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Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs (2008)

Not Rated | | Animation, Comedy, Romance | Video 24 June 2008
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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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 opening frame of part 3 says, "0100100001101001" which is binary for "hi" in ascii. See more »

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The pump and hand of the floating coffee machine change sides twice while they're prepping the ship. See more »

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Earth President Richard Nixon: If there's one thing Nixon is known for, it's class. Let's cut this turd loose!
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Spoofs Lady and the Tramp (1955) See more »

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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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From Parodying Good Sci-Fi To Making It Themselves!
16 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first Futurama movie felt like a collection of episodes strung together, "Benders Big Score" was enjoyable for fans, but like "the family guy movie", or "the Simpson's movie", it doesn't do anything the show didn't do, the same cannot be said for "The Beast With A Billion Backs", which while not as laugh a second as it could be(still multiple laughs per minute) is strengthened by being one of the strongest stories that Futurama has ever ran.

My favorite Futurama episode finds Bender floating in space alone, and a tiny microscopic colony grows onto his back, and begins worshiping him as their God, in trying to help improve their lives, he ultimately destroys them all, and then encounters a large energy being in the middle of space, who for all intense and purposes is the God...who doesn't seem to know who he is or what he is doing, but knows that God can't please everyone and if his job is done right no one "should" know he exists at all.. moments like that are the reason I watched Futurama in the first place, and its the kind of thinking that produced "The Beast With A Billion Backs", which is possibly the most unique, thought provoking, and amusing love story, I've ever seen in an animated film, or maybe ever.

It's a metaphysical love story, with inter-dimensional sea monsters and robotic demonic pirates, it's a story of infidelity and jealousy (not just with Fry, consider the subplot of Kif and Amy, compare Fry's first relationship with his last, Benders final monologue, etc). Is love personal or universal, can it be shared or must it be guarded, can any kind of perfect love exist within imperfect human conditions? Can/should God love everyone? Because it's Futurama you don't sit down, expecting to be challenged or even moved. "Sorry Bender...Robots don't go to heaven...", but that's just how it ends up.

So no this does not feel like "The Futurama" you've seen a thousand times before, it's best moments are still there, but it has a sense of direction, purpose, and story structure, that's its never had before, and is damned commendable. The best adult cartoon movie since "South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut", but as much for the story telling itself as the laughs.

It's the Cthulu Love story of our times!


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