Futurama Opening Sequence Goes Live-Action For Comedy Central Promo

By Jesse Carp 2012-06-19 21:31:51 discussion comments
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If Futurama is trying to suggest the annoying replicability and ubiquity of memes, well, they've certainly made their point. Comedy Central has been using the same meme-central marketing strategy to get people aware of the seventh season premiere tomorrow night but what started out as a nice nod to fan created content has become, for lack of a better word, a little grating. Again, that could be the point with Groening making a comment on internet culture but he seems smart enough to know when something isn't working and it's time to walk away... oh right, The Simpsons.

Still, if you were hoping for a much more original and satisfying announcement to mark the return of what is arguably the best animated show on television, don't despair, Comedy Central and Futurama came through. And with only one day to spare. (I didn't mean for that to rhyme.) In the final promotional video for tomorrow's two-episode, one-hour premiere - "The Bots and The Bees" and "A Farewell to Arms" - the series has given the animators a day off and recreated the opening title sequence in live action. And it's pretty impressive. Take a look.



They certainly don't live up to the painstaking work that must have gone into recreating the Futurama titles by hand (and tentacle) but some of the new meme-spots featuring characters other than Fry are worth a look. Yes, even after all that griping, some of them aren't so bad. If you'd like to check out the overwhelming amount of short promos (with the originals based off the fan created Futurama 'not sure if' meme), including vids with Zapp, Zoidberg and Professor Farnsworth, head over the 'Fry Memes' Playlist on Comedy Central's YouTube page.

Futurama returns Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET for a special one-hour premiere on Comedy Central. It stars Billy West, Katey Sagal and John DiMaggio. It was created by Matt Groening and David X. Cohen.
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