Professor Morris Katz
|Professor Morris Katz|
|Planet of origin||Earth|
|Profession||Professor at Mars University|
|First appearance||"That Darn Katz!" (6ACV08)|
|Voiced by||Maurice LaMarche|
Professor Morris Katz was long known as a brilliant scientist at Mars University, but was in 3010 revealed to be one of those dog-operated puppets that's been adapted for use by a cat. He was secretly controlled by the Thubanian leader until the big reveal. It is not certain if he has always been a puppet, or if, at some point, he was a Human who, after his death, was used as a puppet.
Morris Katz responding to Nibbler's commands.
- It is likely his name is a nod to Morris the Cat, the mascot for 9Lives brand cat food.
- Katz is the German word for cat. It could also be a reference to the Futurama producer Claudia Katz.
- He resembles the 20th Century Lecturer, but this is probably a coincidence, as they both seem to be inspired by John Houseman in The Paper Chase.
Professor Morris Katz: Allow me to introduce your examining committee in order of grumpiness. Professor Ogden Wernstrom.
Professor Farsnworth: Wernstrom!
Professor Morris Katz: Downtown professor of Applied Physics, Ethan "Bubblegum" Tate.
Bubblegum: I see by your curriculum vitae that you're a Sagittarius.
Professor Morris Katz: And Professor Fisherprice Shpeekenshpell.
Shpeekenshpell: The cow says... [He makes a moo sound.]
Professor Farnsworth: [Whispering to Bubblegum.] He proved that 50 years ago, and he's been coasting on it ever since.
Professor Morris Katz: I am the esteemed Professor Morris Katz, and you are wasting my time.