Comic-Con: 'Futurama' (and a peek at 'Bender's Game')

Futurama_l The "puny humans" who made it through a line that stretched a countrymile around the San Diego Convention Center got a welcome from Lrrr ofOmicron Persei 8 (a.k.a. Maurice LaMarche), before they were treated to anextended trailer for the third feature-length Futurama DVD, Bender’s Game, out November 4, in which gas (dark matter) costs $632.14 a gallon, and Bender’s obsession with Dungeons and Dragons drags the entire crew into his faux-medieval game world where Leela is a Centaur.

But even better than the trailer? Having most of the cast on hand forthe rabid fanbase. In addition to various producers and directors, andseries creator Matt Groening, were voice artists LaMarche (Kif, Calculon, Lrrr), Katey Sagal (Leela), John DiMaggio (Bender), and theincomparable Billy West (Fry, the Professor, Dr.Zoidberg, Zapp Brannigan, oh thelist goes on). While most of the questions were in the vein of"Remember that episode when…?," there were a few that elicited laughsor spoilers.

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A query about Zoidberg’s love life got an answer from the lobster,himself (okay, LaMarche), "I have a love interest. It’s an old hamsandwich I’ve been saving." Actually, explains Groening, accordingto rules of his crustacean species, if Zoidberg were to have sex, he’ddie. "What we’re saying is: Love can kill you. Read comic books."

DiMaggio then indulged a fan by singing the San Diego Chargers fightsong, which DiMaggio deemed "The WORST theme song in the history of theNational Football League." Those who didn’t know the ditty might’veguessed DiMaggio was joking when he warbled, "San Diego SuperChargers! San Diego Chargers! Charge!," but no, that’s the chorus. Or ashe put it, "The most disco-funky ridiculous — it’s just not right."

But actual information was imparted! Bender’s Game, for instance, will be released on Blu-Ray. Fry and Leela (thrown apart in the second DVD release, Beast With a Billion Backs,will be flirting again by the fourth of the five-installment series. Andupcoming guests include Penn Jillette and Snoop Dogg (as ChiefJustice of the Supreme Court).

As to whether Futurama will ever return in its original, half-hour TV-show format? Says Groening, "We’ll see. We certainly want to do more Futurama movies — anything we can do, stories, movies. … We haven’t done all the stories. We still have a few secrets left."

Comments (10 total) Add your comment
  • Jason Breslin

    Excuse me? Last time I checked, Billy West voiced Zoidberg, not Mo.

  • Anonymous

    You do realize that Zoidberg is voiced by Billy West, not Maurice LaMarche.

  • SKR

    West most certainly does Zoidberg and the movie was “Beast with a BILLION Backs” a number you will note is slightly higher than two

  • PopWatch Editors

    Thanks for the heads-up, Jason, Mr. Anonymous, and SKR — we’re gonna go ahead and blame our mistakes on, uh, Scruffy the janitor.

  • Chris Tucker

    “will be flirting again by the fourth of the five-installment series”
    Wait, what? FIVE movies? Five FUTURAMA movies?

  • Sherry

    Actually, there are only 4 installments. Plus, I was there at the panel, and they never said 5 installments, nor did Mr. LaMarche perform the Zoidberg quote above. No excuse for a member of the press to have such errors in his report.

  • FutuLover

    This report really sucks, you’ve skipped all the real juicy information we received (and I don’t want to mention the terrible mistakes…).
    Poor Futurama, always forgotten, always spoiled. It don’t deserve this crappy treatment at all.

  • FutuLover

    Sorry. It **doesn’t** deserve this… (read previous comment)

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