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Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder (DVD Review)

22 Feb, 2009 By: John Latchem

Green Yonder

Street 2/24/09
Animated Sci-Fi Comedy
$29.98 DVD, $39.98 Blu-ray
Not rated.
Voices of Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Maurice LaMarche.

Is this the end for “Futurama”? I could go either way.

If the creators were allowed to make more episodes, I’ll be on board. But if not, so be it. The show had a good run.

One of the drawbacks of the direct-to-video “Futurama” projects has been haphazard pacing due to the need to divide the movies into four episodes. This fourth movie does the best job maintaining a consistent tone throughout, but may be overwhelmed by a story pushing for cosmic significance.

There’s some good bits that spoof Las Vegas, and a generous use of recurring characters from the series. “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane even sings the opening Sinatra-esque musical number, though limiting him to that role is something of a waste considering the field of animation rivalries out there to be mined.

The disc has all the usual extras, from witty featurettes to an informative commentary.

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