List of references to Futurama in popular culture
This article lists references to the show Futurama in popular culture, that means references outside of the show to the show itself.
- 1 Film
- 2 Internet
- 3 Music
- 4 Publications
- 5 Television
- 5.1 Animation
- 5.2 Live-action
- 6 Video Games
- 7 Various
Attack of the Drones was the fourth short of Duck Dodgers and was released in 2003, though not theatrically, because of the failure of Looney Tunes: Back in Action. Dr. Zoidberg makes a cameo appearance in the council, even as much as having a line: "Uh, what do we do?” Billy West voiced him, due to his obligations as Porky Pig. The buildings and animation (2D with 3D sequences) are similar to Futurama's and this may be due to Dwayne Carey-Hill, Eric Kaplan and Rich Moore's involvement. It can be viewed here.
In the 2009 short film Logorama, over 2,500 logos are used to tell the story. Among these is the logo for Slurm, which appears among others at KFC. Also the name is similar to Futurama. It can be viewed here.
In the film The Adventures of Pluto Nash, released 16 August, 2002, a piece of music similar to the Futurama theme song can be heard in some scenes on the moon.
The mockumentary, Comic Book: The Movie (released 27 January, 2004), features a Futurama cut-out in it. Some Futurama crew also appear in the movie including Matt Groening, Mark Hamill, Maurice LaMarche, and Billy West.
- In An Inconvenient Truth, released 24 May, 2006, Al Gore uses a scene from the episode "Crimes of the Hot" during his initial explanation of global warming.
- The Futurama cast and crew also made an animated faux-trailer for the film titled A Terrifying Message from Al Gore featuring Gore and Bender.
- Al Gore is a recurring guest star on Futurama, appearing in "Anthology of Interest I", "Crimes of the Hot", Bender's Big Score and an unknown Season 6 episode. He has said that Futurama is his favourite show, prior to his appearance on it, during the time of Season 1.
- His daughter, Kristin Gore, also worked for the show as a screen writer for all of Season 3 and 4's episodes, bar three.
Futurama appears in the movie Unfaithful, released 10 May, 2002. It is unknown where it appears in the movie, but Fox is credited for its use in the film. Christopher Tyng is also credited for the song "Music from Futurama" in the soundtrack.
In Mozilla's Firefox browser (version 3 or later), if you type "about:robots" in the address bar, a page will appear paying tribute to robots in popular culture. The last point is "Robots have shiny metal posteriors which should not be bitten." This is a reference to Bender's catchphrase, "Bite my shiny metal ass!"
Bender is nominated for the Robot Hall of Fame. He is currently in number two position, with 29% of the votes, to get a place.
During the Halloween toon, "Most in the Graveyard" (released 30 October, 2008), of the Flash animation series Homestar Runner, The Poopsmith is dressed up as Zoidberg. The King of Town also says Professor Farnsworth's catch phrase, "Good news, everyone!", when you click The Poopsmith at the end of the toon. It can be viewed here.
- In episode 7 (released 7 August, 2006), Tristan Taylor (in robot monkey form) and Joey Wheeler are dubbed over as Bender and Fry in the episode "Space Pilot 3000". It can be viewed here.
- In episode 17 (released 17 March, 2007), Ryo Bakura appears as a parody of the Hypnotoad, with the same noise and eyes as it. It can be viewed here.
Australian comedian Josh Thomas, who has stated he is an atheist before, says on his album Things That I Have Said Before (released 23 March, 2010), at the end of the track "Other Sexy Stuff", that he follows Oprah Winfrey instead. This is possibly a nod to Oprahism in the episode "Hell Is Other Robots".
As well as featuring characters from fellow animated television shows Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Brak Show, Family Guy and Space Ghost Coast to Coast, the song "El Chupa Nibre", from DANGERDOOM's album The Mouse and the Mask (released 10 October, 2005), references the monster El Chupanibre from Futurama, in its title. The song "Space Ho's", also on the same album, features the lyric "Look Leela eyeball to eyeballs".
MC Lars referenced the show in the song "Space Game", from his album The Graduate (released 21 March, 2006), with the lyric "Hey Fry, look, we can still be friends. I won't ask Leela out again". It can be heard here.
