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EspanolBot

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« on: 01-19-2004 07:24 »

 I agree that the characters are funny but if you look at the minor details they are actually quite disturbing:
1) In the episode with the Robot Planet, Dr. Zoidberg asks for "One of your young on a roll." At a Blernsball fastfood stand.
2) Bender actually keeps a baby in his chest cabinet
3) Bender has stolen blood from at least two people.
4) Leela has admitted to given in 'shocking urges' if she has the chance.
5) The Professor's "ape bones" in his basement.
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« Reply #1 on: 01-19-2004 07:37 »

Bender has a heart in his chest cabinet.  big grin
Teral

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« Reply #2 on: 01-19-2004 08:27 »
« Last Edit on: 01-19-2004 08:27 »

Zoidberg is responsible for a shocking amount of dead patients.

Zapp Brannigan's preferred strategy is sending wave after wave of men at the enemy until they hit their preset kill-limit, or in the case of human opponents until they run out of ammunition. And one of his greatest victories was orbital carpet bombing a pacifistic people. Wow, that guy is ripe for the Axis Of Evil-list.
feralHuman

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« Reply #3 on: 01-19-2004 09:36 »

let's not forget Suicide Booths, Soylent Green, Glagnar's Human Rinds and those tasty human burgers.
Mr.MastodonFarm

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« Reply #4 on: 01-19-2004 12:25 »

...and the untimely deaths of many members of the Waterfall family.
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« Reply #5 on: 01-19-2004 12:41 »

shocking urges?
Bushmeister

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« Reply #6 on: 01-19-2004 12:50 »

Bender did try selling off some of his adopted children as food in "The Cyber House Rules".
Pikka Bird

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« Reply #7 on: 01-19-2004 17:31 »

 
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Originally posted by ActionLaPointe:
shocking urges?

We know Leela. So we can guess what her "shocking" urges might be. I mean, if she was just a LITTLE more impulsive, she might muster up the nerve to dare purchasing boots with a CRAZY green stripe. Mu point: If she only needs a tad more impulsiveness to do THAT, then damn- her urges will be spectacular, bizarre and posibly appalling.
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« Reply #8 on: 01-19-2004 18:17 »

But keep in mind, once she's impulsive enough to buy new boots she's also impulsive enough to kill off every PE crewmember that corsses her path, and have sex with Fry to make him keep quiet. So the real question is: do we want Leela to be this impulsive or do we rather wish to stay alive?

The snapshot from Space Mardi Gras did show a rather partying Leela, and she dropped out of college to bum around India for a while, so she isn't completely without surprises.
Mouse On Venus

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« Reply #9 on: 01-19-2004 18:31 »

 
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Originally posted by Bushmeister:
Bender did try selling off some of his adopted children as food in "The Cyber House Rules".

Yeah, and wasn't it more disturbing that Bender was being charged by the police not only for "selling children as food" but also "misrepresenting the weight of livestock"?  eek
Venus

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« Reply #10 on: 01-19-2004 18:31 »

The Leela's Homeworld script describes her outfit in that India pic to be a Hari-Krishna. What is that exactly? Some kind of cult?
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« Reply #11 on: 01-19-2004 18:58 »
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Yeah, pretty much. They worship a god called Krishna, and from what I rememeber they're big on celibacy and chanting.

How do you know what the script said about Leela's outfit? You have connections at The Curiosity Company?
Thoth

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« Reply #12 on: 01-19-2004 18:59 »

Yeah, guess you could call it that, long time ago i got the krishnas explained to me but from what i can remember of what i've been told their basicly Ultra-Pacifist potter about being peacful and one with the world, Nirvana, lots of meditation ect.ect.
You ussually see them walking in lines in robes chanting with inscense and mini-cymbals(what ever their called)
Venus

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« Reply #13 on: 01-19-2004 19:19 »
« Last Edit on: 01-19-2004 19:19 »

@Teral: i wish i had connections. As it is i just bought the script from some guy.

