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Futurama News
Archive for November 2007


Futurama Bender's Big Score DVD Contest

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.

The rules:
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  1. You must be living in the United States of America.
  2. You must be at least 13 years old and in case you aren't an adult yet, have permission of a parent or guardian to take part.
  3. You must believe us that we won't be using any of your submitted data for anything but the contest. We are asking for your full name and the name of the street you live on but only require the full address (house number, city, ZIP) from the winners for shipping.
  4. You must get as many of the trivia questions right as you can. Each correct answer increases your chances to be drawn as a winner.
  5. You must submit exactly once before Thursday, November 15th as that's when the 10 winners will be drawn from the pool of submissions and notified by email / published on our site. They have 72 hours to respond from there. Otherwise we'll pick someone else. The deadline should leave ample time for the winners to cancel any preorder they might have placed themselves.

PS: Added little icons for del.icio.us, digg, reddit and stumbleupon to all news entries (the expanding thumb icon) and on top of each page.
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Bender's Big Score Interview with DXC

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.
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Press Release for Bender's Big Score

FOX Home Enterntainment issued the following press release on the new Futurama movie Bender's Big Score which is about to go on sale in the US.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


THE FEATURE-LENGTH ACTION EPIC 1000 YEARS IN THE MAKING ARRIVES...

FUTURAMA IS BACK, BABY!

In Fox Home Entertainment's First Carbon-Neutral Release, Fry, Leela, Professor Farnsworth And Bender Triumphantly Return On DVD November 27


Century City, CA - The future is back...and it's cleaner than ever! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents the first of four direct-to-DVD Futurama adventures when Futurama: Bender's Big Score makes its highly anticipated DVD debut on November 27. As the studio's first carbon-neutral release, the carbon impact of the production, manufacture and distribution of the Futurama Bender's Big Score DVD was directly assessed and actively reduced. For the unavoidable emissions, the studio used high-quality, verified carbon offsets. Futurama: Bender's Big Score also features an eco-friendly highlight: a cameo from former Vice President Al Gore, guest starring as himself.

The first feature-length Futurama action epic, with three more adventures expected through 2009, finds the Futurama crew fighting to save Earth in an epic battle against nudist alien Internet scammers. It's nearly Christmas 3007 when evil naked aliens launch a cyber-attack on the Planet Express and make a shocking discovery: the secret of time travel, mysteriously tattooed on Fry's buttocks. Using their devious nudist software to control Bender, the aliens send him through history where he has run-ins with the likes of Al Gore, Coolio (Daredevil, Batman & Robin) and Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program, School For Scoundrels).

In addition to the never-before-seen movie, the Futurama: Bender's Big Score DVD features commentary from Matt Groening, David X. Cohen and cast members Billy West, John DiMaggio, Phil LaMarr, Dwayne Carey-Hill and Ken Keeler; an animated promo for An Inconvenient Truth starring Bender and Al Gore, with commentary by the former Vice President, Matt Groening and David X. Cohen; an all-new episode entitled "Everybody Loves Hypnotoad" including TV commercials of the future; a Futurama mind-shattering math lecture; character and design sketches and deleted scenes. Futurama: Bender's Big Score will be available for a suggested retail price of $29.98 U.S./$37.98 Canada.


Synopsis:

[note by CGEF: potential SPOILER - highlight to read]
Uncancel your plans for the future: Futurama is back! In this all-new, feature-length epic, evil nudist aliens send Bender on a rampage through time, forcing him - slightly against his will - to steal all of Earth's priceless historic treasures. Will the heroic Planet Express crew save the planet? Will Leela find true love? Will the ancient and terrible secret of Fry's buttocks be exposed? All will be revealed in Futurama: Bender's Big Score, the greatest adventure of our time, and also the greatest adventure of several other times! In the words of a certain beer-fueled robot..."We're back, baby!"

DVD Special Features:
The Futurama: Bender's Big Score DVD will be presented in full screen format with English Dolby Surround 5.1, along with English, French and Spanish subtitles. Bonus features include:

  • Commentary By Matt Groening, David X. Cohen, Billy West, John DiMaggio, Phil LaMarr, Claudia Katz, Dwayne Carey-Hill and Ken Keeler
  • Futurama Returns! A Live Comic Book Reading By The Futurama Cast Featurette
  • Everybody Loves Hypnotoad - A Spellbinding Episode Of The Future's Most Popular TV Program
  • A Terrifying Message From Al Gore: Animated Promo For An Inconvenient Truth

