An insane amount of detail went into that 3-D Futurama intro

Most Futurama fans would likely agree that a 3-D adaption of the cartoon is a bad idea, but animator Alex Zakharov’s 32-second 3-D test of the show’s intro was nevertheless charming as hell. The animator’s attention to detail was clear from that brief video, albeit much of it of the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it variety. But now he’s compiled a “Making Of” that reveals exactly how much work went into recreating the world of the Planet Express team for less than half a minute. The intro was clearly a labor of love, and this video is a reminder that 3-D animation can be insanely time-consuming.

Article source: http://www.avclub.com/article/insane-amount-detail-went-3-d-futurama-intro-208202

Emmy battle for Best Animated Program: ‘Futurama’ vs. ‘South Park’

Emmy battle for Best Animated Program: ‘Futurama’ vs. ‘South Park’

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The Best Animated Program category, which had become slightly predictable as many of the same shows were nominated and won, got a bit of a shakeup this year. Missing is ten-time winner “The Simpsons,” which had been nominated every year since its first season in 1990 with the exceptions of 1993 and 1994 when it submitted unsuccessfully in the Comedy Series category.

Instead, this year’s race pits two past champs against a perennial also-ran and two rookie contenders. Let’s take a closer look at each of this year’s nominees.

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“Archer”: “Archer Vice: The Rules of Extraction” (FX)
After four critically acclaimed seasons and a growing legion of fans, one of the hippest shows on TV finally reaped its first bid.

The submitted episode is well-written, funny and boasts impressive animation. However, it is part of a serialized storyline and that may alienate voters not familiar with the show. Even so, Emmy voters may want to reward it for a loyal fanbase and strong production values.

“Bob’s Burgers”: “Mazel-Tina” (Fox)
Fox programming has won 13 of its 43 nominations. Indeed, the net owned this award for seven years beginning in 1997 with five wins for “The Simpsons” (1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003) and one apiece for  “King of the Hill” (1999) and “Futurama” (2002). This year, it contends with “Bob Burgers,” which earned its third consecutive nomination.

This episode concerns Tina, the oldest of the main character’s children, and her attempts at becoming popular, even if it means abandoning her meek attitude and taking control of a Bat Mitzvah (not her own, of course). While the episode is funny, it doesn’t compare to some of the previous winners, which broke new ground. However, it could still prevail given the goodwill towards the show and the network.

“Futurama”: “Meanwhile” (Comedy Central)
This two-time champ (2002, 2011), up for the eighth and final time, submitted the series finale.

Emmy voters are suckers for sentimentality. The main characters Fry and Leela finally get married and are seen growing old together. It is a sweet and effective end for the brilliant show. I think it has everything it needs to win: comedy, touching moments and the fact that it is the last chance for Emmy voters to honor it.

“South Park”: “Black Friday” (Comedy Central)
The reigning champ has four Emmys to show for its 11 nominations.

This year’s entry is the first of a three-episode arc. The children of South Park are preparing for the Black Friday sale and divide into two groups – those who desire the Xbox One and those who want the Playstation 4.

While it is the edgiest animated show, with bad language and crude humor, it is also smart and satirical. This episode includes an incredibly clever homage to another Emmy favorite, “Game of Thrones.” and razor-sharp critiques of our consumerist society. It is a great episode and definitely Emmy-worthy.

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”: “The Manhattan Project” (Nickelodeon)
This was the surprise amng the nominees. Only one Nickelodeon entry — “The Penguins of Madagascar” — has ever won this award, prevailing for its only bid in 2011.
The most inventive of the nominees, it showcases two animation styles (traditional and CGI) in its submisson. While not the strongest story among the nominees, it still packs an emotional impact and could pull off an upset.

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Prediction: While all the nominees have a chance, I am calling this for “Futurama” as voters will have trouble not giving the beloved show one final hug. It will be hard to beat “Futurama,” but if any show can, it will be “South Park” for the best episode of one of their most critically acclaimed seasons. 

