« on: 09-05-2001 17:26 »
I knew of a few episodes that were missing from season 3 and I was wondering where they went to? What happened to them. Btw, I found this article that has some info on what the episodes were because I'm to lazy to type it out.
"Futurama: Christmas in July
Matt Groening and David X. Cohen give us an early present -- a lost episode.
July 21, 2001
It goes without saying that Matt Groening and David X. Cohen’s Futurama is one of the most high-larious things on the ol’ boob box.
Or, come to think of it, maybe it does need saying – after all, the show got bumped so much last year in favor of sporting events that you’d be hard-pressed to find it for months on end.
Thankfully, one thing conventions are good for is showing all that stuff that hasn’t made it onto the air yet, and Groening and Cohen did just that at the lively Futurama panel this morning. First off, the crowd was treated to a never-seen-before episode, “A Tale of Two Santas.” Written by Bill Odenkirk, the ep was deemed unsuitable by Fox for the show’s 7 pm timeslot – it may be shown in a later slot sometime this year.
As the lights dimmed and the familiar color bars showed up onscreen, the crowd started getting restless. Suddenly, from the back of the room, an all-too-familiar voice boomed: “All right, it’s comin’…everybody shut up!”
Hey, it’s Bender! Otherwise known as frisky actor John DiMaggio. But more on him later. First, the episode…
“A Tale of Two Santas,” shown to the crowd with a special Christmas greeting from Cohen, is Futurama at its funniest and most outrageous. The gags fly by like crazy, and the references and one-liners are all tip-top. The basic premise is that Santa of the future is an evil, gun-toting robot who deems everyone “naughty” and abuses his frail Neptunian workers. Bender, Leela and Fry set out to stop Evil Robot Santa, and as always…well, hijinks ensue. Oh, and Bender gets beat up, shot at, and set on fire. And Coolio does a guest voice. To give anything else away wouldn’t be fair. Suffice to say, though, that it’s one of Futurama’s most off-the-wall outings yet…and that’s a good thing.
After the ep, Groening, Cohen and DiMaggio were joined onstage by a whole host of animators and writers from the show. Though the show’s premiere may be as late as December (to avoid being pre-empted as much as it was last season), the crew has a ton o’ goodness coming up. There’s an ep where our gang is hurled back in time and crash lands in Roswell in 1947, and Cohen said that they’re currently trying to get nearly all of the living cast members of the original Star Trek to appear in another episode.
Also, there are those eps left over from last year. In addition to “A Tale of Two Santas,” Cohen noted that there’s a second “Anthology of Interest” ep, which should air sometime this coming season. “One of the segments is Bender asking what life would be like if he were a human,” said Cohen. “His behavior remains similar, but his body can’t handle it.”
And speaking of that lovable lugnut, DiMaggio himself is no slouch, and his passion for the character shows. “Bender running is the most foul thing you’ve ever heard,” he says at one point, proceeding to launch into a near-pornographic-sounding impression.
“John is the one sitting up here with no microphone, and he’s still the loudest one,” quipped Cohen.
As for Groening’s other show – you know, that Simpsons business – Groening jokes that Ned Flanders will find love next season. Or is it a joke? Hard to tell, when coupled with the beyond-wry Groening delivery. Another possible plotline: George W. Bush visits Springfield.
And speaking of presidents, Cohen says that Nixon, who has already had one big Futurama ep, will be “back in force in upcoming episodes.”
“I’ve enjoyed hating Nixon my entire life,” Groening said. “It’s so great that even though he’s dead, we can still kick him around.”
Finally, the burning question on every fan’s mind – where are those DVD sets?! Groening said they’ve done audio commentaries for every episode of both shows. He said to expect to see Simpsons season one in September, complete with “an unseen excerpt from the very first episode of The Simpsons, which almost killed the show because it was so bad.” Futurama should follow around January."