Used in Futurama's opening sequence

by RagingR2 | created - 19 Sep 2011 | updated - 19 Sep 2011 | Public

This is a list of cartoons featured in the opening sequence of Futurama, either displayed on the giant TV-screen above the city skyline, or referenced indirectly.

Still missing from the list:

  • "In a Cartoon Studio" from Aesop's Film Fables (1931) - used in episodes #402 and #403 - can't find it on IMDb, so I can't add it (yet).
  • Episode 301, 307, 320, 601 - unknown cartoons


Another cartoon that was featured, which is not in the list below, is the original video clip of ЗОЙЧ ("Zoich"), the blue toad which was the proposed olympic mascotte for the 2014 Sochi games. According to it's creator, Yegor Zhgun, Zoich was influenced by the Hypnotoad from Futurama. This video clip can be found on YouTube. This was featured in episode #623.

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1. Little Buck Cheeser (1937)

8 min | Animation, Short, Family

5.9
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Little Cheeser and his friends, inspired by Buck Rogers (and visions of cheese) build a rocket ship and fly to the moon

Director: Rudolf Ising | Star: Bernice Hansen

Votes: 111

Episode #101

2. Baby Bottleneck (1946)

7 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.4
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It's the start of the Baby-Boom, and the overworked delivery system is full of glitches: Mother Goose gets a baby skunk, a Scotty dog gets a little hippo, and Mr. and Mrs. Mouse wind up ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Clampett | Stars: Mel Blanc, Sara Berner

Votes: 550

Episode #102 and #103 (c)

3. The Wacky Wabbit (1942)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.6
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Bugs arrives in the desert to find Elmer prospecting for gold. Fudd is finally driven to pull his own gold tooth.

Director: Robert Clampett | Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

Votes: 659

Episode #104 (c)

4. A Corny Concerto (1943)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.4
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Making fun of "Fantasia", Bugs, Porky Pig and Porky's dog do a ballet after Elmer Fudd introduces "A Tale of the Vienna Woods."

Director: Robert Clampett | Stars: Arthur Q. Bryan, Bea Benaderet

Votes: 1,430

Episode #105 and #108 (c)

5. Betty Boop's Crazy Inventions (1933)

Passed | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

6.9
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In a circus tent, Betty, Bimbo and Koko demonstrate some gadgets reminiscent of TV ads; an animated sewing machine gets out of hand.

Director: Dave Fleischer | Stars: Billy Murray, Mae Questel

Votes: 236

Episode #106 (c)

6. The Impractical Joker (1937)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

6.5
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Betty Boop's baking is interrupted by her obnoxious practical-joking cousin, Irving. Can Grampy out-joke the joker?

Director: Dave Fleischer | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Jack Mercer, Mae Questel

Votes: 137

Episode #107 (c)

7. Betty Boop and Grampy (1935)

Passed | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.0
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Two piano movers, a fireman and a traffic cop all drop what they're doing to join Betty Boop at the contraption-happy Grampy's eccentric party.

Director: Dave Fleischer | Star: Mae Questel

Votes: 260

Episode #109 (c)

8. Clutch Cargo (1959– )
Episode: Space Station (1959)

20 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

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Paddlefoot is chosen to pilot a spacecraft due to his high dog IQ. However, when the spacecraft gets lost, Clutch and Spinner must journey to find him.

Director: Phil Booth | Stars: Richard Cotting, Hal Smith, Margaret Kerry, Emil Sitka

Episode #110 (c)

9. Pigs in a Polka (1943)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Musical

7.1
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The story of the three little pigs and the big bad wulf, this time performed as pantomime to the Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms.

Director: Friz Freleng | Stars: Bea Benaderet, Sara Berner, Mel Blanc

Votes: 591

Episode #111 and #202 (c)

10. Daffy - The Commando (1943)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.2
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Commando Daffy Duck goes behind enemy lines and causes havoc for a Nazi German officer and his troops.

Director: Friz Freleng | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 595

Episode #112 (c)

11. The Tracey Ullman Show (1987–1990)
Episode: Episode #2.1 (1987)

Comedy, Music

7.6
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'Meg's Lucky Night': Tina becomes jealous after Meg finds true love with a local Manhattan yuppie named Bobby, which causes Tina to make a scene at Meg's upcoming wedding shower. 'Skin the ... See full summary »

Director: Art Wolff | Stars: Tracey Ullman, Julie Kavner, Dan Castellaneta, Joseph Malone

Votes: 9

Episode #113 features the short "Making Faces", from the short cartoons featuring the Simpsons family that were aired during the "Tracey Ullman Show", which ultimately spawned the standalone cartoon series we now know as "The Simpsons". (c)

12. Fresh Hare (1942)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.3
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In the Canadian North Woods, Bugs is wanted dead or alive and Elmer is out to bring him in.

