Futurama

June 2009
One season? Two season? Midseason?!
Posted on June 29, 2009 by Svip
Ah yes. Speculation and confusion is in the air, and it's not all the heat from the warm summer sun (sorry, Australians, there are more people on the northern hemisphere). Nah, you see, with the return of Futurama have speculated about its content, but also on a meta aspect.

When will it start airing? Will it be split up into two broadcast seasons? Is actually one production season? Can I figure of more questions involving the seasons?

Well, we know that Comedy Central have said it will begin Mid-2010. But what is Mid-2010? Well, if you have turned your TV on lately, you would notice Top Gear is on BBC2 for a new series. That began airing about a week ago. A midseason begins airing during the summer, like this. I expect Futurama to begin airing late June or sometime in July in 2010.

But, Svip, that means they only have a year to write the episodes, voice act, animate and whatnot, how can they possibly make 26 of that?

Look, pal, they don't have to finish all 26 episodes before they begin airing them. Actually, they only have to have finished one by then. And here is where the idea of whether it will be one or two broadcast seasons comes in.

Why? Well, if it is two, then they will probably 13 episodes in a row (that is 13 weeks), then the writers/voice actors/animators get a bit more time for the next 13 episodes. Which seems most likely, as it is unusual for a network to air 26 episodes 26 weeks in a row.

It's outrageous! But well, hopefully, they'll air it in order! Silly fish. I hope this entry answered any concern you probably did not have.
Mr. Fry will now read from a prepared statement.
Posted on June 29, 2009 by Tim
Fry would like to make a statement on behalf of Futurama_Freak1. He says watch out, 'cause he and FF1 have teamed up and that they're gunning for the top spot on the Fan Art pages - the one with the most pictures. Fry quotes FF1 as saying “When the new season comes out I'm going to have to start working overtime. I'll have so many ideas I'll end up with the largest fan art page. Hand me my bulk pack of extra long pencils with an eraser on the end.”.   That's only 134 more pictures, assuming any one of the artists ahead of them doesn't suddenly come back to life.


Sometimes, you just have to create. Sometimes, you HAVE to write Fan Fiction! You just can't help it! Need... Write... Fan Fic! Well, Go-a-Green-a found herself in that position recently so she grabbed her bulk pack of extra long pencils with an eraser on the end and started a new fic called Why? in which Fry is haunted by Leela's constant rejection and he dreams of her and thinks about her; He loves her but she just won't love him back. What's poor Fry to do? Hey, I know! He could write fan fiction (or something very much like that anyway). Green-a says this fic will be a tribute to shippers!


I'm sure by now every nerdlinger worthy of the name has discovered the Futurama Fonts we have on this site and has them installed on their computers. Our very own Leandro was instrumental in creating most of those fonts, probably back in the day when he had to chisel them out of stone for Windoze 3.1. So now we have an update to one of them - AdamBot has tweaked the Alien 1 font so that it's compatible with OS X. Not being a mac head I can't test that, but it does work fine on my windoze box. The new one is the V2.0, and I left the old V1.6 behind just in case.
Shocking stuff
Posted on June 28, 2009 by Tim
Shocking stuff is afoot. Futurama_Freak1 has got three new pieces of Fan Art and he describes them thusly: “David Cohen said something about the new season of Futurama having a "shocking sexual relationship" and I remembered that both Bender and Leela seem to get off on electricity, and thus this picture was born.”.



A while back, Rush wrote a Fan Fiction called Universe Jumping Bender where in Bender kept popping into various alternate universes and generally landing on someone who was about to interfere in one of Fry and Leela's moments. One of those involved flattening Coleene at the beginning of The Beast With A Billion Backs. So fast forward to today and Rush (who is noted for the brevity of his titles ) has written a follow up fic called The Calm Before Anomaly's Beast Within Reveals Itself which is sort of a retelling of BWABB sans Coleene.
words – pretty words, but just words.
Posted on June 27, 2009 by Tim
Ok, so, like a month or so ago, as you know, Madhouse moved to a new server. At that time, two wonderful people whom shall remain nameless (their initials are Leandro and Svip) dragged me kicking and screaming into G-mail land. G-mail does lots of great things, but there is one really major thing that it just absolutely blows at and that's it's utter inability to sort messages chronologically. This is good for some things, but it makes keeping track of contributions really difficult. So between that and moving from one e-mail account to another and being gone more than usual and an uptick in submissions, I've gotten just a little behind here, or, as a friend of mine likes to say, "When you're up to your ass in alligators, it's hard to remember that your original intention was to drain the swamp." The good news is I'm finally getting things sorted out and we'll start doing some swamp draining only without all of the environmental impact statements and stuff.