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In an issue of the comic series 52 (#21, published September, 2006), the Australian mechanic Johnny Warrawa wears a welding mask shaped like Bender's face whilst repairing the droid head of the Red Tornado.
In Action Comics (#863, published May, 2008), a Legion of Super-Heroes comic, there is a plot involving aliens being sent to a prison camp. Among them is what appears to be Zoidberg and possibly Kif Kroker.
The 17 September, 2009, issue of the single panel comic Off The Mark, created by Mark Parisi, features Leela trying to be chatted up by cyclops Mike Wazowski from the film Monsters, Inc., whilst his friend Sulley is at the bar with Fry and Bender.
The Planet Express Ship appears in an issue of the Dark Horse Comics miniseries Outer Orbit.
In issue 11 of Top 10, a discoloured Fry, Leela, and Bender can be seen in the background of the first frame of page 11. Nibbler is also featured two panels later wearing a shirt saying "Slam", a reference to the DC Comics' Message Board poster who suggested Nibbler as an Easter egg.
In Transmetropolitan #25, there is a billboard which depicts Leela and Bender.
In a Zits comic (published in the 2001 collection, Big Honkin' Zits), Jeremy is excited about a new Futurama episode.
Cracked was a humour magazine which based most of its material on popular culture. This gallery shows all appearances of Futurama in Cracked:
... whilst inside, there is a comic parody called "Futuredrama". The full 5 pages can be read here.
Mom was included in the 2007 Forbes list of the richest fictional characters. She was ranked at #4 with an estimated net worth of $15.7 billion. MomCorp was also included in the list of "The 25 Largest Fictional Companies" which estimated its sales at $291.8 billion.
The Mad magazine parodies many popular culture things, including Futurama. This gallery shows all appearances of Futurama in Mad:
In this translation of a German edition, there is a parody named "Botterama". The full 4 page comic and information on the more obscure jokes can be read here.
Four panels of Futurama are featured on the back of the May/June, 2001 issue of Mother Jones.
In the sixth book of the Alex Rider series, Ark Angel (published 1 April, 2005), the CIA hide behind the pseudonym "Creative Ideas Animations". In their SoHo office, they sell, among others, Futurama original drawings.
In an episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force called "Bible Fruit" (aired 23 March, 2008), Frylock, Meatwad and Master Shake have a discussion about watching Futurama. It is a joke about Futurama being removed from Adult Swim, as Comedy Central had bought the rights to the show.
Meatwad: Why don't you ask that TV if he minds showin' me some Futurama. I like me some Futurama.
Shake: Well now we're too damn cheap to receive it, so go the hell over to Carl Central and watch it to your heart's content.
Meatwad: Carl gets Futurama?
Shake: He didn't even want it until we started watching it.
- In the episode "Deep Throats", aired 9 April, 2006, Peter Griffin sings a song without his inspiration (marijuana). His lyrics are possibly describing the Tube Transport System in New New York.
- During the premiere skit in Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, released 27 September, 2005, a reporter on the red carpet asks Stewie Griffin if Fox has any plans to bring back Futurama. Family Guy and Futurama were both animated series on Fox which were cancelled and subsequently aired on Adult Swim; at the time of release Family Guy was scheduled to return but Futurama was not.
- Bender was seen during the Chalmun's Cantina scene of the "Blue Harvest", released 23 September, 2007.
- In the fifth "road" episode, "Road to the Multiverse", aired 27 September, 2009, Stewie keeps the multiverse remote in a safe, with alienese characters on the buttons. Also the multiverses are similar to Futurama's Parallel universes.
- Bender made an appearance in the episode "The Splendid Source" on 16 May, 2010.
In the episode "Dream Mutt" (aired 17 June, 2005) of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Wiggy Jiggy Jed's line "So you can lick my Candy-striped..." may be a reference to Bender's line of Bite my shiny metal ass.
In the episode "Cliffhangin' With Mr. Super" (aired 18 August, 2000) of the show The PJs, Fry makes a cameo appearance on a wanted ad on a milk carton, referring to Fry's disappearance after being frozen. This was an act of reciprocation for The PJs being etched onto a manhole cover in the episodes "I Second that Emotion" and "The Luck of the Fryrish", like the The PJs' opening scene.
In the Shaun the Sheep episode "The Visitor", aired 4 September 2007, the alien's space ship can use sheep feces as fuel. This resembles Nibbler's crap.
