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Billy West Confirms Four FUTURAMA DVD-Movies??

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Cartoon icon and former Howard Stern sidekick Billy West - who voiced Fry, Farnsworth, Zoidberg and Zapp Brannigan on “Futurama” – appears to have posted major news on billywest.com, and it took till now for it to filter down to us:

Posted: 19 January 2006 at 4:44pm | IP Logged
HERE'S GREAT NEWS!
Here's the official word on Futurama!!
[Creator/showrunner] David X. [Cohen] phoned me about an hour ago and said that this Futurama project is a done deal! Here's the word from DX--- There are 4 DVD movies that we'll start recording at the end of July or August. Full feature length FUTURAMA movies. Everybody is excited to get back together--as I am!

Into the Future,
Billy

Thanks to “Squill” for the heads up! Find Billy West’s original post here!!









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  • Jan. 22, 2006, 12:21 a.m. CST

    w00t

    by Ribbons

    "Futurama" movies, eh? I canna wait. Hope they're as good as the show.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 12:26 a.m. CST

    Fantastic.

    by SpacePhil

    Wow. Is it just me, or are the TV shows that I actually liked - and got cancelled - finding ways to get back into the limelight? Sounds good to me. Can't wait.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Hmmm....

    by Ribbons

    Question: is "Family Guy" better, worse, or more or less the same ever since its re-introduction to television?

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Life is worth living

    by Stanley Spector

    The world will be a better place for having Futurama return to it.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 12:44 a.m. CST

    awww yeah

    by methical

    In the words of today's youth: It be goin down like a mu'fucka this summer!!!!

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 12:47 a.m. CST

    on second thought........

    by methical

    screw today's youth, I just said that shit out loud, and it sounds hella retarded.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 12:47 a.m. CST

    argh!!!

    by methical

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Sweet Zombie Jesus!

    by Zardoz

    This is the best news I've heard in a while. I was slow to warm to this show initally, but eventually I realized it was my fault; the show was pure genius, and I just couldn't "get" it at first. Anyway, I can hardly wait for the new movies. Bender rulz!

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 1:11 a.m. CST

    So does this mean that it won't be coming back as a series?

    by DanielKurland

    I know it was only speculation, but does this deal (and don't get me wrong, one movie, let alone four is just fantastic) mean that they aren't going to bring it back, or perhaps they might depending on the sales of the movies.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 1:12 a.m. CST

    We need to bring back the television show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by My Ass Smells

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Fox can bite my shiny metal a--... actually, this is good news.

    by Han Ol' Buddy

    I'm excited about this and happy to look forward to new stuff from one of my favorite shows. And, I'm thinking Family Guy is better now that it's back. Anything with Stephen Hawking and his wife is hilarious. "Oww, you're hurting me!"

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Good news, I'd prefer them to launch the show again.

    by dr_dreadlocks

    But I'll take what I can get.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Han Ol' Buddy

    by Ribbons

    Thanks for actually responding to my question. I don't really think I launched the discussion that I wanted to, but at least someone cares, dammit. Excuse me, I think I got something stuck in my eye...

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 2:10 a.m. CST

    Not as good as a new season, but still great news!

    by DerLanghaarige

    I guess, if the movies will be successfull, FOX will greenlight the series again.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 2:43 a.m. CST

    Excellent news! FUTURAMA OWNS SOUTH PARK'S ASS AND FUCKS MAT

    by Proman1984

    FUTURAMA ROCKS!

  • ... no wait ...

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 3:59 a.m. CST

    This news is almost as awesome as...

    by PsychoCrash

    ...It was when I heard it two days ago.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Yet more news of cash-cow straight-to-DVDs (STDs) being released

    by seppukudkurosawa

    of an extinct show I enjoyed at the time. I'm not sure if I'll end up buying these and the Buffy ones, it's just been too much time since I said sayonara and I'm not sure I care so much as I did at the time when FOX rudely cancelled Futuarma's ass (you know, the shiny metal one). That being said, no doubt I'll wake up sweaty one night dying for a fix of Maurice La Marche and John Di Maggio, and I'll end up buying the DVDs online in a fuzzy haze.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 5:24 a.m. CST

    FFS I can at least get the name right, Futurama.

    by seppukudkurosawa

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 6:10 a.m. CST

    STDs? yeah, i'm looking forward to getting lots of STDs from

    by newc0253

    seriously, though, this is good news. bring on the STDs for angel, buffy and firefly, stat.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 6:47 a.m. CST

