Futurama, the quick-witted animation from the mastermind behind The Simpsons, makes a much anticipated television return on Sunday 30th August at 6pm only on Sky1 in the UK, with the channel’s screening of the episodes originally released as direct-to-DVD films.
The screenings come just as Fox has inked deals with the original cast for a new series that will start airing on Comedy Central in the US next year.
Set in the 31st century, Matt Groening’s Futurama – also available in comics from from Titan Magazines – is sci-fi comedy at its very best. Billy West voices Fry, the 20th century pizza delivery boy who awoke in the year 3000. Katey Sagal voices Leela, the sexy cyclops who captains the Planet Express ship and is the object of Fry’s affections; and John DiMaggio voices Bender, the crude, rude alcohol-fueled robot. As the Planet Express crew explore New New York City and the universe beyond, the latest Futurama episodes promise to be as spectacularly silly as ever.
In Bender’s Game, with fuel prices skyrocketing, the Planet Express crew set off on a dangerous mission: to infiltrate the world’s only dark-matter mine, source of all spaceship fuel. But deep beneath the surface lies a far stranger place… a medieval land of dragons and sorcery and intoxicated knights who look suspiciously like Bender. With Leela transformed into a centaur, the gang soon become embroiled in a Lord of the Rings-esque mission in one of Futurama’s greatest adventures.
The galactical laughs continue with Into The Wild Green Yonder where dark forces older than time itself are on the attack, hell-bent on stopping the dawn of a wondrous new green age. Even more shocking: Bender’s in love with a married fembot, and Leela’s on the run from the law – Zapp Brannigan’s law! Fry is the last hope of the universe, recruited for an ultra top-secret mission. Could this be the end of the Planet Express crew forever?
These Futurama adventures feature guest appearances from a whole host of celebrities including Star Trek‘s George Takei, rapper Snoop Dogg and Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy).
Screenings begin on Sunday 30th August at 6pm only on Sky1.