History Trivia / Futurama

23rd May '17 11:07:05 AM FordPrefect
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** Two in ''Leela and the Genestalk'' As Fry and Bender climb up Mom's tower, they see run into Adam West and Burt Ward, The former who has his head grafted onto a bat's body and the latter who robot bot is colored red. They also mention gruesome torture, a riff on how they end up in booby traps. The second allusion comes when Fry, Leela and Bender are making to escape and pass by [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Finn and Jake]] who're chained and hanging from a wall.

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** Two in ''Leela and the Genestalk'' Genestalk'': As Fry and Bender climb up Mom's tower, they see run into Adam West and Burt Ward, The former who has (with his head grafted onto a bat's body body) and the latter who Burt Ward (whose robot bot body is colored red.red). They also mention gruesome torture, a riff on how they end up in booby traps. The second allusion comes when Fry, Leela and Bender are making to an escape and pass by [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Finn and Jake]] who're chained and hanging from a wall.



* ChannelHop: Concerning first-run episodes, this show went from FOX to made-for-DVD to Comedy Central (and hopefully to another channel or another platform, like Netflix or Hulu now that Comedy Central announced that ''Futurama'' wasn't going to air any more episodes). However, if one were to add the reruns, then the show went from FOX to Creator/CartoonNetwork to made-for-DVD to Comedy Central (and hopefully to another channel or platform like Netflix or Hulu now that Comedy Central announced that ''Futurama'' wasn't going to air any more episodes).

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* ChannelHop: Concerning first-run episodes, this show went from FOX From FOX, to made-for-DVD reruns on Creator/CartoonNetwork, to made-for-DVD, to Comedy Central (and Central. And hopefully to another channel or another platform, like Netflix or Hulu now that Comedy Central announced that ''Futurama'' wasn't going to air any more episodes). However, if one were to add the reruns, then the show went from FOX to Creator/CartoonNetwork to made-for-DVD to Comedy Central (and hopefully to another channel or platform like Netflix or Hulu Hulu, now that Comedy Central has announced that ''Futurama'' wasn't they aren't going to air any more episodes).episodes.



** The very first episode had a part where Fry is traveling through the transport tubes to "JFK Jr. Airport." Because of JFK Jr.'s mysterious death involving a plane crash, the destination was changed to "Radio City Mutant Hall" (this was even done on the [=DVD=] release, except for the animatic seen on the special features. If you live in the UK or Australia, the "JFK, Jr. Airport" line is used rather than "Radio City Mutant Hall").

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** The very first episode had a part where Fry is traveling through the transport tubes to "JFK Jr. Airport." Because of JFK Jr.'s mysterious death involving a plane crash, the destination was changed to "Radio City Mutant Hall" (this was even done on the [=DVD=] release, except for the animatic seen on the special features. If features; if you live in the UK or Australia, the "JFK, Jr. Airport" line is used rather than "Radio City Mutant Hall").still used).



** Following the Norway terrorist attacks in July of 2011, the scene in "The Cryonic Woman" where Bender has an arm that used to belong to the Prime Minister of Norway was changed (on most syndicated free-TV airings) to once belonging to a chainsaw juggler. The Netflix American feed once had the "Prime Minister of Norway" cut of the episode, but when they added the last season of the show and rearranged the episodes by broadcast order, the "Chainsaw Juggler" version was used instead. The [=DVD=]s have the original "Prime Minister of Norway" screen

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** Following the Norway terrorist attacks in July of 2011, the scene in "The Cryonic Woman" where Bender has an arm that used to belong to the Prime Minister of Norway was changed (on most syndicated free-TV airings) to once belonging to a chainsaw juggler. The Netflix American feed once had the "Prime Minister of Norway" cut of the episode, but when they added the last season of the show and rearranged the episodes by broadcast order, the "Chainsaw Juggler" version was used instead. The [=DVD=]s have the original "Prime Minister of Norway" screenscreen.



