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Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
7 out of 10
Extras Rating:
9 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Billy West as Fry / Dr. Zoidberg / Professor Farnsworth / Zapp Brannigan / God Entity / Additional Voices (voice)
John Di Maggio as Bender / Robot Santa / Joey Mousepad / Additional Voices (voice)
Katey Sagal as Leela (voice)
Lauren Tom as Amy Wong / Additional Voices (voice)
Phil LaMarr as Hermes Conrad / Additional Voices (voice)
Maurice LaMarche as Morbo / Additional Voices (voice)
Tress MacNeille as Linda / Additional Voices (voice)
David Herman as Nudar / Additional Voices (voice)
Frank Welker as Nibbler / Seymour / Additional Voices (voice)
Brittany Murphy as Colleen (voice)
Dan Castellaneta as Robot Devil (voice)
David Cross as Yivo (voice)
Stephen Hawking as Himself (voice)

Special Features:
Commentary by Matt Groening, David X. Cohen, Billy West, John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, Michael Rowe, Claudia Katz, Peter Avanzino and Lee Supercinski
The Lost Adventure in 3-D, Sort Of!
Storyboard Animatic
Deleted Scenes
David Cross eating popcorn
Blooperama: The Futurama Cast at Work
3-D Models with Animator Discussion
A Brief History of Deathball
And as if that weren't enough... Bender's Game: A Sneak Peek at the Next Futurama Epic!

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 89 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official synopsis of the film:

"In 'Futurama's' latest and most tentacle-packed epic, space itself rips open, revealing a gateway to another universe. But what lies beyond?

Horror? Love?

Or maybe both, if it happens to contain a repulsive, planet-sized monster with romantic intentions! Nothing less than the fate of human and robot-kind is at stake as the 'Futurama' crew takes on...

The Beast with a Billion Backs."

Mini-Review:
Like the previous "Futurama" movie, "The Beast with a Billion Backs" is little more than three episodes of the series spliced together. But if you're a fan of the TV series, the seemingly random sub-plots are entertaining enough that it doesn't matter that they don't fit neatly together. This time around there are three main stories - Fry falling in love with a woman only to discover he's not alone, Bender joining a secret robot society, and an inter-dimensional being taking over the universe with billions of tentacles.

"Futurama" is in its usual good form. There's plenty of sci-fi humor, fantastic voice performances, social commentary, and all-out wackiness. It's hard to single out any particular moment that stands out, but the scenes where the tentacles take over the world are quite amusing. David Cross also makes a fun cameo as Yivo, the inter-dimensional being. Also look for a hilarious cameo by Stephen Hawking himself.

If you're a "Futurama" fan, then you're definitely going to want to add this DVD to your collection.

You'll also find a fantastic selection of bonus features on this DVD. Most notable among them is "The Lost Adventure in 3-D." This is a computer animated feature made for a "Futurama" video game. This features all the video in-between levels as well as actual game footage and it ends up being quite a bit of footage. It's as good as any episode of the series (though it doesn't feature all the characters from the show). Look for funny "Star Wars" parodies of Yoda (called 'Adoy') and "chicken walkers" in this footage. Also notable is "Blooperama" where we get to see the cast in person recording audio for the film. It's certainly fun to see the talented cast at work. Also look for commentaries, an interview with David Cross, deleted scenes, and other good stuff.

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