Comic Con 2015: Another Futurama/Simpsons Crossover is ‘Possible’ – IGN

When asked about the possibility of another Futurama/Simpsons crossover during a panel at Comic-Con, Matt Groening said, “It’s possible.”

According to Groening, “Fans of Futurama are still watching the show on Netflix. You know how everything gets rebooted? Futurama will get rebooted someday. We’ll see.”

In our review, we called Simpsorama, the last crossover episode that aired, “a fun and enjoyable ride” despite being kind of short.

Check out our Comic-Con 2015 hub for more news from the show this weekend.

Chloi Rad is a Staff Writer for IGN. You can follow her on Twitter at @_chloi.


Article source: http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/07/11/comic-con-2015-another-futuramasimpsons-crossover-is-possible

A ‘Futurama’ Mobile Game is Coming, Just Shut up and Take my Money …

Futurama has had many lives, what with being a turn-of-the-millennium animated show on Fox, it’s been canceled and revived several times. But now it appears its next life is as a mobile game, with this cryptic announcement on PlayFuturama.com, promising that it’s an upcoming mobile game and that it’s a “mobile game coming soon” and “kill all the humans…on the go!” We have no clue what exactly this will be, but hey, just the idea sounds exciting.

There’s no other word on just what this will be, but even if it’s just The Simpsons: Tapped Out [Free] but with Futurama, I mean, I’m fine with that. Building my own robot empire in New New York? Managing the New New York Mets? Harvesting killbots? I don’t care, just shut up and take my money! We should be hearing more about this at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, so keep an eye out.

Article source: http://toucharcade.com/2015/07/08/futurama-mobile-game-sdcc/

Futurama mobile game announced – Gamespresso


A Futurama game site has been spotted recently. All that is on the website is a picture of Bender, on of the shows main characters, so it’s safe to say that he will play a big part in the game.

It’s no surprised that Fox is making this game. The Simpsons: Tapped Out and Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff are  both chart toppers and very popular mobile games.

So far, we know nothing about this new game, the site has no information, it doesn’t even say who the developer will be.

Be sure to stay tuned as more info about the game is released.

Are you excited for this game, fellow Futurama fans?

 

Article source: http://www.gamespresso.com/2015/07/10/futurama-mobile-game-announced/

‘Futurama’ Will Return As Mobile Game – International Business Times

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A ‘Futurama’ Mobile Game is Coming, Just Shut up and Take my Money | Touch …

Futurama has had many lives, what with being a turn-of-the-millennium animated show on Fox, it’s been canceled and revived several times. But now it appears its next life is as a mobile game, with this cryptic announcement on PlayFuturama.com, promising that it’s an upcoming mobile game and that it’s a “mobile game coming soon” and “kill all the humans…on the go!” We have no clue what exactly this will be, but hey, just the idea sounds exciting.

There’s no other word on just what this will be, but even if it’s just The Simpsons: Tapped Out [Free] but with Futurama, I mean, I’m fine with that. Building my own robot empire in New New York? Managing the New New York Mets? Harvesting killbots? I don’t care, just shut up and take my money! We should be hearing more about this at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, so keep an eye out.

Article source: http://toucharcade.com/2015/07/08/futurama-mobile-game-sdcc/

"Kif Gets Knocked Up A Notch"

http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/futurama-kif-gets-knocked-notchleelas-homeworld-220709

In which there is no Sigourney, only ship…

http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/futurama-love-and-rocketless-hero-221032

"A Taste Of Freedom"

“Bender Should Not Be Allowed On Television” (season 4, episode 6; originally aired 8/3/2003)

In which it’s another Cubert and Dwight episode, I—no, wait, come back!

Seriously, come back: While “Bender Should Not Be Allowed On Television” starts like a Cubert and Dwight episode, it’s really more of a Bender episode, with Cubert and Dwight serving as plot motivators rather than plot focus. This is a messy half-hour, and like all of the show’s messy half-hours, it’s no more and no less than the sum of its parts.

The problem, really, is that it’s nearly impossible to summarize what this episode is about in a quick sentence. “A Taste Of Freedom” was comparatively straightforward: Zoidberg eats a flag on Freedom Day, and ends up at war with the world. There’s a bit more, but that’s gist. Here, though, you could say “Calculon’s son breaks down on All My Circuits, and Bender takes his place, becoming wildly popular,” but that’s only part of the story. There’s also Cubert and Dwight watching TV and copying whatever they see, which means copying Bender, which leads to shenanigans, which leads to Farnsworth and Hermes starting a group to get Bender kicked off the show, which leads, eventually, to Bender joining, and taking over, a group formed to protest him.

Both of these plots could theoretically fill an entire episode. We’ve had episodes about Bender’s various obsessions before, and acting with Calculon wouldn’t be any kind of a stretch. We’ve also had an episode with Dwight and Cubert struggled to relate to their fathers. Here, the two premises are mashed together in a way that doesn’t ever completely gel. Bender’s ascendance as a media darling is too shortlived, and Dwight and Cubert’s sycophantic viewing habits never get into truly dangerous territory. The joke at the end is that Bender makes a speech about bad television role models but his speech is absurd. (“Have you ever tried simply turning off the TV, sitting down with your children, and hitting them?”) Only thing is, nothing in the rest of the episode has built us up to expect anything other than absurdity, so the gag doesn’t land as hard as it should.

