Everyone wonders what the future will be like. Some people imagine an I, Robot utopian atmosphere with robots helping mankind. Others imagine The Matrix as our inevitable doom. I like to imagine a Futurama-ian future with hilarious reference comedy to the 21st century. Because, let’s be honest, we live in one messed up world.
Futurama was born in the mind of Matt Groening. Wait for it…wait for it…YES! YOU’RE RIGHT! HE IS THE CREATOR OF THE SIMPSONS! (I gave you the benefit of the doubt on that one. If you didn’t deserve it, your punishment is to play “Chubby Bunny” by yourself in the dark.) The Simpsons, easily one of the best TV sitcoms of all time. Record breaking, award winning, and internationally recognized. So it’s natural to think the brain behind this yellow family will spit out another hilarious cartoon. Futurama’s pilot episode follows one not-so-smart delivery boy, Philip J. Fry, delivering a pizza to a prank call on December 31, 1999. Upon his arrival, he sits back and toasts to another meaningless year. At midnight he stumbles backwards and is cryogenically frozen for 1000 years. What? You want to know more? Well, you have your premise. Trust that the comedy will follow.
I’m not going to lie, Futurama has had a rough going. 7 seasons in 12 years. But they’re still around and intend to live on Comedy Central for a long time. A bit satirical, a bit slapstick, and a bit…well…brilliant to be honest. The 5 Primetime Emmys should attest to such a claim. If your business card says “TV Guru”, you might recognize some of the voice acting. Especially Leela (the cyclops with purple hair and a body only cartoonists get to see day in and day out) who is voiced by the one and only Katey Sagal. (By the way, I meant that Leela has exaggerated beauty that only exists in the cartoons. I also mean that cartoonists can be a little gross when you think about one man drawing her curves over and over again.)
One thing that I love about Futurama is the vivid colors. The coloring for this show is almost its own character. The only comparison that I can think of is the vibrant colors the most recent seasons of South Park has had. Reds pop, blues are deep, and water is turned into wine. And yes, I do think Jesus is an animator for these TV shows. I really hope you enjoy these miracles.