Futurama   Planet Express Employee Lounge
The Futurama Message Board

Design and Support by Can't get enough Futurama
Help Search Futurama chat Login Register

PEEL - The Futurama Message Board    It's got a TV!    Similarities in Futurama and Family Guy « previous next »
Author Topic: Similarities in Futurama and Family Guy  (Read 1766 times)
Pages: [1] 2 Print
alexvilagosh

Goose Patrol
Space Pope
****
« on: 09-02-2003 20:23 »

I have noticed a lot of things the same in Futurama and Family Guy.

The Breakfast Club is in both (Luck of the Fryish and Let's Go To The Hop) and 'Don't You Forget About Me' is used at the end of both these episodes.

Both shows have a Willy Wonka parody (Fry and the Slurm Factory and Wasted Talent).

Also in Wasted Talent it has a bit where one of Peter's brain cells is all alone inside Peter's brain and he is going to read all the books there but then his glasses break, just like the Scary Door in Futurama.

As both these shows came out around the same time and lasted not long, it seems odd that there can be so many things the same. There are others I just can't remember them too... I'll post them when I do.
evan

Urban Legend
***
« Reply #1 on: 09-02-2003 20:27 »

Some of those are just standard sitcom cliches, or parodies of other fictional works. "The Breakfast Club" is big in this 80s nostalgia wave we're on, and "Don't You Forget About Me" was the big song from that movie. Willy Wonka and The Twilight Zone have been parodied before Futurama or Family Guy.

It's just laziness on Family Guy's part (because I like to blame them.  smile )
Rage Dump

Liquid Emperor
**
« Reply #2 on: 09-02-2003 21:36 »

Stewie goes inside Peter's body in one ep... Kinda like Parasites lost... a bit
Squeezit

Bending Unit
***
« Reply #3 on: 09-02-2003 21:39 »

comparing futurama and family guy makes baby jesus on a rollercoaster cry
newhook_1

Urban Legend
***
« Reply #4 on: 09-02-2003 21:39 »

they are both digitally colored. Main character in both is stupid.
alexvilagosh

Goose Patrol
Space Pope
****
« Reply #5 on: 09-02-2003 21:44 »

The episodes Peter Peter Caviar Eater and A Fishful of Dollars are sort of similar in the facts that the main character becomes rich and there is an auction with Peter vs. Someone like Fry vs. Mum and they keep bidding higher and higher until they get to crazy amounts.
bankrupt

Urban Legend
***
« Reply #6 on: 09-02-2003 22:50 »

I've noticed some similarities beween Futurama and Family Guy, too.  They're both animated and both are cancelled.  Why doesn't King of the Hill have this similarity?
alexvilagosh

Goose Patrol
Space Pope
****
« Reply #7 on: 09-02-2003 23:27 »

 
Quote
Originally posted by Squeezit:
comparing futurama and family guy makes baby jesus on a rollercoaster cry
I in fact think Family Guy is funnier than Futurama, but Futurama is a better all round show.

Rage Dump

Liquid Emperor
**
« Reply #8 on: 09-02-2003 23:30 »
« Last Edit on: 09-02-2003 23:30 »

Ditto
And IMHO The (old/good) Simpsons was funnier than that... and i think they are all just about tied as an all-around show. Each have great properties that make them good in thier own way.

Edit: Great properties that make them great...   laff
Grim

Professor
*
« Reply #9 on: 09-03-2003 05:29 »

Bankrupt, hows this for spooky, both animated, both cancelled, and both had names begining with "F"

cue spooky music
darkcrawlspace
Guest
« Reply #10 on: 09-03-2003 15:06 »
« Last Edit on: 09-04-2003 00:00 by [-mArc-] »

[stop it with the crap]
Otis P Jivefunk

DOOP Secretary
*
« Reply #11 on: 09-03-2003 16:15 »

 
Quote
Originally posted by Squeezit:
comparing futurama and family guy makes baby jesus on a rollercoaster cry

Me too laff
newhook_1

Urban Legend
***
« Reply #12 on: 09-03-2003 20:23 »
« Last Edit on: 09-04-2003 00:00 by [-mArc-] »

   
Quote
Originally posted by darkcrawlspace:
[crap]


I need an adult, I need an adult!

