Futurama is about to return to TV screens - in DVD form. With the November 27, 2007 release of Bender's Big Score less than four weeks away it's high time that we start our DVD Giveaway Trivia Contest to celebrate the revival of Futurama. We will be handing out 10 DVDs in the form of CGEF paid-for amazon.com preorders to the ten lucky winners.
The contest winners will be announced on November 15th.
In the run-up to the release of the first out of four feature length Futurama movies, Bender's Big Score, we were lucky to snatch an interview with David X. Cohen (DXC) who served as executive producer of Futurama throughout the 72 episode run of the show and is now overseeing the production of the four new movies. Read what he has to say about Futurama's past, its hiatus period, its resurrection and the possibility of a future for Futurama.
CGEF: What enabled the four new Direct-to-DVD Futurama movies to go ahead in the end?
DXC: It was 100% a case of the fans saving our necks. DVD sales were excellent, and viewership of the reruns on Adult Swim surpassed all expectations, remaining shockingly high year after year.
Thanks go to FOX for providing illustrative images.
Bender's Big Score will officially premiere at the famed Cineramadome theater in Los Angeles this Thursday on November 15th, 7:30 PM. The event is primarily for the crew and cast of Futurama (Groening, Cohen, the voice artists, the animators, etc.), their friends and the press. The general public will have to wait a few days still for the DVD release.
Now, the good part! If you live in or close to L.A. and act fast we just might be able to sneak you in! Courtesy of FOX HE we will distribute five pairs of tickets (10 total) to Futurama fans who can be present in L.A. for the red carpet reception (6:30PM), the showing of Bender's Big Score (7:30pm) and the after party.
Cinematical: "Explain why the sickeningly clever Roswell That Ends Well holds a special place in the collective heart of the Rough Draft crew. (And congrats. It really is a superlative episode on all counts.)"
Claudia Katz: "Roswell is one my top three episodes of all time. Made great of course by our very own Rich Moore, as well as our fantastic crew. It was also the studio's first Emmy Award. After several nominations and no wins, I was sure we would never get that Emmy. That year I persuaded the writers (mostly because they probably agreed anyway) to submit Roswell for Emmy consideration. I remember driving to the Emmys thinking, well at least this year we'll lose on our own terms. When they called out Futurama, I was literally sitting in my chair thinking, well, they didn't say "The" as in The Simpsons. Both Rich Moore and I were so shocked we had to be prodded out of [our] chairs."
Read the whole interview to learn more about how the Futurama animation is created and about the people behind it.
After receiving a review copy two days ago, I've been busy watching Bender's Big Score. The resulting review of Bender's Big Score should help undecided readers without giving away much of the plot.
Executive Summary: I liked it!
I'll put up a reader review page a few days after the official release. The comments will stay closed for a few more days to give people a chance to buy and watch the movie without someone spoiling it for them.
PS: For the WIRED readers wondering about that one number in the article, here's a hint: Who won the popular vote in the 2000 US election?
PPS: The comments are back on now. If you didn't see the movie yet, maybe stay away from them until you got a chance to see it. There are things in the movie that can be spoiled for you with 2 or 3 words.
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