Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs (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)
Stephen Hawking (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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The title refers to the phrase "the beast with two backs", a term referring to the act of sexual intercourse between two people and commonly associated with its use in the work of William Shakespeare. See more »


When Fry and Colleen are lying in bed, post-coitus, his hand is around her shoulder but it is the same colour of Colleen's skin. (And not his own flesh tone - it vaguely looks as if she has three hands.) See more »


Yivo: I should go now. The nature of your universe is burning me... even worse than my gonorrhea. You should get checked by the way.
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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 »


References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) 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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Better than "Big Score" but still struggles to fill the run time and has too much plotting
2 July 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A rip in the very fabric of time and space sees another universe potentially linked to the one more familiar to the crew of Planet Express. However, it has been there a while and the initial panic and fear has sapped into acceptance with a bit of fear. The intension is to launch a scientific mission to travel to the rift and study it, a mission that Fry decides not to go on as he thinks he has found love in a new relationship. The expedition doesn't bring back much in the way of information but very soon it becomes clear that something is coming through and taking over the world – but what are its intentions?

I came to the first Futurama film hoping for it to be just as good as the TV show – not brilliant but just funny and creative. I was disappointed there but I wanted to watch the next film regardless. The improvements are obvious because the narrative is slightly more focused and does feel like it is all part of the same film. Of course it is not perfect and for stretches it does feel fragmented and unsure of itself – but just not as bad as the first film. What it feels like though is that they are filling the time with plot rather than anything else, so instead of having one central story, the threads are expanded to fill time even if the material or substance isn't really there to do it. As with Bender's Big Score, this film doesn't ever convince that it has enough about it to justify being 80 minutes long – and that is not even that long for a film. So Amy and Kif relationship appears to be there just to fill time, likewise Fry's relationship and, although funny, the League of Robots feels dropped in as well.

It is funnier though and for that I am grateful but it is not funny enough because the writers do seems to have focused on filling the film with plot rather than laughs. The cast do as well as one would expect, given that this is hardly a testing film to act in. West and Di Maggio have the lion's share but the other cast (Tom, Sagal etc) are also good and the additions of Cross, Castellaneta and Murphy are good in their voice work. In terms of animation you can see more money has been spent on it and it does look good while also keeping the feel of Futurama.

Beast with a Billion Backs is better than Bender's Big Score but it still suffers from many of the same problems. The script is not loaded with laughs and gags but rather lots of plotting to try and fill the long running time. However it is not "one" story but rather lots of bits pieced vaguely together and the feel of time being filled is unavoidable. So an improvement but still not great – hopefully the next few films over the next few years will be better.

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