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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the world of tomorrow
Most people assume that the future will be better than the present. Not so in Futurama. Even a thousand years from now, politicians are still crooked, the Internet is still full of porn and people are just as stupid as they ever were. Maybe even slightly more so.
Futurama is Simpsons creator Matt Groening's second animated show, crashing together the worlds of Star...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great, but no simpsons
Futurama bursts onto our screens with 9 above average episodes. There are some great ones, the one where Bender gets addicted to electricity and goes to hell for example, but all along you do think that you would expect better from the creator of the simpsons. I love the program, but this season does'nt have many episodes that you want to watch again and again. Saying...
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the world of tomorrow, 2 Feb 2003
This review is from: Futurama: Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Most people assume that the future will be better than the present. Not so in Futurama. Even a thousand years from now, politicians are still crooked, the Internet is still full of porn and people are just as stupid as they ever were. Maybe even slightly more so.
Futurama is Simpsons creator Matt Groening's second animated show, crashing together the worlds of Star Trek and Springfield in a fast-paced comedy that combines social satire, farce, movie spoofs and hot alien chicks. Loser delivery boy Fry is accidentally frozen on New Year's Eve 1999, getting thawed out a millennium later just in time to see in the year 3000 - in his new job as, you guessed it, a delivery boy. Hooking up with cyclops space captain Leela and surly robot Bender, as well as the other misfit employees of the Planet Express delivery service, Fry gets to experience all the malfunctioning wonders of the 31st Century.
At its best, Futurama is easily as funny as a top-whack episode of The Simpsons - hardly surprising, since many of its writers moved over from Groening's first show. The jokes come just as fast and are every bit as sharp, and each episode stands up to multiple viewings because of the sheer number of sight gags and hidden details tucked away in the background. The writers all appear to be huge science fiction fans as well - spotting every reference, from the obvious to the obscure, is an almost impossible task, but if you get them it's yet another layer of comedy to enjoy.
This boxset actually contains more than the 'official' first season of the show - the four episodes on disc three were held back until the show's second year. Their inclusion here is a definite bonus, bringing the total up to 13. The standard of the shows is so high that it would be far quicker to list the few shows that aren't quite as brilliant as the rest. But, like The Simpsons, even a comparatively weak episode of Futurama is better than 90 percent of the dreck currently found on TV.
The audio commentaries are nearly as entertaining as the episodes, as the various people involved in each are having a great time reminiscing and reliving the jokes. Groening and co-creator David X Cohen also drop in nuggets about early ideas for the show and point out hidden details that will be paid off years down the line. The deleted scenes were all dropped for reasons of time rather than lack of humour, so are worth watching. Audio is just stereo, but the picture is crystal-clear and full of vivid colours - far sharper than the first Simpsons boxset, probably down to Futurama's extensive use of computer graphics.
A lot of people didn't give Futurama a chance purely on the grounds that it's "sci-fi". In reality, there's usually more science in a L'Oreal advert - it's a comedy, and a bloody good one at that. You owe it to yourself to take a trip into the world of tomorrow!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love It!, 10 Feb 2002
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This review is from: Futurama: Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
In light of the shabby treatment given to Futurama by the Fox network in the States (and by other networks in other countries as well), I was overjoyed to have the first season of this innovative program finally made available on DVD. I'm the first on my block with a set, and probably the only one in town with one, as it is not available yet here in the States. Go figure! But as Matt Groening says in an interview on one of the discs, if you love science fiction, you'll love this. And if you hate science fiction, you'll love this. One word of caution: Disney it ain't, with suicide booths, a malt liquor-swilling foul-mouthed robot, and some rather adult situations. If you like your toons with an attitude, then go for it! It's well worth the price, and the special features will provide hours of enjoyment.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Futurama Rules!, 9 Jan 2002
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This review is from: Futurama: Season 1 [VHS] [1999] (VHS Tape)
In my opinion, 'Futurama' is a clear cut front runner for being the best animated TV show ever. Shaking off the shadow of 'the Simpsons' is difficult, but if they have to be compared, 'Futurama' is certainly the more original, witty and imaginative of the two, with a stronger cast of characters and a more inventive context. And, for a pilot series, this is a pretty darn good collection, filled with sharp jokes and some surprisingly poignent moments. So be uncynical and just sit back and enjoy these fantastic adventures of feisty Leela, alcoholic Bender, immature Fry, accident-prone Amy and eccentric Professor Fransworth. Sci-fi and comedy doesn't come any better than this!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Futurama is brilliant!, 27 Aug 2003
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This review is from: Futurama: Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
When Futurama was first aired on t.v. It always seemed to be on at a time when I was busy doing something else so I just caught fleeting glances of it as it played in the background, my first impression was "The Simpsons in the future".....how wrong I was.