Article source: http://www.goldderby.com/news/7022/emmy-south-park-futurama-archer-tmnt-entertainment-13579086-story.html

See how that incredible 3D ‘Futurama’ sequence was made

See how that incredible 3D ‘Futurama’ sequence was made

If you were as bowled over as I was by Alexey Zakharov’s gorgeous 3D-animated Futurama introduction we spotlighted last month, you’ll be equally impressed by the artist’s new video, which shows how he created the sequence using 3ds Max, Nuke, Photoshop and After Effects.

Particularly fun, as you can see in part in the image above, is how Zakharov combined in image of Futurama’s Mom and a photo of Meryl Streep to create the holographic ad for Mom’s Old-Fashioned Robot Oil. I guess she is the most versatile actress of her generation!

Watch the original sequence, and the making-of video, below.

(via Sploid)

Article source: http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2014/08/see-how-that-incredible-3d-futurama-sequence-was-made/

The making of Futurama 3D is even cooler than the original video

If you were wowed by the stunning version of the Futurama intro in photorealistic 3D, you will be equally amazed by the incredible amount of work that artist Alexy Sakharov put into it using 3ds Max, Nuke, Photoshop and After Effects. The amount of detail that you can barely see in the final product is stunning.


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Article source: http://sploid.gizmodo.com/the-making-of-futurama-3d-is-even-cooler-than-the-actua-1620787254

Zootopia Is the Futurama of Zoos

As someone who grew up in Nebraska, I know a thing or two about zoos. The Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha just got voted best zoo in America on TripAdvisor! But zoos are all the same. Animals are in cages or pens and you go around the zoo observing them. It’s a pretty standard formula. The Bjarke Ingels Group is looking to change that, though.

The Danish architecture studio recently revealed plans for a new kind of zoo. The concept is switched around so that the animals will essentially have free reign of the land in their section of the zoo. The group says they hope they could “both enhance the quality of life for the animals as well as for the keepers and guests.” The entrance is essentially a giant circle, as demonstrated in the above rendering. This allows you to roam and get an overview of the park while simultaneously allowing you to enter the various portions of the park individually. The plan is that any human interaction is going to be integrated into the landscape, so that it mimics the animals’ natural habitats better. More information and photos can be found on Bjarke Ingels Group’s website.

The bubble bikes freak me out a little, but I actually really like this concept. Please tell me I’m not the only one who immediately thought of this, though?

(via Laughing Squid; photos via Bjarke Ingels Group, Futurama)

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Article source: http://www.themarysue.com/new-zootopia-zoo/

Inspiration for Edmonton’s Blatchford is more village than “Futurama”

Editor’s Note: Columnist Omar Mouallem is travelling abroad and over the next several weeks will connect areas he’s exploring with similar scenarios in Edmonton.

There’s a place on the western heel of Sweden, in the port city Malmö, that’s been called “The City of the Future.”

Are there Futurama hover crafts and bullet trains? No. Fantastical skyscrapers? Just one, awkwardly towering above mid-rise residences and offices.

But Västra Hamnen (“Western Harbour”), which was planned as Europe’s first carbon-neutral neighbourhood and was cited in the Blatchford redevelopment’s original master plan, earned the moniker more for how it functions: A pneumatic garbage system sucks waste to a central location. Solar-panelled roofs supply a fifth of the power. Geothermal energy does the rest.

Of course, none of this was visible to me from a windy cafe terrace, where I was wrapped in a fleece blanket, a standard offering in Scandinavia.

I’d crossed the short Oresund Bridge from Copenhagen to see tomorrow’s city. Although the community’s background, diverse modern architecture and serene harbour views drew me in, it was the village-like atmosphere that impressed me most.

Backpack-wearing teens strode through the centre of the narrow, winding roads as if walking to their lockers, stopping and chatting with peers walking the opposite way. Children sprinted around a solar system-themed playground like comets. Their parents sat on benches on boulders, talking amongst each other.

Though several newly built Edmonton communities use the word “village” to market to families, this actually felt like one.

It’s all in the design, explains municipal architect Kerstin Torseke Hulthér. While the main roads connecting have segregated paths for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians, several local roads don’t, allowing for optimal street life and spontaneous interaction. Additional street furniture calms traffic.