    • Video Commentary by Al Gore, Matt Groening and David X. Cohen

  • Bite My Shiny Metal X: A Mind-Shattering Futurama Math Lecture Featurette
  • Bender's Big Score: The Original First Draft Of The Script Featurette
  • New Character/Design Sketches
  • Original Five-Minute Comic-Con Promo
  • Deleted Scenes

    • Monte Carlo
    • Robot Mafia
    • Limbo Contest

FUTURAMA: BENDER'S BIG SCORE
Street Date: November 27, 2007
DVD Price: $29.98 U.S. / $37.98 Canada
Closed Captioned: Yes

They got one thing wrong though: The DVD is going to be in wide-screen. Not full-screen as stated in the press release.
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Futurama Movie Premiere, Win Tickets!

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.


The rules for this mini-contest:
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  • You must be able to be in L.A. at the above mentioned place on November 15th, 6:30pm.
  • You should be a "loud, screaming" Futurama fan and must be of age 21 or older.
  • You must know one other fan of age 21 or older whom you will take along.
  • You must write an email to [contest over, email removed] stating
    1. Your name.
    2. Your age. There will definitely be an ID check at the cinema.
    3. The sentence "I'd be able to attend in LA and bring another fan of age 21+"
    4. A short reason (1 to 4 sentences) why you should be picked to go (e.g., how much of a fan you are).

If you and/or the friend you'd be coming with are younger than 21, check back later on Wednesday Nov. 14th. There might still be a change regarding the age rule.

I'll pick from those who enter within a day and contact them as soon as possible. Due to the short time frame, chances of winning are pretty good if you meet the above criteria.
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Futurama Movie Premiere Ticket Winners

Thanks for all the submissions to our Futurama Premiere Ticket contest!

And the winners are...
  • A. Thode (36)
  • M. Sanchez (24)
  • V. Gonzalez (31)
  • J. Berges (22)
  • K. Rios (23)

Check your email accounts!

Short reminder: Our DVD Winning Contest for Bender's Big Score is going to end today, November 14th. Enter quickly if you haven't done that yet!
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Interview with Rough Draft Studios

Scott Weinberg of "Cinematical" just put up a nice interview with producers and directors Claudia Katz, Dwayne Carey-Hill and Peter Avanzino of Rough Draft Studios, who are responsible for turning the Futurama scripts into animation.
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.
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More Premiere Ticket Winners!

I assume due to my whiny undertone when submitting the list of winners, FOX tripled their Futurama Movie Premiere offer and asked me to name ten more fans as additional winners. And here they are!
  • M. Steinberg (27)
  • E. Nielsen (35)
  • A. Michaud (25)
  • P. Mastroianni (24)
  • Z. Clairville (23)
  • C. Lo (23)
  • C. Barrus (42)
  • P. Johnson (22)
  • B. Larson (35)
  • R. Smith (30)
Each of them should bring another fan of age 21+ along.
Have fun!

Thanks to everyone involved in getting these 30 seats to people who will likely be talking about the event for weeks on ends.

PS: Our DVD winning contest closes now. The winners will be announced late Nov. 15th.
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DVD Contest Results are in

Today seems to be the day of the winners. Over a thousand people entered our Bender's Big Score DVD contest and now it's time to announce the 10 lucky ones:
  1. R. Suiter
  2. E. Bianchi
  3. K. Tildes
  4. A. Shinn
  5. S. R. Nichols
  6. S. Paternostro
  7. J. Favors
  8. E. Primakow
  9. C. Raiser
  10. L. Nakamura

Congrats!

The others will just have to buy the Bender's Big Score DVD themselves.
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Short Official Futurama Trailer

Yahoo posted a small, official trailer (top right of the page) for the Futurama Movie Bender's Big Score. No plot spoilers in this one if you don't count a few space scenes.

Thanks go to long-long-long time fan Nina (aka FrysGIRL) for pointing it out to us.
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Price Cut and Promo at Amazon

A second promotional video has been put up on the Bender's Big Score product page at amazon. At the same time, they decreased the price tag for the first Futurama movie to $17.99. All preorders should automatically be billed at this low price.
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Bender's Big Score Review

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.
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Interview, Article and Link Roundup

November 27th, 2007. It's the official release date of Bender's Big Score!

Time to link to a number of interviews and articles with and about people involved in Futurama that appeared over the past days:
Now, the waiting for the next movie begins...

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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Official Trailer up on YouTube

After a lot of non-official clips, FOX put up an official copy of the 2:31min Futurama Bender's Big Score Trailer on YouTube.



(Please no posting links to unofficial clips in the comments...)
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