Director: Friz Freleng | Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan, The Sportsmen Quartet

Votes: 516

Episode #201 and #204 (c)

13. Koko Needles the Boss (1927)

Animation, Comedy, Short

7.0
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Director: Dave Fleischer

Votes: 32

Episode #203 and #210

14. My Old Kentucky Home (1926)

Animation, Short

5.9
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Director: Dave Fleischer

Votes: 31

Episode #205

15. Felix Trifles with Time (1925)

Animation, Short, Comedy

7.2
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Felix, the cartoon cat, travels back in time and encounters prehistoric monsters.

Director: Otto Messmer

Votes: 33

Episode #206 and #211 (c)

16. Chick and Double Chick (1946)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short

6.0
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Little Lulu and her dog are charged with protecting the baby chicks from a sly and hungry cat. The cat attempts to steal Little Lulu's chicks but is foiled by Lulu and her dog after many attempts.

Directors: Seymour Kneitel, Graham Place | Stars: Jackson Beck, Cecil Roy

Votes: 55

Episode #207 (c)

17. Hollywood Capers (1935)

7 min | Family, Animation, Short

5.9
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Beans sneaks in to a Hollywood movie studio lot, where he gets into a heap of trouble.

Director: Jack King | Stars: Tommy Bond, Bernice Hansen

Votes: 232

Episode #208, #209 and #617 (c)

18. Scrap Happy Daffy (1943)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.1
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Daffy takes on a goat sent by Hitler to eat up his scrap pile.

Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Mel Blanc, Dorothy Lloyd, Tedd Pierce

Votes: 346

Episode #212 (c)

19. Up to Mars (1930)

Animation, Short, Comedy

6.1
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Director: Dave Fleischer

Votes: 18

Episode #213 #215 and #219

20. Bold King Cole (1936)

Passed | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

6.0
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Felix the Cat is perched in a tree playing his guitar and serenading himself and a canary with a little ditty called "Nature and Me." It is a beautiful day in cartoon-land but Mother Nature... See full summary »

Director: Burt Gillett | Star: Walter Tetley

Votes: 149

Episode #214 and #218

21. Bosko Shipwrecked! (1931)

7 min | Family, Animation, Short

5.8
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Bosko is shipwrecked on an island where he is chased by a lion and pursued by simian cannibals.

Director: Hugh Harman | Star: Carman Maxwell

Votes: 104

Episode #216 (c)

22. Neptune Nonsense (1936)

Passed | 7 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

6.7
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Felix is feeding his various pets: a bird, two dogs, and a goldfish. But Annabelle the goldfish is unhappy; she's lonely. Felix sets out to catch her a friend. The fish drag him underwater.... See full summary »

Director: Burt Gillett | Star: Walter Tetley

Votes: 127

Episode #217 (c)

23. Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (1934)

8 min | Animation, Short, Family

6.2
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Aladdin is a child laborer who works for a guy that exchanges "new lamps for old". This guy swaps a "new" lamp for 2-3 replacement old lamps, then brings back the old lamps for Aladdin to ... See full summary »

Directors: Ub Iwerks, Shamus Culhane

Votes: 98

Episode #302 (c)

24. Box Car Blues (1930)

7 min | Family, Animation, Short

5.4
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Bosko and his porcine friend are hobos in a runaway boxcar.

Directors: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising | Star: Johnny Murray

Votes: 110

Episode #303 and #308 (c)

25. Boom Boom (1936)

Approved | 8 min | Family, War, Animation

5.9
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World War I, apparently. There is a series of quick blackout gags, including a soldier that throws the pin, is blown sky-high by the grenade, and is caught in a net by an ambulance driver; ... See full summary »

Director: Jack King | Stars: Billy Bletcher, Joe Dougherty

Votes: 104

Episode #304

26. Bubbles (1922)

7 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

6.5
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Director: Dave Fleischer | Star: Max Fleischer

Votes: 55

Episode #305

27. Little Ol' Bosko in Bagdad (1938)

10 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

5.0
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Bosko imagines he's in Baghdad where giant frogs want to steal the cookies he's supposed to deliver to his grandma.

