Commentary:Three Hundred Big Boys

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Commentary for
Three Hundred Big Boys
Three Hundred Big Boys.jpg
Production number4ACV16
Recorded date30 January 2003
On DVDSeason 4
Disc 4
Matt Groening
Executive Producer
David X. Cohen
Executive Producer
Rich Moore
Supervising Director
Eric Kaplan
Swinton O. Scott III
Billy West
Actor (Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Zoidberg, miscellaneous)

Topics of Discussion

  • Episode had not aired at the time of commentary recording.
  • At the time this was being written, there was a very big story in the news that President George W. Bush was planning a similar $300 tax rebate. But then there was a terrorist attack and everyone forgot about the rebate.
    • One of the cigars' names was going to be a suicide bomber joke (script handed in on 10 September 2001).
  • Episode is similar to The Simpsons' episode 22 Short Films About Springfield, which David co-wrote, but couldn't quite remember the correct name of.
    • The film Nashville also follows a similar style.
  • Increased challenge in the writing and animating process, especially when it needed to be cut down.
  • David is asked in annual interviews what items from Futurama he'd like to exist, his new answer is the flying bicycle, Matt suggests the Fing-Longer.
  • Suicide Booths and whether they could exist already.
  • There was more offensive stuff about the stem cells earlier in the process.
  • The Whale Biologist.
  • Process of making the battle.
  • Leela making a "karate noise" while doing something ordinary also happens in "Crimes of the Hot". This was done when they had cut another joke or didn't have one.
  • The security camera transition is from Blue from the "tricolor trilogy" by Kieslowski.
  • The writers often had too much coffee.
  • Only some of the hyperactive Fry talking required electronic speeding up.
  • The vomiting noise had to be duplicated as they couldn't record enough of it.
  • They attempted to get as many side characters in as possible.
    • Randy and his lover were to have fought over how to spend the money, accidentally burnt it, then decided that their love was more important.
  • Roseanne Barr's appearance.
    • The correct pronunciation of ambergris was discussed at length during production.
  • Logistics of the tax refund.
  • Cigar originally landed in an awkward position on the silk image of Zapp.
  • Hyper speed Fry music is original by Christopher Tyng.

Related DVD Features

  • A mention of the deleted scene with Bender on the roof talking about his sister.