Futurama’s Back! (Almost)

Just caught this on Slashdot:

“In a recent video blog Billy West mentions that a Futurama movie is in production!” From the video: “Good news everyone…there’s gonna be a Futurama movie, coming out on DVD, I think we’re gonna start doing it soon. There were talks and I guess they’re really happy about moving forward with it cuz the DVDs of Futurama sold really well, and then with a possibility of a second one.”

(Billy West, by the way, is the guy who does the voices of Fry, Prof Farnsworth, Dr Zoidberg, and Zapp Brannigan among others. He’s also known as Stimpy from Ren and Stimpy. For more on West, check out this interview he did with The Onion.)

As an avid fan of the show, I’m extremely excited about this announcement. I had heard rumors before (from http://www.gotfuturama.com), but nothing substantial. This, however, seems to be the meat on the bone.

Still, although this is exciting, I can’t help but wonder why it was that Family Guy was brought back to TV (Sunday nights, I think), while Futurama wasn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I’d rather get a DVD than be forced into some producer’s TV schedule, but still, it’s a feature length movie (from what I’ve heard), and — well — I’ll take 14 epidodes on 4 DVDs to a two hour movie any day. (Especially since the movie will likely cost something like $20. Urgh.) Hopefully, though, this movie will have all the great commentary I’ve grown attached to in the DVD sets.

Still, this deserves a mighty “Huzzah!”

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