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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Futurama II Out Today!

Of course, I have to take a minute to talk about the biggest DVD out today for all the geeks like me, and that would be Futurama: the Beast with a Billion Backs, aka "the second straight-to-DVD movie."

Picking up shortly after the events of the last film, Bender's Big Score, the Planet Express crew explores the tear in the fabric of space that opened up, due to Bender's time travel wackiness. Out of the tear emerges Yivo, a planet-sized tentacled alien with only one thing on its mind: sex. Yivo then proceeds to mate with our universe, and it's up to the Planet Express crew to halt its advances.

In sub-plots, Fry wants to get closer to his girlfriend, so he moves in with her...and her three other boyfriends. When that doesn't work out, Fry starts a religion dedicated to worshiping Yivo. Bender joins the mythical League of Robots, which does nothing but sit around drinking and bitching about humans. Kif and Amy finally get married, and the Professor's rivalry with Wormstrum finally comes to a head.

Special guest voices include David Cross as Yivo. Cross is still best remembered as Dr. Tobias Funke on Arrested Development. We've also got Britney Murphy as Fry's girlfriend, and Dan Castellenta (aka the voice of Homer Simpson) returning as the Robot Devil.

For bonus materials, there's a couple of running commentaries with the creators and voice cast, some bloopers from the recording sessions, a few deleted scenes that never made it past the storyboard stage, and a trailer for the third movie, Bender's Game, due out in the fall. But the best bonus feature of all is Futrama: the Lost Episode. What they did was they took the cut scenes from the Futurama video game, and edited them together into an episode.

That's the one on the top of my shopping list today!

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