So first up, a bunch of Fan Fiction. There's the last two chapters (12 and 13) in Razer Cannon's fic The Pirates of Cyberia and Fry's suddenly got an entire worlds hanging from his hook and he's got Leela going “Oh Lord, I can’t watch this.”


And in part 4 of Umbreon's Treat me Like You Did, it's already Thursday, and Fry promised Leela he'd be back on Friday, so things are coming down to the wire. What's a small orange tabby cat to do?


Last bit of news for tonight - Dominik spotted this interview with Billy West and Katey Sagal talking about the return of Futurama in which they take “a short time out of their busy schedules to chat about Comedy Central's two season order”. Wait! Did he just say two seasons? Why yes, he did, and so does Billy West. Now whether that means 2 seasons of 13 epps apiece or something else altogether they don't say. Either way, I'm so excited I wish I could wet myself. Oh! Wait ...
A picture speaks a thousand words, or more like 15,454 words in this case
Posted on June 25, 2009 by Tim
So this is another one of those two-fers, or a “pic and fic” as it's known in the trade according to something I just made up. The pic portion is by CosmicF and it's promo art for the fic portion, a new Fan Fiction by Frosty called A Mark, A Mission, A Scar, A Brand. Ten years ago, the professor died, PE burned down, and Leela got married; and so, with nothing left to loose, Fry joined DOOP. Now, ten years later, after loosing a leg in battle and with nothing left to loose, Fry heads back to New New York to see what's left of his old life.
What season 6 will contain; 1st incarnation
Posted on June 25, 2009 by Svip
Futurama is back, and speculation is running wild. Don't pretend you're surprised. You knew this was going to happen. And in addition, David X. Cohen is certainly not helping to lower the speculation. But speculation is hardly a bad thing, right? It shall keep us entertained for months on end, and then we shall see how wrong we were.

So the question I have taken upon me; and pretend to act a little serious from what little information we have. This is however only the first incarnation, when more information arrives our way, I shall come up again and appear as if I suddenly know more, and stand by my previous arguments, unless I can see they are not that airtight as they may appear today.

But on our way!

Season 6, episode 1

Let's start easy and where every one is thinking. The first episode of the upcoming season is our obvious victim in this wild speculation, with the end of Into the Wild Green Yonder (don't act like you didn't expect spoilers!) leaving everything up for people staring at each other looking puzzled like on the cover of What the Hell is Kwanza?, it is only obvious that the writers now have a corner to paint themselves out of. Might I suggest blue?

But the writers have also painted themselves into another corner, not only are they going to have to deal with the wormhole immediately, the upcoming season (and even possibly the first episode) will have to deal with the new development in the Fry and Leela romance (something this site has almost since its creation been its main drive). They can't ignored it; that'd be stupid.

But onto the episode's possibly content. The episode will more than likely start with a cold opening with the text and voice over; "previously on Futurama", and then a quick recap (or maybe a fake recap?) of the events of Into the Wild Green Yonder, then quickly leading the wormhole Futurama spotlight effects for its logo into the beginning where we will see its logo as well as a title caption (probably something like "more lives than a cat") and then we begin.

But here the obviousness sort of dwells into a mist of speculation. What happens now? Well, we know for one thing that the writers will be required to settle the crew back at Planet Express, so that the following episodes won't be required to follow up on that. I mean, Futurama is not The West Wing or something like that with continuous episodes. That's crazy talk. I'll keep to story arcs, thank you.

