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Otis P Jivefunk

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« : 07-20-2019 21:58 »

I think it's highly likely that if a Futurama product hasn't been made already by now then it's not going to be. With that in mind, what are the Futurama products that you most wanted but they never came?

My top three are:
1) A complete collection of every episode on Blu-Ray. Even if the quality wouldn't be massively improved on the early seasons at least it would mean less discs and a slight improvement.

2) A Futurama Soundtrack on CD and vinyl. It would feature the theme song, songs from the series, and a selection of key songs from other artists that were used in the series.

3) Futurama the complete comics collection book. It would feature every Futurama comic ever made in several volumes housed in a large slipcase, each book hardbound.
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« #1 : 07-21-2019 00:38 »

My top fantasy Futurama product is to have had Katey Sagal be in all of the commentary tracks.

In the real world, I would have been very happy if Bongo had kept on making Futurama calendars forever, but it looks like 2019 is to be the last :(

If I weren't lazy, I'd endeavor to publish a Peel calendar using one of several services of that nature. Obtaining permission from the relevant creators, etc. But what do I look like? A guy who's not lazy?

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« #2 : 07-21-2019 10:26 »

I've been dying for officially-licensed Lego Futurama sets for pretty much my whole life...

They did The Simpsons, they can do Futurama!

Also, I pretty much agree with Otis' three items. A soundtrack would be super cool.
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« #3 : 07-23-2019 13:11 »
« : 07-23-2019 13:15 »

Can they do Futurama Lego now that Futurama is owned by Disney?

Edit: Also, I don't remember if Katey Sagal was on any of the commentary tracks.  I'm pretty sure I listened to all of them through season 4, but am unsure if I listened to them all after that.  I don't definitively recall her being on one, but I think I remember some of the other crew mentioning her not being there, and perhaps why, once or twice.  I assume scheduling conflicts, but I also am unsure how she felt being on the show--I don't recall seeing her public saying anything about the show one way or the other.
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« #4 : 07-23-2019 19:20 »

Before I'd bought any Futurama discs, I'd heard talk of the commentaries and for some reason thought that she participated on 2-3 of them, but no. :(

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« #5 : 07-26-2019 22:23 »

Nice lists. I agree with it all.

I really wish they would have kept the Toynami figures going. Even if they just released the characters they teased at the toy fairs like Morbo and the Robot mafia.

As for the calendars, Tachyon. I was just at SDCC over the weekend and I was very surprised to see the Bongo booth up and running. They were even selling a Futurama 2020 calendar. I picked one up of course...
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« #6 : 07-27-2019 00:08 »


As for the calendars, Tachyon. I was just at SDCC over the weekend and I was very surprised to see the Bongo booth up and running. They were even selling a Futurama 2020 calendar. I picked one up of course...


What???? Yay! Normally they become available on Amazon sometime around March, so I'd given up hope.

* * Tachy zips off to look for 2020 Futurama calendars... * *

Hmmm, don't see it on either Amazon or Bongo's site. But it will surely be coming, so thanks very much for the great news!

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« #7 : 07-28-2019 00:45 »

Not sure if this falls strictly under the category of "products," but I would pay good money for another Futurama video game. I'd be cool with another 3D platformer, just more well-done than the one we got--or, better yet, a sandbox-style, Grand Theft Auto-type deal. Like The Simpsons: Hit & Run, Futurama style.

Also, please do not try to tell me that Game of Drones or Worlds of Tomorrow are video games, 'cause they're not. :p
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« #8 : 07-28-2019 02:37 »

Hit and Run feels like it needs more action.
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« #9 : 12-19-2019 17:20 »
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I always wanted a "The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family" style Futurama book. Maybe it exists, I dunno.



3) Futurama the complete comics collection book. It would feature every Futurama comic ever made in several volumes housed in a large slipcase, each book hardbound.

I think this could still happen. Some dedicated fan collected all of EC Segar's Popeye comics into this really nice 6 volume set a few years back. I could see someone raising the funds on Kickstarter to get some reprint rights from Bongo and do a nice set eventually.
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« #10 : 02-27-2020 02:50 »

I have a soundtrack in mp3-form, so assumed a physical one existed, and was surprised to see it in this list.

