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Futurama: Volumes 1-4 (1999)

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Animation movie directed by Ashley Lenz, Bret Haaland, Brian Sheesley, Carlos Baeza, and Chris Sauve

Item Name: Futurama: Volumes 1-4; Studio: Fox Film Corporation

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1 review about Futurama: Volumes 1-4 (1999)

From The Creator Of The Simpsons

  • May 6, 2009
Futurama is the sister animation project of Simpsons guru, Matt Groening. It tells the story of down on his luck pizza boy, Philip J. Fry who, after delivering a fake pizza order to a cryogenics lab on New Years Eve, he accidentally falls into one of the machines and is frozen for 1000 years. Waking up in the year 3000, Fry realises that everyone he ever knew is dead and from the looks of it, he couldn't be happier. Fry is approach by sexy Cyclops, Turanga Leela who tells him that now he's in the future he must be installed with his career chip which condemns him to being a delivery boy in the future for the rest of his life. He winds up working for his closes living relative, his nephew, Professor Huber J. Farnsworth at the Planet Express delivery company.

Fellow colleagues at planet express include the beer drinking, smoking cyborg, Bender Bending Rodriguez, the incompetent Dr. Zoidberg, the Jamaican bureaucrat Hermes Conrad and the rich and shallow Amy Wong. There is a massive ensemble cast much like the size of The Simpsons supporting cast, but what sets this apart from The Simpsons is that, Futurama's side characters are actually very interesting and hysterical in their own personal ways. Over the years, The Simpsons has started dying a death and is becoming less and less funny as the seasons progress. Futurama hasn't hid that peak yet and I suspect that they will continue to grow for many years, especially when they get a new 5th season.

The comedy of the show is broad and quite brave at times as each individual character well presented personality has the genuine ability to create episodes based solely around those individual characters. Zapp Brannigan is someone that comes to mind and is the James T. Kirk of the animated world with his pure arrogance and sex drive; he makes for purely impetuous giggles. This is also a show that has mastered the superb accomplishment of binding pure comedy with pure emotional drama. Although animated, Futurama has numerous episodes that present an emotional and dramatic ending that puts you on the verge of tears.

Some jokes featured within are very subtle, whilst others couldn't be more "in your face" humour if they tried. Each character's little quips can sometimes fly over your head and you only notice them when you re-watch the episodes. You also pick up on little things that go on in the background of a scene which just shows how much work the writers and designers are putting into making this show as good as it currently is. It's unfortunate that this shows original run is only 4 seasons long, but thanks to the newly released series of DVD movies, I can imagine a new run is imminent.

The show is a unique all-rounder in terms of both writing and animation. It contains the subtle and obvious comedy along with some emotional scenes to keep you engaged in what you're watching. The animation incorporates a lot of CGI along with traditional 2-D animation making it one of a kind for a show this popular. I would highly recommend this set to anyone who enjoys a good laugh and just likes to sit and be entertained for a couple of hours.

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