So basically, this episode is going to be like Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith; we know where it starts and we know where it ends (except that this episode is not going to suck). But what happens in between? Where Lucas had more than 140 minutes to screw it up, our writers have just 22. And I doubt they will pull a Lucas; although, they do use no locations like Lucas did for Episode I, II and III. Hmm.

Anyway. Some people have suggested the "it was all a dream" scenario. And here I have to say, that's pretty cheap. I mean, even if you wanted the films to be not true, then surely there must be a more classy solution than "it was all a dream". Something like the new Star Trek film, with "it was all an alternative timeline" may be useful.

But I don't think the writers are going to do that, and people have been worried about Groening's comments that he has been paying attention to J.J. Adams' Star Trek film about how to relaunch a franchise. But I think Groening is thinking of kicking it awesome rather than kicking every fan in the crotch. If anything, I am not to worried. So don't let me down, Groening, I hate to be wrong.

So what possibly choices could there be? I mean, they cannot ignore them being fugitives, they cannot ignore Nixon and Zapp's chase, they cannot ignore all these things that are now in motion, which cannot be undone. So, will they somehow just go back to classic, and they run into Zapp once again a few moments in the future, and the chase continues until something stops them (PLOT DEVICE) and Nixon calls the whole thing off.

Or will it lead them to a mysterious world where everyone's fantasies come true (for one sweet moment, I knew what it was like to be a grandmother), hostile aliens (more Lrrr, perhaps?), an alternative form of Earth ("Mirror, Mirror", anyone?) or somewhere equally crazy.

My opinion? I hope they will leave me surprised and have me say; "I did not expect that". Ball's in your court, writers. Oh wait, it already was. You are not waiting for me to do anything. I guess that's what "analysis" implies. Whatever.

Season 6 and romance

I am no shipper myself. Romance is fine, as long as it isn't a chick flick. And the Fry-Leela relationship have already created its share of fan art, which haunts these very halls. But certainly, this will have to be dealt with in order and in a timely fashion. As well as to the point and well carried out.

The twist here, compared to the one-sided efforts of Fry in season 1-3 and the more mutual efforts in season 4, it has become more than just mutual feelings. It has become fact, it has become solid (their reputation, that is), and so the writers shan't avoid this pickle as well, and shall seek to appease the two sides of the audience; the geeks and the shippers (you may also be both, by which, you must be at war with yourself, NO MIDDLE GROUND). And with relationship on this high a level, oh man, I cannot expect it to see it going too much in the background.

But how will it develop? How would I know? I've never been in a relationship! But still, it could go two ways; DRAMA or just "yeah, they are together, LET'S MOVE ON!!!". As the geek side of the audience, I hope they pick the latter, and I think the shippers do too. But they probably won't go "let's move on", they'll probably go, "now, show us all the tasty bits, this is cable" (or perhaps satellite).

Season 7?

Oh man, I am speculating outside of my reach. Actually, it is just a short comment. Remember to get yourself investing in this new "Complete Collection", which may just boost Comedy Central's interest for more Futurama. Which we can all support. I think. Or something.

Bye.
Check out the 1948 model Bendng unit.
Posted on June 24, 2009 by Tim
Check out this cover shot of Startling Comics number 49 from 1948. Does that robot look familiar in any way? Jonnaraev thought so. Shklee writes “I found this on the vast expanses of the Internet and the minute I saw the robot on the cover, I thought "Hey! That's Bender!" And true enough, hit the jump a few times, and you will see the whole story. I'm not sure if this has been posted before, but I thought everyone should take a look at this... or maybe it's my obsession with history-related things that thinks this is important?” Way cool. A lot of us nerdlingers are also history buffs and I bet they'll think it is.




Over in Fan Fiction land, we've got a new chapter to Go-a-Green-a's fic It Never Lasts. This is part 3 and it's sub-titled The What-If Factor because, with Leela's ex boyfriend Sean suddenly back on the scene, Fry has decided to give up. He hunts up the What-If machine to find out what it might have been like if Leela loved him, and what it reveals is more shocking than he could have ever anticipated.



