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Futurama - Vol. 2

Futurama - Vol. 2

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Director: Bret Haaland, Brian Sheesley, Chris Louden, Chris Sauve

Cast: Bret Haaland, Brian Sheesley, Chris Louden, Chris Sauve

Since Futurama and The Simpsons were both created by cartoonist Matt Groening and share his frequently absurdist, often acerbic sense of humor, comparisons between the two series were inevitable, and while Futurama was often funnier than The Simpsons in the first two seasons it was on the air, it consistently lacked the emotional resonance


Since Futurama and The Simpsons were both created by cartoonist Matt Groening and share his frequently absurdist, often acerbic sense of humor, comparisons between the two series were inevitable, and while Futurama was often funnier than The Simpsons in the first two seasons it was on the air, it consistently lacked the emotional resonance of the earlier series -- it never seemed to engage the mind the same way it massaged the funny bone. Similarly, the second multi-DVD Futurama box set -- this one collecting the 19 episodes from the show's second season -- seems to be modeled on the superb packages Fox Home Entertainment created for the first two episodes of The Simpsons, but the results aren't quite as impressive. The material included on Futurama, Vol. 2 has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Surround, and all the episodes look and sound terrific, with the images pin-sharp throughout and the sound crisp and cleanly defined. Along with the original English-language audio tracks, the discs include alternate dubbed versions in Spanish and French (also in Dolby Digital Surround), as well as optional subtitles in English, Spanish, and French. Like the Simpsons collections, Futurama, Vol. 2 is loaded with bonus material, but ironically this is where the set disappoints. Each episode here has an alternate commentary track, featuring Groening along with members of the show's writing staff, production team, and voice cast, but surprisingly often they don't have anything especially enlightening to say about the show, often getting bogged down in cryptic sci-fi references and inside jokes, and while fans might get a chuckle out of hearing them, their novelty wears out rather quickly. Deleted gags from most of the episodes are also included, though they tend to be brief and appear to have been scrapped for a good reason, and while the "animatic" for "Why Must I Be A Crustacean In Love?" is instructive for those interested in the show's production methods, it isn't especially entertaining on its own merits. Also, while the "international clips" are amusing enough, no one seems to have realized that while the versions in Italian and Portuguese are a novelty, the French and Spanish clips are redundant, since all 19 episodes can be viewed in those languages anyway. Also included is a gallery of production artwork and a key to the show's "alien alphabet," both of which are more interesting and useful than many of the set's more elaborate features. Fans of Futurama will certainly appreciate the care and technical skill that's gone into putting the show's second season on disc, but the additional bells and whistles ultimately don't add much value to the package.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Cree McCree
It never became a ratings juggernaut like The Simpsons, but this clever sci-fi toon from Simpsons creator Matt Groening definitely deserves another look. Even after Fox canceled the show in May 2002 (cue boos and hisses), it won a posthumous Emmy, and the second season of Futurama may be its best. The writers spent much of Season 1 establishing a motley crew of alien life forms as viewer-friendly characters, from the one-eyed but big-hearted Leela to bad-boy robot Bender to Planet Express patriarch Professor Farnsworth. In Season 2, it was time to launch our 21st-century hero -- ­­reanimated pizza delivery boy Fry -- ­­into ever more fantastic adventures with his 31st-century pals. In a delicious Star Trek spoof, the team encounters a "Problem with Popplers." "Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?" sends Dr. Zoidberg back to his home planet for mating season. Elsewhere, Prof. Farnsworth rekindles romance with his mini-me clone, and Richard Nixon grafts his head onto Bender's body to run for president of the world. Worth the price of admission alone is "Xmas Story," in which John Goodman voices an eight-foot St. Nick who terrorizes naughty kids to the strains of "Santa Claus Is Gunning You Down." The set also packs plenty of behind-the-scenes goodies, including storyboards, deleted scenes, and the raw black-and-white animatics for "Crustacean."

Product Details

Release Date:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
[Dolby Digital Surround]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Full-length audio commentary on all 19 episodes; Deleted scenes from 15 episodes; Animatics and storyboards for selected episodes; Alien alphabet, international clips, and more

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matt Groening Actor
Billy West Additional Voices,Philip J. Fry,Philip J. Fry/Professor Hubert Farnsworth/Additional
Katey Sagal Captain Turanga Leela
John DiMaggio Bender
Phil LaMarr Hermes Conrad
Lauren Tom Amy Wong
Al Gore Himself

Technical Credits
Bret Haaland Director
Brian Sheesley Director
Chris Louden Director
Chris Sauve Director
Jeffrey Lynch Director
Mark Ervin Director
Peter Avanzino Director
Rich Moore Director
Ron Hughart Director
Susie Dietter Director
Gregg Vanzo Director