@Thoth: those mini cymbols are called Zils.
Teral

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« Reply #14 on: 01-19-2004 19:27 »

Ohh, now I'm envious. Where did you buy it, eBay? Any good scenes cut from the episode you can tell us about?
Venus

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« Reply #15 on: 01-19-2004 19:32 »
« Last Edit on: 01-19-2004 19:32 »

My RTEW script i got from Ebay, but LH, LTH, and TKOS i got from a peeler, but i don't remember his name.

I'll reread it later and post some differences, probably sometime later tonight.
M0le

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« Reply #16 on: 01-19-2004 20:14 »

Don't forget Soylent Cola.
Venus

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« Reply #17 on: 01-19-2004 22:28 »

Well, as promised:

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                 AMY
Your parents must be so proud! Ooo, sorry.

                 LEELA
Thanks, everybody, but it's really no big deal. I've left directions to the orphanarium, copies of the program, and dress code suggestions in everyone's locker.

              DR. ZOIDBERG
What will i wear?! I have nothing!

:he tugs on his shirt:

This is department store crap!

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                     BENDER
Now i can punch you in the nose in the dark!

                     FRY
It's spooky... like nose Dracula

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                    FRY
Great speech Leela. I'm proud of you. And in the end, that's what truly matters.

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EXT. Planet Express - That Evening -establishing on tv - close up

We see the footage of Leela with her plaque, although she is almost offscreen, and the plaque is the center of attention.

                  LINDA
And that concludes our human interest story on local plaque designer, Nelson Dubois. Morbo?

                  MORBO
The grotesque mutants that live under the city staged an uprising today, protesting excessive dumping into the sewers they call home. On a personal note, Morbo laughs at their misery.

:A live feed of Mutant Raoul appears behind the newscasters:

                     LINDA
Since mutants aren't allowed above ground, we've flushed a remote camera into their stinking headquarters. Mr Mutant, tell us: how does it feel to look so weird?

                     RAOUL
Linda, i find that question offensive.

                     LINDA
(chuckles) That's weird how you gestured with your third arm when you said that.

                     RAOUL
Living in sewage is hard enough without the additional indignity of--

                     LINDA
(laughs) He did it again!

Pull back to: INT Planet Express - lounge - continuous

Fry, the professor, hermes, zoidberg, and Amy are watching

                      AMY
Too much info, not enough tainment. Hermes, change the channel.

                      FRY
Hey, where's Leela? It seems like she's not in here right now.

                      HERMES
Hmm. Knowing Leela, i'd say she went off to party.

                      FRY
How well do you know Leela?

                      HERMES
Not that well. But i hear good things.

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                     LEELA
i told a whole crowd today that being an orphan made me strong. But all i really wanted was to celebrate my award with my mom and dad.

                      FRY
How about celebrating it with a handsome friend?

                      LEELA
That's sweet and deluded, Fry, but it's not the same. I want my parents around to hold me and stroke my hair and tell me they love me.

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                     BENDER
Remember Sea World's dolphin-run nuclear power plant? Turns out it wasn't a good idea after all.

Bender hits a button. The back of his truck tilts up and dumps out a huge whale shaped burlap sack with one glowing fin sticking through the hole.

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Just then, some trash bags labeled 'medical waste' splash down in the lake. The mutants look confused.

                      VYOLET
Hey... if you're down here, then who did that?

                      BENDER
Me again. i have it on a timer.

                   CROWD OF MUTANTS
(angry muttering)

                   LEG MUTANT
Though it is clever. I'll grant him that.

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The tiny sling rises slowly out of the water, revealing that the rat has been transformed into a beautiful mini-peacock.

                        FRY
(sigh of relief) i didn't realize these mutations were for the better.

                        RAOUL
(frustrated) That was a fluke. It almost never happens. There's only a one percent chance of that happening.

                         FRY
In my experience, there's a hundred percent chance of that happening.

                         RAOUL
Your experience is statistically insignificant!