    "Excellent news! FUTURAMA OWNS SOUTH PARK'S ASS AND FUCKS MA

    by Thirteen 13

    Dude, save it. Unlike Kevin Smith who flips out over anybody who talks bad about him on the net, Matt and Trey don't read these talkbacks or even bother to log into AICN, and they don't give a shit about your criticism. They won't read your all caps post, nor do they care. And why should they given their success.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Thirteen 13

    by Krangelus

    u r trey. i know it.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Sweet!

    by fiester

    Great news.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 8 a.m. CST

    Remember, this is just about the money so don't expect anyth

    by performingmonkey

    You know dat's true.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 9:28 a.m. CST

    I expect...

    by Brendon

    ...something about as good as the almost-the-best episodes. There's hedging a bet for you.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 9:47 a.m. CST

    All hail the Hypnotoad!!!

    by Billyeveryteen

    Morbo the news monster will destroy you all!!

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 10:19 a.m. CST

    it's all about the money? the money that Matt Groening need

    by HypeEndsHere

    you crazy.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 10:49 a.m. CST

    More Futurama?!

    by beelkay

    Woo-hoo! Woo-hoo! Woo-hoo! Woo-hoo! Woo-hoo!

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 11:43 a.m. CST

    I must be a Pussy

    by OGREISHERE

    I am on the verge of tears here this news is beautiful.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Practise Run For The Simpsons Movie Maybe?

    by flamingrunt

    I love Family Guy but their dvd movie was horribly average. Most tv shows, cartoons in particular, just dont work when extended to an hour and a half. Sure South Park is the exception, but id have preffered them to make a series for DVD.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 11:50 a.m. CST

    I'd rather have 12 new episodes

    by MrBoinfoint

    I fear the movies will be too sprawling and be able to catch the tightness of the 22-minute format. But any Futurama is better than none. Let's hope they have the budget for some kick-ass space action. Zap's back! (Kiff shudders.)

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 1:32 p.m. CST

    "Afterschool special"

    by Ribbons

    That term, I don't think it means what you think it means.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 2:27 p.m. CST

    This Just in

    by emeraldboy

    NBC Just announced that as of may 14th this year, The west wing is no more!

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 2:39 p.m. CST

    the Fry's dog episode brought a tear to my eye...

    by Fatal Discharge

    "for a thousand summers I will wait for you". That's what makes The Simpsons and Futurama more special...they're hilarious but also emotional at times. I actually care about the characters unlike the scattershop approach of something like Family Guy. And why not release Futurama movies theatrically? If something like Hoodwinked can make a chunk of money, then why not something actually funny. A sci-fi parody could be great on the big screen and it wouldn't cost much to give it a shot.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Something, something... Bender is great!

    by Han Ol' Buddy

    Fry crack corn and I don't care, Leela crack corn, I still don't care, Bender crack corn and he is great! Take that you stupid corn!

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Yay!

    by blackwood

    Yay!

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 4:37 p.m. CST

    I think i just pee'd a little bit...

    by Drunken Fugitive

    Awesome news, 2006 off to a great start....

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Good news, everyone!

    by Christopher3

    But I'd still prefer a network series resurrection.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 4:56 p.m. CST

    No series? Fair enough...WOOHOO!

    by scrumdiddly

    Let the random quotes begin.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 4:57 p.m. CST

    "What really killed the Dinosaurs?" "MEEE!!!!!"

    by scrumdiddly

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 4:58 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. West Wing

    by LeckoManiac

    It had a great 7 season run, it will be sad to see it go. Futurama is awesome, it took a while for me to warm up to it...but once I did I could not get enough. This is great news, but I do hope it comes back as a series

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 5:01 p.m. CST

    What an event!

    by JackPumpkinhead

    I'm referring, of course, to the fact that the "number" cretin made a talkback post and did not conclude it with "LOL!". In fact, he didn't even use that moronic acronym anywhere in his message.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 5:06 p.m. CST

    why does the headline end in ??

    by Rinse

    is confirming the story left up to us as an exercise??

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 5:21 p.m. CST

    There is a God!

    by covenant

    Whooooooooooooooohooooooooooooooooooo! Best news I've had in a while. Maybe thie will help bring the show back on the air on a regular basis. Family Guy was brought back by DVD sales and reruns; maybe Futurama will, as well. Now, if someone picks up Arrested Development, I'll be born again!