** [=PickTV=] in the UK and New Zealand edits out a lot of uses of the word, "bastard" and the episode "A Clone of My Own" was edited to remove Bender's line, "No we don't, you little bedwetter!" after Cubert tells Leela that robots are good at keeping secrets.

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** [=PickTV=] in the UK and New Zealand edits out a lot of uses of the word, "bastard" word "bastard", and the episode "A Clone of My Own" was edited to remove Bender's line, line "No we don't, you little bedwetter!" after Cubert tells Leela that robots are good at keeping secrets.



* TheOtherMarty: A particularly tragic example: Zapp was originally meant to be voiced by Creator/PhilHartman, but the latter died after only recording a few lines, so this role went to Creator/BillyWest.

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* TheOtherMarty: A particularly tragic example: Zapp was originally meant to be voiced by Creator/PhilHartman, but the latter Hartman died after only recording a few lines, so this the role went to Creator/BillyWest.



* ScheduleSlip: The original run on Fox had a certainly erratic schedule, resulting in several episodes from season 3 airing in season 4.
* TalkingToHimself: Most of the main cast play multiple characters, though Billy West, Maurice [=LaMarche=], and Tress [=MacNeille=] are the most frequent. In fact, the only one who plays a single character is Katey Sagal as Leela [[note]] Unless you count the alternate universe Leelas in "The Farnsworth Parabox" and the robot Leela in "Rebirth"[[/note]]. Especially impressive as there are multiple episodes that have musical numbers or otherwise stretches the acting muscles in unusual ways. "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles" has the main cast slowly revert to child form, Billy West took Farnsworth from extremely old to adolescent and is vocally recognizably as Farnsworth the whole time.

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* ScheduleSlip: The original run on Fox had a certainly seriously erratic schedule, resulting in several episodes from season 3 airing in season 4.
* TalkingToHimself: Most of the main cast play multiple characters, though Billy West, Maurice [=LaMarche=], and Tress [=MacNeille=] are the most frequent. In fact, the only one who plays a single character is Katey Sagal as Leela [[note]] Unless you count the alternate universe Leelas in "The Farnsworth Parabox" and the robot Leela in "Rebirth"[[/note]]. Especially impressive as there are multiple episodes that have musical numbers or otherwise stretches stretch the acting muscles in unusual ways. "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles" has the main cast slowly revert to child form, Billy West took Farnsworth from extremely old to adolescent and is vocally recognizably as Farnsworth the whole time.



** Bound to happen with any long-running show that makes joking comparisons to technology of the time. One of the most glaring examples would be in the episode ''When Aliens Attack'' when the crew were unable to find a VHS of a show called 'Single Female Lawyer' (due to most VHS's being damaged during the second coming of Jesus). No more than a year after the episode aired, VHS's were pretty much overshadowed by the superior DVD format, and a decade after that, most TV Shows can be easily found online in one format or another (legally or otherwise).

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** Bound to happen with any long-running show that makes joking comparisons to technology of the time. One of the most glaring examples would be in the episode ''When Aliens Attack'' when the crew were unable to find a VHS of a show called 'Single Female Lawyer' (due to most VHS's being damaged during the second coming of Jesus). No more than a year after the episode aired, VHS's were pretty much overshadowed by the superior DVD format, and a decade after that, most TV Shows shows can be easily found online in one format or another (legally or otherwise).



** Also happens with cell phones. In one episode, Amy's phone is comically tiny, since in the real world at the time, cell phones had just become mainstream and were getting smaller each year. During TheNewTens, however, touch screens on phones have become popular and since bigger screens are easier to manage, cell phones have gotten ''larger''.

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** Also happens with cell phones. In one episode, Amy's phone is comically tiny, since in the real world at the time, cell phones had just become mainstream and were getting smaller each year. During TheNewTens, however, touch screens on phones have become popular popular, and since bigger screens are easier to manage, cell phones have gotten ''larger''.