I took a look around and found this, which has the same tracklist as my mp3-album:

https://www.discogs.com/Christopher-Tyng-Futurama-Original-Music-from-the-Animated-TV-Series/release/7307305

Though I'm not sure if it qualifies since it seems basically impossible to buy.
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« #11 : 02-27-2020 17:06 »

Interesting. I am a very avid Futurama collector and have never come across that CD before. I do have this one though.

https://www.discogs.com/No-Artist-Futurama-1999-Sound-Bites/release/10441229

It was a promo CD for radio stations in 1999.
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« #12 : 02-27-2020 17:38 »

Here's a picture of the 1999 Sound Bites CD, along with the included Promotion Manager letter

https://www.instagram.com/orbiting_meadows/
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« #13 : 03-01-2020 00:59 »

Interesting, I didn't know that one existed. $134 now on Discogs, so it's in the 'someday' pile, I think :)

By the track length, it looks like a lot of the items on that disk could make good notification sounds for a cell-phone-telephone...
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« #14 : 03-04-2020 23:23 »

Heh, "orbiting_meadows" is a great name for a profile dedicated to defunct Futurama merchandise. Do you run that Instragram account, CitizenSnips? It's pretty neat!

I always wanted a "The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family" style Futurama book. Maybe it exists, I dunno.

I could be misremembering, but I think the website formerly known as The Leela Zone (and later Futurama Madhouse) had a digital, fan-made episode guide that followed the same format as the Simpsons guides. It only covered the first four seasons, but it was rather well done for a labor of love by one (or several) Futurama-lovin' nerds.
CitizenSnips

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« #15 : 03-05-2020 06:13 »

no, CitizenSnips isn't my IG. Just have orbiting_meadows

There are some really great Futurama-themed IG accounts. Nice to know there are still a lot of fans left out there :)
Gorky

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« #16 : 03-05-2020 10:45 »

Oh, yeah, thatís what I meantóif you run the orbiting_meadows account. Iíve given it the olí follow on Instagram; itís very well done! Any other Futurama-related IG recs?
CitizenSnips

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« #17 : 03-06-2020 18:10 »

ooooooh, just re-read your post. I totally misread that haha. Thanks for the kind words and the follow. Another IG I like to follow is futurama.buildings. It's...well, pictures of Futurama buildings :)
David A

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« #18 : 03-06-2020 22:11 »

no, CitizenSnips isn't my IG. Just have orbiting_meadows

Strangely enough, the CitizenSnips IG account is run by a fellow named orbiting_meadows.
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« #19 : 03-07-2020 16:51 »

LOL!
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« #20 : 07-10-2020 09:43 »
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I am really interesting in figure drawing and anatomy, and trying to create dynamic poses and stuff for comics and illustrations and animations that I'm doing, so I bought a bunch of FIGMA and FIGUARTS poseable action figures, and I'm having sooo much fun playing with them and using them to create poses for my characters and oc donut steals, but also using them to create my own characters again.  My favourite is a Figma of a favourite character and design of mine, Fuu Houji from Magic Knight Rayearth.   I have renamed my figure Princess Xelha Matilda Hikariko Alice Elliot, and am having lots of fun making new costumes and outfits and accessories for her and her friends.

I really would love one of Fry.  A lot of my favourite possessions got accidentally sent to the charity shop, and among them where my action figures of Fry and Amy, which makes me very sad, as my mom liked my Fry figure and often commented on him.    The thing is I am trying to track down another Fry figure, as he is very nicely poseable and there is something about that sweet face of his that feels very reassuring.   But I really would love to get a Fry that's made by Good Smile, and of some of other characters (especially Amy), because it would be great if they could exchange outfits or accessories if they have similar builds.   It would be nice if they were similar to Polly Pocket, but Fuu/Matilda's outfit is very nicely made so I can simply sew outfits and put them over her skirt.      I would like a Fry or Amy or Leela or other main character be made so that I could give them different outfits, and have either their underwear or sports gear underneath so if I want to I can put a tux on Fry or a ballgown on Amy/Leela.   I am very much interested in designing educational and fun toys for children but are well designed enough that adults can get away with playing with them.    Figma I love because they are so useful to have for animation/life drawing purposes and tehy are so well made.  Some of my figmas live in my backpack so I can take dyanmic photos of them in the park or when I am out and about.    I recently reread the biography of Dare Wright, and it really opened my eyes to the possibilities of using toys as inspiration for art and writing and general creativity.   I also have a lovely collection of plush animals, after all mine from childhood were once again accidentally taken to the charity shop. 

