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MJC

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« on: 12-29-2002 04:53 »

What do you all think makes futurama one of the best cartoons? Is it the characters? theme? setting? What....

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Radijs

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« Reply #1 on: 12-29-2002 04:54 »

The original yet predictable jokes
ZombieJesus

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« Reply #2 on: 12-29-2002 05:00 »

The fact that Matt Groening and some of his staff have experience from the Simpsons.

Sneaking in a robot to do things that would be wrong for humans.

Original characters (Zoidberg).

Asuka

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« Reply #3 on: 01-02-2003 06:17 »

you suond like my englishteacher  smile
but futurama is funny, the people live there life, like us
BendingUnit1141

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« Reply #4 on: 01-02-2003 06:34 »

Except its in the year 3000, and everything's different.

Futurama's so good because it just is. Its the perfect combonation of everything. The characters, the scripts, the acting. It's all good.
Kryten

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« Reply #5 on: 01-02-2003 20:52 »

It's the unique blend of sci-fi, comedy, action, and drama. Reminds me of another show whose name starts with F and which was cancelled stupidly after four seasons by an idiot network.
Teral

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« Reply #6 on: 01-03-2003 14:38 »

Far Trek? Oh wait! That only ran 3 years.

On top of what Kryten said, I'd like to add that Futurama works best when all the main characters have a part to play. Case in point: "Xmas Story", "Parasites Lost", "A Flight To Remember" and to a leser extent "Roswll That Ends Well". Those 7 are perfect foils for eachother.
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« Reply #7 on: 01-04-2003 01:18 »

I think Futurama's vision of the future is what makes it so great.  Where most Sci-Fi works depict the world of tomorrow as utopian or anti-utopian, Futurama describes it as a veritable 'here comes the new world, same as the old world' situation.  The world has advanced 1000 years, but everything is inherently the same.
Spice Weasel

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« Reply #8 on: 01-04-2003 01:29 »

^ That's a good point.
The Baz

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« Reply #9 on: 01-04-2003 04:02 »

Futurama is laugh out loud funny with so many parodies and blatant comedy as well as keeping an original and unique enviroment.  One of the best shows ever, not just another generic sit-com, or animated comedy.
Kazzahdrane

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« Reply #10 on: 01-04-2003 08:00 »

I'd say that the instant appeal of Futurama is the What If? factor. What if life on Earth really is like this in 1000 years?
ZombieJesus

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« Reply #11 on: 01-04-2003 08:11 »

 
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Originally posted by Kryten:...Reminds me of another show whose name starts with F and which was cancelled stupidly after four seasons by an idiot network.
Firefly ?  confused

What also makes Futurama great is the jokes that work on so many levels and the infinite variations on jokes.
You get a situation in which you think a predictable joke will follow, but instead you 're surprised by another joke.

These  are so much better than the simple "Man fall down. Funny."- type.
Kazzahdrane

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« Reply #12 on: 01-04-2003 08:23 »

 
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Originally posted by Kryten:...Reminds me of another show whose name starts with F and which was cancelled stupidly after four seasons by an idiot network.
Firefly ?   confused

I think Kryten was refering to Farscape, but of course I could be wrong.

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« Reply #13 on: 01-04-2003 10:30 »

original-ness & halirous-ness

(might be words one of these days .. ya dont know .. ya just dont know ..) big grin
Child of Bender

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« Reply #14 on: 01-04-2003 19:46 »

I think it's because it's so well thought out. There isn't a detail spared... as Kazzahdrane said, it's the whole "What If?" factor... it makes you want to see the future!!
aslate

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« Reply #15 on: 01-04-2003 20:48 »

I love the subtle jokes, the ones that aren't so obvious. A good example is Fry's "i make my own [hairgel]". Even though i hadn't seen There's Something About Mary (that's where it's from i think) i still get it!
It's also 1000 years in the future and has a totally different perception of life in the future then any other show. This means they can create almost anything they need, and it'll still seem funny. The show has limitless potential. I mean, what other show could create a Robot Hell and make it funny?
MJC

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« Reply #16 on: 01-05-2003 00:53 »

You get a situation in which you think a predictable joke will follow, but instead you 're surprised by another joke.
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yeah. like in the episode when michelle comes to the future and fry meets her. Then she is like Only one person really missed you fry, then romantic music builds up and they smile at each other and hold hands. Then frys like "who?"
Kryten

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« Reply #17 on: 01-05-2003 02:14 »

 
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Originally posted by Kazzahdrane:
 I think Kryten was refering to Farscape, but of course I could be wrong.


It's just not a good year for F-shows, is it?

Kazzahdrane

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« Reply #18 on: 01-05-2003 06:10 »

Meh, in the UK we "missed" a season of Farscape cos BBC2 decided to air it at crazy times. I saw it a couple of months ago and was like "John has Scorpio in his brain?!!!! Time for switching off TV". Shame, I enjoyed it when I understood it.
Guy

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« Reply #19 on: 01-05-2003 09:03 »

Interesting plots and charecters.
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« Reply #20 on: 01-05-2003 14:25 »

Great jokes on top of an overall theme that's going to attract fans.

The fact that it's animated helps with the little things, like random appearances of minor characters such as the Reverend robot, and the background jokes that sometimes move by too quick to notice.
Armor_Biff

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« Reply #21 on: 01-05-2003 23:39 »

Other things that make it fun is the names and themes taken from our time and doing it the Futurama way. "Jurassic Bark" for example, funny name for an episode (havent seen it yet). Fry and the Slurm Factory which is taken from an old movie that I havent seen (a friend told me). Then the episode when they're gonna have a vacation on the Titanic and not even Fry reacts in any way about the name, funny stuff. Oh and Star Trek is a forbidden word ?? Hahaha   laff
MJC

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« Reply #22 on: 01-06-2003 01:58 »

Charlie and The chocolate factory. That's what the slurm factory is taken from. With the umpalumpas and everything. That episode would of probably made no sense if you haven't seen the movie.
Kazzahdrane

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« Reply #23 on: 01-06-2003 02:06 »

According to the Season 1 commentaries, Matt Groening has never seen Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, or Titanic, so he didn't really understad a lot of the jokes in those 2 episodes.
evan

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« Reply #24 on: 01-06-2003 02:17 »

Damn, I feel old when "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" is referred to as "an old movie". And I'm only 19.
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« Reply #25 on: 01-06-2003 02:45 »

Funny Parady's and Leela bending over..

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