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc One
1. Made From Meat By-Products [:39]
2. Act I: "How Could You Flush Nibbler Down the Toilet?" [6:04]
3. Act II: "There's Mutants Down There!" [8:03]
4. Act III: "Hey, Aren't You Supposed to Be Eating Our Brains?" [7:08]
5. End Credits [:38]
1. Not Y3K Compliant [:56]
2. Act I: "I Hate These Filthy Neutrals!" [7:25]
3. Act II: "Don't Get Your Panties in a Knot!" [7:00]
4. Act III: "Fly the White Flag of War!" [6:31]
5. End Credits [:38]
1. From the Makers of Futurama [:31]
2. Act I: "How Are You Gonna Live Without a Body?" [6:23]
3. Act II: "I Spent Most of My Teen Years Loving My Body" [6:57]
4. Act III: " You've Got Real Charisma From the Neck Down" [8:01]
5. End Credits [:38]
1. Based on a True Story [:30]
2. Act I: "He Doesn't Know About Santa Claus!" [7:19]
3. Act II: "Girls Like Swarms of Lizards, Right?" [6:54]
4. Act III: "You Dare Bribe Santa?" [7:10]
5. End Credits [:38]
1. From the Network That Brought You "The Simpsons" [:30]
2. Act I: "Just Nineteen Hours Until the Mating Frenzy!" [5:07]
3. Act II: "You're Right, My Stink Gland Is Weak!" [9:43]
4. Act III: "How Will I Ever Get Rid of My Male Jelly Now?" [6:31]
5. End Credits [:37]
Side #2 -- Disc Two
1. The Show That Watches Back [:38]
2. Act I: "Shut Up and Get to the Point!" [5:49]
3. Act II: "He's the Evil Bender" [5:43]
4. Act III: "And the Winner Is..." [6:08]
5. End Credits [:38]
1. Not Based on the Novel by James Fenimore Cooper [:30]
2. Act I: "Put Your Pants Back On, I Need a Stapler" [5:39]
3. Act III: "She Wants Me as a Trophy Husband" [6:00]
4. Act III: "Wait a Minute, You Don't Have a Body!" [6:21]
5. End Credits [:38]
1. Nominated for Three Glemmys [:30]
2. Act I: "He's Got a Brain Slug on His Head!" [5:38]
3. Act II: "You Know, I'm Also an Ultimate Robot Lover" [6:44]
4. Act III: "Get That Hippie Out of the Ring!" [5:47]
5. End Credits [:38]
1. This Episode Has Been Modified to Fit Your Primitive Screen [:31]
2. Act I: "We're Online!" [5:53]
3. Act II: "Look at That Statue, It's Only Got One Eye" [6:34]
4. Act III: "It's Time for This Bird to Walk!" [5:32]
5. End Credits [:38]
1. Coming Soon to an Illegal DVD [:30]
2. Act I: "Surprise!" [5:43]
3. Act II: "Is He Dumb or Just Ugly?" [7:04]
4. Act III: "Why Do I Have to Be the Hump?" [6:24]
5. End Credits [:38]
Side #3 -- Disc Three
1. As Foretold by Nostradamus [:30]
2. Act I: "I Only Gamble With Chumps" [5:20]
3. Act II: "Mr. Bender, About Last Night..." [7:24]
4. Act III: "Stop Hogging That Healthy Liver!" [8:46]
5. End Credits [:38]
1. A Stern Warning of Things to Come [:30]
2. Act I: "This Isn't a Pet License, It's a Fishing License!" [6:27]
3. Act II: "I Did See a Mermaid!" [7:44]
4. Act III: "Welcome to Atlanta!" [7:10]
5. End Credits [:38]
1. Simulcast on Crazy People's Fillings [:30]
2. Act I: "Hey Elzar, Think Fast!" [6:06]
3. Act II: "You Flatter Me, Kind Goon!" [8:21]
4. Act III: "You're a Freakin' Genius, You Idiot!" [6:56]
5. End Credits [:37]
1. Larva-Tested, Pupa-Approved [:30]
2. Act I: "It's Just What I Wanted!" [6:02]
3. Act II: "Mom Keeps the Robot Control in Her Bra?" [7:44]
4. Act III: "Is This What Human Mating Looks Like?" [7:38]
5. End Credits [:38]
1. For External Use Only [:38]
2. Act I: "We Taught a Lion to Eat Tofu" [6:10]
3. Act II: "Parrots Talk and We Eat Them, Right?" [7:23]
4. Act III: "Try Our New, Extreme Walrus Juice!" [7:29]
5. End Credits [:38]
Side #4 -- Disc Four
1. Painstakingly Drawn Before a Live Audience [:30]
2. Act I: "I'm a Big Robot!" [6:10]
3. Act II: "The Crime Is Unsolvable" [8:11]
4. Act III: "Ask Something Less Stupid!" [7:03]
5. End Credits [:38]
1. Touch Eyeballs to Screen for Cheap Laser Surgery [:30]
2. Act I: "I Suffer From a Very Sexy Learning Disability" [6:07]
3. Act II: "That's My Joke, I'll Kill You!" [7:30]
4. Act III: "So, It's You I've Been Attracted To!" [4:09]
5. End Credits [:38]
1. Smell-O-Vision Users Insert Nostril Tubes Now [:30]
2. Act I: "Pardon Me, My Good Simpleton..." [6:02]
3. Act II: "You Are a Were-Car!" [7:11]
4. Act III: "Many Robots Are Stupid and Violent" [8:12]
5. End Credits [:38]
1. Not a Substitute for Human Interaction [:30]
2. Act I: "I'd Like to Reapply for My Old Job" [6:04]
3. Act II: "So You Froze Yourself to Come Look for Me?" [6:47]
4. Act III: "Could We Please Join Your Society?" [5:14]
5. End Credits [:38]

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Futurama - Vol. 2 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Labradorlover0SM More than 1 year ago
Wow. Season 2 ah? Looks good. Bad thing that its ending. Yes, the show is having its FINAL season June 19th, 2013. You saved it before, save it now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was like new even though it was only listed as "good."
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The 3rd one was better, but id say this is behind it. My personal favorite was "XMAS story"
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are a futurama fan, then this is a must buy.
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