I used to love making outfits and houses and furniture for my dolls as a child, and as an adult I enjoy making them for my nieces and nephews, I am even learning DIY now so I can learn how to make a wooden doll's house for my goddaughter from scratch, and thinking about what her personal tastes are.  Her favourite colour is yellow so her first wooden non shoebox dollhouse is going to bright yellow with a pink roof, and the decorations are going to have a theme of buttercups and sunflowers and swallowtail butterflies and ducklings.

Just not ones with six packs around their necks or on their chests because I am not into furry stuff or feathery things.  
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Oh! I agree about figmas! They're pretty neat figures for animated characters, and if they did make one, I'd definitely buy it as well. I'd also be very happy if they did nendoroids of them, but they're gonna look so anime hahaha.

I've been wishing for a 'The Art of Futurama' book, with concept and character designs and outfits, pictures of alien environments, special commentaries alongside the images. I'd adore having that on my shelf.
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« #22 : 07-10-2020 19:56 »

I was thinkign that too.  I really want to learn how to animate my own shows, as I already can do the design and writing and va and music on my own, why not the animation myself?  Technology is really streamlining the process that animation can be a cottage industry now in a way it never was before.   

I'd love an art of Futurama.  I really would love to try coming up with a pitch for my own idea for a spinoff series whereI could voice characters and write episodes, and an artbook would be amazing.  Futurama has a very underrated but very iconic art style with its rounded raygun gothic look. 
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« #23 : 07-11-2020 08:31 »

I've been dying for officially-licensed Lego Futurama sets for pretty much my whole life...

They did The Simpsons, they can do Futurama!

A Lego Planet Express building with a ship and some minifigs was produced by a fan for a Lego exhibition a few years back. There are pics somewhere in the aether.

I've always wished that Lego would have picked that up and made it into a commercially available product.

But in all honesty, what I'd really love to see making an appearance on supermarket shelves are Bachelor Chow and Slurm. Obviously it would simply be Cocoa Puffs and nicotine-laced Monster in new and exciting packages. Possibly with some reflective surfaces included.

But people would buy it. Then develop crippling addictions to it. What's not to love?
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« #24 : 07-11-2020 12:33 »

I was thinkign that too.  I really want to learn how to animate my own shows, as I already can do the design and writing and va and music on my own, why not the animation myself?  Technology is really streamlining the process that animation can be a cottage industry now in a way it never was before.   

I'd love an art of Futurama.  I really would love to try coming up with a pitch for my own idea for a spinoff series whereI could voice characters and write episodes, and an artbook would be amazing.  Futurama has a very underrated but very iconic art style with its rounded raygun gothic look. 

Yeah, it would be super fun to see the thought processes and inspiration for the look and tone of the whole show, especially with the meticulous detail they've put into the worldbuilding :D

(But also I'd love it if they just compiled all the lovely official art they have in there too, like calendar art and posters, those are all amazing.)
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« #25 : 07-11-2020 17:20 »

How hard can that be?  Any graphic designer worth their salt would jump at the chance to work on a Futurama official art book.

I really want to see alternative concepts, like different looks they were thinking of characters but ended up not using.   Like apparently Amy was going to be a butch lesbian, before they turned her into the most feminine member of the team.   I think that was a good call as there was too little contrast between Leela and Amy, though I think a tough lesbian who competes with Fry and pines helplessly after Leela (who has even less chance with Leela then she does) would make for a funny character.   Especially if Amy was open to the idea (since Amy seems to be at least bicurious) but the lesbian was very much not interested, having only eyes for one eye.
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« #26 : 07-11-2020 21:09 »
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For Lego, I recall during the final episode webcast, there was a Q&A at the end where some kid asked Matt Groening about a Futurama lego set, and was told basically 'make it yourself'.

