Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Bender's shrewd game

“Futurama” was and still is one of my favourite animated series of all times. Compared to the long time “The Simpsons” was - and still is - aired, the four seasons of “Futurama” were quite short.

I only learned recently that there’s a full-length movie featuring the Planet Express crew (and some other recurring characters). “Bender’s Game” is a-one-and-a-half-hours movie with good animation and the characters I’ve come to know and love.

In addition, the story is quite strange, dancing from ‘conspiracy theory’ (Mom’s company keeps antimatter - the fuel of the year 3,000 - expensive, even though there’s enough of it around) into ‘fantasy’ (“Dungeons & Dragons” meets “Lord of the Rings”) and back again.

As a fan of the series, who’s well acquainted with the characters, I was quite comfortable while watching the movie. The characters developed, but still stayed the same. (Bender, for instance, activates his fantasy circuit, turning into a real D&D-addict, but even his fantasy character is ‘Bender’ deep inside.) Something new emerged (although I’m not going to tell what it is, I don’t want to spoil it for you), but didn’t completely change everything we knew before.

I can only tell every fan to watch this movie at least once. It’s funny, the jokes are on time (the hardest part of every funny movie) and the parodies work out perfectly (imagine Fry as a mixture between Frodo, Smeagol and Gollum).

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