Futurama: Season 4, Episode 2

A Tale of Two Santas (23 Dec. 2001)

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When Fry, Leela and Bender make a delivery to Neptune, they run afoul of the robot Santa Claus. Bender takes his place, but the previous Santa's fearsome reputation makes his job difficult.



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Episode cast overview:
Turanga Leela (voice)
Bender / Robot Santa / Elves / URL / Robot Cellmate (voice)
Linda / Little Girl / Little Boy / Mother / Petunia / Vyolet / Premula (voice)
Kwanzaa-bot (voice)
Hermes Conrad / Bailiff (voice)
Mayor C. Randall Poopenmeyer / Elves / Father (voice)
Amy Wong (voice)
Nibbler / Walter Cronkite's Head / Robo-Dogs / Elves / Hyperchicks (voice)


When Fry, Leela and Bender make a delivery to Neptune, they run afoul of the robot Santa Claus. Bender takes his place, but the previous Santa's fearsome reputation makes his job difficult.

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The title parodies the title of "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens (1859) of which several movie adaptations have been made as well as numerous movies with title that parody it (e.g. _A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)_). See more »


When the shrimpy Neptunians go to deliver the mail, the tops of their hats are chopped off. A short time later, while Santa is turning off the TV, their hats are fully intact. In later scenes the hats are cut again. See more »


Fry: Wait a second. Maybe your futuristic Xmas isn't so rotten after all.
Turanga Leela: What are you talking about, you crouton? You said so yourself. Xmas should be about bringing people together, not blowing them apart.
Fry: But don't you see? Fear has brought us together. That's the magic of Xmas.
Professor Hubert Farnsworth: That's a big crock of...
[explosion outside]
Professor Hubert Farnsworth: Hold me!
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Referenced in An X-Mas Message from David X. Cohen (2003) See more »


Back to Work
Music and Lyrics by Ken Keeler
Performed by Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, and the Neptunian Elves
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Bender as Santa? Now I really have seen everything
22 December 2013 | by (Valhalla) – See all my reviews

Here is the eleventh Christmas title I have decided to review in celebration and the second Futurama Christmas Special. This one I am glad to say does still keep showing what we loved about the first one while also bringing new ideas into it.

The plot is that to prepare for Xmas Professor Farnsworth creates a metal armour for the entire building. In related news the Fry, Leela and Bender have to deliver letters to Santa on Neptune. When they get there they accidentally freeze Santa to the ground and Bender takes his place as the good Santa... As good as he can be. But any robotic Santa is set in stone as the bad one. After the real Santa saves Bender from his execution Bender joins Santa "in his slaying tonight".

I do like the ideas and the parallels with the Santa mythology but this just isn't as funny as the other one. Don't get me wrong there are some funny moments and it is very much worth this episode to see them. Things such as Bender and Santa teaming up are fun to watch as is well... Bender taking the role of Santa. So this episode is really good fun to see but I prefer Xmas Story.

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