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moonbus69

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« on: 09-05-2004 03:30 »

In the new Entertainment Weekly (#782/783 double issue) is a short interview with Matt Groening on Futurama.

He mentions that there were characters written early on that were not used in the series yet, and key plot turns, etc. that were yet to make it to finished episodes.
Venus

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« Reply #1 on: 09-05-2004 03:58 »

key plot turns? Damn it!
Tweek

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« Reply #2 on: 09-05-2004 04:59 »

Did it say anything about what these plot turns and characters might have been?
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #3 on: 09-05-2004 05:49 »

Here's a character which never made it into the show, which I think is a real shame, because it's so cloolsome...

Hedonism Bot

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« Reply #4 on: 09-05-2004 06:13 »

I'm guessing that one of the plot turns would be the "She must be the other," comment in TWOF.

That robot looks mighty unstable to me.
SlackJawedMoron

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« Reply #5 on: 09-05-2004 08:45 »
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Hmmm... would a transcript be too much to ask?
Jicannon

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« Reply #6 on: 09-05-2004 08:59 »

 
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Originally posted by Hedonism Bot:
That robot looks mighty unstable to me.
I agree. That might be one of the reasons it didn't make it in.
Philp_J_Fry

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« Reply #7 on: 09-05-2004 10:19 »

pretty neat robot there.but i can see why it didn't make it to the show.
newhook_1

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« Reply #8 on: 09-05-2004 13:34 »

I remember him talking about I robot called "Pocket Pal" in the LTH commentary. I bet that was one of the ones he was talking about. Barbados Slim didn't get his episode either, which they said was planned.
LoveForFry

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« Reply #9 on: 09-05-2004 18:00 »

 
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Originally posted by Hedonism Bot:
I'm guessing that one of the plot turns would be the "She must be the other," comment in TWOF.

That robot looks mighty unstable to me.


I agree with the TWOF comment
evan

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« Reply #10 on: 09-05-2004 19:54 »

 
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Originally posted by Hedonism Bot:
I'm guessing that one of the plot turns would be the "She must be the other," comment in TWOF.

That simply refers to how Nibbler must reveal his true identity to Leela as well as Fry.  In 2000, he makes himself known, as he does in 3002, to Leela, when the brains come.
Evil Abe

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« Reply #11 on: 09-05-2004 21:29 »

It sounds interesing if anyone can find this article so we can know a little more about it it would be good. 
SlackJawedMoron

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« Reply #12 on: 09-06-2004 07:12 »

I assume that this was the brief article mentioned (shamlessly pilfered from FlexoLives' post in the 'Futurama is Over' thread:

 
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With the brilliant, unjustly canceled Futurama's last 18 episodes now out on DVD (Unrated, 6 hrs., 54 min., 2002-2003, Fox), we asked creator Matt Groening to reflect on the funniest show of the 31st century.

Q: When did you realize that Fox wouldn't make Futurama the next Simpsons?
A: We had the guillotine hanging over our heads before the show even went on the air. Fox's executives never understood the show, and I wasn't able to explain it to them to their satisfaction.

Q: Any chance of a Family Guy-like resuscitation?
A: Our Adult Swim rerun ratings are fantastic, and [codeveloper] David X. Cohen and I are throwing around ideas of how to keep it alive. It's a very ambitious and expensive show, which has been a sticking point.

Q: Do you have unfinished business?
A: All science-fiction epics have an underlying theme that things are not what they seem, and we haven't revealed all of the secrets embedded in the show. We even have characters we created at the beginning of the series that we haven't gotten around to introducing yet!
Spacedal11

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« Reply #13 on: 09-06-2004 10:47 »

That's a bumer. But than, this makes me miss the show even more now! I just really hope that Cartoon Network or some channel will take it over again and renew it. Cool robot though.
Evil Abe

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« Reply #14 on: 09-06-2004 22:01 »

That is to bad to hear, but maybe there is hope.  Is that the entire article?
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« Reply #15 on: 09-07-2004 14:26 »

Well, I did read one interview with DXC claiming that there were plans to reveal that Inger (Mom's youngest, stupidest son) was Farnsworth's illegitimate son.
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« Reply #16 on: 09-07-2004 15:34 »

Yeah, the Mom/Farnsworth/Mom'sSons was a planned storyplot... I think they summed up a lot of the storylines from the beginning in season 4 though (mostly because they figured it might near the ending) ie. Leela's a mutant (GASP!) and Fry + Nibbler shadow.  And I've heard the name Barbados Slim thrown around, but what/who the hell??!?
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« Reply #17 on: 09-07-2004 16:25 »

Just in case you don't know, Barbados Slim was the "mahogany god" that was racing against Hermes in the Olympic 200m limbo in "Bend Her".  He was voiced by John DiMaggio, and the writers liked his character so much that they were planning to put him in an episode, possibly involving a musical, but they couldn't make it work, so they did "Spanish Fry" instead.

