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Captnmorgan

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« on: 11-21-2006 01:06 »

I've got a feeling that one of the writers for Futurama either

A. Made the same mistake as I made and purchased a parrot thinking it would be a "cool idea".

B.  As a child, they grew up around Parrots. Possibly in the same house, perhaps his or her "Momma Bird".

I can't remember seeing a "nice" bird... ever. It seems that every bird that shows up in an episode of Futurama is a mean little a-hole.  Being a "former" parrot owner. I appreciate and sympathize with this writer.

Welcome aboard....I'm Captnmorgan
Officer 1BDI

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« Reply #1 on: 11-21-2006 01:26 »

Welcome to PEEL, Captnmorgan.  smile

I have to disagree.  The only bird I can recall that was really acting "jerkoffish" was the parrot from X-Mas Story, and even that was arguably justified; he clearly didn't want to go back into the cage (and given the size of that thing, I don't blame him), so he was avoiding Fry at all costs.  It's not his fault Fry fell off a multistory building trying to capture him.  He probably bit Fry in the beginning because he was feeling threatened by him.

The only other two "evil bird" instances I can think of are when the seagulls kept attacking the crew on Zoidberg's home planet (they were probably just protecting their food source, or going for Fry's arm, which they probably saw as a food source), and the bird in "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid" that blew Fry away via the megaphone (which I think was just meant to be a throwaway gag that a bird just happened to fit the bill for).  In any case, I don't think the birds were being malicious for the sake of being malicious, they were just following instinct... and the writers' orders.

Not all of the birds in the show are vicious little snits; I always thought the owls were pretty well-behaved for future pests.  Fry even feeds a few of them at the cafe in Parasites Lost without incident.

Of course, this is all coming from a biased cockatiel owner who adores birds, so take this rant for what you will.
coldangel

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« Reply #2 on: 11-21-2006 02:12 »

Owls get zapped in bug-zapper things.
Writer unit32

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« Reply #3 on: 11-21-2006 02:49 »

What about the giant ones in The Series Has Landed?
ZoidFryLeelaAmy
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« Reply #4 on: 11-21-2006 03:31 »

THE HYPERCHICKEN!!
Officer 1BDI

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« Reply #5 on: 11-21-2006 10:05 »

 
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Originally posted by Writer unit32:
What about the giant ones in The Series Has Landed?

I completely forgot about those guys.  I have no excuse to submit for them.   hmpf   

(Except that the commercial was probably faked and the chick was only protecting itself from a hungry Farnsworth.   tongue )
Captnmorgan

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« Reply #6 on: 11-21-2006 12:34 »
« Last Edit on: 11-21-2006 12:34 »

The X-mas story was the first time I noticed.  But every episode that contains a bird (except one with a dove, don't recall the title) seems to portray birds in a very bad light. Granted, they are just copying bird nature I suppose. But I like to think that one of the writers experienced the "joys" of owning a parrot.
PazuzuJr

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« Reply #7 on: 11-21-2006 13:34 »

the flamingo in lllis wasn't bad
LuvFry

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« Reply #8 on: 11-25-2006 21:02 »

In the writer commentary on JB, they mention that there was a crow that visited the writer's room with the balcony. They named him, maybe he's the reason they use the bird jokes. Eh, I don't know.
PazuzuJr

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« Reply #9 on: 11-26-2006 04:59 »

What ep comentry was that on?
LuvFry

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« Reply #10 on: 12-12-2006 17:12 »

The alternate commentary on Jurassic Bark, which had very little to do with the ep. It was about the writing process.
Actor-mo-tron

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« Reply #11 on: 12-17-2006 00:58 »
« Last Edit on: 12-17-2006 00:58 »

I think the birds do at least get a raw deal in Futurama. Bender knocks their nest apart in Spanish Fry, The hermaflamingoes get eaten right in front of everyone, the christmas parrot gets blown up, carved up, and eventually eaten by nibbler, the owls get snapped in owl traps and there's "Defcon kills owls dead" billboards in downtown NNY, a bird gets fried on an electric fence in tale of two Santas, and then gets roasted by Neptunians, the hyperchicken has been deemed "incompetent" (ouch) and the Kentucky Slims Chicken wants to get you hooked on cigarettes! That makes him a bad guy.
totalnerd undercanada

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« Reply #12 on: 12-17-2006 09:22 »

Perhaps this is all a story overarc that was never explored, due to early cancellation? They might have eventually done an episode based on Hitchcock's The Birds, had the show run longer.
Nicky boy

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« Reply #13 on: 12-17-2006 10:47 »

dno
PazuzuJr

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« Reply #14 on: 12-17-2006 11:37 »

 
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Originally posted by LuvFry:
The alternate commentary on Jurassic Bark

is that an easter-egg thingy?? if so or if not - how do u find it???
Benders_Fan

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« Reply #15 on: 12-17-2006 14:44 »

The birds in Futurama remind me somewhat of my bird.  They are all very evil. >_> Stupid mean birds!
Writer unit32

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« Reply #16 on: 12-17-2006 15:50 »

 
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Originally posted by Benders_Fan:
The birds in Futurama remind me somewhat of my bird.  They are all very evil.

I have to agree.After I fought the Eredars and they brought giant birds I started diging deeper into birds' history.What i found out was shocking!Napoleon, Hitler, Bloody Mary, the rest of the evil rulers from Earth and of course from the other planets were actually robots controled by tiny parrots in they're heads! That's why I became a bird hunter.
Bigboysdontcry

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« Reply #17 on: 12-19-2006 10:36 »

All right the guy may or may not hate birds, I really don't like them either, they are loud and annoying, and they crap every where, birds blow. O they also smell.
KurtPikachu2001

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« Reply #18 on: 12-20-2006 18:30 »

Birds getting hurt or killed on Futurama is just a gag.  It nesessarily doesn't mean the writer likes or hates birds. 
LuvFry

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« Reply #19 on: 12-21-2006 20:59 »

 
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Originally posted by PazuzuJr:
 is that an easter-egg thingy?? if so or if not - how do u find it???

Not an easter egg, go to languages, and then go to more, it's there. Enjoy!  smile
PazuzuJr

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« Reply #20 on: 12-23-2006 15:53 »
« Last Edit on: 12-28-2006 00:00 »

cool - will watch tonight!

edit - I watched it and on it the mentioned and animators commentary for the Roswell ep so I watched that too. On the Animators commentary they mentioned a voice actors commentary but no ep name - anyone know the ep it is on?
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