                        FRY
(hurt) That's a really mean thing to say.

                       DWANE
lower the back-up rat.

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                       LEELA
It's like some weird Leela museum -- and i'm the Leela!

                       BENDER
Hey, wait a second! If this time line is so smart, maybe it knows something about your mysterious birth!

they rush to look at the far left end. A news headline reads "Alien Baby's Parents Missing -- Police Rule Out Baby Born To Self" A photo shows URL examining baby Leela's eye with a magnifying glass.

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The hooded figures run into the building with the time line. There are now boards over the window Bender broke earlier. With Leela hot on their heels, the firgures slam the door behind them and lock it. Leela pounds on it

                      LEELA
(yelling) Let me in! Or tell me where the key is!

Leela looks around. She quickly grabs onto the gutter, shimmies up, and does a backflip onto the roof.
The hooded figures stand at the broken window, peering between the wooden boards.

                     MUNDA
(whispers) Don't tell her where the key is.

                     MORRIS
(whispers) Under the mat?

                     MUNDA
Shhh!

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M0le

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« Reply #18 on: 01-20-2004 00:48 »
« Last Edit on: 01-20-2004 00:48 »

If they included those scenes and lines in Leelas Homeworld it would have been quite a bit funnier. Good stuff.   wink
Mouse On Venus

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« Reply #19 on: 01-20-2004 04:49 »

Yeah, I have to say it seems like almost everything in that script is better than half the jokes they finally went with (apart from that last Munda and Morris conversation). It might've been that the writers got fed up of those jokes from hearing them so many times but...oh well.  hmpf
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« Reply #20 on: 01-20-2004 11:04 »

Heh, some good ones in there. Too bad they couldn't include some of them. The first and third-last one is on the season 4 DVD as a deleted scene. Thanks Venus.
Mercapto

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« Reply #21 on: 01-20-2004 11:09 »

They also mention the plaque maker twist in the commentaries. Thanks for sharing those scenes with us, Venus.
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« Reply #22 on: 01-20-2004 12:19 »

Many thanks indeed for those lines Venus, pity that some of the rather good material was left out.
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« Reply #23 on: 01-20-2004 12:29 »
« Last Edit on: 01-20-2004 12:29 »

 http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3170457419&category=20909
That's a script for Space Pilot 3000, signed by Billy West.
Teral

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« Reply #24 on: 01-20-2004 17:11 »

Too bad I already have the SP3k script and the storyboards (from the season 1 DVD) otherwise that script might be worth the effort to sign up at eBay. I tried once but the humongous amount of written, and particular unwritten, rules made me give up.
Mouse On Venus

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« Reply #25 on: 01-20-2004 17:35 »

I dunno about you, but I'd love to see the original script for A Big Piece Of Garbage.
VoVat

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« Reply #26 on: 01-21-2004 20:40 »

 
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Yeah, and wasn't it more disturbing that Bender was being charged by the police not only for "selling children as food" but also "misrepresenting the weight of livestock"?

The store in Little Neptune where Bender bought the slug sells human meat, and Utah (I think) has become a human farm.

On the other hand, Fishy Joe insists that "the only reason we don't eat people is that they taste terrible."  Maybe they just aren't on the menu at his restaurants.
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« Reply #27 on: 01-22-2004 14:30 »
« Last Edit on: 01-22-2004 14:30 »

Maybe it's just Venusians, Neptunians and other aliens who eat human meat. Wasn't "Human Farm" written in AL1 or something?

VoVat

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« Reply #28 on: 01-22-2004 17:53 »

Yeah, it was definitely written in one of the alien languages (not sure which one, as I never really looked into them).
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« Reply #29 on: 01-22-2004 18:27 »

I don't know if Neptunians eat human meat either.  The butcher said, "What, you want human meat?"  That seemed to imply that he could get it if someone wanted it, but it wasn't something that he usually sold.

Of course, some Neptunians have been known to use human horn.

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