After a brief ten-year hiatus, Futurama has crawled triumphantly from the cryogenic tube, its full original cast and satirical spirit intact.
The wait is over! After two years in production since the announcement of Futurama‘s return, fans now have a date to circle on their calendar! This beloved adult animated series returns on July 24, 2023, and new episodes will be released on a weekly basis!
And Hulu has released a teaser trailer:
From the Press Release:
After a brief ten-year hiatus, Futurama has crawled triumphantly from the cryogenic tube, its full original cast and satirical spirit intact. The ten all-new episodes of season eleven have something for everyone. New viewers will be able to pick up the series from here, while long-time fans will recognize payoffs to decades-long mysteries–including developments in the epic love story of Fry and Leela, the mysterious contents of Nibbler’s litter box, the secret history of evil Robot Santa, and the whereabouts of Kif and Amy’s tadpoles. Meanwhile there’s a whole new pandemic in town as the crew explores the future of vaccines, bitcoin, cancel culture, and streaming TV.
Whether the issue is over these talents being able to take on other jobs during production, it’s hard to say.
There won’t be much of a Futurama without all the original talents on board. The news that John DiMaggio isn’t likely to be on board has fans riled. This talent’s magic in breathing life to Bender is special. I can’t imagine anyone else being able to deliver the sass and crass that is the cigar-toking, alcoholic robot who can bend metal into paper aeroplanes. Billy West, Katey Sagal and John are the trio who can’t be split.
With no surprise, it’s all about the money. Deadline reported, “There is still a desire on both sides for him to return.”
Realistically, DiMaggio and Hulu are still negotiating. The reports came fast and furious after the announcement of the revival. Fans quickly responded on social media by saying they don’t want these new episodes unless John is there.
Last year, Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) expanded to four days and I attended the full show. By day three, I was sort of bored. I checked out every aspect of the event that spanned three buildings and had the luxury of attending more than one panel. I wondered if it’s possible to attend for a day and get the most out of the con. It’s possible, but I do not recommend it.
I barely had time to look at the TCC level (the other part of the Seattle Convention Center where events were held). The LEGO exhibits were located here and what was offered was mainly for the kids in attendance. Hasbro also had a presence but what they offered was not what I expected. What I was told was that they had Beyblade demos than a full-on exposition of all this company’s many properties. Had there been Transformers and other brands they made toys for, I’d be a kid in a candy store!
Suspiciously missing in the guide is the location of where the modelling club displays their work. I could not find them last year and wondered if they were around this time. They might have been, and if they are, advertising this aspect of the show has been very low-key.
The latest news about DreamWorks Penguins of Madagascar includes the following casting news:
The Penguins of Madagascar will be back in 2015, and they will have Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich to contend with. Both actors are in high demand these days and the excitement is even better after sources say who they will play. Cumberbatch will voice a high-ranking animal CIA agent that’s after Malkovich, who will be a “charming villian.”
As for how the Penguins will play into this plot must mean they will leave their merry zoo life and might be globe-trotting in a high paced spy action thriller.
Expected to be back will be Tom McGrath as the voice of Skipper, Chris Miller as Kowalski, John DiMaggio as Rico and Christopher Knights as Private.
To helm the movie will be director Simon J. Smith (“Bee Movie”) interpreting the script by Michael Colton and John Aboud. Lara Breay (“Megamind”) is producing, while executive producers include Mireille Soria, Tom McGrath and Eric Darnell, all of whom are responsible for the original “Madagascar” trilogy.