Director: Hugh Harman | Stars: Lillian Randolph, Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas, Zoot Watson

Votes: 30

Episode #306

28. Congo Jazz (1930)

6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

5.7
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Bosko hunts in the jungle, but ends up playing music with the animals.

Directors: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising | Star: Johnny Murray

Votes: 240

Episode #309 and #319 (c)

29. The Emerald Isle (1949)

7 min | Animation, Short, Music

5.4
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"The Emerald Isle" is an animated short about life in Ireland. Includes a sing-a-long of "MacNamara's Band."

Director: Seymour Kneitel

Votes: 47

Episode #310

30. The Mild West (1947)

7 min | Animation, Short

5.5
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Director: Seymour Kneitel | Stars: Jackson Beck, Jack Mercer, Sid Raymond

Votes: 32

Episode #311

31. Heap Hep Injuns (1949)

Animation, Short, Music

5.4
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"Heap Hep Injuns" is an animated short about how "Indians used to live" (IE: a 1940's, non-PC view of Indian life.) Includes a sing-a-long of "My Pony Boy."

Director: Izzy Sparber | Star: Charles Irving

Votes: 22

Episode #312 (c)

32. A Coy Decoy (1941)

7 min | Family, Animation, Short

6.5
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Characters on book covers come to life, including Porky and Daffy. The "Wolf of Wall Street" chases Daffy through "The Hurricane," "The Storm" and across "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" before expiring in "For Whom the Bell Tolls."

Director: Robert Clampett | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 167

Episode #313 (c)

33. It's the Cats (1926)

Animation, Comedy, Short

6.3
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Directors: Dave Fleischer, Max Fleischer

Votes: 17

Episode #314

34. Censored (1944)

5 min | Animation, Short

6.4
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When Snafu gets his wish to have his personal mail uncensored by the military, he inadvertently reveals military secrets that lead to disaster.

Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet, Sara Berner

Votes: 190

Episode #315 (c)

35. The Goal Rush (1946)

Passed | 7 min | Animation, Short

5.5
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The story of dogs and cats playing each other at football. Includes sing-a-longs of various college fight songs.

Director: Izzy Sparber | Stars: Ward Wilson, Jackson Beck, Arnold Stang

Votes: 14

Episode #316 (c)

36. Toys Will Be Toys (1949)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Music

6.3
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Toys in a toy store come to life at night, and perform in a toy parade before the Doll Princess, all of which leads to the "Screen Song" sing-a-long, "Oh, You Beautiful Doll".

Director: Seymour Kneitel | Stars: Jackson Beck, Jack Mercer, Mae Questel, Lillian Randolph

Votes: 52

Episode #317 and #322 (c)

37. A Close Call (II) (1929)

Passed | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

5.0
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Mice in love make plans for their wedding when a cat kidnaps the female and she has to be rescued.

Directors: Harry Bailey, John Foster

Votes: 30

Episode #318

38. Jingle, Jangle, Jungle (1950)

Animation, Short, Music

6.4
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"Jingle Jangle Jungle" is an animated short about life in Africa (non-PC.) Includes a sing-a-long of "Civilization (Bongo Bongo Bongo)."

Director: Seymour Kneitel | Stars: Jackson Beck, Jack Mercer

Votes: 24

Episode #321 (c)

39. It's a Greek Life (1936)

Approved | 7 min | Comedy, Animation, Family

5.2
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Mercury, the winged messenger, drops his sandals off with a centaur to be repaired. The centaur, who has coveted wings to the extent that he's used a couple ducks to help him fly, takes the... See full summary »

Director: Dan Gordon

Votes: 64

Episode #401 (c)

40. The Dover Boys at Pimento University or The Rivals of Roquefort Hall (1942)

Approved | 9 min | Comedy, Short, Animation

7.2
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Three fun-loving, morally upright brothers from Pimento University save their fiancée from their fiendish archenemy, Dan Backslide, in this spoof of the Rover Boys.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet, John McLeish, Tedd Pierce

Votes: 1,131

A.k.a. "The Dover Boys"; used in episode #404

41. The Queen Was in the Parlor (1932)

Passed | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

5.0
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When the king returns to the castle, he is surprised to find that the queen is in the parlor and won't see anyone.

