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Futurama was the little animated show that could. It first aired in 1999, but was canceled years later in 2003. After great DVD sales and a few straight-to-DVD movies, Futurama came back in 2008, but was canceled again in 2013. Needless to Futurama is great and you should watch it now! Here are 15 fun facts about Futurama.
- Futurama. The title of the animated series comes from the 1939 World’s Fair, namely from an exhibit called “The World of Tomorrow.”
- Rebel Without a Cause. Believe it not, Philip J. Fry’s red jacket is modeled after James Dean’s jacket from Rebel without a Cause.
- John Bender. Bender is named after Judd Nelson’s character John Bender from The Breakfast Club. Bender’s full name is Bender Bending Rodríguez.
- Owls. Apparently, in the future there are no more rats in the New York City. They’ve been taken over by owls. Whenever you watch a scene where you’d normally find rats like in the trash or in the subway, you’ll find owls.
- Hypnotoad. There’s actually a 22-minute episode called “Everybody Loves Hypnotoad” that features nothing but the Hypnotoad. It’s really trippy with a voiceover saying “the audience will wake up remembering nothing and feeling refreshed.”
- Jurassic Bark. Fry’s dog Seymour was modeled after Hachikō, a dog who waited for his Japanese master for 10 years. Originally, Fry’s mother was going to be brought back to life instead of his dog.
- Professor Farnsworth. He was named after Philo Farnsworth, the inventor of the television.
- Frank Welker. Surprisingly, Frank Welker voiced Nibbler. He’s mostly known for his voicework as Megatron on the Transformers cartoon.
- Phil Hartman. The comedic actors was originally slated to voice Zapp Brannigan, but he died before production started in 1998. Philip J. Fry is also named in memory of Phil Hartman.
- Turangalîla-Symphonie. Turanga Leela was named after Olivier Messiaen’s 1948 large-scale piece of orchestral music work.
- Planet Express Ship. The Planet Express ship is modeled after its captain Turanga Leela’s head.
- Why Not Zoidberg. The famous and popular Internet meme “Why Not Zoidberg” was never uttered once during the entire TV show’s run. However, the catchphrase did appear in a commercial.
- Alien Language. The strange alien language that pops up during the entire series was actually changed twice because fans kept figuring it out.
- Mathematical Theorem. There’s an episode where the characters swapped bodies and minds and so to get the characters back in the right place, the writers wrote an actual mathematical theorem that works. It’s called the Futurama Theorem and one of the show’s writers Ken Keeler came up with it. Keeler is a Ph.D in applied mathematics and a TV writer. Go figure!
- Billy West. He’s actually a legendary voice actor who voiced some of the most iconic cartoon characters of all-time, include Philip J. Fry (obviously), Ren & Stimpy, Popeye, Doug Funnie, Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and additionally on Futurama — Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg, Zapp Brannigan, and Richard Nixon.