I just thinks it looks like spam, Idon't know, mabye it isn't

[edit: it is, thanks for alerting, but don't quote the spam  wink]
Killerfox

Professor
*
« Reply #13 on: 09-03-2003 21:07 »

mhhh interesting, i have seen Family guy a few times and didnt notice these similaritys cool though  smile
Asylum-Fry

Liquid Emperor
**
« Reply #14 on: 09-04-2003 22:50 »

Family Guy is a ripoff of Futurama if ever I've seen one. It also rips off The Simpsons a bit more than Futurama. Who originally owned it... FOX??
sk8ghost
Delivery Boy
**
« Reply #15 on: 09-05-2003 02:46 »

I think family guy is more of a ripoff of simpsons. It's about a family with a stupid dad OOHH the dog and the baby can talk that's a twist! Most of the jokes are blatant rip offs of simpsons jokes, and they don't do it as clever. Eg: On the simpsons homer is trying to eat chips but puppies keep jumping and grabbing the chip before he can eat it and he says "D'oh!" every time. On family guy the dad trys to eat chips and some birds in his beard eat the chip and he makes a sad sound every time. There are more than that but I don't feel like racking my brain right now... It's sad when there are such blatant rip offs in the world and nobody does anything about it, maybe Matt Groening should run down Seth McFarlane in his car... eh he is probably rolling around in his money pit from all the merchandising he has done anyway... who cares.
alexvilagosh

Goose Patrol
Space Pope
****
« Reply #16 on: 09-05-2003 03:09 »

It has flashbacks though... which are the funniest parts of all. And is so stupid that's its funny.

In hospital.
Chris: Is that where babies come from?
Doctor: Yes.
Chris: (To Loius) You told me I came from your vagina!
newhook_1

Urban Legend
***
« Reply #17 on: 09-05-2003 19:26 »

don't forget this one:

Jesus: Now for my next miricle I'll turn this water, into funk!
(Jesus zaps the jug of water and the room turns into a disco) 
Killerfox

Professor
*
« Reply #18 on: 09-05-2003 19:49 »

well ghost call it whatever you like but i think im starting to like it more than the simpsons, people make such a big deal about the simpsons, they are not THAT good.
Australian Guy

Liquid Emperor
**
« Reply #19 on: 09-06-2003 02:31 »

Hey, Squeezit's back  big grin
DotheBartman

Liquid Emperor
**
« Reply #20 on: 09-06-2003 03:33 »

While some Simpsons writers have made allegations about it being a rip off, Matt Groening actually doesn't agree as far as I know.  He listed it as a show he really likes a few times.

Anyways, all three are very different shows.  You can find coincidences here and there, but most of them are probably things that lots of shows have also done.  Family Guy is my least favorite of the bunch but it was still a very funny show.
~FazeShift~

Moderator
DOOP Ubersecretary
**
« Reply #21 on: 09-06-2003 09:55 »

 
Quote
Originally posted by Killerfox:
well ghost call it whatever you like but i think im starting to like it more than the simpsons, people make such a big deal about the simpsons, they are not THAT good.
You mean not THAT good recently.
And Family Guy is more like The Simpsons, not Futurama. Pfft!
I noticed that on the very first episode (Death Has a Shadow), Peter goes out and gets drunk at a stag party, Lois gets mad at him.
If that doesn't remind you of "War of The Simpsons" (7F20), then I dunno what would.

And I think Family Guy has just as many levels of humour as The Simpsons.
Squeezit

Bending Unit
***
« Reply #22 on: 09-07-2003 00:48 »

*does an I hate family guy it makes me wanna throw feces at the TV dance* but I guess I'm the only one on earth who feels that way  tongue
Slurm Guy

Starship Captain
****
« Reply #23 on: 09-10-2003 22:36 »
« Last Edit on: 09-11-2003 00:00 »

And don't forget the Quagmire. This has nothing to do with the subject but I just wanted to throw out the name.
"All right"  flirt
Just Chris

Urban Legend
***
« Reply #24 on: 09-11-2003 21:30 »

They are both made from solid fills and bezier curves. Futurama and Family Guy are both equally great. It's just that Futurama's humor is more cynical and Family Guy's is more raunchy.

