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PEE Poll: Best of Audio Commentaries
Matt Groening   -2 (0.9%)
David X Cohen   -75 (33.8%)
John DiMaggio   -73 (32.9%)
Billy West   -52 (23.4%)
Scott Vanzo   -1 (0.5%)
Susie Diether   -0 (0%)
Chrisopher Tyng   -1 (0.5%)
Rich Moore   -10 (4.5%)
Other   -8 (3.6%)
Total Voters: 222

Teral

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« Reply #80 on: 06-12-2003 16:18 »

Holy smoke! Someone finally voted outside the Big 3. Thanks, I was starting to feel stupid for listing anyone besides Coehn, DiMaggio and West. In fact I'm surprised Christopher Tyng haven't got any votes yet.

I remember one about that, from "Bendin' In The Wind"

Groening: "What do executive producers do anyway?"
Moore: "DVD audio commentaries."
Groening: "Yeah."
Cohen: "We do a lot of ... stuff."

From "Time Keeps On Slipping":

Keeler: "Hello, this is episode "Time Keeps On Slipping", original airdate May 6th, 2001. I'm Kne Keeler, I was the writer."
Dietter: "uuuh, I'm Chris Louden, the director, as well as Rich Moore, the supercising director."
Cohen: "And who are you really?"
Dietter: "Susie Dietter, and I had nothing to do with this show."
Gocad

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« Reply #81 on: 06-13-2003 03:17 »

It might be too late for that, but the commentaries should have more Tress MacNeille!

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« Reply #82 on: 06-13-2003 08:19 »

Maurice LaMarche was brilliant in the Amazon Women in the Mood commentary.
David X Choen is one of the funniest guys I've ever heard, quick as....uhm somethings that's really quick and witty as fudge.
Grim

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« Reply #83 on: 06-13-2003 08:36 »

Is it just me or does Tress MacNeille sound really old?
Gocad

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« Reply #84 on: 06-13-2003 09:41 »

Err, Tress MacNeille is almost as old as Billy West...

*slaps Grim, because you are not supposed to question the age of woman*  tongue

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« Reply #85 on: 06-13-2003 10:57 »

Tress MacNeille certainly has a distinctve voice - just listened to the TDTESS commentary, she's great!
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« Reply #86 on: 06-13-2003 19:07 »

 
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Originally posted by Gocad:
It might be too late for that, but the commentaries should have more Tress MacNeille!


She was good on Futerstock.

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« Reply #87 on: 06-13-2003 20:06 »

The best episode commentaries
X-mas story and Put your head on my shoulders.
Funniest when John and Billy are together.
Grim

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« Reply #88 on: 06-14-2003 00:23 »

yeah I know she's about that age, but to me she sounds really old, much older than any of the voices she plays except maybe hattie.
Teral

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« Reply #89 on: 06-14-2003 07:20 »

Her voice does sound spookily similar to Hattie, then again Billy West sound almost like Fry in real life.
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« Reply #90 on: 06-14-2003 07:20 »

I love John DiMaggio's laugh he has me rolling on the floor and that is just him I have been cracked up by others to.
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« Reply #91 on: 06-16-2003 03:21 »

I liked that one part in Mars U. when Groening says that they played it as a joke to fans that all technology for the wheel had been lost... and that's why everything floats... but Cohen added that the fans gave them around 70 or so things that had wheels in them for movement... yeah.. what were some of those things?
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« Reply #92 on: 06-17-2003 02:16 »

I want to mention this one for no reason...

John DiMaggio: Since we're speaking of asses, check out Leela's. Wow.

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« Reply #93 on: 06-17-2003 06:13 »

The commentry for Futurestock is great!
Teral

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« Reply #94 on: 06-18-2003 16:00 »

Maurice LaMarche is great in these, and very funny when he mocks Shatner.

