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Space Pilot 3000 

A down-on-his-luck pizza delivery guy is accidentally frozen on New Year's Eve 1999, and wakes up in 2999.

Directors:

Rich Moore, Gregg Vanzo

Writers:

Matt Groening (created by), Matt Groening (developed by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Billy West ... Philip J. Fry / Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth / Smitty / Richard Nixon's Head / Ipgee / Man with Newspaper (voice)
Katey Sagal ... Turanga Leela (voice)
John DiMaggio ... Bender / URL / Mr. Panucci / Bike Thief (voice)
Dick Clark ... Dick Clark's Head (voice)
Leonard Nimoy ... Leonard Nimoy's Head (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Suicide Booth (voice)
David Herman ... Terry / Lou / Tube User (voice) (as Dave Herman)
Kath Soucie ... Michelle / Rude Boy / Head Museum Feeder (voice)
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Storyline

On New Year's Eve 1999, Pizza Delivery boy Philip J. Fry accidentally falls into a cryogenic chamber and is frozen for 1,000 years. Finally unfrozen, he explores New New York, meets his new best friend (a kleptomaniacal robot named Bender) and goes to work for his great-great-great-great-grand-nephew's space delivery business. Written by Jeff Lindstrom

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Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1999 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby Surround)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

John DiMaggio is the only member of the regular main cast whose first appearance in the show is one other than his primary character. In the first scene, he voices Mr. Panucci, about 8 minutes before the appearance of Bender. See more »

Goofs

The sequence where people all over the world count down to midnight on New Year's Eve in their native languages is at least edited a bit misleading, since they of course all live in different time zones, so their countdowns are spread over the whole day. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Fry: [offscreen] Space. It seems to go on and on forever. But then you get to the end and a gorilla starts throwing barrels at you.
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Crazy Credits

OPENING SUBTITLE: In Color OPENING CARTOON: Little Buck Cheeser (1938) See more »

Alternate Versions

A joke about "JFK Jr. Airport" was changed to "Radio City Mutant Hall" when the episode was re-run after John Kennedy Jr.'s death. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Futurama: Game of Tones (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme from Futurama
Composed by Christopher Tyng
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It's hard to believe this was the pilot.
2 July 2008 | by garydiamondSee all my reviews

Yes, this is the one that kick-started the Futurama franchise. Looking back, now the show is halfway through it's fifth season, it is amazing how well it has aged. The characters are on-model, the voice acting is nearly spot on (the Professor's would later change) and most of all, the trademark Groening animation style and spoof-heavy humour are all in check.

Pilot episodes lay out the premise that forms the backbone of the show. Sometimes they suffer from a weak plot, trying too hard to throw the main characters together without giving you a feel for the world the show is set in. In "Space Pilot 3000" quite the opposite is true; great writing helps things flow naturally, setting up character quirks and catchphrases that become staple running gags of later episodes. In fact, Bender's first line is now his oft-used insult.

This outing is several notches above standard pilot fare, and stacks up to any other 'classic' episode of Futurama thus far. For those thinking about delving into the franchise, this tells you all you need to know. Great work!


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