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davids

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« : 09-14-2003 06:55 »

I heard it mentioned in one of the audio commentaries but i don't know what it is.
aslate

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« #1 : 09-14-2003 06:56 »

It's the short animated bit before the credits that appeared in the first few episodes of S1.
Ozor Mox

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« #2 : 09-14-2003 07:00 »

Like Bender using the carwash in "My Three Suns" which I saw for the first time recently.
davids

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« #3 : 09-14-2003 07:03 »

Does that include the small ads like for molten boron?
Xmpel

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« #4 : 09-14-2003 07:14 »

no
Arkard

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« #5 : 09-14-2003 08:14 »

I miss the cold openings, my favorite is the one of 'Space Pilot 3000'.
Bobby King

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« #6 : 09-14-2003 08:34 »

my favorite is the one of I, Roomate, i think
mikey

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« #7 : 09-14-2003 09:04 »

My favourite is the odd sexual references (benders wash) from my three suns    :D
Otis P Jivefunk

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« #8 : 09-14-2003 10:59 »

I miss the cold openings too. My fave was from 'Brannigan Begin Again' where Fry and Bender are playing chess. Short and sweet, and funny  :)
ghoulishmoose

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« #9 : 09-14-2003 11:25 »

I wonder why they're called 'cold' openings?  :)

Anyways, I like the one at the begininng of Fry and the Slurm Factory where they're watching an ad for Slurm and he shakes his can to see if its got a cap in it and its one of his teeth. So he puts it in the pile and then he takes a sip and smiles and we see half his teeth are missing. I love that opening  :laff:
Teral

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« #10 : 09-14-2003 11:26 »
« : 09-14-2003 11:26 »

Yeah, I miss them too, but I see David's point about wanting to start an episode of with a loud wake-up call (the theme).

The best cold opening was definetely the one of Leela and Fry standing in the PE ship, looking out at the stars. Suddenly a small planet appear and is squished by the windshield. Leela calmly start the whipers. Sooo funny.
LaVaLaDy

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« #11 : 09-14-2003 13:48 »

I really love the "Flight to Remember" opening, "looks nice." DUN DUN DUN!
Lionel Hutz Esq

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« #12 : 09-14-2003 15:19 »
« : 09-14-2003 15:19 »

 
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Originally posted by ghoulishmoose:
I wonder why they're called 'cold' openings?    :)

I believe they are called cold openings because you jump straight into a scene instead of warming up the audience with something like a theme song. 
M Jackson
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« #13 : 09-14-2003 15:38 »

I thought they were called cold openings because they're nearly always black humour. Eg. Fry finding out he's not got long to live "Oh, dibs on his CD player!", a whole civilization getting squashed like a bug on the PE ships "wind"screen, or the Professor getting attacked by a giant bird.
Does anyone else think i'm right? I may be wrong, but there are no happy, or optomistic cold openings. That's why I think that the opening scene in Season 3's Bendless Love should have been turned into a cold opening.
Just Chris

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« #14 : 09-14-2003 15:58 »

I like the one where the virtual chess pieces fight each other.

And going to the bot wash. I was reminded of an Amoco commercial when because it was very similar and spot-on to the opening. In the commercial, the car's wipers were even wiping during that "whoa-oa-oh" part.
Donbot

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« #15 : 09-14-2003 20:25 »

I liked the cold opening too.  My favorite cold opening is when Leela goes out with the guy with that tonuge.
Lionel Hutz Esq

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« #16 : 09-14-2003 23:17 »

 
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Originally posted by M Jackson:
I thought they were called cold openings because they're nearly always black humour.   

It's an industry term.  I've heard people talk about Law & Order always having a cold opening.
alexvilagosh

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« #17 : 09-14-2003 23:22 »

 
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Originally posted by Lionel Hutz Esq:
 I believe they are called cold openings because you jump straight into a scene instead of warming up the audience with something like a theme song. 
I would say that is why too, that's what I've always thought and it seems like that's what it would be.

TheLesbianLeela

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« #18 : 09-15-2003 05:25 »

 
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Originally posted by davids:
Does that include the small ads like for molten boron?
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Originally posted by Xmpel:
no
@Xmpel: Why?
MrBurns

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« #19 : 09-15-2003 06:22 »

I'd say because there's no dialogue, no characters etc., it's just not a real "scene". Err, does somebody get me?
boingo2000

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« #20 : 09-15-2003 06:26 »

@LesbianLeela: A cold opening is traditionally a short scene involving one or more characters from the show.  The small ads are more of just a pre-episode joke, like the couch gags in The Simpsons.
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