In the South Park episode "Go God Go" (aired 1 November, 2006), Cartman is stuck in the snow and is buried by an avalanche and is defrosted 500 years later. Although not an explicit reference to Futurama, there is brief reference to cryogenics, and the name of the city "New New Hampshire" is familiar to other names of cities used in Futurama, like "New New York" or "New New Jersey".
Countdown with Keith Olbermann is a news show hosted by Keith Olbermann who regularly uses catchphrases from The Simpsons and Family Guy, but has recently taken to common use of Professor Farnsworth's catch phrase, "Good news, everyone!"
The relaunched Doctor Who contains a few possible references (or just similarities) to Futurama.
- In the series 1 episode, "The Long Game" (aired 7 May, 2005), a character pretends to be a student at Mars University, to which a medical technician replies, "The Martian boondocks. Typical!"
- The series 2 episode, "New Earth" (aired 15 April, 2006), which is set in the year five billion and twenty-three in the city of New New York. However, if the city had been more accurately named, it would in fact be "New New New New New New New New New New New New New New New New York" as it was the fifteenth New York.
- The series 4 Christmas Special, "Voyage of the Damned" (aired 25 December, 2007), has an interstellar cruiser modelled after the original RMS Titanic. This is very similar to the space cruise ship, Titanic, in the Futurama episode, "A Flight to Remember".
Contestants in the Australian ABC1 quiz show The Einstein Factor choose a specialty on which to be quizzed during the first round. During episode ten of the 2005 season, a contestant chose Futurama as his specialty. He was the second placing of three contestants in the episode.
In the Gilmore Girls episode "Scene in a Mall" (aired 24 February 2004), Brian has a set of action figures from the show, which he and Zach discuss at length.
In an episode of Good News Week, broadcast 31st August 2009, Paul McDermott, the host, went to a commercial break saying "Stay tuned meatbags!" Meatbag is a word frequently used by Bender.
In the series Journeyman, in the episode "Emily" (aired 19 November, 2007), Dan Vasser travels back in time to the year 2001, and enters his own house and at that time, on a TV screen, a clip from "Parasites Lost" is seen and heard (Professor Farnsworth saying "Come on, let's all give Fry some privacy."). This means that he probably travelled to 21 January.
In season 4 of the sitcom Kenan & Kel, there is an episode named "Futurama" (aired 31 December, 1999) which is set in the year 3000.
- In the episode "The Man Behind the Curtain" (aired 9 May, 2007), the plot element of the Dharma Initiative arrivals being assigned their new jobs and one being angry about it, is similar to the Career chip in the Futurama episode "Space Pilot 3000".
- In the episode "Because You Left", released 21 January, 2009, Daniel describes the time skips like a needle skipping on a record player. This is a direct quote from the Futurama episode "Time Keeps on Slippin'".
In the Stargate Universe episode "Earth" (aired 6 November, 2009), Eli Wallace gives his mother the name "Philip Fry".
The Australian quiz show, Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation, asks many popular culture questions. On episode 9, aired 30 June 2009, in the round "Your Generation", a true or false question was asked: "Did Darren Shatner, the son of William Shatner, compose the theme song to Futurama?" Generation Y answered true and got the question wrong. Futurama's theme song was actually composed by Christopher Tyng.
On the 8 September, 2009 episode of the Syfy series Warehouse 13 (episode 10, "Breakdown"), Claudia says, "Oh, we're boned!" This is one of Bender’s catch-phrases.
Bender appears credited with his full name on the Special Thanks section in the Contra 4 credits, released 13 November, 2007.
On Gears of War 2, released 7 November, 2008, in the special thanks section for the makers, Mikey Spano says That Guy's quote of "My one regret is that I have Boneitis!". John DiMaggio voices the main character Marcus Fenix and Franklin in the game also.
In Team Fortress 2, released 10 October, 2007, an unlockable headgear called "Triboniophorus tyrannus" is modelled after the Brain slugs on Futurama. It can be seen being made and used here.
In the game TimeSplitters: Future Perfect, released 21 March, 2005, the Gingerbread Man says Bender's quote of "Bite my crunchy brown ass!" in the character select menu. It can be viewed here.
