So here we have it, the fourth and supposedly final Futurama movie. This time we have a bit of an environmental message with the rescuing of a small creature prior to the construction of a New Las Vegas on Mars. It sounds confusing but the filmmakers will be hoping to end the four movie series with a hit - and we think they've succeeded.
Mankind stands on the brink of a wondrous new Green Age. But ancient forces of darkness, three years older than time itself, have returned to wreak destruction. Even more shocking: Bender's in love with a married fembot, and Leela's on the run from the law – Zapp Brannigan's law! Fry is the last hope of the universe... so if you're in the universe, you might want to think about going somewhere else. Could this be the end of the Planet Express crew forever? Say it ain't so, meatbag! Off we go, Into the Wild Green Yonder!
If you've ever seen Futurama (and we suggest most reading this review would have) then you should be able to guess what to expect. Bender continues on his drinking, womanising ways, Leela tries to do the right thing, Farnsworth continues to bumble his way without much understanding what is going on and Fry is left trying to save everyone, and everything. There really are some classic moments here and the focus on Amy and her parents adds plenty of humour.
If you're a fan of Futurama then you'll likely love this movie as well. Each of the characters has some brilliant lines, the story is engaging and humorous in its own right while the animation is second to none. Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder is well worth a look and we would go so far as to suggest that even non-fans would still find a few chuckles here.
In typical Fox fashion the main audio track on this disc is a brilliant DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. Everything is absolutely crystal clear from the dialogue, to the music and effects. The LFE channel is used to good effect at times, and the surround sound channels also get a bit of a workout. Never has an animated movie sounded so good.
There are no other audio tracks on this disc so if you don't understand English you're going to be in trouble, But wait! Subtitles. There are quite a few options available on this disc including English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Spanish, French, Cantonese, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, and then English, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish commentary subtitles.
Audio or Picture–In–Picture commentary by Matt Groening, David X. Cohen, John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, Michael Rowe, Lee Supercinski, Patric M. Verrone and Peter Avanzino: Many of the main participants in the movie take part in this mildly entertaining commentary. There is some interesting information here, but also a bit too much commenting on the action on screen. Given the number of participants I would have hoped for a little more depth in the discussion however you'll have a few laughs here.
Docudramarama: How We Make Futurama So Good (5:09/HD): Hoping to find a decent making of documentary, particularly as this may be the final movie we ever see in the franchise, I was bitterly disappointed to discover this was a somewhat whacky, uneducational, short spoof look at the making of the movie.
Louder! Louder!: The Acting Technique of Penn Jillette (2:08/HD): A brief look at Penn's (of Penn and Teller fame) voice recording for the movie.
Golden Stinkers: A Treasury of Deleted Scenes (2:52/HD): Five deleted scenes are presented here in High Definition. Some are complete, others only storyboards with voices. Sadly there is no audio commentary detailing why they were cut.
How To Draw Futurama In 10 Very Difficult Steps (11:10/HD): If you like drawing you'll love this as you learn to draw many of Futurama's most loved characters.
3D Models with Animator Discussion (4:19/HD): A look at 3D modeling in the computer for this movie. Brief but interesting.
3D Models with Animator Discussion (1:16/HD): A pretty amusing little clip with Bender about movie etiquette - they should have put this before the main feature movie.
Review By: Dave Warner