DSS is a busy guy. By the time I get one of his Video Clips put up it seems like he's sent me two more in the mean time. So here's his latest (that I've got put up ) - it's called Jurassic Planet and as you might guess it's the audio from the Jurassic Park movie trailer set to clips from Family Guy ... er ... um ... no, I mean that other F one.
Dear Mr. Groening and Mr. Cohen, please don't do this:
Posted on June 23, 2009 by Tim

Fan Art from Futurama_Freak1 who says “It's what we all fear” and “possibly my only picture with any kind of meaning.”
Where did everybody go?
Posted on June 22, 2009 by Tim
Ok, I'm back. Obviously the other webmasters haven't been in lately judging by the layer of dust on everything and the box of submissions sitting undisturbed on the liquor cabinet. So guys, if you're listening, I'm sending Leela here after you and she isn't very happy at being ignored for four days. On her way out the door Futurama_Freak1 managed to get this pic of her in her shiny green webmaster hunting suit thingy that she last wore in comic number 15.


So pay no attention to those noises from outside and check out two new Fan Fictions - the first is Razer Cannon's The Pirates of Cyberia, part 11. Give Fry a hook and a bomb with the power to wipe out every technologically advanced thing on the plant (eg the Cyborgs who constitute the major voting block) and suddenly he wants to be in charge.


And then there's Treat Me Like You Did, part 3 by Umbreon, in which Fry discovers that he could get used to life as a cat - he doesn't have to work, he gets to take all kinds of power naps, and he gets to sleep with Leela. And when he figures out he can send e-mails too, well, that's just the cat's meow.


Last thing - to everyone who's sent me stuff in the last few days, as is usually my mailbox is a bit full but never fear, I'll get it sorted out and put up soonish.
Bender's been moonlighting again?
Posted on June 17, 2009 by Tim
Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do, right? And you've gotta squint to see Bender in this shot. Also to find where we hid it. Rush spotted Bender lurking in the background of a bar on the Family Guy Blue Harvest DVD. And I stuck in the Futurama Characters on Other Shows section way down at the bottom of the Framegrabs page.



Ok, got some new Fan Fiction action tonight; Daniel Leicester is back with the first installment of his new fic, The Fry Chronicles. It kind of picks up where his last fic, The Kroker Chronicles left off and tells a thrilling tale of time travel, ancient alien races, mysterious prophecies, and animated sitcoms.


And lastly, Dominik found this article on wired.com (ignore the WGY trailer - the article starts under that) that talks about the new episodes with lots of quotes from DXC hisself. No real new information, but some good tidbts never the less.
"I just love, love, love that show! Futurama rocks!"
Posted on June 16, 2009 by Tim
Well I think that pretty much says it all for just about everyone that visits Futurama Madhouse. In this particular case, it was said by new (to Madhouse) Fan Artist supercluster-hong. She goes on to say “not sure why i did this all of a sudden. watched futurama on youtube(100 cups of coffee {300 Big Boys}) and just suddenly i had to draw futurama.” Huzzahs! Besides this one of Fry and Leela, be sure to check out the one of Zapp and Kif, with Zapp looking very much like his inspiration, Star Treks Captain Kirk, did. Except for the velor mini-skirt. Kirk would have never been caught dead in a velor mini-skirt (well, maybe, if he thought it would help him make time with the green alien princess).


Many, many moons ago (in fact, so many moons that I can't be be bothered digging back in the archives to figure out just how many), Ooy sent in a comic that had the two essential characteristics a good Fan Comic ought to have - it was funny, and it was finished. Well Bad News Everyone - Ooy decided he didn't want that comic up anymore and asked that I take it down, which I reluctantly did. Good News Everyone! Futurama_Freak1 (with Ooy's permission) redrew the comic and here it is. It's done up just like the color comics in the Sunday newspapers (only much larger) and in fact, FF1 calls it the Sunday Futurama. Oh, and the “#1” on it - that's just to make it look more comicy, it in no way implies that he's thinking of doing more of them. No sir. Uh-uh.
A new era...in more ways than one
Posted on June 15, 2009 by Tim
The subject of the e-mail from Outlawart read “Hoo-Rah! THE LEELA SQUAD - Mission Accomplished ... for 17 minutes!”. He went on to say “After working for a year and 3 months on this massive canvas art image of naked Leela to promote my website, I was disheartened to learn that I had depleted my bank account with that last bucket of purple paint. There were not enough funds left to rent a building site that would allow me to hang it. So, I signed up for an urban commando training school to learn the skills that would be necessary to complete my project. 3 a.m. Saturday morning. It took me just 45 minutes to gain entry to the roof of the Nakatoma building and another hour to tie off the canvas. I patiently waited in the dark for the sun to dance across the morning sky. Then, I let Turanga fly for all the world to appreciate! The police arrived just 17 minutes after I unfurled. Apparently, some people don't like my art. Damn idiots!
OutlawArt
p.s. Jail is not fun!”.   To quote Scruffy, it's shank or be shanked. A new era indeed for Outlawart.


