Russian Artist Recreates Futurama Skyline in 3D

Like many great things, Futurama had to come to an end. Yes, it was earlier than we would have liked, perhaps, but the show’s cancellation hasn’t stopped fans from making incredible art in celebration of the show they love.

Enter Alexy Zakharov, a Russian artist who created a breathtaking 3-D rendering of the show’s intro skyline sequence using 3Dsmax, Nuke, Photoshop and After Effects. It looks as good as anything Pixar could pull off—and it even includes a spot-on Planet Express delivery ship.

Zakharov didn’t stop with the cinematic, though. He’s created some killer still art that you can check out here and on his Behance page.

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Toshiba Creates Futurama-esque Ad Mocking Its Own Industry

Toshiba skewers a certain hype-driven West Coast tech-topia in the brand’s new animated spot, “Sillycon Valley.”

Packed with fun visual gags, the spot from goodness Mfg. takes us to a highly caffeinated zone of hyperactive technophilia that boasts computer goggles for canines (doggles!), WirelessWater (the bottles are WiFi hotspots), Asimo-type robots on public-works details and 5-D printers that inadvertently summon slimy tentacled monsters.

A java-drone flying Starbucks colors soars above the local wind farm—and almost everyone’s eyeballs are glued to their smartphones, if they’re not hip enough to have Google Glass. 

“Animation is a great way to deliver over-the-top humor,” goodness Mfg. ecd Tom Adams tells AdFreak. “It immediately transports the audience into another world where they don’t take things too seriously.”

Of course, tech excesses have been parodied to death—in HBO’s Silicon Valley and just about everywhere else—so Toshiba’s not doing anything especially innovative. Plus, this is a commercial, ultimately promoting the Encore 2 tablet for the back-to-school season, so the satire can’t bite too deep, lest it risk being branded as hypocritical.

All that said, the spot hits just the right tone. It’s snarky, but not too mean-spirited, with a look that fits the tech biz to a T—busy yet sleek, over-bright and self-consciously befuddling.

The commercial feels kind of like a spoofy segment on The Simpsons or Family Guy, which makes sense, as Friends Night, the studio that produces Fox’s Animation Domination HD programming, worked on the project.

“Because they come from a TV background, they were able to move quickly, which was very important to us,” Adams says. “We were able to complete the project from concept to the final approved version in about six weeks.”

Overall, the effort seeks to position Toshiba as “providing products and services that offer solutions, not empty promises,” Adams says.

(That’s also the thrust of “Unleash Yourself,” a live-action spot with a cartoon-y feel that shows Satellite Pro laptops magically morph into useful or fun items in various situations. You can watch that one below as well.)

“Today’s savvy consumers are constantly questioning the practicality of new technology,” Adams says. “We decided to have fun with this shift in attitude [emphasizing that Toshiba makes devices to] meet the real-world needs of today’s consumer.”

Laptops and tablets are great, but I’ll take a pair of those “smart-scissors” revealed during the animated extravaganza’s crazed climax. It looks as if they’d cut through the clutter—and just about anything else.

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Futurama gets a 3D makeover in new video

Futurama, the wonderful animated sitcom that once disappeared, only to come back from the dead and give fans proper closure, has gotten a 3D makeover. The video, available after the jump, shows the world seen in the opening scene of the TV series, and it is joined by several HD renders and a model of the Planet Express ship.

The 3D renders and video were made by Alexey Zakharov of Moscow, who teases future additions by the use of “part 1″ in the title. Though it isn’t clear when or if more videos are forthcoming, the one below is more than enough to ignite fans’ imaginations.

According to the video description, the video was made using 3dsmax, Nuke, Photoshop, and After Effects, as well as the Multiscatter plugin, Ghost Town script, and Poly FX script.

In the gallery below, you can check out a handful of images Zakharov made in addition to the video above and another included in his gallery. You can see the full album, as well as grabbing full resolution versions of the images, at the link below.

SOURCE: Behance

Watch a 3-D rendering of the Futurama intro

Although the focus was always on the dialogue and characters, Futurama never shied away from employing a dash of visual pizzazz to drive home just how alien, bizarre, and wonderful its vision of the 30th century could be. The opening sequences to the four direct-to-DVD movies, especially, show the animators cutting loose with a wide range of visual styles. With the exception of a few effects shots, though, the show stuck largely to 2-D animation.

Animator Alex Zakharov decided to see what the world of tomorrow might look like in 3-D, instead, creating a small portion of the show’s opening credits sequence in 3-D rendering programs like Adobe After Effects. 

The result is visually impressive, even if the whole thing does look a little too clean to really be New New York (and setting the video to sweeping, inspirational movie trailer music does it no favors). Still, seeing the Planet Express ship in all its banged up, scruffy green glory provides a little heartwarming grit to counterbalance all the shininess.