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KurtPikachu2001

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« Reply #18 on: 09-07-2004 16:59 »

The robot looks really cool!  Too bad it didn't make it into the series.  Since it was supposed to be Mom's 'think bot' maybe there could've been an episode where she and her sons use them for mind control or something like that.   Are there any other characters mentioned that never got used in the series besides the robot and Barbados Slim?
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« Reply #19 on: 09-07-2004 19:27 »

threads like these make me so depressed. Just thinking of the endless possibilities Futurama had. God I miss that show...
  cry   cry   cry

moonbus69

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« Reply #20 on: 09-08-2004 02:56 »

 
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Originally posted by Evil Abe:
That is to bad to hear, but maybe there is hope.  Is that the entire article?


Yes, that's the whole article (reread it just now)...


"It's not too late - there is still hope!"
-- Liv Tyler, as Arwen (LOTR: The Two Towers)

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« Reply #21 on: 09-08-2004 06:44 »
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Maybe if Futurama is off air for too long, Matt will just reveal them. Of course we could get actual episodes with the secrets if Futurama comes back....  hmpf
And I just can't see that robot being in the show. It just doesn't look Groening to me.
Hedonism Bot

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« Reply #22 on: 09-08-2004 10:34 »

 
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Originally posted by evan:
 That simply refers to how Nibbler must reveal his true identity to Leela as well as Fry.  In 2000, he makes himself known, as he does in 3002, to Leela, when the brains come.

When I first read that, I thought, "No, because Nibbler has already spoken to her," but then I remembered that this exchange took place 1000 years before the event.  roll eyes

Was there a reason given as to why Nibbler contacted Leela instead of Fry in TDTESS?

Oh sure, blame the wizards...
Jicannon

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« Reply #23 on: 09-08-2004 12:01 »

Nibbler didn't contact Leela in TDTESS, he was reluctant to take her with him to Eternium at first, but did so because the brains were attacking her. He was returning to Eternium to report that the brains were attacking Earth, and probably would have contacted Fry later.
hobojobo

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« Reply #24 on: 09-08-2004 21:32 »

I think that's partially because it doesn't have an overbite.
moonbus69

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« Reply #25 on: 09-11-2004 09:57 »

 
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Originally posted by KurtPikachu2001:
The robot looks really cool!  Too bad it didn't make it into the series.


Other day I watched "Bender Must Not Be Allowed On TV" and in one scene of "All My Circuits" (I believe where Calculon asks if anyone doesn't have amnesia) there is a robot that looks a lot like the drawing above (although only the top half of the robot is visible).   wink



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Local Jerseyan

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« Reply #26 on: 09-17-2004 12:02 »

Wow... I never knew there were all those characters waiting around.

There's still a lot that Futurama could do. Too bad, though.
Jicannon

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« Reply #27 on: 09-17-2004 13:52 »

I wish they had made that episode about Barbados Slim  frown He was cool
ShortRoundMcfly

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« Reply #28 on: 09-17-2004 15:50 »

I hate that accent so much. What do the writers have against authenticity?
David A

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« Reply #29 on: 09-17-2004 20:45 »

Authenticity isn't funny.
ShortRoundMcfly

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« Reply #30 on: 09-18-2004 00:33 »

A fake accent might be good for a limited one joke character, but for a character with a speaking line almost every episode? It really gets on my nerves.
Wooter

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« Reply #31 on: 11-02-2004 20:21 »

They must bing it back before I go on like a rampage or something. Maybe a roit, with fires and stuff.
Nes

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« Reply #32 on: 11-03-2004 00:52 »

 
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It's a very ambitious and expensive show, which has been a sticking point.

Although I'd kill to have another Futurama show, I definetly wouldn't want to see it in any deminished capacity.

Something that comes from seeing an episode so many times you can talk along to it really allows you to appreciate the absolute magnificance of the animation - watch an episode on MUTE on time for the full effect. It's really just phenomenal.

And I don't think doing it on a lower budget would do justice to the show.

So that leaves the question... really, what other network has the $$$ to support it? Fox is HUGE most companies don't make even close to enough to be able to go out on a limb with a show that's already been canceled (as much as we want them too   frown)

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Zipy_Googlemire

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« Reply #33 on: 11-03-2004 15:51 »

Oh well maybe if the show doesn't continue maybe it can live on in comic form. Just read some of the comics and am supprised at how good they are. Somthings better than nothin'......
spawn_2008

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« Reply #34 on: 11-03-2004 17:58 »

I agree. I also like the comic books, but would hands down prefere the show.
Zipy_Googlemire

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« Reply #35 on: 11-04-2004 00:51 »

Yea I know what you mean but as much as I'd LOVE to see it back on the air, I wouldn't hold my breath
spawn_2008

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« Reply #36 on: 11-05-2004 19:45 »
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Hard to believe it's only been off the air a little over a year.  Seems longer than that.
mint

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« Reply #37 on: 11-05-2004 20:03 »
« Last Edit on: 11-05-2004 20:03 »

That robot that never aired looks like R2-D2 (Artoo-Detoo) except for the bottom bit.
evan

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« Reply #38 on: 11-05-2004 22:41 »

Speaking of which, where's Sarge?  I'm sure he probably stole some unused sketches from his time on the show.
Yuki_in_space

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« Reply #39 on: 11-16-2004 05:15 »

I would have liked to finally see Leela's ex "Sean". Oh, and Gumbercules.
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