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Mark

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« on: 09-09-2001 19:29 »

I took this topic from The Hip Joint so sue me...but i think that you guys should hear it  cool
Nope. That's not a question. In a recent interview that you can find here, Matt Groening said that he has lost interest in Futurama:

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Not only is Groening not writing "The Simpsons," he also doesn't write the show he left it to launch - the sci-fi cartoon "Futurama," which has yet to emerge from the shadow of "The Simpsons," but is adequately successful in Groening's view (it was recently picked up for a fourth season).
Groening has always been drawn to science fiction, but confesses, "I've gotten less interested in fantasy as I've grown older. I'm more interested in human emotion and the ways people really behave now. 'Futurama' has so much fantasy in it that it's of little interest to me personally."


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I remember a week ago or so, I commented in the Futurama chat room (#FuturamaChat @ irc.rastaworld.com) that I thought Groening lost interest in Futurama, and maybe that's why they hired Bill Oakley & Josh Weinstein (former Simpsons exec. producers) as Consulting Producers.

Anyway, this sucks


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FishyJoe

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« Reply #1 on: 09-09-2001 19:37 »

Old news. It's not a big deal though...I don't think Matt had that much to do with the writing anyway. I'm sure Cohen and the rest can handle the show without him.
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« Reply #2 on: 09-09-2001 19:40 »

He wrote one episode in the entire history of "The Simpsons". Bonus points if you can guess which one.

FYP

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« Reply #3 on: 09-09-2001 19:45 »

pftt cough, 2 episodes

the first christmas episode and the cowboy episode
VelourFog

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« Reply #4 on: 09-09-2001 19:45 »

haha thats from the aarp magazine.  my dad gets that cause he is old now, just like Matt Groening.
Just cause he's having a damn mid life crisis, or finally growing up, doesn't mean we have to worry.  If futurama is going to get better or worse, its related more tot he writers than to the creator.
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« Reply #5 on: 09-09-2001 19:49 »
« Last Edit on: 09-09-2001 19:49 »

As was pointed out in the THJ thread, some of the best stuff in a series is far from what the creator had in mind.  See ST :DS9 and Empire Strikes Back.
FishyJoe

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« Reply #6 on: 09-09-2001 20:10 »

Groening didn't write the christmas episode...Colonel Homer was his only solo episode, and he co-wrote a couple first season episodes with Sam Simon.

And hey! ESB was all Lucas, baby.
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« Reply #7 on: 09-09-2001 20:21 »
« Last Edit on: 09-09-2001 20:21 »

    Quote
    Originally posted by FishyJoe:
    Old news.

    You got that right:

      Topic: Groening has lost interest in Futurama 
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    05-21-2001 08:03 PM[/list]
     


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    bart182

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    « Reply #8 on: 09-09-2001 21:39 »

    Why the hell did you steal that topic from thj?  The topic was done, we all made up our minds and knew what the answer was.  There doesnt need to be any more opinions on the matter.  And all you do is bad mouth thj, so shut up and dont bad mouth it if you're going to steal one of its best topics. 

      evil laugh


    Nah, I don't care whether or not you wanted to restart this topic, but the point is, there isnt anything to say that wasnt already said in the original topic.

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    FishyJoe

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    « Reply #9 on: 09-09-2001 22:04 »

      Quote
      Originally posted by Nixorbo:
        You got that right:

        Topic: Groening has lost interest in Futurama 
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      05-21-2001 08:03 PM[/list]

      Yeah, plus the article was out for at least a couple months before all the websites started picking up on it.

       
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      And all you do is bad mouth thj, so shut up and dont bad mouth it if you're going to steal one of its best topics.

      Mark is fairly new...when did he ever bash thj? Besides, the topic was brought up on alt.tv.futurama before it was brought up on any of the message boards. When a big Futurama news item hits the web, people are going to talk about it...you can't criticize someone for "stealing" a topic.

      Otherwise, I agree with you...the topic has been explored pretty fully. But oh well, what can ya do.

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      « Reply #10 on: 09-09-2001 22:41 »
      « Last Edit on: 09-09-2001 22:41 »

      True true true... now what does this link do when I click it?  :clicks "hot":  OH THE HORROR AND POP UP Ads!
      Mark

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      « Reply #11 on: 09-10-2001 09:59 »

      Futurama will be boring if Matt Groening leaves. Like The Simpsons did
      Mate

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      « Reply #12 on: 09-11-2001 02:56 »

      Why did Matt leave the Simpsons??
      And what is the last Futurama Episode??  big grin
      Mark

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      « Reply #13 on: 09-11-2001 08:36 »

      Sorry, i just wanted you guys to know it.
      I didnt know that all of you already knew that, but anyway noone writes in Hip Joint Anymore so we could diskuss it here.
      Mate >> He left the simpsons so he could make Futurama (I think i heard it someplace)
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      « Reply #14 on: 09-12-2001 00:37 »

      btw...welcome to PEEL, Mate!  smile
      reedy2

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      « Reply #15 on: 09-12-2001 06:12 »

      yes, and as I said in the original THJ thread, I asked one of the producers about this and he said he's as involved as he ever has been and they were going to his house the next day to chat about stories.

      The guy still writes notes for every stage of production for goodness sake, so he can't have lost interest.
      Maybe DXC HAS taken over some more of the writing decisions, I don't know, but Matt's far from lost interest and Futurama is really a co-creation more than The Simpsons was.

      The way I see it is that Matt covers the whole show making sure it all goes well and how he likes while DXC looks over the nitty-gritty writing and Gregg Vanzo looks over the nitty-gritty animation
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