And speaking of "A new era", those of you that follow recent political activity here in the U.S. of A. will no doubt recognized this picture, updated slightly to reflect our own new era. It's the first Fan Art of Dominik, who you might recall brought us the first confirmed sighting of the afore mentioned new era last month.
Back To The Futurama
Posted on June 14, 2009 by Tim
First, it was a fan fiction. Then, it was a contributor. Now, it's a Fan Art. RAWTalent reprises the BTTF movie poster with Fry as Marty, the Professor as Doc. Brown, and Leela as whats-her-name. Holy Gigawatts. RAWT also has a new pic of Leela rocking out so be sure to check that out too.



So get ready to dodge Bender's record setting flaming burps, 'cause Go-a-Green-a is back with Part 2 of her Fan Fiction It Never Lasts. Remember last time when Fry and Leela were out on a date and it turned sour because they ran into Leela's old flame, Sean? Well, this time, Leela tries to push Sean away, but it appears as though he's changed for the better. And in the process, she stands Fry up for their next date. What's a Fry to do?
We're off to the races. Literally.
Posted on June 13, 2009 by Tim
More on that in a moment though. Huzzahs everyone, I've got all kinds of visual arts today so you don't actually have to read anything - except for this. So first up - some animated Fan Art. It's called Bender and the Benderoonies (which sounds like a band from a kid's cartoon show, or a euphemism for a disease a robot gets ). It's by CrystalMask and she says “Basically, it's Bender being followed by tiny, round benders xD It's still a work in progress though. It has 24 frames and Bender was very hard to animate but I solved my problems by just having a random wall hide his legs so I would have to animate his legs moving XD”.


Oh, crap, I was wrong. You do have to read something. I forgot that a Song Parody is something you have to read (although nothing says you couldn't record it and send that in - we used to have some of those but they were hosted elsewhere and the links have all gone dead. ). Anyway, Madaline Yee sent in one called Philip, Turanga, and Me. It's based on Petrov, Yelyena, and Me by Flight of the Conchords and she goes on to say that I'm supposed the provide a warning for any kiwi haters, so if there's any out there, you are hereby forewarned.


Ok, you can get back on the couch now 'cause we've got not one, but two Video Clips from DSS. They're both Family Guy audio and 'rama video, and one's reputedly a musical (I can't tell at the moment because a memory upgrade gone horribly wrong has left me with out sound and video capability so hopefully DSS didn't slip in any of the seven words you can't say on TV). The number two video, at nearly seven minutes long, also had the dubious honor of being the longest fan vid currently on Madhouse, and I mention this as a interesting factoid and not with the intention of setting off a longest video arms race.


And, for you racing fans out there, one of FMMB's more prolific Fan Fiction writers, Hammer87, is track side at Michigan International Speedway this weekend and tells me he's holding up a big sign with FM/TLZ's URL on it. So if you happen to be there or watching it on TV, see if you can spot the nerdlinger in amongst all the Rrrreeeeeeednecks.
Hooray! Now lets all have cake.
Posted on June 11, 2009 by Tim
Oh man, are these the best of times or what? In what can only be described as a total miracle, the best animated show ever is coming back! Huzzahs! An article on The Hollywood Reporter states that “the new episodes will pick up where "Yonder" took off -- with the main characters fleeing death and flying into the unknown.” (a tip of the tin foil hat to Stretch Dude and TSFFC). It seems that we have lots to celebrate, so let's all have a slice of delicious cake. I just happen to have one right here - well, a photo anyway. It's one that Futurama_Freak1 had to make for a class a long time ago. And because he is THE Futurama Freak, he just had to spice it up a little, so it got silhouettes of our favorite characters added to it in powdered sugar. MmmmMm.

