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Original Futurama Cast Seals Deal With Fox 94

Svippy writes "As we discussed earlier, 20th Century Fox Television was attempting to recast Futurama. As it turns out, this was just part of a big negotiation ploy, and the original cast have now completed their deals to return with the show's new episodes. For those of you who did not follow the story, a chronology of the events and reactions from the cast members are available at Infosphere and Voice Actors in the News. Series creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen said, 'We are thrilled to have our incredible cast back. The call has already gone out to the animators to put the mouths back on the characters.'"
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Original Futurama Cast Seals Deal With Fox

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  • Oblig. (Score:5, Funny)

    by JoshuaSpringfield ( 984602 ) <> on Saturday August 01, 2009 @09:20AM (#28908159)
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      I can't wait till I'm old enough to feel ways about stuff.
      • me neither
      • Smithers, there's a rocket in my pocket!

        You don't have to tell me, sir.

        Did I do it right?

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by russlar ( 1122455 )
      Sweet llamas of the Bahamas!
    • by Krneki ( 1192201 )
      Kiss my shiny metal ass
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by uberjack ( 1311219 )
      It's a good thing it's coming back, because I was about to build my own Futurama. With blackjack! And hookers!
  • by Tickenest ( 544722 ) on Saturday August 01, 2009 @09:29AM (#28908197) Homepage Journal
    "The call has already gone out to the animators to put the mouths back on the characters." An Eiffel Tower reference from WWII? The operators purportedly had the elevators working again 10 minutes after Paris was liberated. Very nice.
    • by maxume ( 22995 )

      Maybe you should explain how you think the two are related, I took it to mean that he would rather do the show without voices than with a different cast.

      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward
        I think the parent means that when Nazi Germany took over Fox studios, the voice actors' mouths were taken to death camps. Or something
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by bunratty ( 545641 )
      It's a joke, son.
    • Not particularly, the joke is that the characters were just not going to be able to speak. Or apparently eat, so I guess that means it would've been a short lived return.

      Of course having explained the joke, it's now ruined. In other news, why didn't somebody negate the goodnewseveryone tag? Strikes me as somebody that didn't really get the show trying to demonstrate knowledge.
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by iluvcapra ( 782887 )


      On a related note, what David isn't saying is that they have been actively auditoning and recasting actors to replace the original voice talent, so they were ready in any case.

      I recorded an actor friend do an audition for Fry and Kif, he was awesome! And he would have been a lot cheaper than Billy West, but alas, it was not to be.

      • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

        by porges ( 58715 )

        According to Mark Evanier [], who's been in animation for decades:

        If you're an aspiring cartoon voice actor who thinks "This is my break," think something else. They'll get thousands of submissions and it's unlikely that anyone with hiring capacity will ever listen to any of them. This is, like I said, not the way to really find a replacement. It's just a showy means of intimidating the actors and their agents...a way which costs the studio nothing. They don't even have to book time in a recording studio or ha

        • I agree that it was basically impossible for then to recast the roles, because of the fanboys, it was just Fox going thru the motions.
    • Ya know, I think it would be awesome if in the first episode of the new series there was going to be a scene with all the characters without mouths for some oddball reason. Call it a quick "reference" for all the geeks who followed this story :)

  • by ConceptJunkie ( 24823 ) on Saturday August 01, 2009 @09:38AM (#28908257) Homepage Journal

    Although I knew the only real possibilities were the original cast returning or the show not being made.

    Even though we have the proverbial "500 channels", there's still as much a lack of good creative shows as ever, and Futurama fits that bill perfectly. Newt Minow's "vast wasteland" is alive and strong!

    Especially since the #1 show "American Politics" got a whole new set of writers but has still managed to get even dumber than ever... ludicrous plots, inane dialog, stories so far-fetched no one would ever believe them in real life...

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      Especially since the #1 show "American Politics" got a whole new set of writers but has still managed to get even dumber than ever... ludicrous plots, inane dialog, stories so far-fetched no one would ever believe them in real life...

      You realise that was a live coverage of the election campaign? :p

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      stories so far-fetched no one would ever believe them in real life...

      Oh come now, this last part is one of the main rules of writing sitcoms. Break it and folks will think you are writing a funny documentary.

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by e9th ( 652576 )
      There's a lack of good creative shows because they draw small audiences. Very loyal audiences, but still small. Some examples that come to mind are Quantum Leap, Firefly, and Arrested Development.
      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        Hey, I like all those shows.