But you can’t have carbon neutrality if everyone’s still driving to their eco-friendly home. This was a mistake Malmö learned after the first homes opened in 2001. To that end, they ensured that the busses—thin green blocks to one day be replaced by trams—ran like clockwork with real-time digital screens at each bus stop took the guesswork out of arrival times.

Planners worked with developers to implement car shares for each building (residents get five years free membership) and lessoned mandatory parking from 1.1 to 0.7 stalls per residence (which bottom-line developers appreciate). One company even reduced parking for a swimming pool.

Developers also reserved up to half of their ground-level spaces for restaurants and offices. That way, says Torseke Hulthér, “there are people in as many windows as possible, looking out to the roads, so people on the streets are seen and feel safe. Meanwhile, grand parks, like the aforementioned playground and a state-of-the-art skatepark got the youth outside.

One can hope that Blatchford’s future developers will recognize these measures—reducing car usage and making it self-reliant—are more important to building a sustainable district than its heralded technology.

“The streets and parks department had a high ambition to make people want to be outside and have an outside living room,” says traffic planner Magnus Fahl. In this sense, the city of the future looks more like the city of the past.

Article source: http://metronews.ca/news/edmonton/1119631/edmonton-blatchfords-a-swedish-city-called-vastra-hamnen-is-more-village-than-futurama/

Why It’s Okay if Techies Are Jerks, What “Futurama” Would Look Like IRL and …

Happy Friday!

Here’s some great content from around the Web, brought to you by the team at Re/code:

  1. The comedy site Splitsider flagged a video and photo gallery from Russian artist Alexey Zakharov, which depicts an ultra-realistic version of the universe of Futurama, the cartoon science-fiction comedy from the creator of The Simpsons.
  2. We’re all drowning in more email then we can handle; this video starring The Atlantic’s health editor James Hamblin offers a simple solution to the Unstoppable and Overwhelming Email Epidemic.
  3. The Silicon Valley Asshole is now its own brand, much like the Wall Street Banker Asshole or the Careerist Capitol Hill Asshole. Writing for Bloomberg Businessweek, Joel Stein defends the notion of “techies-as-jerks,” arguing that arrogant young men have “always been part of the Valley’s DNA.”
  4. “Gossip Girl” star and (former?) It Girl Blake Lively has taken after Gwyneth Paltrow and launched her own website-lifestyle-brand-thingy, a strange creation named Preserve. One Vanity Fair reviewer tried out the Preserve lifestyle for a week, so you don’t have to. Check out Preserve’s creepy launch ad on Vimeo.
  5. Amazon’s war on book publishers has hit a snag in recent weeks, as more and more high-profile authors turn against the tech giant. The New York Times reported on the latest hitch in Amazon’s plan: More than 900 authors have signed a letter condemning the company, and it will appear as a full-page ad in the Times on Sunday.

If you see any stories you’d like to send our way (or have any questions/comments about stories we’ve recommended), feel free to shoot an email to noah.kulwin@recode.net.



Article source: http://recode.net/2014/08/08/why-its-ok-if-techies-are-jerks-what-futurama-would-look-like-irl-and-more-morning-mustreads/

The Idiotic Adventures Of Futurama’s Zapp Brannigan In Fallout

“Captain’s log: the Wasteland just got sexier.”

A redditor who goes by the handle NVSK has put together a series in which he roleplays the bumbling, ceaselessly baffling captain Zapp Brannigan from Futurama, aka Maybe The Greatest Cartoon, in Fallout: New Vegas.

So far the result has been pretty darn funny, not to mention impressively in-character. As if you even needed to ask, yes of course he has “lady killer” and “energy weapons” skills. Why would you ever doubt him?

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Oh, right.

Other gems include: “Come Kif, we’ve got a wasteland to impregnate and women to explore” and “Well well well, this looks to be one disturbingly erotic grave.”

Yep, that’s Zapp Brannigan alright.

The series only has three image-based episodes so far, but more are on the way. For now, though, here’s episodes one, two, and three.

Thanks, /r/fallout.

