Futurama: Season 1 [DVD]

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Set in the year 3000, Futurama is the acme of sci-fi animated sitcom from Simpsons creator Matt Groening, While not as universally popular as The Simpsons, Futurama is equally hip and hilarious, th…


Set in the year 3000, Futurama is the acme of sci-fi animated sitcom from Simpsons creator Matt Groening,
While not as universally popular as The Simpsons, Futurama is equally hip and hilarious, thanks to its zippy lateral-thinking contemporary pop cultural references, celebrity appearances (Pamela Anderson and Leonard Nimoy are among a number of guest stars to appear as disembodied heads in jars) and Bender, a distinctly Homer Simpson-esque robot,
Part of Futurama‘s charm is that with decades of sci-fi junk behind us we’ve effectively been living with the distant future for years and can now have fun with it,
Hence, the series stylishly jumbles motifs ranging from Lost in Space-style kitsch to the grim dystopia of Blade Runner,
It also bridges the gap between the impossible dreams of your average science fiction fan and the slobbish reality of their comic reading, TV-gawping existence,
Groening himself distinguishes his two series thus : “The Simpsons is fictional,
Futurama is real,

The opening series (premiered in 1999) sees nerdy pizza delivery boy Fry transferred to the 31st century in a cryogenic mishap,
There, he meets the beautiful, one-eyed Leela (voiced by Married with Children‘s Katey Sagal) and the incorrigible alcoholic robot Bender,
The three of them join Fry’s great (x30) nephew Professor Farmsworth and work in his intergalactic delivery service,
Hyper-real yet strangely recognisable situations ensue–Fry discovers he is a billionaire thanks to 1,000 years accrued interest, Leela must fend off the attentions of Captain Kirk-like Lothario Zapp Brannigan, and Fry accidentally drinks the ruler of a strange planet of liquid beings,
David Stubbs

On the DVD : As with the earlier Fox release of The Simpsons, Season 1 this otherwise excellent three-disc set is let down by clunky menu navigation,
There are way too many copyright warnings, no “Play All” facility, and you have to click back and forth to begin each new episode or find the additional features,
By way of compensation, the menus look great and there’s a goodly selection of extras on each disc,
The entertaining commentaries are by Matt Groening and various members of his creative team, including producer David X Cohen and John DiMaggio (the voice of Bender) and Billy West (Fry),
There are a handful of deleted scenes for certain episodes, plus the script and storyboard for the very first episode and an interactive stills gallery,
The 4 : 3 picture is pin-sharp as is the Dolby 2,
0Surround,
Mark Walker

  • Actor:Billy West
  • Actor:John Di Maggio
  • Actor:Katey Sagal
  • Actor:Tress MacNeille
  • Actor:Phil LaMarr
  • AudienceRating:Suitable for 12 years and over
  • Binding:DVD
  • Creator:Billy West
  • Creator:John Di Maggio
  • Creator:Matt Groening
  • EAN:5039036008099
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  • Format:Box set
  • Format:PAL
  • Label:Twentieth Century Fox
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  • Manufacturer:Twentieth Century Fox
  • NumberOfDiscs:3
  • NumberOfItems:3
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  • PackageQuantity:1
  • ProductGroup:DVD
  • ProductTypeName:ABIS_DVD
  • Publisher:Twentieth Century Fox
  • RegionCode:2
  • ReleaseDate:2002-01-28
  • RunningTime:299
  • SKU:AMD-1488501b
  • Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
  • Title:Futurama: Season 1 [DVD]
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