Originally posted by DotheBartman:
And don't blame Groening for all the awful Simpsons merchandise....not that he's an anti-merchandise crusader or anything, but a LOT of stuff that he doesn't care for has been put out, because he has very little control over it (Fox mostly controls that).
I don't have anything against merchandising, I'm just jealous that we don't have that variety of Futurama merchandise to choose from. Granted, Futurama never had near the broad popularity of the Simpsons, but it has enough of a fanbase to justify at least some
merchandise. The only logical conclusion one can draw from the lack of available Futurama merchandise is that fox has a say in its licensing. They're the only entity backwards enough not to see the money in it. Oh well, at leat Groening retained the publishing rights so we get comic books and the calenders.