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« on: 01-31-2005 01:00 »

This is just an idea, tell me what you think.

Four funny features of Homer Simpson are split among the main four males of Futurama.

Fry: dumb like Homer
Bender: morally bad like Homer
Professor: angry like Homer
Zoidberg: eats and has hygiene like Homer

These four characters are more complex than that, but the above four characteristics are the basis for much of their humor.  Do you think the creators of Futurama did this on purpose? Or am I way out to lunch?

Urban Legend
« Reply #1 on: 01-31-2005 01:03 »

I would like to think that simpsons is not the basis for anything futurama related.

Liquid Emperor
« Reply #2 on: 01-31-2005 01:04 »
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It wasn't really intentional I don't think, although Groening did make comments about Bender being "our Homer Simpson", in that he can do many horrible things and have the audience accept and even enjoy it.

But otherwise, those are all fairly standard gag buttons, and common in comedy (including Futurama) for that reason.  Homer's popularity comes largely from him embodying all of them.  And its only natural that Groening would have a similar style of humor  in Futurama, hence those gag buttons being used again.  I don't think there was ever a calculated effort to make the characters like Homer.  Plus keep in mind that the Professor and Zoidberg both evolved; the former used to be much calmer (as reflected in his voice in the first few episodes) but gradually got crazier and meaner/angrier, while the latter started off as merely a bad doctor (shades of Dr. Nick if anything, though not intentional there either) and then started to become the poor, hungry, lonely, etc character we all know and love as time went on.

Liquid Emperor
« Reply #3 on: 01-31-2005 01:06 »

I think it's just a coincidence.

And off topic..... Is it just me, or have alot of new posters started posting? I have nothing against this, of course. The more people, the better.
The Pizzazz

Bending Unit
« Reply #4 on: 01-31-2005 02:44 »
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Yes, a lot of people have been registering lately. I'm one of those newbies  :p
David A

Space Pope
« Reply #5 on: 01-31-2005 02:53 »

Originally posted by LoserUser:
Bender: morally bad like Homer

No, I don't think so.

Homer may do a lot of morally questionable things, but I can't think of anything he's done that even comes close to the things that Bender does.

Anyway, this should probably be in the Human Resource Department.

Originally posted by Venus:
I would like to think that simpsons is not the basis for anything futurama related.

I think it is, but only in a general way.  I don't think that any of the Futurama characters are directly based on Simpsons characters.

Originally posted by Eyedol7513:
Is it just me, or have alot of new posters started posting?

Who are you calling new, August 2004?   :p

Liquid Emperor
« Reply #6 on: 01-31-2005 03:20 »

Speaking of NOOBs, it was my 1 year anniversary a couple of days ago, I'm 1 PEEL year old.  :D

On topic, I think Matt would of wanted to stay away from the Simpsons when he did Futurama.

Bending Unit
« Reply #7 on: 01-31-2005 05:33 »

Well... on one of the interviews Matt said (i can't remember where i've heard it) that he didn't want Futurama to be Simpsons in the future... Then again that was something that FOX expected...it had been said somewhere that that was one of the reasons Futurama got cancelled...
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