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"Let's face it, comedy's a dead art form."

"This is a project I've worked on for around 14 months! It contains just about every character that appears in Futurama." The cast of Futurama. [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Mar 27, 2014 - 24 comments

 

There is nothing so redolent of the past as its vision of the future.

A tour of GE's Kitchen of the Future from the 1964 New York World's Fair. Warnings: Racistly vague ethnic appropriation; monorails; AquaNet. Kitchen porn kicks in hard core around minute 5. [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Nov 13, 2013 - 42 comments

Hands up and touch the sky

Starships were meant to fly.
posted by Sokka shot first on Oct 27, 2013 - 61 comments

"There's actually no such thing as an uninteresting natural number"

io9 takes a look at why the number 1729 shows up in so many Futurama episodes. It's mathtastic!
posted by quin on Oct 16, 2013 - 36 comments

If thermonuclear war takes place the future will not be worth discusion

Why not visit to the World's Fair of 2014, as envisioned by science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov in 1964? By 2014, only unmanned ships will have landed on Mars, though a manned expedition will be in the works and in the 2014 Futurama will show a model of an elaborate Martian colony. (Via) [more inside]
posted by Mezentian on Aug 27, 2013 - 29 comments

Oh, Zoidberg, at last you're becoming a crafty consumer!

               LEELA
A holophonor? Only a few people in the
whole universe can play that. And they're
not very good at it.

posted by griphus on Aug 12, 2013 - 21 comments

Robot Hell (now with additional hell!)

Futurama's "Robot Hell" song as performed by the cast of Team Fortress 2.
posted by mightygodking on Apr 27, 2013 - 24 comments

If you don't like memes, you're gonna have a bad time.

A Mess of Memes (SLYT, slightly NSFW) [previously on the Blue]
posted by zombieflanders on Sep 11, 2012 - 22 comments

1920s Gaming and the 1939 World's Fair

"A maverick theater and industrial designer, Norman Bel Geddes is best remembered for creating the undisputed hit of the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Mounted in the midst of the Great Depression, the Fair focused on America’s promise of a utopian tomorrow. Geddes’s Futurama, a piece of “immersion theater,” took six hundred visitors at a time on a swooping, simulated airplane ride across America circa 1960." "The City of Tomorrow, a model of Manhattan that Geddes created, in 1937, to promote Shell Oil Company’s new “motor-digestible” gasoline, is often cited as [Futurama's inspiration.] But Futurama’s beginnings actually harken back much further, to the meticulous, insanely detailed private games he created in the 1920s and early ’30s for the amusement of his friends." [more inside]
posted by zamboni on May 6, 2012 - 15 comments

Enormous amounts of material

It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes.
posted by flabdablet on Apr 23, 2012 - 92 comments

Hark the Herald Channels Sing

In honor of Christmas, Splitsider's Mike Drucker runs down twenty Christmas TV episodes, new and old. It all starts with The Dick Van Dyke Show... [more inside]
posted by griphus on Dec 23, 2011 - 11 comments

Q to the E to the D

Futurama has always been a haven for geek humor, but last week's episode "The Prisoner of Benda" pushed things to the next level. First hinted at in an American Physical Society interview with showrunner David X. Cohen (previously), staff writer and mathematics Ph.D. Ken Keeler devised a novel mathematical proof based on group theory to resolve the logic puzzle spawned by the episode's brain-swapping (but no backsies!) conceit. Curious how it works? Read the proof (in the show or in plain text), then see it in action using this handy chart. Too much math for a lazy Sunday? Then entertain your brain with lengthy clips from the episode -- including two of the funniest moments in the series in the span of two minutes.
posted by Rhaomi on Aug 22, 2010 - 130 comments

I Hear Voices

Good news, everyone! Billy West on Fresh Air discussing the various voices he has created for Futurama, Ren & Stimpy, and many others.
posted by waraw on Jul 15, 2010 - 35 comments

Good News, Everyone!

Futurama returns as a series Thursday night on Comedy Central. Review (with very inconsequential spoilers). Interview with Phil LaMarr (Hermes). Matt Groening and David X. Cohen answer your questions (video). The first 90 seconds of the new season (video) [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Jun 23, 2010 - 121 comments

This chronological wang-dang-doodle could destroy the very matrix of reality.

The Physics of Futurama David X Cohen, producer of Futurama, explains how there's actual, legitimate physics in the show, why not.
posted by shmegegge on May 16, 2010 - 56 comments

Futurama

The New York World’s Fair of 1939 and 1940 promised visitors they would be looking at the “World of Tomorrow”. (second link is similar to the second one here)
posted by gman on Apr 30, 2010 - 21 comments

You haven't heard the last of Barbados Slim!

