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David X Cohen on Futurama

Published March 16, 2009 in Television
By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders

Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder tackles the timely subject of evolution, only 1000 years from now. The final of four Futurama DVD movies has the irreverent take you'd expect, but producer David X. Cohen wants to assure evolutionists that they have utmost respect for the theory.

Cohen's Futurama

"Well, as you know, evolution has been a little bit boring up to this point if you look around, but 1000 years from now, we're going to have a far greater diversity of beings, not even all carbon based," Cohen said. "I hope that any jokes we make about evolution, which we do make a few in this DVD, do not falsely convey the idea that we are skeptics or anything like that. We're big Darwin fans."

When you watch the DVD, you'll find many cameos from today's celebrities, including some unusual credits. Penn and Teller appear as heads in glass jars, and both get voice credit.

"You know, I myself did not know that until I saw the credit to the movie. I was as surprised as you are because obviously we had only Penn doing the voice. The official credit was Penn and Teller so when I first saw that in the editing room, I said, 'Hey, I think we have a mistake here.' They said, 'No, got it from the Fox legal department. That's what it says.' I did not call Penn Jillette back up and ask him about it but it occurred to me that that makes sense as their business partnership because Teller would really be getting ripped off otherwise, due to the fact that in the act he never talks, therefore as a result he doesn't get paid for this kind of appearance or any radio thing. So for their partnership to be fair, I guess they have set it up that he gets paid too."

Futurama voice Katy Sagal's head has also joined the supreme court in the future. "You were looking carefully. That you did have your magnifying glass out. We just basically thought she would think it was funny so sometimes we put in those little things to amuse ourselves, our cast or whatever. It's a treat for Katy Sagal basically."

You may also notice a second Bender in one of the crowd shots, but Futurama fans should know the difference. "Oh, you need a magnifying glass. That was the character of Flexo who we met during the first run of the series on Fox. He is another bending unit who was produced in the same batch as Bender but he has a little tiny evil triangle moustache on his chin. Now, that might only be visible on the Blu Ray version. Another possibility is that there was a minor animation glitch and the beard popped off. It is magnetic. We did learn that the beard is just a magnetic beard. If it wasn't there, I'm going to give credit to our animators and say it wasn't an animation error. He had just taken it off briefly."

Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder is now available on DVD and Blu Ray.

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