, in itself, was a 1920's remake of CSI: Miami.
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« Reply #28 on: 12-09-2014 19:24 »

What? Rosa Parks? It's nothing to do with Rosa Parks. "A Flight to Remember" was largely a parody of the 1997 film Titanic whereas "The Mutants are Revolting" parodied the actual events surrounding the Titanic (among other things). The bit you're referring to was in reference to the class-system causing most of the working classes to die on the Titanic and allowing many of the upper classes to survive.
I mean, it parodied the notion of rights movements but the Rosa Parks incident isn't the be all and end all of such things.

The whole mr and mrs Astor thing is most likely a reference to this http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Jacob_Astor_IV
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« Reply #29 on: 12-10-2014 11:31 »

Exactly, it was a take on the real-life events surrounding the Titanic and the fact that the Titanic was hugely linked so social and class inequality.
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