The creators of the fourth and (for now) final Futurama straight-to-DVD movie, Into the Wild Green Yonder, told SCI FI Wire that it is the most sci-fi of the bunch.
SCI FI Wire attended the Los Angeles cast and crew screening of the movie and got a preview of the discs, which are packed solid with features, including audio commentary from producers Matt Groening and David X. Cohen and voice actors John DiMaggio and Maurice LaMarche; a making-of mockumentary; deleted scenes; and the featurettes "How to Draw Futurama" and "Zapp Brannigan's Guide to Making Love at a Woman," among others.
Before the screening, we got a chance to chat with some of the cast and creators and were shown a sneak peek at the hilarious "The Making of ... It," one of the special features on the DVD. This fake documentary features Lauren Tom ("Amy Wong") explaining how she is the creator, the animator, the publicist ... basically it's a one-woman show. She plays all the parts, records it all on a Panasonic tape recorder and writes the scripts on toilet paper. The crowd at the screening howled with laughter through the entire thing.
Groening, who also created The Simpsons, told us that this is the most science-fiction-based of the four DVD movies, paying tribute to 2001 and other sci-fi films. "Under the silly jokes is serious science fiction," he said. "One of the great things about animation is that you can do anything."
In the film, mankind is on the brink of a new Green Age, but there is an ancient force of darkness waiting to snatch that all away. Leela, Amy and LaBarbara have joined the Feministas, an all-girl group trying to stop Amy's dad from blowing up a violet dwarf star that may hold the key to the universe. Filled with the hysterical one-liners that Futurama is known for, the film is fast-moving and a complete riot. It's also packed solid with guest stars like Snoop Dogg, Penn Jillette and Phil Hendrie. The famous Seth MacFarlane actually sings the theme song. And after all these years, we finally discover the truth about "Number 9 Man," a mysterious character who has appeared in every episode.
Phil LaMarr, who voices Hermes Conrad and a ton of other voices, told us that, unlike most animated shows and films, Futurama records its cast all together in a single room, which gives them the ability to play off each other. If this is to be the final Futurama movie, that would be a big shame.