The employees of Futurama‘s Planet Express were temporarily revived Sunday and brought to present-day Springfield for their most important mission yet: killing Homer Simpson.
While shorter — and certainly less publicized — than The Simpsons‘ previous crossover with Family Guy, “Simpsorama” seamlessly wove together Matt Groenings’ two greatest creations into a 30-minute smörgåsbord of classic callbacks, meta references… and Zoidberg!
Read on for the top 10 moments, quotes and general questions from “Simpsorama”:
* No judgment, but is anyone else wondering what Homer and Hedonismbot did offscreen to merit that enthusiastic “woo-hoo!” during the couch gag?
* Homer: “What’s the robot version of bromance?” / Bender: “Romance.” / Homer: “You future guys have a word for everything!”
* The realization that Bender is, essentially, just a robot version of Homer. #MindBlown
* As someone who stopped counting how much he’s spent on The Simpsons‘ mobile game Tapped Out, I enjoyed Homer’s heavy-handed explanation of “freemium games.” (Side note: Is it merely a coincidence that South Park made the same joke just days ago?)
* As always, Marge remains the queen of awkward observations. Her exchange with Leela (“Eye am so pleased to meet you” / “Nice to be hair“) was just the best.
* Leela: “In our time, Epcot Center is a work farm for the weak.” / Farnsworth: “But it’s not as crowded as the slave labor camps at Universal Studios.”
* Scruffy’s suicide was one of the darkest jokes I’ve seen on The Simpsons in a long time. I mean, I laughed, but it was still super dark.
* Farnsworth: “Ah, motherly love… Why did we outlaw that?”
* The award for most brilliant joke of the night goes to Lisa (I know, I can’t believe it either) for her solution to New New York’s infestation problem: “Attention, goblins! Madison Cube Garden is filled with Butterfinger bars — and people are laying fingers all over them!”
* Lisa playing a saxophone version of Futurama‘s holophonor was also a nice touch.
What was your favorite moment from “Simpsorama”? Grade the episode below, then drop a comment with your full review.
“The Simpsons” opened its landmark 25th anniversary season with a oddly fascinating sequence by animator Don Hertzfeldt that envisioned the show in the Year 10,535, complete with crudely drawn, mutated versions of Springfield’s first family channeled directly into viewers’ brains.
The bit marked an appropriately self-mocking self-tribute celebrating the longevity of a show that’s permeated the popular consciousness. Imagining what’s next comes naturally to “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, whose “Futurama” ended last fall after a 14-year on-and-off run, light years short of its 31st century setting.
“The Simpsons” meets “Futurama” Sunday in a crossover episode, which is usually a sign of program running out of ideas. But in this case, the melding offers a prime time victory lap for “Futurama” – and gives fans of both shows a comedy combo that’s as overdue as a delivery from Planet Express.
The programs share DNA that goes beyond Groening’s comic sensibility and animation style. “The Simpsons” is essentially a cult show that infiltrated the mainstream, while “Futurama” struggled to breakout beyond the Comic Book Guy set.
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Both target pop culture and rely on celebrity cameos – albeit in preserved head form on “Futurama,” which welcomed the noggins of William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and George Takei, among others. The “Star Trek” kinship is telling, not just in the homage to the sci-fi show that set the standard for U.S. TV explorations into the future, but in the shared resilience of franchises with initially modest, but devoted fan bases.
“Futurama,” the tale of loser 20th century pizza deliverer Fry whose deep freeze lands in him 31st century “New” New York, ran on Fox from 1999 to 2003, never approaching “Simpsons”-level audiences. The show’s popularity grew during Cartoon Network reruns, eventually prompting new episodes on Comedy Central from 2008 to 2013.
Sunday’s Springfield-meets-”New”-New-York episode arrives with hopes for a successful TV team-up not seen, since, well, September’s largely satisfying “Simpson”-”Family Guy” crossover. Just imagine the possible pairings of similar characters divided, until now, by time and space: Bart and Bender. Fry and Homer. Marge and Leela. Lisa and Amy. Mayor Quimby and the head of Richard Nixon.