You can see more photos from the project, including a detailed look at the ship, on Zakharov’s Behance page. [via Kotaku]

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Futurama’s intro rendered in 3D is gorgeous

Stop wondering what Futurama‘s intro would look like if it were rendered in 3D and prettied up ten quadrillion percent: it’s here. Well, part of it is anyway, care of Russian animator Alexey Zakharov. He took the spaceship intro to Futurama, references to “Mom’s Old-Fashioned Robot Oil” and all, and applied a suite of computer animation tools (3ds Max, Nuke, Photoshop, After Effects). What you see above is just a mere snapshot into the gorgeous 32-second video we’ve embedded below. Get out your sunglasses, y’all: the future’s so bright, you’re gonna need shades.

[Image credit: Alexey Zakharov]


Real-Life Futurama Is Gorgeous

Wow. Artist Alexey Zakharov has created a lovely 3D-animated “test shot” of the exceedingly complicated 31st-century world of Futurama, starring the Planet Express ship and Mom’s Old-Fashioned Robot Oil. It’s just… wow.

On his website, Behance, Zakharov has posted a collection of videos and gorgeous pieces of concept art that brings the Futurama world to life. You can even see a tiny Leela sitting on the loading dock. Wow. OK, so it may not be photorealistic, but it’s the closest we’re going to get for a long time.

See even more designs over at Behance.

[via Comic Book Movies]

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Artist brings Futurama’s opening sequence to life in stunning 3D rendition


An artist has recreated the skyline title sequence of cult cartoon Futurama.

Moscow-based Alexy Zakharov, who specialises in digital art and animation, is behind the breathtaking reimagining.

Depicting the skyline from the American show’s opening credits, Zakharov’s video even features a model of the Planet Express ship sailing through the sky in outer space.

The sequence was created using programs including 3Dsmax, Nuke, After Effects and Photoshop.

Created by Matt Groening, the man behind The Simpsons, Futurama first ran from 1999 until 2003, when it was cancelled. It returned in 2008, but will end for good in September this year.

The show features the voices of Billy West and Katey Sagal, and has in the past featured guest appearances from high-profile stars such as Star Trek icon William Shatner and comedy actress Sarah Silverman.

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​Futurama In 3D is Strangely Breathtaking

Look, I don’t want a 3D Futurama movie and neither do you. But I’ll be damned if this test shot doesn’t give me the shivers.

In the clip above, artist Alexy Zakharov rendered the iconic skyline from the intro of Futurama in glorious, heartbreaking 3D using 3Dsmax, Nuke, Photoshop and After Effects. He also made a video of his Planet Express delivery ship model, as well as some killer art. Fantastic stuff:

Check out Alexey’s Behance page for more.

Vimeo via r/videos

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‘Futurama’ in 3D? Planet Express Cruises New New York in Awesome CG …

The days of ‘Futurama‘ have sadly come and gone, at least for the moment, as the long-running sci-fi animated series came to yet another conclusion with last summer’s Comedy Central finale “Meanwhile.” Now, New New York lives again in glorious 3D with an incredible fan-animated video of ‘Futurama’ brought to life in live action, Planet Express ship and all!

You won’t see any of the Planet Express crew brought to life in the gorgeous (if brief) new animation from fan artist Alexey Zakharov, though the quick animation’s inclusion of a “Mom’s Friendly Robot Oil” billboard gives us an idea of what ‘Futurama’ characters might look like in real life. Inspiringly scored to the tune of ‘Forrest Gump,’ the brief animation shows a breathtaking skyline of New New York, shortly before the Planet Express ship and other equally impressive cruisers zoom by.

Though the 30-second clip is all we get to see of ‘Futurama’ 3D in motion, the website also includes a number of artists renderings of the Planet Express ship in space (and a wee li’l Leela, if you look closely). It’s nothing official, and we’d expect any real ‘Futurama’ revival to keep to its traditional animated look, but watching the clip, its’ hard not to feel the same sense of awe Fry experienced upon realizing his year 3000 setting way back in the series premiere.

You can check out the incredible ‘Futurama’ 3D clip above, and tell us if you’d want to see Fry, Leela, Bender and the Planet Express crew resurrected in glorious CG surroundings!

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Futurama in photorealistic 3D is absolutely stunning

Whoa. Artist Alexy Zakharov re-imagined the world of Futurama in 3D and transformed the cartoon into a complete stunner. It makes me want to watch a movie version of Futurama set in this world right now. Hell, it makes me want to cryogenically freeze myself so I can live in this world when I wake up.

Using 3ds Max, Nuke, Photoshop and After Effects, Zakharov was able to create a ‘test shot’ to see what his Futurama would look like. It’s so awesome. Here it is in full:

Yeah, you can’t help but want more. Here’s some more of Zakharov’s Futurama artwork (like the Planet Express ship). They’re fantastic too:

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