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Marc Mulletz

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« on: 09-06-2003 19:45 »

Has Matt Groening said anything about future projects, and whether or not he can save Futurama with another networks assistance....or is that it, no more shiny metal ass?
MetaFox

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« Reply #1 on: 09-07-2003 01:56 »

No one knows, Matt Groening and David X. Cohen have stated that they want to do a Futurama movie (or a trilogy of movies), but nothing is set in stone yet.
Beamer

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« Reply #2 on: 09-07-2003 02:12 »

As MetaFox said - Matt and David have been trying to get a movie (or a series of movies) off the ground, and I'm sure that if the opportunity to renew the show came up, they'd accept it. Rumors of a sequel to the game have been going around, but nothing's been confirmed yet. Quite frankly, I won't care unless it gets released on PC, but still - I'm open to anything that will benefeit the Futurama community. However, all these are just rumors - nothing here has been confirmed as far as I know.

Some things have been confirmed though. The DVD's will continue selling as usual, and the stations airing Futurama reruns have no plans as of yet to stop. Correct me if I'm wrong - but I've heard Matt Groening directly owns Bongo Comics, so the Futurama Comic series isn't likely to stop just yet.

If I'm wrong on any of this, feel free to correct me, as the majority of information I posted here has just been what I've heard.
newhook_1

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« Reply #3 on: 09-07-2003 12:38 »

yes the comics have been confirmed to continue.
bboynfuel

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« Reply #4 on: 09-08-2003 18:26 »

Well, Futurama may have a chance on going straight to DVD.  Seems that Family Guy may be going that route.
 http://www.cinescape.com/0/editorial.asp?aff_id=0&this_cat=Movies&action=page&type_id=&cat_id=270338&obj_id=39564
newhook_1

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« Reply #5 on: 09-08-2003 20:18 »

don't mean to put a damper on things but Fox loved family guy and cancelled it because of low ratings while they hated futurama.
LaVaLaDy

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« Reply #6 on: 09-08-2003 22:36 »

can I ask why FOX hates Futurama so much? Whats up there ass?
newhook_1

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« Reply #7 on: 09-08-2003 23:12 »

Matt wouldn't let them "fix" the show. By "fix" I mean foxify it.
Rage Dump

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« Reply #8 on: 09-08-2003 23:15 »

 
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Originally posted by LaVaLaDy:
can I ask why FOX hates Futurama so much? Whats up there ass?

Because reality shows are cheaper, and Futurama isn't profitable enough.
NoAPOlogies

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« Reply #9 on: 09-08-2003 23:19 »
« Last Edit on: 09-08-2003 23:19 »

Lavalady: Who knows. They never liked the idea of a Sci-Fi cartoon. Everything Groening and Cohen did Focks hated, even certain episodes (I, Roommate) that were taylored to Focks' specific demands were hated.

One interesting thing though is that unlike The Simpsons, Futurama is property of Groening and Cohen. The Simpsons is owned by Focks, Futurama isn't, which is why we can see Futurama on other channels. It is possible that since Focks wasn't going to own Futurama, they would cast it aside.

EDIT: Woah, you guys are quick.
newhook_1

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« Reply #10 on: 09-09-2003 01:02 »

Well Fox does own broadcast rights.
Beamer

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« Reply #11 on: 09-09-2003 04:36 »

Yes, although all they do is produce the show - it's the staff that develop it. Matt Groening refused to let Fox interfeir with the show because he didn't want it to go the way of The Simpsons, and that seems to be why Fox never put their full weight behind the show.

Also, newhook_1 - Fox never "loved" Family Guy. It's ratings were fine, but Fox claim they cancelled Family Guy because it was too racy, and "advertisers were weary of advertising during such an offensive show," which really does come across as a load of bullshit.

Still, we're basically going over the same thing here. Keep in mind that the original topic was to discuss OTHER Futurama-related projects, and all we're doing is having another "Why did Fox hate Futurama?" topic again. Let's get back on track here - DOES anybody know if there are other Futurama-related projects going on?
less than hero

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« Reply #12 on: 09-09-2003 11:26 »

I dunno if it will come back...what with leela being deaf and Bender having no shiny metal ass...
suttsteve
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« Reply #13 on: 09-09-2003 11:33 »

One of the other reasons why Fox hated Futurama was because, when Matt pitched it, he told them it would be like The Simpsons in space, then he changed everything on them once they agreed to produce it.
Damitol

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« Reply #14 on: 09-09-2003 17:10 »

Another chink in the equating Family Guy to Futurama is cost. 

Family guy uses simpiler animation with less detail and no 3-D and Seth McFarlane does many of the voices himself.

We all know the quality of Futurama's animation and the professional talent behind the voices.  Plus - I'm sure Matt Groening and David Cohen were in a better position to negotiate a bigger piece of the pie than Seth ever was.

I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Fox could get 3 Family Guys for one Futurama's budget.  Both were (are) brilliant shows who deserve a much longer life - but it's not a surprise that of the two, FOX courted Seth first.  Lower production costs equal bigger bonuses for the FOX executives at the end of the year.
Teral

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« Reply #15 on: 09-09-2003 17:56 »

If they closed the FOX Network completely they could cut cost with an estimated 100%. Think of the bonus they'd get for that achievement!
Walshyboy

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« Reply #16 on: 09-09-2003 18:30 »

Just to add, family guy season 3 really wasn't very good, many of the character traits were changed, things were gone over again (storylines, plots) and overall the show really did look poor.

As for the future of futurama, i think that the movies would be the most likely, perhaps Paramount or Cartoon Network could scrape together the money. But you never know, fox may realise that the simpsons is awful tomorrow morning and decide to put futurama back on in its place, then again maybe not.
Slurm Guy

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« Reply #17 on: 09-10-2003 22:46 »

As far as the movie goes, the ball is in FOX's court. Oh, and just to add to the just to add above. Family Guy: Season 3 was just as good as the first two in my opinion.
Asylum-Fry

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« Reply #18 on: 09-11-2003 02:28 »

Ah, FOX should just burn in hell for all the injustice they've done. As much as I don't want to say it, even a show like ... Family Guy deserved a decent chance.
Vamsi

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« Reply #19 on: 09-11-2003 11:55 »

I heard that FOX renewed Family Guy for season 3 at the last minute. By that time most of the old writers had taken other jobs, so they had to hire new ones. That could explain the difference in quality. I still think Season 3 was great, though there were more classic episodes in the first two seasons.
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