That’s really the issue with a story as haphazardly constructed as this one. There’s no rising action, no tension, no concern for anyone involved, and without those things, there’s nothing to contrast against the humor, no surprising shift in our expectations that pulls the jokes together. This is a problem that comes up time and again on Futurama: The show can get away with it in its formative years because the characters are still fresh enough that we’re invested in them even when the stories aren’t great; and besides, the ideas the show throws out are generally strong even when the execution is lacking. But once the freshness wears off, the jokes that used to serve as subversive winks to the audience start to feel increasingly desperate. This isn’t lazy because it’s lazy! This is lazy with intent!

Thankfully, “Bender Should Not Be Allowed On Television” doesn’t fall into that category, although the Dwight and Cubert stuff is, as ever, not all that interesting. Cubert is a clone, which you’d think would yield some compelling character work, but while he and Dwight aren’t actively annoying, their efforts to be cool barely register as a premise. And they don’t register at all as any kind of commentary. There are plenty of jokes about how the show is hypocritical, lecturing on the negative influence of television while at the same time repeatedly mentioning how awesome it is to steal things. Those are funny on a meta level, and make for great out of context quotes (“You’re watching Futurama, the show that does not advocate the cool crime of robbery.”), but in context, the cleverness only goes so far. It distracts you from the lack of rooting interest, but that doesn’t make said rooting interesting more compelling.

Bender’s adventures in TV land are considerably more thrilling, to the point where I wonder if the episode might not have been better served if it had kept the focus on him throughout. Bender’s plan for getting himself cast on Calculon’s show—shouting outside the audition room about how terrible everyone is, and how great some robot named “Bender” is—has just the right mix of logic and absurdity. But that’s probably the highlight of the sequence. Bender is a terrible actor, but his crudeness appeals to the viewing audience, so the network executives (led by a malevolent laptop) keep him on the air. Which leads to all that bad influence mentioned above.

There’s some satirical bite in the idea that Bender’s random jackassery would be such an immediate hit, but it’s not really explored. It really only exists so Dwight and Cubert can be inspired to steal Bender’s stuff, which in turn inspires him to join the group (Fathers Against Rude Television) to protest himself. Which has a certain appealing surrealness to it, but nothing in this episode lasts long enough for it to register. Yes, it would’ve been more predictable if we’d spent more time building up Dwight and Cubert, or if Bender had really gotten invested in his television career, but sometimes predictability isn’t a bad thing. The structures that Futurama spends so much time skewering serve a purpose, and while the show doesn’t need to adhere to them unironically, if it’s going to spend so much time tearing them down, it ought to have something to erect in their place.

Stray observations

  • Opening caption: Controlling You Through A Chip In Your Butt Since 1999
  • Netflix had this with a remixed version of the theme song, including some voice work from Billy West and John DiMaggio. Wonder if that’s how it aired.
  • There’s a potential conflict when Cubert wonders if he has a birthday, being a clone and all. Farnsworth points out he was never born, but then decides they could use the anniversary of the day he scraped genetic material off a growth on his back. It’s an oddly sweet little moment.
  • When Calculon’s son breaks down, it happens on air, during an episode of the show, which suggests that the show is filmed live. Which is odd, but hey, sure, why not. Later on, though, when Bender makes his debut, the whole thing is taped and sent to an editing room. Maybe they changed how the show worked after the son’s collapse? Maybe I’m thinking about his too much.
  • “No… more… hanging… wires!”
  • “TV would stink if everyone on it was a positive role model.”—Bender, defining the most recent Golden Age of Television

Next week: The room gets a bit dusty during “Jurassic Bark,” and we laugh at the days when climate change was a problem with “Crimes Of The Hot.”

Article source: http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/futurama-taste-freedombender-should-not-be-allowed-221359

A ‘Futurama’ Mobile Game is Coming, Just Shut up and Take my Money

Futurama has had many lives, what with being a turn-of-the-millennium animated show on Fox, it’s been canceled and revived several times. But now it appears its next life is as a mobile game, with this cryptic announcement on PlayFuturama.com, promising that it’s an upcoming mobile game and that it’s a “mobile game coming soon” and “kill all the humans…on the go!” We have no clue what exactly this will be, but hey, just the idea sounds exciting.

There’s no other word on just what this will be, but even if it’s just The Simpsons: Tapped Out [Free] but with Futurama, I mean, I’m fine with that. Building my own robot empire in New New York? Managing the New New York Mets? Harvesting killbots? I don’t care, just shut up and take my money! We should be hearing more about this at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, so keep an eye out.

Article source: http://toucharcade.com/2015/07/08/futurama-mobile-game-sdcc/