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Saturday Morning Fun Pit 

President Nixon is watching his favorite TV shows, which spoof three actual cartoon series using Futurama characters.

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Bender / Bendee Boo / Marquis of Mulberry / Orphan Crippler / Curly Joe / Randy Munchnik / G.I. Zapp Theme Singer (voice)
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Rose Mary / Angry Mom / TV Mom / Kid #2 (voice)
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Kif Kroker / Horrible Gelatinous Blob / Headless Clone of Agnew / Dragon Ghost / Basketball Announcer / TV Announcer (voice)
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Hermes Conrad / Viscount Violet / Waterboard / Ethan 'Bubblegum' Tate / Dwight Conrad / Narrator / Purple Cloud / Kid #1 / Polkaberry (voice)
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Scruffy / Sweet Clyde Dixon / Purple Heart Sergeant (voice)
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Cubert Farnsworth / Kid #3 / Fat Girl (voice)
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Himself (voice)
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President Nixon is watching his favorite TV shows, which spoof three actual cartoon series using Futurama characters.

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17 July 2013 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Billy West (Fry) and Frank Welker (Nibbler) have both voiced main characters for episodes of Scooby-Doo. Welker voiced both Scooby-Doo and Fred, and West voiced Shaggy, whom he also voices in this episode, via Fry (thus technically spoofing himself). See more »

Goofs

As the Larry Bird clones exit the cloning machine the wrist bands that they have on their right wrists change from red to flesh coloured. They also have nothing on their left wrists but in the next shot they have red wrist bands on both wrists. See more »

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Nutcracker: Nutcracker!
Nixon: That's no name for a woman! Let's just call her Pat.
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Spoofs The World of Strawberry Shortcake (1980) See more »

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Yummy Yummy Yummy
by Ohio Express
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Futurama stays down in the pits
29 December 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Ugh. This final season of Futurama (hopefully this is the final season) is easily the worst of the lot. An episode like Saturday Morning Fun Pit, done right, could be brilliant. As it is, it looks like another long-running sitcom running out of ideas, similar to another animated series created by Matt Groening. The idea is that modified versions of Futurama characters can be used to tell three short stories, not unlike Naturama. This time they spoof old cartoons. That might seem like a good idea- Futurama has had some respect for the cartoons that came before it, as clips of the classics have appeared in the title sequence.

First off, the concept of the episode is a bit inexplicable- Nixon and the once-again revived Agnew watch Saturday morning cartoons, which for some reason feature the Planet Express crew. How did this happen? How did our heroes end up in cartoons? This is something that at best should have been an Anthology of Interest episode, but for some reason the writers never saw fit to make an Anthology of Interest III. And why is it Nixon watching the cartoons? Is it just supposed to be funny that Nixon would watch cartoons?

The best segment is the Scooby-Doo parody, probably. There are some funny moments in the beginning of the segment, but Leela's remark that the laugh track doesn't correspond to anything funny, a stab at Scooby-Doo, is big talk from a cartoon that hasn't been funny in some time. Most jokes fall flat- Bendee Boo saying "Ri'm ran ralcoholic!" is supposed to be funny because it's said in a funny voice, and the villain saying he's mentally ill is supposed to be funny for some reason.

The other segments depend on the viewer being familiar with The Smurfs and GI Joe, which I imagine are too old for a good number of Futurama fans to remember. Someone points out how much they repeat the word purple, and that's supposed to be funny. The GI Joe cracks its one joke about cartoon censorship and keeps repeating it. Every act of this episode overstays its welcome, and coming to the end is a relief.


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