wise cracking booze hound of a robot, is back. And this
time, he's a geek.
"Futurama: Bender's Game" is now on DVD and Blu-ray disc. This is a review of the DVD.
The television show may be gone from the Fox line-up in favor of such drivel (yes, I said drivel) as "Family Guy" (what people see in that show, I'll never know...bad rip off...) But Fox has been wise to let the creative minds behind "Futurama" to continue in feature length form. "Bender's Game" is the latest movie which takes our crazy futuristic pals to whole new worlds.
The movie is an odd one which takes a couple of storylines and takes viewers into the world of geekdom. I had to watch the movie a couple of times to get in some of the gags I missed. The plot puts Bender into the world of Dungeons & Dragons, thereby not only giving him an imagination (which apparently robots don't have), and the ability to speak geek. The rest of the crew of Planet Express are off to battle Mom for Dark Matter.
It sounds really poorly plotted and a bit "out there," and it is. Well, that's to say it's out there, not poorly plotted. Everything comes together in the end. That's part of the charm of "Futurama." Almost anything goes and it's usually pretty funny, even if the logline doesn't make much sense whatsoever. There are some very funny jokes in the movie, including a couple involving Legos and Robin Williams.
The animation is quite well done with lots of bright colors. The voice talent in "Futurama" is in top form, giving the movie plausibility even if the story is a bit crazy. Bender (John DiMaggio) has always been my favorite character on the show, and he brings his crude charm into this movie. Which reminds me to remind you that the movie may not be suitable for all children. If you've got kids who are not bothered by adolescent violence and crude humor, then they'll probably enjoy it as much as you do.
The entire movie is filled with geek gags guaranteed to make geeks (like myself) appreciate the humor. I don't know how Matt Groening, Ken Keeler & David X. Cohen still manage to mine the geek gold, but they've struck riches. Where else can you get jokes with George Takai and Mork in the same movie? "Futurama: Bender's Game," that's where, baby!
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