(while The Velourfog sing "Leela" and the Chef say "he sickens me" )
Maurice: "A Little homage to the William Shatner Science Fiction Awards thing there, perhaps."
????: "Who did the "he sickens...."
Groening: "That was a cop to Shatner too, wasn't it?"
Maurice: "Yeah, the famous outtake tape where he goes -- the guy directs him and he goes, "Bill, back up to line 198 and 199. Do those again, and have fun with them this time. You're in the void, and it's starting to affect you and you're "hail fellow, well meat"." And Shatner thinks for a little bit, and then he goes: "Aw, please! Don't tell me how to do this. It sickens me! Sulu, Chekov, Spock sabotaged the system. Spock restored the atmosphere. Spock sabotaged the system." The guy goes: "Eh, Bill, that line sabotage could you pronounce it sabotage?". "I don't say sabotage. You say sabotage, I say sabotage."

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Teral

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« Reply #95 on: 06-24-2003 18:08 »

I'm (almost) sorry for the doublepost, but I had to do this one to prove that David X Cohen is the undisputed king of these DVD's. From the "Tale Of Two Santas" Xmas special, after David have praised all other staffmembers on the episode:

Cohen: "Id' also like to say a few words, if I might, about the author of tonights episode, a Mr Bill Odenkirk. Although I've never actually met Mr Odenkirk he is what's known in our industry  as a hack. A hack of the lowest caliber. It was Mr Odenkirk's foul, violent imagery and his obscene, almost pornographic dialogue which rendered tonight's program unsuitable for viewing by anybody, except for death row inmates. Bill Odenkirk single-handedly sunk this episode, and that's why I know ask that everyone raise a glass and toast the chances of lightning striking Bill's house and destroying it. To hell with you, Bill Odenkirk!!"

Don't confuse not caring with not knowing!
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« Reply #96 on: 07-05-2003 13:52 »

David X is the king of commentries, proved by:

From The Deep South
Bender takes a belt off an electric eel
Vanzo (I think): Electric eel, which I think is fresh water...
Cohen: Brakish!


From The Cyber House Rules
Bender and the 12 orphans run out of Elzars without paying
Cohen: Doesn't he seem like a fun dad?

"We deduce he was killed by a high speed avian projectile to the face."
"Break the murder weapon and make a wish!"
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« Reply #97 on: 07-10-2003 07:15 »
« Last Edit on: 07-10-2003 07:15 »

   
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Originally posted by Teral:
From "My Three Suns":

Groening: "So, David, why the X? Why is it David X Cohen?"
Cohen: "You don't believe that's my real middle initial? That's a completely fraudulent adendum to my name. What happened was...when we started Futurama all of the animated shows on TV suddenly came under the jurisdiction of the Writers Guild, which is the union of tv and movie writers. And they wouldn't allow any two members to have the same name. Unfortunately some other jerk, David S Cohen, had the nerve to be in before me. So I had to junk my S and come up with some other fake initial."
Billy West: "And I know you both."
Cohen: "Do you know the other David S Cohen?"
Billy West: "From New York."
Cohen: "He's a good guy, I've met him...we've traded checks several times. (laughter) I figured X would make me the David Cohen people remembered."
J. Stewart Burns: "I actually just use a J in front of my name to sound snooty."
Cohen: "Boy, we're the two phoniest writers in town."

Also in "Fear of a Bot Planet" when Leela show a robot a picture of Bender dressed as a magician, David note how Bender will be a magician in an episode sometime 3 years into the future. Any ideas what episode that will be (or did it already happen)?



I don't understand. I'm sure he was David X Cohen years ago when he did The Triumph of the Nerds.

Oh no, that was Robert X Cringely. OH my God I'm so ashamed.
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« Reply #98 on: 07-10-2003 07:28 »

i would have to say davd x cohen for all the above mentioned reasons as well as his insights into little in jokes we may have missed. But even with his great wit billy and john are integral for the commentaries would lag without them. i had never listened to a commentary for any dvds before this but now im addicted its all most as funny as the show at times and yet i have not found another show with dvd commentaries worth listening to.
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« Reply #99 on: 07-10-2003 07:52 »
« Last Edit on: 07-10-2003 07:52 »

I didn't want to add this to the other post cos noone would have read it. I have to say atht while there are great moments in the commentaries, I think overall they aren't that great. I've only listened to a few, but frankly I can't bring myself to listen to any more. Last night I listened to the one for "A Head in the Polls" and despite the fact that there were about eight people on the track, hardly anyone spoke. There were just odd, random comments, or people laughing at the episode. What I want in a commentary is little stories about how it was written/made; where the inspiration came from etc. All you get is "That bit looks cool" and stuff like that. Maybe I'm just spoilt. The first commentaries I listened to were for Evil Dead 2 & 3. They probably are the best ever. Perhaps this is due to Sam Raimi and Bruce Cambell (apprently) talking about those films all the time anyway. You should check them out. They are amazing - funny and informative.
Gocad

