In three weeks, a new season of Futurama starts with back-to-back episodes, "The Bots and the Bees" and "A Farewell to Arms." The animated series was famously cancelled by Fox only to find life with a sixth and now seventh season at Comedy Central. Season 7 starts this summer and, same as the last, will be split into two 13 episode runs (7A in June and 7B returning in in 2013). A month ago, the network released the first tease for the upcoming season which played with the popular 'not sure if' Futurama meme.
This time, Comedy Central dropped another two new teases that again contain no actual footage from the upcoming season but instead try to piggy back on the popularity of the gag. The 'not sure if' has many incarnations but it has never, until now, featured the voice of Philip J. Fry. That's right, this time they brought in the big guns to truly help the promotional campaign go viral with master voice-actor Billy West providing audio to accompany the type-face. The first mentions how people only remember birthdays because of social media (not sure the relevance) while the the second provides fans with a really great soundbite to use for their own answering machines.
Futurama has also uploaded a gallery of Season 7A official images to their Facebook page not only to get fans excited for the series' return but also to let them into the process as most of the images are rough sketches and storyboards. Here are three photos from the collection, all from the night of the premiere, but I really recommend heading over to check out the rest. The first two come from the first episode, "The Bots and the Bees," which has Bender father a child with Bev, the office soda machine. I'm not too sure what's going on with Fry or why he's glowing radioactive green.
Here's one of the aforementioned 'behind the scenes' photos from the gallery which features a few rough sketches, as well as notes, for Bender's off-spring. The gallery also shows a few storyboards from the episode and it looks like father, like son with 'Bender Jr.' getting into a little bit of trouble.
This image is from the second episode of the night, "A Farewell to Arms," which pokes fun at the Mayan end of the world prophecy but instead of 2012, it's 3012. It's a nice pic to showcase Futurama's often gorgeous (and overlooked) animation as well as get us wondering how Leela hurt that leg. Probably averting the end of the world. Just another day at Planet Express.
Futurama returns Wednesday, June 20 at 10 p.m. ET on Comedy Central. It stars Billy West, Katey Sagal and John DiMaggio. It was created by Matt Groening and David X. Cohen.