Also, over on FF1's Fan Art page is a pic he did recently of Leela in the flight suit she wore in comics issue number 27.




So now for some Fan Fiction - it's pirate ships vs space ships and family reunions under fire in the latest chapters of Razer Canon's Pirates of Cyberia. Check out parts nine and ten for some real old-fashioned futuristic swashbuckling action.


And now for a bit of business news. Back in April of 2008 we asked for financial help to keep FM/TLZ alive and people responded, many with surprising generosity (thank you all) and even after we had accumulated plenty, offers were still coming in (thank you all too). So fast forward to a couple of months ago when we outgrew our hosting service and moved in with The Infosphere. All the remaining monies were transfered to The Infosphere to help pay for our mutual hosting. The Infosphere is currently conducting a fund raising campaign to pay for hosting, so if you would like to help and are able to donate, your contribution would help both The Infosphere and Futurama Madhouse.
Analysis: Why season 6 will be better than the films
Posted on June 10, 2009 by Svip
Unless you have been living under what a friend of mine would call an "Internet rock", you have probably heard that Futurama is back. And if you haven't, well, it is, just see the news item below this one.

Now, your first impression may be; well, that's fscking brilliant. More of that, please. And sure enough, optimists are having their heyday, and pessimists may be muttering a bit.

But not everyone is cheering, and not just because they are pessimists, even the optimists are using caution. If you have paid any attention to a Futurama community lately, and by lately I mean since the release of Bender's Big Score, you would have noticed a certain... opinion on the four films.

And that opinion pretty simply sums up to that the four films are not en par with the original four seasons. Not as clever plots, not as good laughs, too much canon contradiction, excessive use of reset buttons, more creepy than entertaining, and so on. Generally, the four films, while most welcome by the fans, they are still not seen as being on the same level as season 1 to 4.

So the main concern becomes; will season 6 be on the same level as the films? The answer? No, it will be better. Now let me explain why.

First think of the reasons why the films weren't en par with the four original seasons. Thinking? Yeah, I think they are a few fundamental reasons.

First of all, too much fan tribute, too little actual plot. Sure, it is nice for the fans to get recognised by the writers, and certainly Bender's Big Score showed large traits of this, but did the three other films have to do so as well? A most obvious trait of this is the fact that old characters from the original run are reintroduced only for the sake of reintroducing them.

That's not exactly terrible good writing; I don't mind seeing a familiar face, but if it is only there for the sake of being there, and not serving another obvious purpose, then it actually creeps me out a bit.

Moving on, too long, too many. Four films? Nice. 88 minutes? Nice. Or not. I do not doubt for a moment that these people would be able to pull off a cinema release in a feature-length epic, but four? And restricted by the fact that they have to be cut up and aired on TV? That's simply too much.

The films clearly shows signs that these people have plenty of ideas left, but because they are writing films, they have to retain themselves to one idea, and even that they fail at. The films actually show clearly evident signs that these people can write episodes, but not films that well.

And again, length. This may be a personal issue, but I think if you think about it, you may share it as well. Watching an episode from the first four seasons is nice, it's easy, because they are only 22 minutes long. But watching one of these films is hard, not only because of the length, but because of all the other things already mentioned. They don't feel like an episode.

In conclusion, Futurama is, and will always be, served best as a TV show rather than Direct-to-DVD films, because that's how it captured our hearts, and you cannot do comedy for that long with the usual fast paced plots that we love Futurama for.

Therefore, I believe, that season 6 is going to be better than you expect. And give me one good reason to believe otherwise, I dare you.

/me squees like a little girl
Posted on June 10, 2009 by Leandro
IT'S OFFICIAL, PEOPLE!

