Futurama: The Beast With A Billion Backs (2008)

DVD Cover (Twentieth Century Fox)
Peter Avanzino Peter Avanzino
Billy West Billy West
Katey Sagal Katey Sagal
John DiMaggio John DiMaggio
Tress MacNeille Tress MacNeille
Maurice LaMarche Maurice LaMarche

7.3 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Genres: Animated Comedy, Animated Feature Film, Animated Sci-Fi, Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi Comedy
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Review by Griffinheart
Added: June 29, 2008
"The Beast..." brings back the much beloved crew of the Planet Express in a feature length movie. The occasional highjink coupled with subtle humor makes you remember why you loved Futurama, but the slow pacing and lack of an ending will make you pull out your DVDs of the main series.

"The Beast with a Billion Backs" is set some time after the main series and presumably after "Bender's Big Score." Fry is now hopelessly in love with a girl named Colleen, Amy and Kif are getting married, and, oh yeah, there's a giant interdimensional rift hovering over Earth. This rift scares the bajeezus out of everyone, prompting Earth's greatest scientists to investigate. When the scientists find that no electronic equipment can survive passing through the rift, the military decides it's their turn and fires their largest missile to destroy the rift and whatever's beyond it. The missile fails to reach it's target, but Fry reaches the other side and discovers a giant, tentacled being named Yivo that makes wondrous claims. It sends Fry back to our dimension to convert our universe into worshipers of its tentacularness. Could this beast actually be God? Will anyone, perhaps Leela, have the strength to resist?

I could describe the plot further, but that is almost the entirety of it right there. This movie really does feel like one or two Futurama episodes stretched to feature length. The characters are just how you remember them, and the humor is great--but this comes across as a low fat / no salt version of the Futurama you're used to eating. The story progresses slowly, and the mini-climaxes don't amount to much. It also doesn't so much end as dissolve into nothingness; people deserve for something to happen at the end of a movie, and I was disappointed with the last ten minutes.

In short, while I did lampoon the movie's weak points, it was great to have Futurama back. If you like the show, you'll definitely enjoy this (especially as it's much better than Bender's Big Score). Rent it, enjoy it, and return it to get the most out of this movies 7.5/10.
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Nirrad #1: Nirrad - added 06/29/2008, 11:13 AM
I found this better than Benders Big Score. This one seemed like the Futurama we know and love. I don't agree about the ending though, I thought it was fine. Plus I think these movies are all connected some way or another so we won't see a true ending until the last movie. 9/10 for me.
Griffinheart #2: Griffinheart - added 06/29/2008, 11:34 PM
I just expected more out of the ending, but I will view this movie better if it makes more sense in the context of the completed movie series.
Lucid Dreams #3: Lucid Dreams - added 11/22/2010, 03:44 AM
I loved the movies and I'm glad they brought it back on the tube. 8/10
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