Original Futurama voice cast (yes all of them) on board for new season. Also, in related news, Torgo's Executive Powder back in stock at most retailers. via
posted by sexyrobot on Aug 25, 2009 - 55 comments

My Frys sound funny

Fox has announced that due to a refusal to meet salary demands, the upcoming new episodes of Futurama on Comedy Central will be replacing the entire principal voice cast, having failed to reach agreements with any of the core team of Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, and Tress MacNeil. On the plus side, the lame imitations your friends have been doing for years can now be put to the test in the open casting call for cheaper sound-alikes.
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Jul 17, 2009 - 137 comments

Good News, Everybody!

Comedy Central has ordered a new season of Futurama.
posted by Pope Guilty on Jun 9, 2009 - 99 comments

The Truth About Bender's Brain

The Truth About Bender's Brain - part of IEEE Spectrum's 25 Microchips That Shook the World (one page) (previously)
posted by mrgrimm on May 22, 2009 - 24 comments

A merry "Bah, Humbug!" to us all

[more inside]
posted by JHarris on Dec 18, 2008 - 14 comments

Oh my God, I just felt it ferment!

The Bender Brewer Project. Inspired by an episode of Futurama in which boozy robot Bender is used to brew beer, Star Wars ASCII animator Simon Janson decided to build his own Bender to use to brew his own beer. Among the many careful details that went into this project was to actually build the robot's brain out of a 6502 processor, as specified in the show, and to build a remote detonator to operate his brain.
posted by Astro Zombie on Aug 12, 2007 - 24 comments

Sweet Zombie Jesus! We've Traveled Through Time!

"Psyche Rock," by Pierre Henry (1967) vs. "Theme to 'Futurama'," by Christopher Tyng (1999ish). Fatboy Slim remixes "Psyche Rock" (also featured 9:20 into here) vs. "Theme to 'Futurama' (Remix)". Discuss amongst yourselves.
posted by WCityMike on Aug 6, 2007 - 31 comments

Simponzu!

Some Japanimation-y illustrations (Simpsons, Futurama) got spacecoyote a job at Bongo Comics. Nifty.
posted by hjo3 on Jan 22, 2007 - 33 comments

Good news, everyone!

Apparently Futurama is to be revived for (at least) 13 episodes. Of course this is not the first time people have talked about resurrecting the show, but it seems pretty official...
posted by clevershark on Jun 22, 2006 - 69 comments

NYC2123

NYC2123: The first full-length graphic novel for the PSP (also readable on all Internet browsers). Now comes complete with a futurama mash-up and a behind-the-scenes video of the illustration process (last two links go to youtube).
posted by Staggering Jack on Jan 19, 2006 - 9 comments

Futurama

Futurama is probably coming back.
posted by Protocols of the Elders of Awesome on Jan 5, 2006 - 105 comments

In Color!

Taglines from seasons 1-4 of Futurama on Flickr. Also worth checking out, Chuck Lorre's Vanity Cards. They used to appear on Dharma and Greg and are now on Two and a Half Men. via
posted by geekyguy on Jun 19, 2005 - 20 comments

Bender goes to Vegas!

"Hi Jerks! Bender here. I just got back from the drinkin'est town in the known Universe: Las Vegas, Nevada- Earth. Check out these photos and you will see what I mean!" from Bender's Las Vegas Scrapbook. (Tons of pictures, big download alert) [via waxpancake]
posted by riffola on Nov 10, 2003 - 18 comments

All Our Yesterday's Tomorrows

Miracles You Will See In The Next 50 Years From Popular Mechanics, February 1950, Page 112. Ah, yes, I remember Yesterday's Tomorrows. Hey! Where's my robot slave? Why, I oughta... I'll Futurama you! Hey everybody--let's all sing There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow! Mmm... The Future In Song
posted by y2karl on Jul 3, 2003 - 34 comments

Is Gore the New Nixon?

Is Gore the New Nixon? The disembodied heads of Al Gore and Tricky Dick shared the screen in Futurama's season premiere. But the kinship between the two men goes deeper. Nixon won the White House twice, in spite of his critics and his own lack of charisma. Gore's done it once -- why not a second time? The Situation Room's analysis (which was inspired by Frank Rich's piece on Gore in Saturday's NY Times) offers food for thought, as the first outlines of the 2004 campaigns begin to take shape.
posted by Artifice_Eternity on Nov 25, 2002 - 44 comments

First the Family Guy gets the ax, and now this: according to gotfuturama.com and aint it cool, Futurama will be cancelled. For me, there's officially no reason to watch the Fox network now, as they've cancelled the only things I recorded each week.
posted by mathowie on Feb 12, 2002 - 58 comments

Futurama's been pre-empted by football again,

Futurama's been pre-empted by football again, and I'm not gonna take it anymore.
posted by teradome on Nov 21, 2000 - 16 comments

This Futurama fan site

This Futurama fan site is better than anything Fox has to offer online about their show. Rather than unleash their lawyers on these fans, they should be sending them paychecks. Among the many gems on the site are these remixes of the show's sounds.
posted by mathowie on Jul 18, 1999 - 0 comments

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