My review: So great. I mean, so, so great. If you love Futurama (and you should), you’ll probably love this. It’s better than the previous movie, Bender’s Big Score.
The brief synopsis: an anomaly appears in space, the gang investigates, it’s a crack into another dimension where a giant ball of tentacles lives, which ends up invading Earth’s universe and taking over. Also, it’s really about dating and love.
Here’s a brief rundown of the positives and negatives of the movie, which doesn’t contain plot spoilers but does have some bits I found funny, so I dunno, you might want to skip if you like to be totally surprised.
There’s a St. Asimov’s Day
The DVD contains a deleted scene taking place during the St. Asimov’s Day Festival, where a giant statue of St. Asimov is paraded down the street. An old woman says to the statue, “I gave a dollar to this kajigger last year and my hip still hurts!” The statue responds, “Serves you right for being superstitious, you old bag,” and then kicks her.
Farnsworth to his scientist foe: “Tough talk for someone with only one Fields Medal.”
Scientists settle debate in the Deathball Arena.
“Stardate: the year of the tiger.”
Miss Universe is a giant asexual microbe.
ROBOT DEVIL! As I’ve mentioned before, my absolute favorite character, and his scene was the best.
Stephen Hawking & David Cross provide voices!
There’s a gun with laser sights, and you can see the laser beams travel through the air. Tsk.
Blake Stacey (who is currently traveling on a bus to New York with me and Joshua) points out that also, there are some scale issues with the thing from the other dimension and with a pirate ship meant to carry all of humanity aboard. I see that as more forgivable since it was required by the plot.
I think we can all agree that the positives outweigh the negatives on this one.
Overall Rating: A Billion Stars (out of 5)