Matt Groening and David X. Cohen's brilliantly subversive animated sci-fi comedy "Futurama" will return to production on 26 new half-hour episodes more than six years after the series aired its last original episode. The move comes on the heels of the series' blockbuster performance on DVD and on Comedy Central; the announcement was made today by Twentieth Century Fox Television Chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden, and David Bernath, senior vice president, programming for Comedy Central.

The new episodes will be available in mid 2010 to be shown on Comedy Central. Twentieth Century Fox Television retains the option to license the original runs of the new episodes to a broadcast network.

"We are excited to continue our relationship with Matt, David and 20th Century Fox TV and to be able to offer Comedy Central viewers the first opportunity to see new episodes of 'Futurama,'" said Bernath. "As evidenced by the strong performance of the extended length epics, there remains a deep and passionate fan base for this intelligent and very funny show that matches perfectly with our audience. It's fantastic that we can add brand-new installments of Leela, Fry and Bender's adventures to our existing library."

You Gotta Keep The Faith Baby!
Posted on June 8, 2009 by Tim
This just in - rumor has it that Comedy Central has ordered 13 new episodes of Futurama and that while no official announcement has been made yet, word is that Futurama production offices have already opened and that casting is about to move forward. This all according to this article on collider.com. A huge steaming pile of official Futurama Madhouse kudos to Dominik and Philly who both sent in the tip nearly simultaneously. And, to quote Philly, FUTURAMA ROCKS.

10 GOSUB DO_NEWS_UPDATE
Posted on June 8, 2009 by Tim
This Fan Art from Futurama_Freak1 showed up in a very unusual and uniquely Futurama way - as a BASIC program containing a couple of pointers to these pics. Those of you that have done any computer programming are probably aware that passing pointers is not one of that language's strong suites. Never the less, I was able to parse them out and retrieve the pictures he sent, which is this one - of Leela in the sleeping gear she wore in Futurama comics issue #21.


And we've got a couple of short Fan Fictions tonight. The first one is from Go-a-Green-a, a very eco-friendly sounding name (I wonder if she wears pink camouflage pants?). She wrote a fic titled It Never Lasts. It was inspired by Leela's mention of Sean in a couple of episodes and in it, Fry and Leela are finally going on a date. All is going fairly well, until they run into Sean.

The other fic we have is by Rush. It's called The Future Looks Bleak, and bleak it does look to poor Fry when he gets to what-iffing about Leela and the ever helpful Bender offers up his opinions.
You raised my hopes and dashed them quite expertly, sir.
Posted on June 7, 2009 by Tim
But as Futurama fans, were used to that, right? Right. So, 'bout a month ago, give or take a few days, we reported that a web site called Digital Spy was showing Futurama as being on the "to be confirmed" list for the US 2009-2010 television season. Well Bad News Everyone! Alert fan crystalmask (not to be confused with crystalmeth) noticed today that Futurama is now gone off that list. Oh well. Maybe they'll announce some new direct to DVD movies at ComicCon this summer. A man can dream though. A man can dream.


So maybe some Fan Art will cheer us up. Here's a couple of new ones from MissusPatches. This one she calls The Great Wall of Futurama (and this thumbnail just doesn't even begin to do it justice). She says she drew this while she was sick and just wanted to practice drawing new characters as well as the ones she typically draws. And the other one she describes as “just a pic in anticipation for a possible future comic about the Robot Devil turning human and struggling with his newfound humanity and all that fun stuff”. Sounds like fun.
Everything you never wanted to know about security cams and casting couches.
Posted on June 6, 2009 by Tim
When you're working the weekend graveyard shift, things can get pretty boring down here in the boiler room of the old Madhouse. And while riffling desks and lockers and "reading" the staff's magazine collections is fun, it gets old after a while too, so sometimes my buddy Y2W brings some beer over and we kick back and watch some the security tapes. Like this one here. What's 'er name was starting to get down but then the dang camera lost connection. I thought stuff was just s'posed to work in the future. So anyway, we tossed it in Fan Art where they'll never find it and fished out one of out old favorites, Bathroom Bloopers #4.


