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Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs (2008)

Not Rated | | Animation, Comedy, Romance | Video 24 June 2008
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The Planet Express crew discovers a tentacle covered, planet sized alien that wishes to copulate with it all the inhabitants of Earth.



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Complete credited cast:
Turanga Leela (voice)
Bender / Randy Munchnick / URL / Calculon's Manservant / Funkalistics Lead Singer / Guard #1 (voice)
Crazed Fan / Bender's First Born Son / Hattie McDoogal / Linda / The Grand Midwife / Pocket Pal / Thog / Gladys Lennox / Suicide Booth / Monique / Petunia / Mrs. Kroker / Morgan Procter (voice)
Hermes Conrad / Horse Repair Robot / Ndulu / Robot 1-X / Billionairebot / Bolt Rollands (voice)
Amy Wong / Inez Wong (voice)
Dr. Ogden Wernstrom / Plastic Surgeon Robot / British Robot / Coffee Enema Robot / Chu / Warden Vogel / Three-Eyed Zebra / Fatbot / Giant Medium-Sized Ant / Mayor C. Randall Poopenmeyer / Pazuzu (voice)
The Robot Devil (voice)
Yivo (voice)


The Planet Express crew must work to fix rips between their universe and another inhabited by a planet-sized, tentacle alien which soon takes over the Earth and uses it's ability to control Fry to command an entire religion which takes over and convinces the inhabitants of Earth to abandon the Earth to live in a pseudo-heaven, leaving the robots of the world to inherit the planet. Written by Anonymous

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24 June 2008 (USA)  »

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The Futurama Movie 2  »

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1.78 : 1
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The opening frame of part 3 says, "0100100001101001" which is binary for "hi" in ascii. See more »


In Crimes of the Hot, the headless body of Agnew is given away to Wernstrom, yet in The Beast with a Billion Backs he is seen at Nixon's side again. See more »


[from trailer]
Philip J. Fry: I'll miss you, Bender. You and your robots, take good care of Earth. Here. These are the keys to the Bermuda Triangle. Lock up when the world ends.
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Crazy Credits

OPENING SUBTITLE: The Proud Result of Prison Labor OPENING CARTOON: Instead of crashing into the giant screen, the Planet Express Ship goes through the screen and into a cartoon spoofing 'Steamboat Willie (1928)' and then crashes back out See more »


Spoofs Lady and the Tramp (1955) See more »


I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by Carmen Miranda during the Yivo date scene
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About two and a half good Futurama episodes
1 July 2008 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

The problem with "Beast With A Billion Backs" isn't the writing, the storyline, the gags, or the inside references. Those are all just fine. Not great, but a decided improvement over the convoluted and fanservice-heavy "Bender's Big Score."

The greater problem -- one that all four DVD movies will face -- is that Futurama's fantastic worlds and crazy plots just plain work better in 22-minute episodes than as 90-minute stories. It's hard to keep up the energy and the gags for that long, while also involving all the characters and hitting all the notes Futurama fans want to hear.

"Billion Backs" had its share of slow spots, and gags that should have never escaped the Deleted Scenes part of the DVD. (The "schkler" and "schklee" thing was painful.)

The Yivo storyline could have been done in one focused episode (a la "The Day The Earth Stood Stupid"). The Bender/Calculon story would have been an okay B-story for a 22-minute episode, but it was weak for a feature-length movie. The other subplots weren't any deeper than you'd see in a single episode.

I realize that the movie will be broadcast as individual episodes. They should have made them that way in the first place, and cut out the dull stuff.

If you don't believe me, watch the "lost episode" bonus feature on the DVD. It's a compilation of cut-scenes from the Futurama video game, made into an "episode" of about 30 minutes. While it's nothing special, its fast pace and simple plot work a lot better than the padded-out, hit-and-miss main feature.

Having said all that, "Billion Backs" is a fun story that should appeal to all Futurama fans. There are some great gags, some beloved characters we missed in the first DVD movie, a Futurama-quality plot, and a fun homage to 1950s-style monster horror flicks.

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