Commentary:The Birdbot of Ice-Catraz

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Commentary for
The Birdbot of Ice-Catraz
The Birdbot of Ice-Catraz.jpg
Production number3ACV05
On DVDSeason 3
Disc 1
Matt Groening
David X. Cohen
Executive producer
Rich Moore
Supervising director
Dan Vebber
John DiMaggio
Actor (Bender, misc.)
Billy West
Actor (Fry, Zoidberg, Professor Fransworth, misc.)

Topics of Discussion

  • Zoidberg commentates instead of Billy.
    • He constantly points himself out and says what a good actor he is.
  • Identifying the cartoon at the beginning as Koko The Clown.
  • The origin of the story was a idea with Bender crashing a tanker into a planet.
  • First episode directed by James Purdum
  • Fry was going to draw comics more often.
  • Pointing out Phil Hendrie as Free Waterfall Sr. and that the next family member will appear in a season four episode.
    • The family members always die at the end of their appearances.
  • The Captain's Handbook has a pop-up sextant.
  • Sci-Fi generally ignores the fact that spaceships can move in three dimensions not just two.
    • One of the Star Trek movies addresses this.
  • Design of the hat is similar to that of Captain Crunch (US breakfast cereal mascot).
    • The food is very detailed.
  • File photos are always unflattering in cartoons.
  • Hyper-Chicken is a character that was only going to appear once
    • He was more like Foghorn Leghorn in earlier designs.
  • Early episode names included Emperor Benguin.
  • The video game system has antenna and a wire.
  • The episode is very environmental.
    • They wanted to make a point about hunting, but they weren't sure what their point was.
    • These types of episodes need arguments for both sides in the stories.
  • There is an orange line between the black and white of the penguins.
    • They are all hand drawn.
  • Futurama has more gasps per minute than any other show.
  • Bender has six reset modes, others include "wombat", "ravioli" and "children's book author" (this is most likely just a joke and won't come up in future storylines)
  • The Penguin music from Batman could not be obtained.
  • After winning an environmental award the previous year for "The Problem with Popplers", they were sent a reminder to enter again and this episode was suggested. They entered it but failed to be nominated.

Highlights / Quotes

    Matt Groening: [after seeing the Fing-Longer invented in reality]: I thought all of season three was a dream.

    David X. Cohen: John, how come you're so good at playing drunk?
    John DiMaggio: It's something I, uh... I don't know, it's... You guys got any booze?

    Leela: [episode] ...with wind-chill it's 20 degrees below absolute zero.
    David X. Cohen: Take that physicists. A blow to your precious logic.

    John DiMaggio: Hunting is great when you gotta kill off a lot of animals.
    Billy West: [as Zoidberg] It's even better when you have a thirty-aught-six and a snoot full of vodka.

    Billy West: [as Zoidberg] Look at where I'm not!