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Director:
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Matt Groening (creator)
Matt Groening (developer)
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Release Date:
24 June 2008 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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About two and a half good Futurama episodes See more (64 total) »

Cast

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Billy West ... Philip J. Fry / Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / Zapp Brannigan / Richard Nixon / Leo Wong / Moon Farmer / M-5438 / Mr. Kroker / Judge Ron Whitey / Carnival Barker / Superhero / Land Squid (voice)

Katey Sagal ... Turanga Leela (voice)

John DiMaggio ... Bender / Randy Munchnick / URL / Calculon's Manservant / Funkalistics Lead Singer / Guard #1 (voice)

Tress MacNeille ... 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)

Maurice LaMarche ... Kif Kroker / Calculon / Morbo / Schlomo / SportsBot 5000 / Lrrr / Destructor / Horrible Gelatinous Blob / Hedonismbot / Fishy Joseph Gillman / Harold Zoid / King Kong / Guard #2 (voice)

Phil LaMarr ... Hermes Conrad / Horse Repair Robot / Ndulu / Robot 1-X / Billionairebot / Bolt Rollands (voice)

Lauren Tom ... Amy Wong / Inez Wong (voice)

David Herman ... 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)

Dan Castellaneta ... The Robot Devil (voice)

David Cross ... Yivo (voice)

Stephen Hawking ... Himself (voice)

Brittany Murphy ... Colleen O'Hallahan (voice)
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Directed by
Peter Avanzino 
 
Writing credits
Matt Groening (creator)

Matt Groening (developer) &
David X. Cohen (developer)

Eric Kaplan (teleplay)

Eric Kaplan (story) &
David X. Cohen (story)

Produced by
David X. Cohen .... executive producer
Matt Groening .... executive producer
Claudia Katz .... producer
Michael Rowe .... co-executive producer
Lee Supercinski .... producer
Patric M. Verrone .... co-executive producer (as Patric Verrone)
 
Original Music by
Christopher Tyng 
 
Film Editing by
Paul D. Calder 
 
Casting by
Scott Muller 
 
Production Management
Michael Hughes .... production supervisor
 
Art Department
Stephen Sandoval .... storyboard artist
Cindy Azada Whitman .... design coordinator
 
Sound Department
Eric Friend .... sound recordist
Travis Powers .... sound designer
Carlos Sotolongo .... adr mixer
Carlos Sotolongo .... original dialogue mixer
Samuel C. Crutcher .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Don W. Kim .... cg artist
Mark Orme .... 3D generalist
Jason Plapp .... digital camera and composite
Chris Stover .... 3D animator
Mike Wodkowski .... digital camera and composite
 
Animation Department
Edmund Fong .... story artist
Megan Kelly .... character layout artist
Brian LoSchiavo .... character layout artist
Jeff Mertz .... background artist
Robert P. Moore .... character layout artist
Jeanette Moreno .... character layout artist
Drew T. Pierce .... character layout artist
Carolyn Roach .... production assistant
Vladi Rubizhevsky .... background artist
John Seymore .... model designer
T.C. Starnes Jr. .... background layout artist
Chad Woods .... color key artist
 
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Danik Thomas .... associate editor
 
Music Department
Scott Schirle .... music editor
 
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Marci Proietto .... studio executive
Michael Saikin .... production assistant
Ben Sigman .... systems administrator
 

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The video game Fry is playing in the arcade after seeing the psychiatrist is "Normal Combat" Also seen in the arcade are games entitled "Honkey Kong", "Exlaxian", "Coin Vacuum", "Extreme Flosser", "Shovel Command", and "Ms. Marple Madness".See more »
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Continuity: 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 »
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Stephen Hawking's Head:In conclusion, I understand nothing about the anomaly, even after cashing the huge check for writing a book about it.See more »
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I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)See more »

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Do I need to know what happens in Bender's Big Score, the Futurama movie released before this one, to follow this story?
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19 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
About two and a half good Futurama episodes, 1 July 2008
Author: garysjwa from Florida

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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