Audio Interview with Rich Moore

Slashfilm blog poster David Chen scored an 18 minutes phone interview with Futurama director Rich Moore. They talk some about how Futurama got started, a tiny bit about where Futurama is going with the new movie Bender's Game and then on what projects Rich is going to be working during the next few years:
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Q: Rich, could you please tell our listeners how you've been involved in the Futurama series exactly over the past few years?

A: My involvment with Futurama, it started ... God, is it about 10 years ago? I've known Matt Groening since the beginning of the Simpsons. I was a director on The Simpsons from season one to five. That's where I met Matt. We both enjoyed working with each other. Or I should say, I enjoyed working with Matt. I don't want to speak for him. Maybe he hates me. I don't know.
Back in 1998... well waaay back like in season two of The Simpsons, Matt and I had spoken about an idea that he had about a new show which was going to be a science fiction show kind of what The Simpsons were to say like The Flintstones, this new show would be his take on The Jetsons. We talked a little bit about it and were real excited about it back then. And it just kinda went away because we were so busy on The Simpsons. Then in 1998 he called me again and talked about his idea and wanted me to come by and talk with him and David Cohen about it. And this show turned out to be Futurama.

For the full interview in mp3 format, go over to slashfilm.

View comments | Aug 25th 2008 |

Futurama Forum PEEL Moved Servers

After having moved CGEF to a new server last month, our affiliated Futurama forum PEEL followed suit last weekend. In addition to switching to the new, faster server, the old forum software from the year 2000 ("4 million lines of BASIC") was finally upgraded to something modern.

View comments | Aug 25th 2008 |

Bender's Game DVD + Blu-Ray Preorders

The third Futurama Movie "Bender's Game" has been added to amazon's database and is up for preordering at $19.99. It will be released on November 4th, 2008. At the same time, a Blu-Ray version of Bender's Game will be available for $27.95.

Details on the extras can be found in the following press release from FOX HE:

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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Debuts The Most Futuristic Medieval Adventure Ever On Hi-Def Blu-ray

Touching Down On DVD And Blu-ray Disc November 4

Century City, CA - Head back to the future when 'Futurama: Bender's Game' premieres on DVD and, for the first time, Blu-ray Disc November 4 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Park your hover-car and saddle up your unicorn for the most fantastical "Futurama" yet: 'Futurama: Bender's Game'. With fuel prices skyrocketing, the Planet Express crew sets off on a dangerous mission to infiltrate the world's only dark-matter mine, source of all spaceship fuel. But deep beneath the surface, they discover a far stranger place...a medieval land of dragons and sorcery and intoxicated knights who look suspiciously like Bender.

Joining the cast are guest stars George Takei, the iconic Captain Sulu from the original "Star Trek" series, and comic impressionist Rich Little.

The third installment of four all-new feature-length adventures, the 'Futurama: Bender's Game' DVD and Blu-ray are packed with special features. Hosted by David X. Cohen, 'Dungeons & Dragons & Futurama' chronicles the influence of the classic role-playing fantasy game on the franchise. Other special features include outtakes, cast commentary, an anti-piracy message from Bender, an interactive Futurama Genetics Laboratory, a sneak peek at the next Futurama epic, and much more!

The 'Futurama: Bender's Game' DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $29.98 U.S. / $37.98 Canada, and on Blu-ray for $39.98 U.S. / $49.98 Canada.

DVD Special Features:

'Futurama: Bender's Game' will be presented in widescreen format with English Dolby Surround 5.1, along with French and Spanish subtitles. Bonus features include:
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David X. Cohen, Billy West, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille, Michael Rowe, Claudia Katz and Dwayne Carey-Hill.

  • Storyboard Animatic: 'Bender's Game', Part One

  • Futurama Genetics Lab - Cross-breed Your Favorite Characters!

  • Dungeons & Dragons & Futurama feaurette

  • How To Draw "Futurama" In 83 Easy Steps Featurette

  • 3D Models Featurette With Animator Discussion

  • Deleted Scene: "Cup or Nozzle?"

  • Blooperama 2: Outakes From 'Bender's Game'

  • Bender's Anti-Piracy Warning

  • A Sneak Peek at the Next "Futurama" Epic, 'Futurama: Into The Wild Green Yonder'

Blu-Ray Exclusive:

The 'Futurama: Bender's Game' BD release includes the wide screen version of the film and all of the above standard definition special features plus Picture-in-Picture capabilities. The disc will be authored in BD-J with AVC (MPEG 4) compression and presented on 50 GB dual-layer disc with English 5.1 DTS HD Lossless Master Audio plus English, French, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese subtitles.



View comments | Aug 20th 2008 |

Futurama at Comic-Con 2008 (Report)

Jon - who back in 2003 rode his bike to the FOX HQ to deliver our 1,400-page petition to resurrect Futurama - managed to get tickets to last week's Comic-Con in San Diego. He went to the Futurama panel on Saturday that was run by Matt Groening & David X. Cohen (among others). His report includes information on where Futurama could go in the future and pictures of the event.

Judging from a poster shown at Comic-Con, the release date for the next Futurama movie "Bender's Game" seems to be set to November 4th, 2008.

View comments | Aug 1st 2008 |

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