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« Reply #100 on: 07-10-2003 08:38 »
« Last Edit on: 07-10-2003 08:38 »

Don't compare audio commentaries, it never works. IMHO the Futurama audio commentaries are great.
And as the next poster will tell you, the Futurama audio commentaries are informative as well!  tongue
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« Reply #101 on: 07-10-2003 10:25 »

Yeah, they are really great.  John DiMaggio, Billy West, and David X. Cohen are the guys who make the commentaries worth listening to.

And the commentaries are often very informative.  I don't remember the exact wording, but in Space Pilot 3000, David X. Cohen (I think) commented on how the suicide booths was based on a Donald Duck cartoon.  I was both surprised and pleased to hear this.  Why?  Because even before listening to the commentaries, I long suspected that it was based on a certain Donald Duck cartoon, called Modern Inventions.  I got suspicious a long time ago that that scene is Space Pilot 3000 was somehow inspired by that Donald Duck cartoon, because, just like in Modern Inventions, Bender puts a coin on am string and pulls it right out.  Donald Duck also did that! 
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« Reply #102 on: 07-10-2003 11:38 »

some commentaries are lacking but that is due to the fact it is their 4 comjmentary and it is hard to keep going but some of them are just magic and informative
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« Reply #103 on: 07-10-2003 11:45 »

Yeah, that's true.  I guess in some episodes there's more to say than in others.
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« Reply #104 on: 07-10-2003 13:47 »

In my opinion, there are two extremes of audio commentaries-- on the one end, the informative kind, which usually has just one person explaining everything, with little humor. On the other end is the funny kind, where there is a horde of cast and crew, making jokes and craking up at everything. Obviously, either extreme can be both good and annoying, but I feel the Futurama commentaries are a healthy mix of the two, leaning towards the funny side quite a bit. You really have to listen to all of them before you judge them-- some are better than others. Some are more informative. Some of the early, early, Season 1 ones have a lot less talking-- I think it took everyone a few gos to get comfortable with talking about the episodes. All that having been said-- come on, who doesn't love hearing John DiMaggio crack up, or Billy West spontaneously do voices, or David X. Cohen acting like the obsessed geeks we all are? Seriously. Best audio commentaries--ever!

On a different note, my favorite Season 1 audio commentary is Mars University.

But I'm not broken, in my dream I win--Out here I'm no one, a cosmic castaway
reverend

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« Reply #105 on: 07-11-2003 05:03 »
« Last Edit on: 07-11-2003 05:03 »

 
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Originally posted by Teral:
From the "Tale Of Two Santas" Xmas special, after David have praised all other staffmembers on the episode:

Cohen: "Id' also like to say a few words, if I might, about the author of tonights episode, a Mr Bill Odenkirk. Although I've never actually met Mr Odenkirk he is what's known in our industry  as a hack. A hack of the lowest caliber. It was Mr Odenkirk's foul, violent imagery and his obscene, almost pornographic dialogue which rendered tonight's program unsuitable for viewing by anybody, except for death row inmates. Bill Odenkirk single-handedly sunk this episode, and that's why I know ask that everyone raise a glass and toast the chances of lightning striking Bill's house and destroying it. To hell with you, Bill Odenkirk!!"


I don't understand - I watched that commmentary last night because this sounded so good, and Bill Odenkirk was there on it, and David X said no such thing! What's going on?    confused
Also, I take back what I said about the commentaries. I must have just picked some bad ones. I watched another five last night, and every one was good and informative.
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« Reply #106 on: 07-11-2003 05:27 »

reverend, they are refering to the easter egg, david x cohen's christmas message.
reverend

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« Reply #107 on: 07-11-2003 06:35 »

Oh bugger. I can't watch it on my computer. Is there any way for me to access it on the DVD player? Also, what puzzles me is that he must have recorded that message before the commentary, since he says he hasn't met Bil Odendick. But has the guy heard the message? I wonder - it would have been very awkward in that commmentary room if he had.
  Also, listening to thatt commentary I heard a bit I really liked, where David X starts saying how the blue is an authentic colour for Neptune because "if you look at Neptune through a telescope" it is blue. Everyone is kind of silent and then Matt just says "What the hell are you talking about?". Oh how I love that guy (David).
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« Reply #108 on: 07-11-2003 13:28 »

The Christmas message Easter Egg isn't meant to be taken seriously. It's a series of "sketches" with David praising those involved. Actually quite funny.

