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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Futurama Returns!

Perhaps the most anticipated stragiht-to-DVD animated movie of all time comes out today.

as I've blogged before, with the home theatre market having exploded the way it has, the straight-to-DVD animated film market has boomed as well. What's also boomed is how brilliant TV shows that have been canceled before their time get released in a "complete series" boxed set. If there was only some way to marry the two....

That marriage happens today, with the long-awaited return of Futurama with the straight-to-DVD movie Futurama: Bender's Big Score.

The plot concerns the Earth being under seige by aliens using the most henious weapon of all: Internet spam. These aliens also use their spam to brainwash Bender, and send him through time, looting all of history.

The entire creative team behind the series re-united to bring us this film. We also get the return of the entire cast, such as Billy West as Fry, John diMaggio as Bender, and voice acting LEGEND Frank Welker as Nibbler. Celebrity guest voices include Al Gore as himself, Coolio reprising his role as Kwanzabot, and Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, as the Chaunukah Zombie.

For bonus materials, you get a running commentary with the cast and crew, deleted scenes, the Futurama short film A Terifying Message from Al Gore (which was actually a trailer for An Inconvenient Truth), and a complete 22-minute episode of the most popular sitcom in the Futurama universe, Everyone Loves Hypnotoad.

For those who don't remember, Futurama is being brought back in a series of 4 straight-to-DVD movies. The second one, Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs, is due out in the spring. The grand scheme is to then take these 4 movies, chop them up into 16 episodes, and then show it on TV as the long-awaited season 5.

But it's a better world, for Futurama is back. Now if we can just convince them to make Kevin Smith's animated Clerks movie....

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