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    Rate & Review Futurama: "Bender's Big Score"

    Good news everyone...a new R&R thread for Futurama!? Welcome back, Fry, Bender, and Leela.

    Seeing as how the new DVD movie "Bender's Big Score" has been released in a few areas, please take the time to rate and review it here. Did it live up to the high standard of Futurama?
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    Ok I'm assuming we can spoil it here.

    WARNING MAJOR SPOILERS IN THE TAG DONT HIGHLIGHT IF YOU DONT WANT TO BE SPOILED, seriously

      Just downloaded it and watched it. 4/5. Well above my expectations with some very interesting twists such as Lars being Fry. The laughs were there which was good with a couple of cheesy gags but you can't not expect it. My only nitpicking was the pacing was quite fast but I took that into consideration because they wanted to fit a lot in. The reusing of characters also gelled quite well unlike when Family Guy returned. The story of Fry in his time could've used more of his family IMO and the story of Fry and the whale was somewhat entertaining but there could've been a more interesting story used for this kind of plot. Surpisingly good once again. Lets hope their second one is just as good.

    Another interesting thing I just realised was that at the beginning Fry said to Leela he may mature in a few years and Leela was going out with the thirty year old version of Fry. Brilliant.  
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    Yeah I thought it was generally great, until the first act it maybe wasn't so funny, too many "look it's this character" and "look at the lowbrow gags we can do" moments but it's not too bad, and it basically is all crucial at the end, even the hermes head stuff turns outs to be a vital element, even if they didn't need to spend as much time as they did on the barbados slim subplot. And I kind of have to refute the review that said it focuses on too many plots, because it was pretty much all relevant at the end. Anyway I like a nice twisted complex story, and this certainly deliverd, in one particular scene it suddenly throws in so many variables it just seems sort of pointless trying to figure out what's going on so you might as well just sit back and not think about it too much. And as it developed it really did start to bring a genuinley touching story, with the fry in the past working with the whale amongst other things. And as I've said the humour does pick up after the first act as well, probably just about average for futurama.

    Anyway with the bastards sticking in a cliffhanger ending, I now can't wait for the next one. If they can have a similar level quality of story, but without all the easy jokes put in to to get a laugh out of long term fans, then it will be a really good thing indeed.

    Incidentally that music montage with lars and leela is orginal music isn't it.
    Chris Tyng really does have the best sensibillity of any composer ever. 
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    :CLOSING EYES:

    I kinda ruined the Simpson movie for myself from reading all the reviews. Not going to do the same with this..
    I'll just check the rating numbers until I can get my hands on it...
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    Just watched it myself. Highly enjoyed it! It was great to see new Futurama. God, I missed this series and this was a welcome return. I'm interested to see how the producers are gonna cut this into 4 separate episodes. Truthfully, it all flowed reasonable well by itself.
    Some minor complaints however. The movie could have been abit more funnier. I mean, it sure had its moments and made me laugh out loud a number of times, but I've laughed more at "Amazon Women In The Mood" and that was 22 minutes long.
    The storyline was superb as well. It may take a couple repeat viewings to catch all the little time travel tidbits but it was all satisfying and a joy to watch. Congrats to the Futurama staff at this. It is awesome to watch new material from one of the best animated shows ever. Here's to the other 3 movies!
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    I thought it was amazing and possessed basically everything I've ever loved in Futurama (except neither musical number was very good).
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      What happened to Seymours death at the end of Jurrasic Bark if it was Bender that killed him?  

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    Can we lay off the spoilers? Anybody dumb enough to read a long review before watching it deserves to have it spoiled.

    This was a superb return for Futurama (this is how it's done, Family Guy!) - it's like that four year break never happened. Although it started off a little slow, things soon picked up after the obligatory "Fox are morons" jokes, and the story turned into a gripping, well-told series of events with an excellent twist at the end. Everyone was in character and it was great the way old episodes were subtledly referenced - I particularly loved a certain joke which explained the origins of an 'alien attack' shown by the cryogenics lab in the pilot. It was wonderful seeing some old favourites (HedonismBot!) and the songs were well-written, with a rousing score to boot. Zapp Brannigan should've been used more though. The cliffhanger was unexpected and hilarious, and I can't wait to see where the story goes next - I hope the crew can keep up this level of quality for the next three chapters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toli
      What happened to Seymours death at the end of Jurrasic Bark if it was Bender that killed him?  
    I thought of that too. I think it was the only inconsistancy in the movie, which is incredible because of how much stuff they tied together otherwise.

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    Well they changed of all that and now Seymour did not suffer because he lived all his life with Fry.