The special also offers a coda to last year’s unexpectedly sweet ending to “Futurama,” in which we saw Fry and Leela grow old together, a luxury the show didn’t have. “Futurama” likely won’t be joining “The Simpsons” on TV in the Year 10,535, so we’ll take whatever 21st century action we can get Sunday.
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Posted Nov. 8, 2014 @ 10:05 am
Are you ready for Simpsorama? ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Futurama’ are gearing up for a grand crossover event that’s sure to bring the laughs. Click to WATCH the hilarious couch gag from the episode!
We’ve barely recovered from The Simpsons/Family Guy crossover and now we’re being treated to The Simpsons/Futurama crossover! Futurama’s now-revived Bender must go back in time to stop Bart before he does something really stupid. Check out Homer and Bender getting cozy in this Simpsorama clip!
‘The Simpsons’/’Futurama’ Crossover
Futurama may have been cancelled in 2013, but it isn’t gone for good! The Simpsons is bringing back the beloved animated series for a crossover event!
For the Nov. 9 episode, the Futurama cast will head to Springfield in order to prevent the world from actually ending. Bart blows his nose on a sandwich that he puts in a time capsule, and couple that with Milhouse’s rabbit’s foot and radioactive mess, this sets up a monumental disaster in the future, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The latest preview for the episode features a new couch gag! The Simpsons’ couch is converted into a Hedonismbot! While the rest of the family gets up from the couch, Homer stays and gets a massage! Plus, the bot ends up feeding him grapes!
The Futurama cast, including Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Billy West, Phil LaMarr, Lauren Tom, Maurice LaMarche, and more will all be returning for the crossover event.
The Simpsons/Futurama crossover event airs Nov. 9 at 8/7c on FOX.
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The Planet Express crew is making a special delivery to your TV this weekend. No, Futurama hasn’t been revived again — Bender, Fry, and the gang are setting a course for Springfield in the next episode of The Simpsons, in hopes of preventing a disastrous future event.
But before it gets to that, though, the Simpsons episode will begin as all Simpsons episodes must — with a couch gag. And in keeping with the Simpsons / Futurama crossover theme, it brings back a minor but much-loved character into the Simpsons family living room. Watch the Simpsons Futurama couch gag after the jump.
Fox debuted the Simpsons Futurama couch gag on YouTube. This is the second Simpsons crossover this season, after the Simpsons crossed paths with their Tracey Ullman-era counterparts in “Treehouse of Horror XXV.” They also dropped in on the Griffins of Quahog in September, but that was a Family Guy episode, not a Simpsons one.
Homer and Hedonismbot are such a match made in heaven, it’s tragic we’ve never seen them together before. But we already know the rest of the Simpsons’ run-in with the future folk doesn’t go so smoothly. The first look image released in September, which you can see above, showed Bender pointing every weapon in his arsenal at a bemused Homer.
As previously revealed, the Simpsons / Futurama crossover promises to “unspool a complex, Terminator-esque story that involves Bart blowing his nose on a sandwich that he places in a time capsule. When that mixes with Milhouse’s rabbit’s foot and some radioactive ooze, it creates a global catastrophe in the future, prompting Bender to travel back in time to kill Bart and prevent this mega-mess.”
How that meshes with the fact that Futurama is a fictional cartoon series in the Simpsons universe (and vice versa) remains to be seen. But we do know in real life, Futurama voice actors Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Lauren Tom, Phil LaMarr, Tress MacNeille, and Maurice LaMarche will be joining the regular Simpsons cast for the episode.
The Simpsons / Futurama crossover episode, titled “Simpsorama,” airs this Sunday, November 9 at 8:00 PM on Fox.
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The Simpsons and Futurama are both Matt Groening creations, so it makes sense that the Springfield clan and the Planet Express posse are sharing the screen during an upcoming crossover episode of The Simpsons.
In advance of the special, catch the episode’s couch gag — one of the most beloved Simpsons traditions — which finds Hedonismbot from the canceled cartoon having an oddly sensual moment with Homer.