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 5:41 p.m. CST

    cancellation of the west wing deserves its own talkback:

    by newc0253

    it fucking sucks that it's finally ending but everyone knows it just ain't been the same since sorkin left. the campaign trail storyline has been the best thing to happen to the show, but it's probably better that it's going out now than end up like ER - still a decent and well-produced show after 12 seasons but a pale shadow of the greatness that it once was.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 5:52 p.m. CST

    YES!

    by Evil Chicken

    First round of Slurm is on me! Great news, indeed.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Smoke screen?

    by Itblowstherobot

    Considering we recently heard that Futurama is coming back as a returning series (or is in talks to, I can't remember), could this be a smoke screen? Using the Family Guy movie as a template, a cartoon movie is three episodes, which would make these 12 episodes. So could they just be making a mid-season replacement? Just a thought.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Praise Allah!

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Heh heh, but seriously. I still will they'd just bring back the durned show.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 7:43 p.m. CST

    THANK YOU, JEEBUS!!!

    by xenaman

    Finally, Futurama lives again.....

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one who thinks that the fourth season of Futurama

    by Lenny Nero

    Well, season 2 does have a good four-episode perfection, but the fourth season led us to a more serious atmosphere, which is what I think the show really needed. "The Sting" is without question my favorite episode, as is any other that really questions Fry's existence in the future and what leaving home truly meant. And by season 4, I mean the real final season (4 & 5 combined).

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Nope, I too thought season 4 was Futurama at it's peak

    by seppukudkurosawa

    It seemed as if Cohen, Groening a al went all-out when they heard the news that Futurama was soon to be kaput. It had more emotion than a Miyazaki film; and it still maintained its sense of humour. Fry getting kidnapped by aliens and losing his nose...Bender changing sex...that final episode which guested Dan Castellanata (the voice of Homer to you lay-men out there) returning as the Robot Devil, it was as sweet as it ever got.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Thanks Seppukudkurosawa.

    by Lenny Nero

    I think a good deal of season 4 is quite beautiful. And still funny as hell. Is "Godfellas" season 4? That has probably the best third act the entire show had, when Fry finally realizes at the monk telescope that Bender may be gone forever.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 9:16 p.m. CST

    I think I probably liked Season 2 the best

    by Ribbons

    But I do appreciate the fact that Cohen and the writing staff tried to make the series more melancholy at times in Season 4. It fit well and, like people have already said, it still maintained its humor. And the episode where Leela gets stung by the space bee is an excellent mind trip to boot.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Erm... did I word that right?

    by Ribbons

    Anyway, you know what I mean. "Trippy," etc.

  • Jan. 22, 2006, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Ribbons, that episode is "The Sting," and it's brillia

    by Lenny Nero

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 2:21 a.m. CST

    I don't understand why the cancelled the fucking thing in th

    by BendersShinyAss

    Here's hoping the dvd movies are going to be worth it. Fingers so crossed!

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 2:52 a.m. CST

    Ah. Many thanks, Lenny!

    by Ribbons

    It's weird, then, how you were just talking about how goot that episode was before I chimed in.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 6:32 a.m. CST

    No no, Eek didn't pavethe way for Futurama. Simpsons did.

    by BendersShinyAss

    Eek paved the way for tiny toons. Actually I made that up. Invador Zim was cool

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 9:06 a.m. CST

    My favourite "serious" episode is probably Luck of the Fryish

    by scrumdiddly

    *sniff*

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Futurama

    by emeraldboy

    My favourite episode is the one where bender adopts the homeless kids beyond all that I didnt find Futurama all that funny, really. Maybe it isnt supposed to be funny i dont know.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 2:43 p.m. CST

    awesome!

    by Russman

    Great show and once again... FOX SUCKS BALLS!!

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 4:53 p.m. CST

    The Animaniacs and Pinky and The Brain episodes will be out on d

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Praise Zombie Jesus.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Jeff Spicoli...

    by tango fett

    Go push your damn websites elsewhere my man, this is about Futu-Freakin-Rama! Anyways, will there be snoo-snoo?

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 11:32 p.m. CST

    YES!

    by Mattchew

    Zoidberg lives! Rejoice!

  • Jan. 24, 2006, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Death by snoo-snoo!

    by Lenny Nero

    From "The Sting": "He make good snoo-snoo." [Fry's former trysts in the background, including Morgan Proctor and Michelle, do a so-so with their hands] "Ehhhh..."