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    I guess it's a 4/5 for me too, though I ended a little exhaust after watching it. It does have too many things going on for a movie. It's ok but it's neither a movie neither a series of episodes. It's the mixture of both.

     
    It was also quite concentrated on the story and the fan service with all the secondary characters making appearances so it was perhaps a little low on gags, though there were some good moments.

    Among my major gripes, the surprising twist was not surprising at all. I figured it out quite soon and they were only making it more and more obvious without revealing it, which let me wondering if they really wanted to keep the mistery or they just assumed everyone has guessed it except the characters.

    Also the relationship between Leela and Lars was a little too fast when it starts, and the story about Fry and Lilu was kinda sappy.

    Anyway, Bender had some great moments, especially in the "Terminator" part. Hermes' part was nice, though they didn't make a favour to the already dull character of LaBarbara by making her suddenly attracted by Barbados Slim, who seemed to be there just cause the writers find him hilarious for some reason. Anyway I liked how Hermes solved things at the end in the battle, which was quite exciting and reminiscent of Star Wars Episode IV.

    Although I'm not the biggest fan of Jurassic Bark I can see how the scene here affected to the best scene in that episode. However I guess it's a kinda alternative past...not very sure about that, by the end I was a little confused about all the time travelling.

    In general, it was a pretty good effort and it was nice as a compilation of the general style of the series, but if they come back with regular episodes I think they should avoid to repeat the whole time-travel or flashback schemes for a while and , I don't know how, maybe try to change the situation between Leela and Fry a little cause I think those aspects are going to be a little reiterative soon if they don't do something about them. Whereas the other things like science fiction stuff, Bender, Zoidberg, Proffessor, Hermes , Zapp and Kiff characters, satire about how things would become in the future, etc. always deliver and also worked here the romance story and the coming-back-to-the-2000 thing are being a little over-used. And, like Toli said, if they do use that again, they should show Fry's family and even develop it a little more.

    Quite the polar opposite of The Simpsons Movie, a lot more concentrated on the story, continuity and secondary characters, though sometimes in contrived ways, while lacking a little more in humor, while TSM makes you laugh out loud several times but seems a little shallow and unorganized story-wise. I think I prefer TSM by a little bit, though, but that's just mainly cause I like OFF characters more and because that one was made e for cinema with visuals adequate for theaters. Though at the same time I wish TSM had a more elaborated story and was more concentrated in including several elements of the series like Bender's Big Score did. Heh, I guess I can never be totally happy.

    But seriously, I think it's obvious they put a lot of effort on this and I appreciate it.  
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    Just a question to those who have seen the movie through owning the DVD, and not through downloading it. Did you get the movie through the internet, as in ordering it from somewhere, or did you buy it at a store? I know its release date is November 27th, but sometimes stores may release things early, and the thread starter said it has been released in some areas. So basically, is it available only through ordering, or is it in some stores, too? Thanks.

    Edit: And one more question, how are the Zoidberg scenes/jokes? You might be able to tell from my avatar that he is my favorite Futurama character.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomacco
    I thought of that too. I think it was the only inconsistancy in the movie, which is incredible because of how much stuff they tied together otherwise.
    We don't know that Seymour really died at the end of Jurassic Bark... all he did was close his eyes. That or Bender simply changed the past.

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    Well, to me, the main inconsistency was Yancy's son still being named after Fry even though he never dissappeared.

    Oh, and incredible return. 4/5, and it'll probably improve in reviewings.

    Yeah, that's it. I wrote a lengthy review in spanish, but I'm far too lazy to translate the whole thing. I pretty much agree with Cartoonnetwork.

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    I've been rewatching several parts and I think it's getting better. I already have doubts about what I said comparing OFF movie and this one. There are more gags than I thought, they are just so fast or subtle you don't notice. One I especially like   is the narrator saying "They won't know but you will, lucky you!". I find it hilarious for some reason, especially how he says "lucky you" The musical numbers are also better on rewatching, the first one is pretty nice in fact, the set up for that one with everybody in the streets at Xmas is cool. In the second one I love the chorus of the little elves and how they suffer during the whole number, but the rest is not my cup of tea, especially the hip-hop part (I guess Coolio is that robot that appears here).

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarskyMaxwell
    Well, to me, the main inconsistency was Yancy's son still being named after Fry even though he never dissappeared.

    Yeah that confused me too.

    Whatever though. Honestly, I'm pretty surprised more people aren't clamoring like mad about this release. It surpassed my expectations by leaps and bounds and I think I may have even liked it better than The Simpsons Movie (as hard as it is for me to admit). Most of the critics say this isn't Futurama at its very best, but it's still pretty good. Honestly, I disagree. I think this is indeed Futurama at its best ever.

