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Thursday, November 22, 2007
FUTURAMA IS BACK!!!
Like, flippin' wow!!!!!!


It is actually, factually back! Granted, it's not quite back in the UK (no release date as of today) and it's not even released in the US (it's out next week there) but I have seen and loved the new FUTURAMA. Called BENDER'S BIG SCORE, this DVD film (although it will be broken up into 4 episodes when it comes to television) of the hit show pretty much carries on where it left off, delivering laughs thick and fast. Don't worry though, no spoilers in this review. I say 'review', it'll be more like me saying how much I love FUTURAMA.


Right from the off we get a nod to the show being axed all those years ago and an updated title sequence which had me hooting like a, erm, hooter? FAMILY GUY fans will remember a similar opening to the opening of their return and GROENING et al honour that show just as they were when FUTURAMA got namechecked by PETER GRIFFIN. However, as you can see in the picture below, are they suggesting that FG only delivers 12 laughs a year. Miaow!


SOUTH PARK also gets a visual reference but I'll leave that for you to look out for. The intertexuality doesn't stop there as FUTURAMA's past is lovingly remembered through various sight gags and character returns like SCRUFFY, HYPNOTOAD, MORBO, ROBOT SANTA, KWANZABOT, HEDONISM BOT, TINNY TIM, MICHELLE, YANCY, and many more including real people like AL GORE. The show's history is a constant throughout but, for those of you who aren't aware of it, it doesn't get in the way of the story - not that the story is important. The story, in fact, is a big bundle of time-traveling fun with paradox after paradox. The pay-off is effin' sweet, both in a frat boy and in a sentimental way.


Chuck in a couple of ace songs and some unexpected moments and you got yourself 90 minutes of sheer joy. A nice way to start the day while it's "throwing it down" (as I heard them say on the radio) outside. It feels great to have it back and just as good as before, not better. Not better 'cos I don't think they could improve on it but I will happily watch them try. And especially if they do the rest with as much love, enthusiasm and intelligence as they have started this revival of one of my favourite TV shows.


For me, FUTURAMA is a rare breed. It takes its place in my all time-top 5 of programmes 'cos they never 'effed it up - when it ended (the first time) it was perfect. I hope this continues and, on the evidence of this release, it will and, as the opening caption said: "It just won't stay dead".

Huzzah!
C.

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