Both cartoons' main characters also form an organized social group. The Griffin family, and the PE crew. They are also very satirical.
MetaFox

Crustacean
*
« Reply #25 on: 09-12-2003 03:10 »

 
Quote
Originally posted by Squeezit:
*does an I hate family guy it makes me wanna throw feces at the TV dance* but I guess I'm the only one on earth who feels that way   tongue

You aren't the only one.  It's a show that tries to mix the premise of Simpsons and the weird out-of-no-where spoofs of the Critic but fails miserably by mixing them into such an uneven brew. It's also got raunchiness for no reason at all - just for cheap jokes - plus absurd voice-acting.  Sounds like a winner to me.  puke
alexvilagosh

Goose Patrol
Space Pope
****
« Reply #26 on: 09-12-2003 06:08 »

 
Quote
Originally posted by Squeezit:
*does an I hate family guy it makes me wanna throw feces at the TV dance* but I guess I'm the only one on earth who feels that way   tongue
Throws feces at Squeezit.

Coop

Professor
*
« Reply #27 on: 09-12-2003 09:03 »

 
Quote
Originally posted by MetaFox:
 You aren't the only one.  It's a show that tries to mix the premise of Simpsons and the weird out-of-no-where spoofs of the Critic but fails miserably by mixing them into such an uneven brew. It's also got raunchiness for no reason at all - just for cheap jokes - plus absurd voice-acting.  Sounds like a winner to me.   puke


I agree, the show is incredibly stupid. Its like there's non stop movie and sitcom references. The cut scenes drive me nuts, one of them lasted 2 minutes! Its hard to follow any sort of story with them cutting all the time. I know alot of people who love the show. But then again, I know alot of idiots.


The official CARLITO of PEEL
Tweek

UberMod
DOOP Secretary
*
« Reply #28 on: 09-12-2003 09:38 »

The cut scenes are often great...

Use the force Luke  laff
alexvilagosh

Goose Patrol
Space Pope
****
« Reply #29 on: 09-12-2003 20:37 »

I love the flashback to when Peter gets the box... which was about 1 minute before  laff
i_kill_kenny

Poppler
*
« Reply #30 on: 09-12-2003 20:49 »

I enjoy both shows but I agree that Futurama is the better all-around show.  Family Guy has some great random comedy but I find it is not quite as funny when watching it again as Futurama episodes are.  Family Guy probably has better pure jokes episodes than Futurama does (but not by much) but Futurama blows Family Guy away in the continuity and the serious episodes.

There's no real reason to hate either show.  Although when Family Guy is inevitably revived over Futurama by Cartoon Network because it is easier to make a low budget version of it I think there will be a lot of anti-Family Guy backlash.  Or at least that's how I see it.
OC_James

Liquid Emperor
**
« Reply #31 on: 09-12-2003 20:50 »
« Last Edit on: 09-12-2003 20:50 »

When you watch Family Guy, you got to realize you're not watching if for plot. Yeah, there is a plot and a lot of them are good, but what really makes the show watchable are the flashbacks, cut scenes, and unecessary jokes. I see enough shows with heavy plot, that sometimes I just feel like letting my brain have a break. You don't have to be in some sort of intelligence range to like Family Guy like you do with some shows. Some shows are intended for really stupid people, some shows are intended for highly-intelligent people, but Family Guy doesn't do this. I'm an above-average intelligent person and I love Family guy.

Getting back on topic, I like "Classic Homer" better, but Peter is much better than "New Homer".
EDIT: Whoops wrong thread.

NOTE: A lot of my opinions on Family Guy are biased, as Danny Smith (Merton from Big Wolf on Campus) and Seth Green are on the show. Danny Smith reminds me of a young, pale, funny, and neurotic Johnny Depp, while I like Seth Green just for his role as Scott Evil in the Austin Powers Series.
FishyJoe

Honorary German
Urban Legend
***
« Reply #32 on: 09-13-2003 14:05 »

I still say Seth Green's best role is as the little kid in Action Family.