In the hospital, of the game Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines (16 November, 2004), a patient named D. Marsh is diagnosed with frequent bouts of Sexlexia.
- The Sea slugs' ability to take over a human's mind is similar to the Brain Slugs of Futurama.
- During the final dialogue of the quest Troll Romance (released 5 January, 2005), Arrg says "This concept of 'love' confuses and infuriates Arrg." This is a reference to a quote said by Lrrr in the episode "Love and Rocket".
- In the 100th quest, Recipe for Disaster (released 15 March, 2006), when the player is informed by Gypsy Aris that the universe could be destroyed, the player exclaims, "Not the whole universe! That's where I keep my stuff!", a quote originally appearing in Futurama.
- In the game World of Warcraft (released 23 November, 2004), Professor Putricide's voice and many parts of his quotes (such as "Good news, everyone!") are based on Farnsworth. It can be seen here.
- Outside The Exodar, a small black cat called Nibblet can be seen walking around. This is probably a reference to Nibbler from Futurama.
- In the Apothecarium area. there is a large, stitched together thing that periodically excretes a load of the green goo that fills the Canals. This is vaguely reminiscent of the Slurm Queen's behind in the episode "Fry and the Slurm Factory".
- In "Bart Gets Famous", there is a head in a jar in a dream about the future from Bart Simpson. This episode aired approximately 5 years and a month before Futurama started, on 3 February, 1994.
- In "Future-Drama", aired 17 April, 2005, Bender appears in the hovercar Homer Simpson and Bart are driving after crossing a "quantum tunnel". There are references to heads preserved in jars, Hovercars and cities similar to Futurama. Homer's under water house is resembles one that Fry considers buying in "I, Roommate". The title, "Future-Drama", is an obvious reference to the title of Futurama itself.
- In The Simpsons Game, released 30 October, 2007, Bender and Dr. Zoidberg are characters at the end of Level 15 - "5 Characters In Search Of an Author." Fry also appears in a painting from Matt Groening.
- In Simpsons Comics #99 (published October, 2004), there is a cameo appearance by Bender.
- In Simpsons Super Spectacular #6 (published January, 2008), the Planet Express crew appear at the end of this comic.
- The droid HK-47, and other droids from the Star Wars Expanded Universe have been known to use Bender's phrase of "Meatbag".
- In the comic Skippy the Jedi Droid (published in Star Wars Tales 1 on 29 September, 1999), Bender is seen making fun of Skippy.
- A droid with the name "Probulator" appears in the online game Star Wars Galaxies.
- Bender is also seen in the comic Junkheap Hero (published in Star Wars Tales 6 on 20 December, 2000) as a scrapped droid.
- Bender was seen in the Star Wars parody Family Guy: Blue Harvest (released 23 September, 2007), in the Chalmun's Cantina scene.
- Appearing in Being Boba Fett (published in Star Wars Tales 18 on 24 December, 2003), Bendu Fry's name was probably derived from Bender and Fry.
- There are a few characters in the Star Wars Galaxy with names shared in Futurama, though these might just be coincidences. Among them are Bender, Farnsworth, Fry and Leela.
- Xamar's species, Khil, has been jokingly referred to as being the same species of Zoidberg, Decapodian.
- A clip from "War Is the H-Word" appears in the "The Birth of the Lightsaber" featurette on the 25th anniversary trilogy DVD
- In the Transformers: Universe comic "Wreckers Finale: Part 1", Bender appears as a resident of CSSB-16 Spaceport.
- In the Transformers: Timelines story "Gone Too Far" (published 13 March, 2008), Old Fortran is mentioned.
- In the Transformers: Timelines script reading "Bee in the City" (presented 26 April, 2008), Bumblebee says "My manwich!", a line used by Hermes and Dwight Conrad in Futurama.
- In the Transformers Animated episode "A Fistful of Energon" (aired 24 May, 2008), the Decepticon's Clone #2716057 and Clone #3370318 is a reference to Bender and Flexo's serial numbers.
- In "The AllSpark Almanac" for Transformers Animated (published 19 August, 2009), there is an advertisement for many films, including Bikini Party Summer from the episode "That's Lobstertainment!".
- The voice actors Frank Welker, Phil LaMarr, Bumper Robinson, Kath Soucie and John DiMaggio have done work for both Futurama and Transformers
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