David and Bill know eachother very well. I bet Odenkirk had a hand in writing that part of the message.  wink

To access the Christmas Message easter egg, go to the "A Tale Of Two Santas" screen, press right, then up and then enter.

On the PC I simply use the mouse. Let it hover around the upper right corner of the picture, and an xmas hat will appear. Click it.

There's another easter egg on the ATOTS screen. Press right and then enter to activate it.

On the PC, simply click the large picture of Santa.
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« Reply #109 on: 07-11-2003 13:46 »

dxc does sound like a robot but im glad he never made it as bender as it would never have worked
how many easter eggs are on season 3 for that matter how many easter eggs are on season 1 and 2 i want to know if i missed any.
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« Reply #110 on: 07-11-2003 14:36 »
« Last Edit on: 07-11-2003 14:36 »

no easter eggs on DVD 1, 2
3 easter eggs on season 3
 http://www.gotfuturama.com/Information/Articles/Futurama_DVD_Season_3/#egg1.23
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« Reply #111 on: 07-11-2003 15:30 »

There are eastereggs on season 1 and 2. Nothing good though.

Season 1: A handfull of movie posters from "Raging Bender".

Season 2: "highschool" books, featuring the characters of Futurama, and some of the writers/producers as well.

You have to play around a bit to find them.
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« Reply #112 on: 07-12-2003 05:38 »
« Last Edit on: 07-12-2003 05:38 »

thanks teral found em. bit off topic this but i noticed on my s1 dvds (didnt notice in my s2 dvds) that there were captions missing under the futurama title screen in some episodes, i had just assumed that there werent any for those episodes but i looked all the captions up and i am missing some. An example is o think it is Hell is other robots but the caption has to do with the space pope i hink but it is missing on th dvd is there a reason for this???
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« Reply #113 on: 07-14-2003 05:39 »

Thanks Teral - I'll try that tonight. I didn't realise the speech was ironic. I suppose (hope) it's clearer when you actually hear it.
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« Reply #114 on: 07-21-2003 09:10 »

 
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Originally posted by Teral:
Lots of laughter, particular John DiMaggio)

You might aswell apply this to everything said by everyone.

Love ya' John, but you're a fat, loud idiot.

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« Reply #115 on: 07-22-2003 16:23 »

I like DiMaggio best in the commentaries, because he always seems to crack me up.  I like when he jokes about Matt Groening's fear of robots in the commentary on "Fear of the Bot Planet."

Funny thing . . . whenever I watch the DVDs, I *HAVE* to put the commentary on.  I just love listening to the writers, voices, producers, etc. talk about the series.

Can't wait for Season 2 next month.
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« Reply #116 on: 07-22-2003 17:00 »

I like it when Billy West laughed and it confused Matt.  I think he said "Fry's mouth's not moving!  Why is he laughing!?" Then he's like "Oh... that's Billy"  Then during Mars University Billy did Fry on the voice commentary and said "I told you if you keep pushing me, I'm going to snap!"  and that was rather creepy.
But I still think he's an awesome Larry Fine.
[stooge moment]
(Moe: Ya knuckleheads! *dong*
Curly: Woowowowowooh! 
Larry: What's the big idea?
Curly: Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk...)
[/stooge moment]
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« Reply #117 on: 07-22-2003 17:29 »

Billy West or John DiMaggio, Billy West or John DiMaggio, Billy West or John....... Damnit! I can't decide! I pick both.
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« Reply #118 on: 07-23-2003 05:26 »

Billy West, he's just hilarious.
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« Reply #119 on: 07-29-2003 20:13 »

DXC is hilarious. Loved all his commentaries, especially the quote about inventing dark matter before Einstien. I voted for him even though they all had their moments.
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