Ok, so take one oddly colo(u)red parallel universe, add some snippets from just about every episode and movie, dice up a few whacky inventions, and fold in a cheezy ending and what do you have? You got it, another Fan Fiction from Rush. This one's called Unfortold Story Of The Ramaness in seven parts and it's a story set a short time after the Opera when things still aren't working out for Fry. But not for long though as a series of unexplained events come to play. Warning - contains spoilers if you have not yet seen Bender's Game.


Ok, can you do a reasonable impression of the Professor, Fry, and/or Bender? Want to star in a speaking role in a fan made 'rama episode? Then RAWTalent wants to talk to you. He's placing a casting call for his Futurama episode Anthology of Interest 3. You can read more about it in RAWTalent's Fan Art Topic on FMMB. So start practicing your "Good News Everyone"s and good luck.
The best laid plans of Fry and Bender often go awry
Posted on June 4, 2009 by Tim
And sometimes those of Leela too, and more recently, of me. More on that in a moment. Ok, so, a few days ago we featured a short fan video by Futurama_Freak1 called 95% Shorter which is something that he animated himself and in which Leela's plans to have herself a snack don't go quite as planned. Well here we have some stills from that very video, sent in by FF1 himself. Ten of them to be exact, and they're on his Fan Art page.


I would have had more stuff for you tonight, but as I alluded to above, something came up that ate up quite a bit of time. Perhaps I'll be able to pontificate on that at length in the near future. Until then, I'll just say thank you and good night.
"You get remembered because you died in some loud, spectacular way."
Posted on June 3, 2009 by Tim
And usually messy too, don't forget messy. That's a line, and a particularly funny one if I may say so, which I do, very much, out of a Fan Fiction. Now I suppose you're going to want me to tell you WHAT fan fiction, so very well, here goes: It's from Razer Cannon's fic The Pirates of Cyberia, Part 8 and, amongst a while bunch of other fun stuff, we get to play with an Explosively Pumped Flux Compression Generator and listen to Amy deliver a lecture on Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem.



Ok, so, a couple of days ago we ran the skateboarding Fry pic from RAWTalent and I alluded to Fry being in imminent danger of doing a face plant, which RAWT thought was a great idea ( {Zoidberg} Hooray, I'm useful! {/Zoidberg} ), and so here it is. The file is even called "Fry face plant". Looks like Fry gets to enjoy a stay at Taco Bellevue.
Danger, Turanga Leela... Danger!
Posted on June 2, 2009 by Tim
SCOURGE OF THE SEWER by OutlawArt
Leela's efforts to uncover the mysterious disappearance of a gaggle of abducted street-walkers on the 3rd moon of Uranus is confounded by the intrusion of an elusive predator that dwells in the sewers of the blue-light district of City #27. Could this vile creature be the cause of so much disruption in the alleys? Or, is it only curious about her soft and tender flesh? No matter decides Leela. "Shoot it, Fry!" she shouts in an apprehensive and concerned voice, "I don't care if it is the last of its species! Just shoot the damn tentacle beast!"


Wow, that was the easiest update I ever did - 5 cuts and pastes and I'm done. Gotta love it. So, to feel like I actually earned my keep tonight, I also got mildly non-lazy and put up a couple more of the Sound Clips that SoylentOrange sent me back sometime during the McNeal administration. So we've got a couple of more entries into the Music of Futurma section, with the standard opening theme and the rock intro from Bender's Game.
Oh your god it's Fry on a skateboard.
Posted on June 1, 2009 by Tim
So, other than being terminally lazy, why wouldn't Fry learn to skate? I mean, as long as he's only got stupid fingers and not stupid feet, he should be able to shred with the best of them, right? Well that's just what Fry is up to in this new Fan Art is from RAWTalent and there's a sketch version as well. RAWT has got a discussion thread going on FMMB where you can leave a comment about his work. Better hurry before Fry ends with a serious road rash.




CrystalMask has been making a couple of animated gif avatars. This is hers. She says it took her a long time to make but that she loves how it turned out. On her Fan Art page there's another one of Bender drinking which was requested by a user on deviantart. If you look carefully you can see the beer flowing - it's hard to get a lot of detail in a 50x50 pic.
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