    Anyways, does anyone know when the next DVDs are slated to be released?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomacco
    Anyways, does anyone know when the next DVDs are slated to be released?

    I believe that no release date has been set, though I think the next 3 are all supposed to come out in 2008. If they all do come out in 2008, you can probably expect The Beast with A Billion Backs to come out early 2008, around late winter/early spring, Bender's Game to come out around summer, and Into the Wild Green Yonder around late 2008, so fall/winter. Of course, that is just speculation from me, so it isn't official. Otherwise, no release dates have been set. I bet we'll get something soon after Bender's Big Score's official release date (11/27).

    P.S. Is everyone getting the DVD through online orders and downloads, or has it come out early in some stores? I know some stores release things early, but usually that just happens with stuff like videogames. Thanks!

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    Won't the WGA strike affect the forthcoming volumes?

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    I heard it does. Wait so does this mean the "past scenes" in Luck of the Fryrish and Jurrasic etc were alternate pasts before it was changed? Wouldn't that be a contradiction of Fry is his own grandfather as in the past always happened and always was. Therefore, Fry was never at any stage missing? All those aside yes it did greatly surpass my expectation as I said because the trailer was poorly put together and the beginning was poor. It picked up about half an hour in.

    The early spoilers saying all the secondary characters return had me seriously worried. Boy was I wrong and I also took into consideration it was a film and most tv series films do have an array of cameos from old characters, ie Simpsons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caribou Christ
    Won't the WGA strike affect the forthcoming volumes?
    No, because they've all been written and recorded a long time ago and I think all they're doing is finishing up the animation on the last one right now.

    The movie was awesome and I can't wait for the other 3 now.

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    4/5-I liked it.Sure,it wasn't futuramas best work,but it was a pretty decent return and I'm really looking forward to the next three.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Binky
    No, because they've all been written and recorded a long time ago and I think all they're doing is finishing up the animation on the last one right now.

    The movie was awesome and I can't wait for the other 3 now.
    Yeah but what about the commentaries for the movies? They still need to be recorded and I doubt that'll happen with this strike on. There's some good points raised about this in The Simpsons Season 11 DVD thread if you want to see what I mean...
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    Quote Originally Posted by H Thompson
     Incidentally that music montage with lars and leela is orginal music isn't it.
    Chris Tyng really does have the best sensibillity of any composer ever. 
    Really? Lame, I thought it was really good and wanted to hear more.

    Anyway, I really really really enjoyed this. Yes, a few cheesy jokes at the start let it down a bit (although I still love the fans one), but when it picked up it was really good. The plot was brilliantly sewn together and while it seemed confusing at times but everything was revealed in good time. The structure was crazy, I couldn't give you a plot outline at all. However, it managed to pace this pretty well. I never lol'd hugely, but there was definitely a load of funny gags and other little moments of Futurama brilliance. Excellent, can't wait for the rest. 5/5

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    The music during the Leela/Lars montage was definitely really great and original. I was taken aback. It's really an original composition for the show?

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    So have any maths/computer nerds looked into the relevance of 001100010010011110100001101101110011 ? All I know is that it's nothing in ASCII (clearly I'm a noob here ).

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    It may be real code for all I know, putting it into google gets nothing but reference posts to this movie though but maybe its not the specific number itself more than the idea of it thats referring to something.

    This film was awesome. As one person pointed out it did have one thing in common with the Simpsons Movie which is it did have the tendency to shoehorn things from past episodes and fit in as many character cameos as possible from the past just to remind us about whats great about well, the past. Make a homage to itself in other words. I guess maybe its unavoidable considering this thing's return is pretty anticipated. In general though it was really together and totally stuck to the guns that make Futurama great, more specifically than the Simpsons Movie since that I felt tried to go for as broad an appeal range as possible humor wise which helped and hurt it I think.

    Fry's such a great character. I have more stuff to say on it but I'll do that later, for now though I'm giving it a 4/5. I'm just so glad this show's managed to crawl back out from the brink it totally deserves it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomacco
    The music during the Leela/Lars montage was definitely really great and original. I was taken aback. It's really an original composition for the show?
    Well I'm just guessing, there's been original compositions for the show before which are perfectly comptetent pieces of rock music, and normally for that sort of scene you might hear some familiar pop song, (*cough* every Al Jean episode ever *cough*) or at the very at least a song with relevant lyrics, so that makes me think it's chris tyng's music, because it sounds like something he could come up with.

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    5/5 Great return for Futurama. This should have been released theatrically.





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    The binary number converts to 13,194,894,195 in decimal which doesn't give any results on google, so it's probably just a random number they came up with. Or maybe it's how much it cost to make the movie!

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