A friend of mine owned the season 1 dvd box set, and being a big fan of The Simpsons I watched the first episode of Futurama at his house, I was instantly hooked and bought the season 1 dvd the very next week.
The story is about a pizza delivery boy called Fry, who, on new years eve 1999 is sent forward through time to the year 3000 due to a cryogenic freezing accident. Fry then looks up his only relative in the year 3000 who happens to be a professor who owns an intergalactic delivery company and Fry ironically once again becomes a delivery boy (a job he hated in 1999, but loves in 3000 because it involves piloting a spaceship).
Fry teams up with Bender, an alcoholic, kleptomaniac, psychopathic robot. Leela, a cycloptic babe who gives up her job to become Fry's delivery-ship captain. His great great great great great etc. nephew (the mad professor). And a host of other great characters as part of the delivery company.
The animation and humour of Futurama are very similar to The Simpsons (which is no bad thing)the razor-sharp wit, sarcasm, irony, and laughs at other people's misfortune are all there.
But where Futurama differs I personally think is in the scope for inventiveness and creativity on the part of Groening and his team, after all no-one knows what the year 3000 will be like.
I think this gives Futurama an edge over The Simpsons because they can create whatever they want......new planets, new gadgets, different species etc. it has a lot more freedom than The Simpsons, and this I beleieve is what will keep Futurama going long after the last episode of The Simpsons (although I hope that never happens).
All in all Futurama is great for anyone who likes The Simpsons style of humour (I personally now prefer it to The Simpsons)or for anyone who enjoys cartoons full stop. A great box set and a fantastic series.....all credit to Matt Groening and his team.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great show gets a worthy DVD set, 7 Jan 2003
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This review is from: Futurama: Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
As Matt Groening himself admits, first seasons of TV shows are particularly difficult, but when the show is set 1000 years in the future things are even trickier. This was the task set for the shows on these three DVDs. The shows meet the challenge admirably.
The pilot episode ('Space Pilot 3000') is the introduction of loveable loser delivery boy Fry, the suicidal alcoholic renegade bending robot Bender, the morally upstanding cycloptic alien Leela and Fry's 164 year old nephew Professor Farnsworth. The pacing of the first show is utterly superb and any budding comedy writers like myself will be extremely impressed by the sheer amount of plot that is stored in these 23 minutes.
The season continues at such a high pace, but the viewer is never left wondering what just happened. The other main appeal of Futurama is that it being set 1000 years in the future allow the writers the freedom to alter standard Sci-Fi plotlines. In particular, the episodes, 'Love's Labours Lost in Space' (the introduction of my favourite character, Zapp Brannigan), 'My Three Suns' and 'When Aliens Attack' give novel spins on old Sci-Fi ideas.
The amount of features is equally excellent. There is an insightful commentary to each episode, an animatic for the Pilot episode, and a couple of featurettes. The only criticism perhaps is the slightly clunky menu system.
It's well worth buying whether you're a Sci-Fi fan or not. Fans of good comedy would be well advised to buy this now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Futurama season one, 1 May 2005
This review is from: Futurama: Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
This is the boxset that takes you into the future! Futurama Season one contains the first episodes of this great show, created by Matt Groening and David X. Cohen. Episodes include the famous 'Space Pilot 3000' in which Fry, the main male of the series and a young pizza delivery boy, delivers a pizza on new years eve 1999, unfortunatley enough falls back from a chair and freezes himself for 1000 years. Then he wakes up, in the year 3000. Other episodes include 'Love's Labours Lost in Space,' 'My three suns' and 'Mars University' in which there is a University on Mars- quite obvious from the title, and the University is yet again set around the year 3000. You may have seen these episodes before and want to re-visit them, or maybe you have never seen Futurama before and want to watch the very first episodes. Whatever it is, with these fab graphics and episodes, you won't want to miss a thing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shame it's been cancelled, 23 Feb 2002
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This review is from: Futurama: Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
One of the first things you notice (well, if you are slightly obssessive like me) is how much was edited out by Channel 4.