Director: Rudolf Ising

Votes: 89

Episode #405, #412 and #415

42. Much Ado About Mutton (1947)

Passed | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

6.1
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The big bad wolf is hungry and thinks lamb-chops would fill his need, so he puts the a snatch of a couple of Uncle Blackie's fleecy-white nephews. Uncle Blackie takes offense at this and ... See full summary »

Director: Izzy Sparber | Stars: Sid Raymond, Arnold Stang

Votes: 41

Episode #406, #408, #410, #414 and #417

43. Hiss and Make Up (1943)

8 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.1
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A cat, a dog and bird living in one house can't stop fighting each other.

Director: Friz Freleng | Stars: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet

Votes: 67

Episode #407 and #411 (c)

44. Moonlight for Two (1932)

Passed | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

5.2
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Two courting hillbilly dogs go to the big barn dance.

Director: Rudolf Ising

Votes: 125

Episode #409

45. Naughty But Mice (1947)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Music

6.3
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Herman, the city-slicker mouse (looking like a cross between James Cagney and Lee Tracy) visits his barn-mice cousins in the country. There he sees that the barn also has a cat, and Katnip ... See full summary »

Director: Seymour Kneitel | Stars: Jack Mercer, Carl Meyer, Sid Raymond, Arnold Stang

Votes: 71

Episode #413 (c)

46. Flop Goes the Weasel (1943)

7 min | Family, Animation, Short

6.0
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While Mammy is gone to catch a worm for her about-to-hatch egg, a weasel steals the egg for his breakfast. When the egg hatches, the blabbermouth chick initially mistakes the weasel for his Mammy.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Mel Blanc, Ruby Dandridge, Lillian Randolph

Votes: 70

Episode #416 (c)

47. Futurama (1999–2013)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.5
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Fry, a pizza guy, is accidentally frozen in 1999 and thawed out New Year's Eve 2999.

Stars: Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 177,159

Episode #418 goes self referential, showing part of the opening sequence from "Futurama" itself in the big TV screen.

This was repeated when "The Beast With a Billion Backs", the second "film" from season 5 was aired in 4 parts. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th parts also started with the self referencing Futurama opening sequence.

48. Futurama (1999–2013)
Episode: Space Pilot 3000 (1999)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.7
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A down-on-his-luck pizza delivery guy is accidentally frozen on New Year's Eve 1999, and wakes up in 2999.

Directors: Rich Moore, Gregg Vanzo | Stars: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Dick Clark

Votes: 2,033

The first film from season 5, "Bender's Big Score" opened with a clip from the original pilot episode of the series, where Fry gets frozen into the future.

49. The Soup Song (1931)

7 min | Animation, Short

6.1
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Flip the Frog is a café employee who performs with the band, makes soup and delivers food to patrons.

Director: Ub Iwerks

Votes: 73

Used in the opening sequence of "The Beast with a Billion Backs", the 2nd film from Futurama's 5th season. (c)

50. Yellow Submarine (1968)

G | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.4
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The Beatles agree to accompany Captain Fred in his Yellow Submarine and go to Pepperland to free it from the music hating Blue Meanies.

Director: George Dunning | Stars: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon

Votes: 20,511

Not directly used, but the "bridge" sequence between the opening sequence of "The Beast with a Billion Backs" and the rest of the episode is an obvious reference (and quite nicely done in my opinion!) to Yellow Submarine, the famous Beatles film. (c)

51. Quasi at the Quackadero (1976)

10 min | Animation, Short

5.8
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A short film which follows two ducks and a robot who spend their day at an amusement park.

Director: Sally Cruikshank | Stars: Sally Cruikshank, Kim Deitch

Votes: 551

Used in the opening sequence of "Bender's Game", the 3rd film from Futurama's 5th season. (c)

52. And the Green Grass Grew All Around (1931)

Animation, Short, Music

4.4
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Director: Dave Fleischer

Votes: 5

Used in the opening sequence of "Into The Wild Green Yonder", the 4th film from Futurama's 5th season.

53. Scotty Finds a Home (1935)

8 min | Animation, Short, Family

5.4
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A young anthropomorphic kitten wants a pet. He happens to find a puppy with no owner and takes him in. When the Scotty tracks mud into the house, Grandma says that her grandson cannot keep ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Gillett

Votes: 39

Episode #608

54. The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg (1936)

7 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

6.6
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Felix is handing out relief, thanks to a goose that lays golden eggs. The evil Captain Kidd sees the goose and breaks into Felix's house to get it. He brings the goose to his pirate ship. ... See full summary »

Directors: Burt Gillett, Tom Palmer | Star: Walter Tetley

Votes: 183

Episode #621