Comic-Con Premieres New Futurama Footage; Plus, We Interview Futurama's Rich Moore

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Futurama fans were treated well at Comic-Con this year.  Not only did Matt Groening and company assemble for an amusing and informative panel, but Rotten Tomatoes scored an interview with Rich Moore, supervising director of Futurama.  We spoke with Moore in-depth about his work on The Simpsons Movie and the upcoming Futurama flick, Bender's Big Score!, out on DVD November 27th.

First, a recap of the Futurama panel.  Series creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen assembled on stage, introducing one at a time the principal voice crew, the director of the DVD movies, and two writers.  A mini Futurama comic was distributed throughout the panel audience, and the voice cast paged through the booklet, doing a hilarious, unrehearsed live reading.

Then they ran the clip, a five-minute collection of random footage from the first DVD movie, out November 27th. Three more are planned, which will be released throughout 2008. Bender's Big Score!  Big Score revolves around Bender being swindled by nude Internet scammers and Planet Express the victim of a hostile takeover.  The plots of the three other movies have yet to be revealed, but all four will be re-edited as 16 TV episodes that will air on Comedy Central in 2008.

The clip starts with Professor Farnsworth's good news that the people at the Box Network that cancelled Planet Express in the first place have been fired, beaten, killed, and ground into a pink powder, much to the delight of Farnsworth's crew. Fan favorite Zoidberg has some of the best scenes in the clip, including popping out of his shell on a nude beach, and reattaching Hermes' decapitated head back onto his body.  Hermes looks down, and is livid to see that Zoidberg has placed his head on backwards. Confused, Zoidberg states he thought Hermes was happy because "his tail was wagging."  Nice. The clip ends with Hypnotoad staring from out the screen, a voice repeatedly commanding the audience to buy the DVDs. 

The floor opened to audience questions, with one of the more compelling inquiries regarding content and budget. Cohen appeared very aware that fans are curious about this issue.  He candidly said that the writing crew had to take a hit, and that instead of a live orchestra a synthesizer was used to score the movies.  But he assured the crowd that this technology was an excellent substitute, and quipped that a synthesizer will eventually start producing scripts.