Watch: Fan-Made Trailer for Live-Action 'Futurama' Movie is Awkward

July 21, 2016
Source: YouTube

Futurama Fan Film

I am a huge, huge fan of Futurama - it is perhaps my favorite animated series ever made. I never get to talk about it on FS because we don't cover TV at all, but finally I get a chance to gush about it. Timed perfectly with Comic-Con this week is the release of a trailer for a live-action fan film version of Futurama, titled Fan-O-Rama. To save themselves from getting in trouble, this is a completely independently made fan film, made by fans for fans, with quite a small budget. As much as I want to love this, there's something that just feels off about - I'm not sure if it's the make-up or the cardboard robots or what, but it's almost too awkward to seriously enjoy. And I'm saying this as a huge fan of Futurama. Maybe it's just best as a cartoon. That said, this trailer is still worth watching anyway, just to get a sense of what they are going for. Have fun.

Here's the official trailer for Fan-O-Rama, a Futurama Fan Film, direct from YouTube (via SlashFilm):

Fan-O-Rama Poster

Description from their website: "In the year 2014 one man, Dan Lanigan, in addition to other men, and some women, set out on a quest to become the first person in his family to create a live-action Futurama fan film. He is now regarded by most of his immediate kin as the foremost authority on the subject. This is his story." The trailer for a "out of this world" feature quality live action fan film of everyone's favorite Sci-Fi Comedy, FUTURAMA! This is apparently just a trailer for a full-length feature, but who knows if it will ever be released publicly. SlashFilm also adds: "The film is privately financed and they’re not looking for any donations to make it happen, and they likely aren’t looking to make a profit either since that would be illegal. They’re just fans with resources and passion for Futurama." For more, visit the film's site. Thoughts?

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  • TheOct8pus
    It's definitely weird. I don't understand why the human characters have prosthetics on their faces to make them more "cartoony". Isn't the whole point of a live action adaptation of a cartoon to bring the characters to life in the flesh? Instead, everyone looks like weird rubber puppets. Zoidberg, my favorite character, looks like a mess too, and why does Hermes have a fake nose? I'm sure they put a lot of hours and love into this, but it looks terrible.
    • This looks better than Speed Racer though.
      • TheOct8pus
        Haha!! A lot of things look better than Speed Racer.
        • Indeed. I think the CIA is using it on terrorists as a psychological torture.
      • capitandelespacio
        I prefer seeing this than blood in my stool, ofc.
        • A hurtful experience indeed. The Wachowskis have lost their ways, talent and minds since the original Matrix.
      • RAW_D
        I saw Speed Racer in 3D IMAX. One of the few cinematic experiences I can truly say was the exact same as experiencing hallucinogenic drugs...
        • the Wachowskis were probably on "Lucy in the Sky with diamonds" when they shot this movie.
    • Hermes has crazy teeth as well for some reason... so strange
    Bender looks terrifying.
  • grimjob
    Interesting. But yeah, a little strange. I bet they had a shit ton of fun making this though. Makes me want to go through the episodes again.
  • Jon Odishaw
    There are a lot of amazing animated shows out there now but I just can't stop watching futurama. Surely I've seen every episode 20 times.
    • is it that good? I've never watched a single episode.
      • RAW_D
        I'd recommend the seasons prior to it's initial cancellation. After it was brought back, it didn't have the same charm it once did. Similar to Family Guy...
        • Thanks for the heads up. Is it absurd humor? Dark humor? subtle humor? All of them combined?
          • Jon Odishaw
            It's very dry humour.
          • RAW_D
            Subtle smart humor mostly making jabs at pop culture and society in general. Very Simpson-esque (which makes sense) and the characters humor seemed to evolve naturally and made them more interesting as the episodes progressed.
        • Jon Odishaw
          It was never as good as its first run, and its final run wasn't as good as the second run but all in all they continued to make awesome television.
    • Same here, same here...
  • Huck PS
    Why was I expecting this to turn into a porn parody...? I need help.
  • shiboleth
    Interesting. I never watched a single episode (and my friends always tell me that I miss a lot) but who knows. Maybe I should ...




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