In 2003, Twentieth Century Fox made one of the biggest mistakes in television history - they cancelled FUTURAMA, Matt Groening's brilliant follow-up to THE SIMPSONS (1989-????). But thanks to strong DVD sales and TV repeats, the show is back with four DVD movies.
BENDER'S BIG SCORE (2007) is worth the four-year wait. However, it's not perfect due to it's major gripe. And that is the relationship between Fry & Leela. At the end of the Season Four finale - "The Devil's Hands Are The Idle Playthings" - it seemed that Fry & Leela have got together. But in this film, which is set two years after the stories in Season Four, the relationship has gone back to square one. A very good question for Groening, the series co-developer, David X. Cohen, the writer of this DVD film, Ken Keeler, to answer about this.
Apart from the gripe, everything about BENDER'S BIG SCORE rocks. Bender steals the show as always (He's up there with Homer Simpson!), the two songs are hilarous, the animation remains intact despite the four-year gap and it doesn't feel like four episodes edited together (It's even better than THE SIMPSONS MOVIE  apprently!).
It's great to have FUTURAMA back and I am looking forward to the next three DVD movies. The next one coming out is THE BEAST WITH A BILLION BACKS (due out late-June 2008).
Reviewer: Ben David W