Because of its early time slot many of more "adult" jokes were snipped so it's great to see it how it was intended.
Many snubbed this series as a poor alternative to The Simpsons, but on repeated viewing it really comes to life.
The gag thickness is superb, with there always being something you missed first time.
Extras are good with missing scenes (although not that many) various scripts and stuff.
But best of all is the commentary.
Although slightly nerdy American prep school, it is fascinating to see how the creators go about creating.
David X Coen also sounds exactly like the comic book man in The Simpsons. Spooky.
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60 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE FUTURE IS HERE!, 29 Dec 2001
By A Customer
This review is from: Futurama: Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
When I heard that Futurama season 1 would make it to DVD, I was over the moon! Season 1 is my favourate season out of the 3 seasons which have currently aired and it contains many classic episodes.
I think that Futurama is better than The Simpsons but only a little bit. I'm also very happy that it contains all 13 episodes rather than just the 9 which aired followed by a gap before the remaining episodes aired at the begining of season 2. Here is a list of the episodes included in this 3 disc set:
01) Space Pilot 3000
02) The Series Has Landed
03) I, Roommate
04) Love's Labour's Lost In Space
05) Fear Of A Bot Planet
06) A Fishful Of Dollars
07) My Three Suns
08) A Big Piece Of Garbage
09) Hell Is Other Robots
10) A Flight To Remember
11) Mars University
12) When Aliens Attack
13) Fry & The Slurm Factory
I can't wait for this DVD set to arrive, surely the best DVDs money can buy. I hope that subsequent seasons are also released just like The Simpsons, One Month to wait!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best series ever, 4 Feb 2002
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This review is from: Futurama: Season 1 [VHS] [1999] (VHS Tape)
To top the Simpsons I would have thought as impossible - and it is, but what Matt Groening has done is come up with its equal. It will never be as universally loved or watched as The Simpsons but deserves, in places, much much higher praise. Whereas the Simpsons is getting a little tired, recreating old jokes and basically becoming a slap-stick show, Futurama is fresh and hilarious. The characters are new and interesting while not immediately familiar but once you start to get to know them for what they are (useless slobs and uptight control-freaks) they seem like old friends. I'm not going to make any comparisons to the Simpsons because that would be unfair, although the humour is as cutting, fresh and ingenious as any Simpsons' episode.
I will simply say that if you do not give Futurama a chance you will have missed one of the funniest shows since The Simpsons and South Park. Best line? Difficult but it will have to to Dr Zoidberg (possibly the funniest character):
Zoidberg to Fry during Fry's initial medical check-up: "Young lady, I'll have you know that I am an expert of the Human anatomy." Or: Zoidberg to Fry (same scene): :" Open your mouth. No, your other one." Priceless.
Buy it. Buy it now.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - In it's own right!, 2 Jan 2002
This review is from: Futurama: Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
When watching Futurama, people tend to compare it to the Simpsons, rather unfairly. The Simpsons is one of the greatest cartoons, if not THE greatest cartoon of all time. Futurama is totally different, but just as brilliant. If all of Matt Groenings future work is to be compared to the Simpsons, then people will wrongfully think that he is regressing in his quality.
The truth of the matter is that Futurama stands out on it's own as a brilliant cartoon series, with plenty of well thought out characters and storylines to get people hooked from the off. Those who compare it to anything else are doing it an injustice. If you do have to compare it to something, atleast get the genre right, and in that sense, it is leagues ahead of The Jetsons!
The extra features on this DVD are superb, with the highlight being the original drawingboard sketches. This is a MUST for any selfrespecting cartoon fan.
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