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A Tale of Two Santas 

When Fry, Leela and Bender make a delivery to Neptune, they run afoul of the robot Santa Claus. Bender takes his place, but the previous Santa's fearsome reputation makes his job difficult.

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Episode cast overview:
... Philip J. Fry / Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / Smitty / Judge Ron Whitey / Elves (voice)
... Turanga Leela (voice)
... Bender / Robot Santa / Elves / URL / Robot Cellmate (voice)
... Linda / Little Girl / Little Boy / Mother / Petunia / Vyolet / Premula (voice)
... Morbo / Elves / The Hyper-Chicken / The Robot Devil (voice)
... Kwanzaa-bot (voice)
... Hermes Conrad / Bailiff (voice)
... Mayor C. Randall Poopenmeyer / Elves / Father (voice)
... Amy Wong (voice)
... Nibbler / Walter Cronkite's Head / Robo-Dogs / Elves / Hyperchicks (voice)
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When Fry, Leela and Bender make a delivery to Neptune, they run afoul of the robot Santa Claus. Bender takes his place, but the previous Santa's fearsome reputation makes his job difficult.

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23 December 2001 (USA)  »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

There is a box of "Clinton Logs" on the toy production line, an obvious parody of Lincoln Logs. See more »

Goofs

The Professor's metal shutters cover the entire building including the windows, but when the group are all huddled together inside, they can see out of the window. See more »

Quotes

Turanga Leela: Remember, professor. Bender is Santa. You don't need to hurt him.
Professor Hubert Farnsworth: Yes, yes, yes. You sound like a broken mp3.
Bender: Ho, ho...
[Professor shoots Bender]
Bender: Ow!
Turanga Leela: Professor, don't you remember what I told you?
Professor Hubert Farnsworth: No!
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References Futurama: Xmas Story (1999) See more »

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Back to Work
Music and Lyrics by Ken Keeler
Performed by Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, and the Neptunian Elves
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Bender as Santa? Now I really have seen everything
22 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

Here is the eleventh Christmas title I have decided to review in celebration and the second Futurama Christmas Special. This one I am glad to say does still keep showing what we loved about the first one while also bringing new ideas into it.

The plot is that to prepare for Xmas Professor Farnsworth creates a metal armour for the entire building. In related news the Fry, Leela and Bender have to deliver letters to Santa on Neptune. When they get there they accidentally freeze Santa to the ground and Bender takes his place as the good Santa... As good as he can be. But any robotic Santa is set in stone as the bad one. After the real Santa saves Bender from his execution Bender joins Santa "in his slaying tonight".

I do like the ideas and the parallels with the Santa mythology but this just isn't as funny as the other one. Don't get me wrong there are some funny moments and it is very much worth this episode to see them. Things such as Bender and Santa teaming up are fun to watch as is well... Bender taking the role of Santa. So this episode is really good fun to see but I prefer Xmas Story.


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