Family Guy is annoying if I sit down and watch more than an episode per month. But watching occassional five-minute snippets on Cartoon Network, I have to admit that it has some funny gags. One gag that sticks in my memory is when Peter was talking about a sitcom idea he had, where he plays a retired umpire who opens a bar in the earth's core.

Peter: We don't get many rock monsters around here.

Rock Monster: With these prices, no wonder!

Peter: Oh that's it. You are outta here!

*audience applauds*

That's some good, strange humor. But the characters mostly suck(especially Seth Green...sorry OC_James), and that sort of random humor doesn't work for entire episodes. Maybe they should make Tracy Ullman-like shorts that can air during full new episodes of Futurama.
Beamer

DOOP Secretary
*
« Reply #33 on: 09-14-2003 04:02 »

 
Quote
Originally posted by Rage Dump:
Stewie goes inside Peter's body in one ep... Kinda like Parasites lost... a bit

That's because both episodes were parodying the same thing.
~FazeShift~

Moderator
DOOP Ubersecretary
**
« Reply #34 on: 09-14-2003 15:53 »

Yep, Innerspace with Martin Short wasn't it?

Who's the voice actor who does Death again?
He was in Dr. Dolittle with Eddie Murphy which was on last night.
CyberKnight

Urban Legend
***
« Reply #35 on: 09-14-2003 16:08 »
« Last Edit on: 09-14-2003 16:08 »

The things I don't like about Family Guy are:

1) The fact that the plot is only there so it's not a sketch show.

2) The repetitive brand of humour. After a while, it becomes painfully obvious that the entire show is made up of flashbacks, or what ifs, that, while slightly funny the first time round, don't hold up on repeated viewings. It's a similar syndrome as that found in Blackadder, except in that series you've only got 6 episodes per season so it doesn't become as annoying.

Of course, this is my own opinion, and the show still has highlights, but I just don't enjoy it like I enjoy Futurama and earlier day Simpsons.

In short, Family Guy's style is similar to that of modern Simpsons, but done much better. But it still pales in comparison to early day Simpsons and any Futurama ep.

Oh, and Faze, I don't know if you're being ironic, but I believe the parody is of "Fantastic Voyage" (although Innerspace is another good example).
newhook_1

Urban Legend
***
« Reply #36 on: 09-14-2003 16:12 »

 
Quote
Originally posted by ~FazeShift~:
Yep, Innerspace with Martin Short wasn't it?

Who's the voice actor who does Death again?
He was in Dr. Dolittle with Eddie Murphy which was on last night.

Norm Macdonald did it for 114 "Death Is A Bitch" but that guy from the man show (not Jimmy Kimmel) did it the rest of the time.

~FazeShift~

Moderator
DOOP Ubersecretary
**
« Reply #37 on: 09-14-2003 19:34 »

Thanks, and CK, I've never seen Fantastic Voyage, but I do remember Martin Shorts whacky adventures!!
SwanMan3000

Starship Captain
****
« Reply #38 on: 09-15-2003 13:48 »

I in fact think Family Guy is funnier than Futurama, but Futurama is a better all round show.

[/QUOTE]

second, what with the characters and storylines etc.
Family guy ripping off Futurama. Er no. thats like saying king of the hill is a rip off of Eastenders...
Jamesbondcja

Professor
*
« Reply #39 on: 09-15-2003 13:50 »
« Last Edit on: 09-15-2003 13:50 »

Isnt it Swan?

   tongue   tongue   tongue
Pages: [1] 2 Print 
« previous next »
Jump to:  

Powered by SMF | SMF © 2006, Simple Machines | some icons from famfamfam
Legal Notice & Disclaimer: "Futurama" TM and copyright FOX, its related entities and the Curiosity Company. All rights reserved. Any reproduction, duplication or distribution of these materials in any form is expressly prohibited. As a fan site, this Futurama forum, its operators, and any content on the site relating to "Futurama" are not explicitely authorized by Fox or the Curiosity Company.
Page created in 0.213 seconds with 18 queries.