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Leelu?

Leeloo is certainly the way the Fifth Element spells it, but I think Futurama spells it Leelu. The subtitles spell it this way (yes, they are often wrong), but moreover, it is most similar to Leela, to whom the name is an allusion. Thoughts? --Buddy 22:00, 8 December 2007 (PST)

I spelt it "oo" because that is how you English people spell that sound. Personally, in my own language, I would have spelt it with a "u" (then also to mention I would have replaced "ee" with "i" since "i" produces the same sound as "ee" in my language). But I thought it ended with the same sound Nixon says all the time ("aroo") and Bender's classic trick (the "switcharoo"). So unless we can find the transcript and confirm this. I would keep it with "oo" for now. However, you do make a valid point, Buddy, since it is supposed to be an allusion to Leela, using the same length of letters seem more appropriate. --SvipTalk 01:55, 9 December 2007 (PST)
Actually, that's brilliant. The script is one of the features on the DVD, so when I get home I'll be sure to check right away! (unless someone gets to it first...) --Buddy 01:59, 9 December 2007 (PST) [edit]: Additionally, Americans pronounce the both "oo" and "u" the same way in most cases. It's those crazy Brits that always (and I mean always) pronounce "u" like it's got a "y" on the front of it. And then they change plosives into fricatives if they precede it! Tune is pronounced "toon" people, not "chyoon". Oy. --Buddy 02:05, 9 December 2007 (PST)
So much for the decay of English Phonology, huh? Problem with English in my opinion is whenever an "u" is the first letter, you all give a [j] sound in front of it ([j] being represented by "y" in English)! What if I want to start with "u" and not write "oo"?! Also, they mention on the commentary who does the voice for this character, and I noticed it was not Frank Welker! --SvipTalk 02:12, 9 December 2007 (PST)
Ah, the joys of regional language variation. I'd say it's more "tyoon". Have you seen our (Australian) spelling of gaol? Most issues are caused by isolation of societies and we all start pronouncing things differently then changing spelling to match pronounciation. If we'd let New Zealanders be isolated from everyone for a couple hundred more years their writen language might have been as screwed up as their accent. - Quolnok 03:00, 9 December 2007 (PST)
That explains why ebonics is actually creeping into written words, such as "gangsta" instead of "gangster" and "shawty" instead of "shorty". But I digress. I'll be checking the DVD in a few minutes here, and we'll have the answer on the actual subject. :D --Buddy 09:16, 9 December 2007 (PST)

Script says "Leelu". Anyone mind that I moved it? I suggest we might leave the redirect inplace, though, because "leeloo" is phonetic, and it might make it easier to people to find... --Buddy 11:14, 11 December 2007 (PST)

Two instead of one...

In the trivia I think when Fry said he likes things with one thing instead of two he ment that since Leelu was a female she didn't have a penis, not that her type of whale had two horns.

Err... what? And even if so, that does not make sense. It is a clear reference to the fact that Leela has one eye instead of two. And you got the quote wrong, it's "one thing instead of two things." --SvipTalk 15:30, 28 March 2008 (PDT)
He's refering to having 2 "balls", but it's still ludicrous.Anarchy Balsac 17:02, 28 March 2008 (PDT)
Females still technically have two gonads, so the argument is still flawed. --Buddy 14:35, 2 April 2008 (PDT)
In fact there are narwhals with double tusks - they are very rare but there is at least one finding of a female narwhal with double tusks... maybe the writers got confused and used that particular one (which is also depicted in the wiki article) as reference for narwhals in general? MatthisR 09:48, 9 May 2008 (PDT)
But given how often they make Fry out to be a complete idiot -- not just by displaying him as such, but also by strictly describing him as such through dialogue, etc. -- it is unlikely that Fry would know of that, that - or - he assumes they have two. I am personally sure quite sure it is not a good from the writers' side, it is just another clue that he is an idiot. And yet we like him. --SvipTalk 10:02, 9 May 2008 (PDT)
The writers make it clear in the commentary that they know about the toothiness of narwhals. They discovered in their research that females rarely have the elongated tooth, hence the line "a rare toothed female narwhal" (shouldn't be in quotes, since I'm paraphrasing and undoubtedly getting it wrong). They never mention the narwhals regularly having two tusks, so I doubt that's what happened. As Svip said, it's probably just Fry being a dolt. Or, he may even have just been referencing the animal kingdom in general, since--other than unicorns--narwhals are the only animal that really has only a single tusk/horn/protuberance. --Buddy 10:07, 9 May 2008 (PDT)
It's also possible that Fry saw that wiki article (or a vandalised version) and got confused. In any case he got it wrong because he's Fry, the writers fixed the errored writing regarding narwhals excluding that which is just Fry's lack of intellect. - Quolnok 02:23, 10 May 2008 (PDT)