Article source: http://www.kotaku.com.au/2014/08/the-idiotic-adventures-of-futuramas-zapp-brannigan-in-fallout/

And Now For 5 MORE ‘Futurama’ Episodes That Made Every ‘Futurama’ Fan Cry

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Two weeks ago, I made a list of the five saddest Futurama episodes ever — or at least the ones that made me cry the hardest. The response was overwhelming, and many of you wondered how I could have possibly left out your favorite Futurama tear-jerker. Well, the answer to that was that it was only a five-episode list, so a few were bound to be left out. But after thinking it over, I figured there were at least five more misery-inducing episodes to discuss here. So, without further ado, I present with five MORE Futurama episodes that left every fan in tears.

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5. “Near-Death Wish” – Original Air Date: August 15, 2012
While we gradually learned more abut Fry’s life in the 20th century, we know very little about the Professor’s backstory. This episode went along way in changing that, however, as we find out that as a gifted-yet-disturbed child, he had a lot of anger at his parents when they moved him to a farm, and, in his mind, stifled his creativity as a budding scientist. As the episode goes on, we find out that the Professor actually spent 25 years of his life in a mental institution (“It felt like a second compared to grad school!”), a fairly disturbing fact that actually isn’t touched upon all that much. The ending is the kicker, however, when Fry creates a virtual reality of the farm the Professor grew up on, and he gets to have to one last day with his parents, which means a lot more now that he appreciates their reasons for moving him there in the first place. This episode taught us more about the Professor than any other, and in true Futurama form, left us sobbing at its conclusion.

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4. “Time Keeps On Slippin’” Original Air Date: May 6, 2001
When we reached the end of Season 3, it was well-known that Fry had serious feelings for Leela. And up to that point, those feelings were entirely unrequited. That’s why this episode just seems needlessly cruel at times. When an abnormality leads to time randomly skipping from place to place, we find out that Fry and Leela eventually get married. But before Fry can get any enjoyment out of this, we immediately skip to their eventual divorce (but hey, at least Fry gets to keep the AFC dinner plates). Just went you think this episode is done toying with your emotions, we get to the painfully depressing ending, in which Fry makes a beautiful message of love for Leela, only to have it wiped out just before she can see it. Even knowing what would happen with Fry and Leela in future episodes, this one is too depressing to re-watch. Bender’s misery over not getting to join the Globetrotters is the only comic relief in a truly dreary episode.

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3. “Lethal Inspection” – Original Air Date: July 22, 2010
When this one aired, the initial reception to it was a bit lukewarm. Futurama had just returned to TV after a seven-year hiatus, and the presence of a tearjerker ending involving the unlikely tandem of Hermes and Bender seemed like a shameless attempt to generate another “Jurassic Bark.” But as the years have gone by, this one works a lot better. Bender’s misery over learning he is mortal is an understandable pain, but it’s also interesting to watch the friendship between Hermes and Bender develop over the course of the episode. At first, Bender despises Hermes as nothing more than a dull, useless bureaucrat, but at the episode’s end, he respects him as a true friend, and the two share an undeniable bond. When we get to the ending, and see that Hermes was the fabled Inspector #5, we discover that Hermes cared about Bender long before any of this went down.

Article source: http://uproxx.com/tv/2014/08/and-now-for-5-more-futurama-episodes-that-made-every-futurama-fan-cry/

The Idiotic Adventures Of Futurama’s Zapp Brannigan In Fallout

“Captain’s log: the Wasteland just got sexier.”

A redditor who goes by the handle NVSK has put together a series in which he roleplays the bumbling, ceaselessly baffling captain Zapp Brannigan from Futurama, aka Maybe The Greatest Cartoon, in Fallout: New Vegas.

So far the result has been pretty darn funny, not to mention impressively in-character. As if you even needed to ask, yes of course he has “lady killer” and “energy weapons” skills. Why would you ever doubt him?

Oh, right.

Other gems include: “Come Kif, we’ve got a wasteland to impregnate and women to explore” and “Well well well, this looks to be one disturbingly erotic grave.”

Yep, that’s Zapp Brannigan alright.

The series only has three image-based episodes so far, but more are on the way. For now, though, here’s episodes one, two, and three.

Thanks, /r/fallout.

Article source: http://kotaku.com/the-idiotic-adventures-of-futuramas-zapp-brannigan-in-f-1616095298