I can't find a video of the webcast, the article that links to it is below, but the videos have for some reason been set to private. I emailed them to fix that but who knows if the request will get through..

https://archive.nerdist.com/miss-futurama-live-now-watch-it-taped/
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« #27 : 07-12-2020 20:07 »

Like apparently Amy was going to be a butch lesbian, before they turned her into the most feminine member of the team.   I think that was a good call as there was too little contrast between Leela and Amy, though I think a tough lesbian who competes with Fry and pines helplessly after Leela (who has even less chance with Leela then she does) would make for a funny character.

This character doesn't even exist, and I already feel sorry for the poor girl.

For Lego, I recall during the final episode webcast, there was a Q&A at the end where some kid asked Matt Groening about a Futurama lego set, and was told basically 'make it yourself'.

Well, before they started making all these Star Wars/Harry Potter/DC/Marvel/whatever themed Lego sets, 'make it yourself' was what you did with Lego.  In fact, that was kinda the whole idea.
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« #28 : 07-13-2020 00:27 »

Like apparently Amy was going to be a butch lesbian, before they turned her into the most feminine member of the team.   I think that was a good call as there was too little contrast between Leela and Amy, though I think a tough lesbian who competes with Fry and pines helplessly after Leela (who has even less chance with Leela then she does) would make for a funny character.

This character doesn't even exist, and I already feel sorry for the poor girl.

Same. I think if Futurama was to have had such a character, it would have been far more satisfying for Leela to be pulled between Fry and Carol Cockhater (placeholder name) initially, but to then be drawn more to one and friendzone the other. Who promptly would move on and date somebody else, as a healthy response.

Since a lot of humor in Futurama comes from Fry's various failed attempts to date, I think that this would have naturally given us the Leela + Carol Cockhater ship as one that the fans would immediately target to sink. The writers would respond by killing off Carol Cockhater, and having Leela find consolation over her lover's gruesome and untimely death in Fry's arms. It would be a lot better than a bunch of cheap lesbian jokes, but still satisfy the homophobic American TV executives who insist on making the "bury your gays" trope a thing. It would also allow for a sequel episode where Carol is somehow resurrected by Farnsworth and must literally learn to live again in a world where she's potentially years out of touch and her lover has moved on. It seems like a concept that the original run of Futurama at least might have handled somewhat well.

Which is a long and roundabout way of saying that I think Leela and Fry are one of those "meant to be" relationships. They both deserve better, but neither can escape the fate they were drawn for.
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« #29 : 07-13-2020 07:31 »
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Do you know waht would be really funny?

If Carol Cockhater actually was a good friend to Fry and was like a fun butch big sister who was always buying him beer, giving him advice with women, trying to get him to work out with her, and would beat up anyone who bullied him in front of her.   It would be a flip reversal on the gay best friend stereotype, only instead Fry has a lesbian big brother who is as butch as the day is long but is actually the older male role model Fry thinks Bender is and unlike Bender, Carol actually teaches him how to embrace the masculine sides of himself, and teaches him to to better himself and have more success with women.  Hey, that all sounds like stuff Chief O'Mannahan does, maybe we should organise a buddy big brother sistem.  

the trouble is they are both in love with the same women and thats the only thign that causes strain on the friendship.

Shippers?  I write what feels organic for the characters i write, and sometimes I take delicious pleasure in the idea of shipping the fandoms favourite ships and making the ones they hate as canon and taking time to make the relationship feel natural and real.  Which woudl make the fans hate it even more.

When in dout What Would Louisa Alcott do?

https://www.vox.com/culture/2019/12/27/21037870/little-women-greta-gerwig-ending-jo-laurie-amy-bhaer#:~:text=%E2%80%9CI%20won't%20marry%20Jo,knew%20her%20ending%20was%20unsatisfying.&text=%E2%80%9CGirls%20write%20to%20ask%20who,to%20Laurie%20to%20please%20anyone.%E2%80%9D

that lady had balls.   That is one of the best and perhaps the earliest example of a writer trolling her own teenage fandom
SpaceGoldfish fromWazn

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« #30 : 07-13-2020 07:40 »

Ok writing dialogue for Ruth and Esther just got a lot easier

https://bestlifeonline.com/yiddish-words/
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« #31 : 07-13-2020 08:11 »

What Would Louisa Alcott do?

I'd like to think she would format her link so that it's not a wall of blue text that hurts to read.
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« #32 : 07-13-2020 10:24 »

Of course you don't like it, it's too much like exercise for you to read it
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