        The sad thing is that many of the most popular shows from the 70s were creative and intelligent (and funny, in the case of sitcoms):

        All in the Family, M*A*S*H, Mary Tyler Moore, The Bob Newhart Show... just to name a few. Adult shows written for adults without having to resort to crudity and shock value, well, OK, "All in the Family" did, but it was usually in the pursuit of Making A Point(TM), which it did very well. Sure, there was a lot of crap back then, as always, but it s

        • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

          by maxume ( 22995 )

          Don't forget the glorification of torture.

          • I was about to ask the same question. How can you complain about the crudity of modern TV but then mention one of your favorite shows makes torture out to be a great act of heroism?

            • I disagree. I don't think it glorifies torture. I think it shows a situation where Jack Bauer finds it to be lesser to two evils. I don't always agree with what Jack Bauer does. He's murdered people, not in self-defense, or trying to save the world. He's flat out murdered people more than once. He does horrible things sometimes. He's not a perfect hero (well, he's superhuman in what he can do, but he does morally questionable things all the time. Things I wouldn't do if I were him.). He's pushed by

  • by davidwr ( 791652 ) on Saturday August 01, 2009 @09:56AM (#28908361) Homepage Journal

    Fry- Can I come back at severely reduced pay?
    Hermes- Of course! In fact, severely reduced pay all around!

    Let's hope life didn't imitate art. These people are worth it. Heck, I'll even watch the commercials ... in my dreams.

  • by Dachannien ( 617929 ) on Saturday August 01, 2009 @09:57AM (#28908377)

    Almost makes me want to head to the store right now and pick up some Torgo's Executive Powder.

  • I always thought Seth McFarlane would be great as Nibbler.

  • I don't know about you, but I didn't see this one coming. I mean, Billy West, Katey Sagal, John Di Maggio, Dan Castellaneta, Phil Lamar, and everyone else on the cast are all expendable and anyone can do the voices they do.

    Okay, Leela _could_ be replaced, but would anyone buy Leela as Leela with any voice other than that of Peggy Bundy? Amy Wong can be replaced, but why would you want to? It would only serve as a distraction and land you in a JTS category. (for the record as an aside: if Fry and Leela do

    • by mwvdlee ( 775178 )

      Almost every well-educated person I know who has seen Futurama loves it: engineers, doctors, chemists, programmers, help desk workers, architects.

      Let me guess; your job is "help desk worker"?

  • Hmmmm (Score:5, Insightful)

    by __aahurc460 ( 620592 ) on Saturday August 01, 2009 @11:07AM (#28908817)
    This show was never all that gre-ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD!
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Vexor ( 947598 )
      You know there's a full length episode of Hypnotoad on the movie DVDs. Believe it was Bender's Big Score.
  • Blackmail is such an ugly word. I prefer "extortion." The "X" makes it sound cool.
  • And you thought Family Guy bashes Fox in their episodes?
    • Have you seen the recent Futurama DVDs? As in the opening scene of Bender's Big Score?

    • Re: (Score:1, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      The Simpsons has been doing it a lot longer and a lot harsher than Family Guy.

  • Did California use stimulus $$ on "Full Utilization of Continuing Kharacters?" (Sorry, bad spellr)
  • ...Never got around to watching much Futurama, but glad to hear that they're presumably not trying a recycle-just-the-name thing.

    For some reason, the idea of post-crash Lynyrd Skynyrd comes to mind here. (Maybe someone who's further into that type of music could enlighten me on that particular example?)

  • by LandruBek ( 792512 ) on Sunday August 02, 2009 @12:00AM (#28913973)

    IMO, unless they get Dave Herman back, it's not the whole cast. That guy is awesome. His regular voices like Roberto, Mayor Poopenmeyer and Dr. Wernstrom are all hilarious, but also he's got range: he can produce amazingly different voices for all those one-time characters he does, whom you don't really remember, like Leela's martial arts sensei Fnog.

    Also it's silly to focus just on the voice acting cast. I don't know their names, but I know it takes a huge crew of talented artists and writers to make the magic happen, and I hope all those talented people come back. It would be bad to cut back on the visual and writing talent to pay for the voice talent. The last thing any of us want is 26 half-baked, mediocre episodes. Better the show should end at five good seasons.

  • The correct name of the studio is "30th Century Fox."

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