** Zapp Brannigan was intended to be played by Creator/PhilHartman, but this actor's death at the hands of his own wife destroyed any chance of that, so Creator/BillyWest voiced the character with the same kind of smugness you'd expect from a {{jerkass}} Phil Hartman character.

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** Zapp Brannigan was intended to be played by Creator/PhilHartman, but this actor's Hartman's death at the hands of his own wife destroyed any chance of that, so Creator/BillyWest voiced the character with the same kind of smugness you'd expect from a {{jerkass}} Phil Hartman character.



** According to Lauren Tom, Amy was initially written with a relatively [[TheLadette masculine personality and job]], which would have made her border on AmbiguouslyLesbian. She was rewritten as a GirlyGirl in order to provide a better contrast between her and Leela, the latter of whom was already a {{Tomboy}} to begin with.

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** According to Lauren Tom, Amy was initially written with a relatively [[TheLadette masculine personality and job]], which would have made her border on AmbiguouslyLesbian. She was rewritten as a GirlyGirl in order to provide a better contrast between her and Leela, the latter of whom who was already a {{Tomboy}} to begin with.



** In the episode "Jurassic Bark", Fry's mother was originally going to be the fossilized remnant from Fry's past that he tries to revive, only to stop at the last minute, but the writers and producers rejected it as being more depressing than the dog story, ''somehow''. The writers did end up making an episode where Fry reunites with his mother again ("Game of Tones") and it's just as tearjerking as this episode.
** Throughout the first two seasons, there are cameo appearances by an elderly man with the number, 9, on his shirt. Initially, he was supposed to represent a fictional caste system in which a person's number determined their social status. However, this idea was abandoned and, when the same character got a major role in the fourth film, [[YouAreNumberSix the number served as his given name]] instead.
* TheWikiRule: [[http://theinfosphere.org/Main_Page TheInfosphere]]
* WordOfGay: According to executive producer Bill Odenkirk in the commentary of the Season 3 DVD set, all of Robot Santa's elves are gay. Odenkirk said this in response to questions on why all of the elves were holding hands with others of the same sex

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** In the episode "Jurassic Bark", Fry's mother ''mother'' was originally going to be the fossilized remnant from Fry's past that he tries to revive, only to stop at the last minute, but the writers and producers rejected it as being more depressing than the dog story, ''somehow''. The writers did end up making an episode where Fry reunites with his mother again ("Game of Tones") and it's just as tearjerking as this episode.
** Throughout the first two seasons, there are cameo appearances by an elderly man with the number, 9, number 9 on his shirt. Initially, he was supposed to represent a fictional caste system in which a person's number determined their social status. However, this idea was abandoned and, when the same character got a major role in the fourth film, [[YouAreNumberSix the number served as his given name]] instead.
* TheWikiRule: [[http://theinfosphere.org/Main_Page TheInfosphere]]
TheInfosphere]].
* WordOfGay: According to executive producer Bill Odenkirk in the commentary of the Season 3 DVD set, all of Robot Santa's elves are gay. Odenkirk said this in response to questions on why all of the elves were holding hands with others of the same sexsex.



** Bender's DoAnythingRobot capabilities is due to accidentally getting electrocuted in the first episode. He never dreamed of doing anything but bending girders beforehand.

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** Bender's DoAnythingRobot capabilities is are due to accidentally getting electrocuted in the first episode. He never dreamed of doing anything but bending girders beforehand.



** Zoidberg's appetite according to producers includes only three things that Zoidberg dislikes which are fluorescent light bulbs, brown crayons, and tofu.

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** Zoidberg's appetite appetite, according to producers producers, includes there being only three things that Zoidberg dislikes which are dislikes: fluorescent light bulbs, brown crayons, and tofu.



* TheMovie ''Bender's Game'' practically canonizes Walt, Larry and Igner's ages when Nibbler says "It was 36 years ago... now" when Mom started drilling for Dark Matter with the intention of selling it. With their ages being only a couple of years apart and Igner being unborn and only just concieved at the time (Mom didn't appear pregnant in flashbacks)...

