Commentary:I, Roommate

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I, Roommate
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Production number1ACV03
On DVDSeason 1
Disc 1
Matt Groening
David X. Cohen
Executive producer
Rich Moore
Supervising director
Gregg Vanzo
Supervising director
Eric Horsted
Bret Haaland
Billy West
Actor (Fry, Dr. Zoidberg, etc.)

Topics of Discussion

  • Fox didn't understand the show, the suicide booths or Dr. Zoidberg.
  • Where Billy got the voices for his characters.
  • How hard it was to animate the martini glasses that Bender has.
  • How hard it was to animate the conveyor belts in that same scene.
  • Some of the animation wasn't up to scratch.
  • How they make fun of New Jersey and how they were the first to bash it.
  • How brilliant Hattie is.
  • How the episode resembles the odd couple.
  • One of the designers was upset the nice chair was to be destroyed.
  • Frames were cut from Amy's fall to make it quicker and more violent.
  • Talk about LoBrau beer existing from the 20th Century to the 31st Century when most products went out of business
  • The digital technologies used in the show and how it differs from traditional, hand coloured cells.
  • Explanation on how and why Bender's neck is bent.
  • Matt Groening wonders if anybody understands that owls are the new animal pests.
  • New doors in Fry's room (Bender's closet) "come and go."
  • Billy talks about how the closing credits are always squished into a 1" x 1" section on the screen.

Highlights / Quotes

  • Matt Groening: This show got off to a rough start Fox thought it was too out of space so this brought it back to Earth.
  • Unknown: This is when we first see Calculon, a moment in television history.
  • David X. Cohen: I'm not gonna go into the full answer of this question, but the nerdiest, computeriest viewers out there might want to look up Bender's apartment number in the ASCII chart.
  • David X. Cohen: The New Jersey bashing begins, resuming in episode 9, probably a few other ones here and there. Episode 8 also.
  • Matt Groening: Can I admit something? I have never seen the Odd Couple. I really, I haven't.
    David X. Cohen: Oh really, you haven't? Well then we also made up that cigar joke that you're seeing.