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* TheMovie ''Bender's Game'' practically canonizes Walt, Larry and Igner's ages when Nibbler says "It was 36 years ago... now" when Mom started drilling for Dark Matter with the intention of selling it. With their ages being only a couple of years apart and Igner being unborn and only just concieved conceived at the time (Mom didn't appear pregnant in flashbacks)...



** Walt is approximately 39
** Larry is approximately 37
** Igner is approximately 35

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** Walt is approximately 39
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13th May '17 11:57:31 AM MagnusForce
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** Hermes was originally going to be named Dexter.
** There was supposed to be an OriginsEpisode for Scruffy the Janitor in the final season of the revival.
** Mom was originally intended to be the dictator of Earth in the setting, but as the concept developed, she was slowly pushed to the sides until she basically became an AdvertisedExtra.
** In Zapp Brannigan's introductory episode, "Love's Labours Lost in Space", he was supposed to get fatter every time he reappeared on screen, but the animators were too disgusted by the results to do it.
** The episode "Roswell That Ends Well" was originally written as a WhatIf short for "Anthology of Interest II", but was cut after the story got long enough to be its own episode.
10th May '17 7:22:22 PM Fangusu
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** Bender was originally designed with antennae where his ears are. The episode "Crimes of the Hot" has a robot with this unused design in the flashback of how Farnsworth caused global warming.

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** Bender was originally initially designed with antennae where on each side of his ears are. The episode "Crimes of the Hot" has a robot with head, which would have functioned as ears. Several episodes have referenced this unused design in the flashback of how Farnsworth caused global warming.idea via DevelopmentGag.



** Amy was originally going to have a more [[TheLadette masculine personality and job]], but this was changed to provide a better contrast between her and Leela, the latter of whom was already a {{Tomboy}} to begin with.

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** According to Lauren Tom, Amy was originally going to have initially written with a more relatively [[TheLadette masculine personality and job]], but this which would have made her border on AmbiguouslyLesbian. She was changed rewritten as a GirlyGirl in order to provide a better contrast between her and Leela, the latter of whom was already a {{Tomboy}} to begin with.
25th Apr '17 8:06:54 AM cwf123
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** Another obscure example comes from Hermes, in which he said "I'm nothing but a brain" word-for-word, the same way [[WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne Hector Con Carne]] said it. Both were voiced by Creator/PhilLaMarr.



** Most of the imported FOX episodes that now air on Creator/ComedyCentral have parts cut for time reasons rather than content (much like ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''), though there was one odd case: On the episode "Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV," after Hermes asks him, Cubert, and Dwight where they got the things for their swinging party, Tinny Tim's line, "From Bender, my good jerkward" was changed to "From Bender, my good meatbag."

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** Most of the imported FOX episodes that now air on Creator/ComedyCentral have parts cut for time reasons rather than content (much like ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''), though there was one odd case: On the episode "Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV," after Hermes asks him, Cubert, and Dwight where they got the things for their swinging party, Tinny Tim's line, "From Bender, my good jerkward" jerkwad" was changed to "From Bender, my good meatbag."
8th Apr '17 9:06:27 PM SpaceHunterDrakeRedcrest
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* BeamMeUpScotty: Though Zoidberg does say "Why not?" often, at no point does he or anyone in the series say, "[[MemeticMutation Why not Zoidberg?]]"
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* WordOfGod:
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* TheWikiRule: [[http://theinfosphere.org/Main_Page The Infosphere.]]
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* TheWikiRule: [[http://theinfosphere.org/Main_Page The Infosphere.]]
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* WordOfGod:WordOfGay: According to executive producer Bill Odenkirk in the commentary of the Season 3 DVD set, all of Robot Santa's elves are gay. Odenkirk said this in response to questions on why all of the elves were holding hands with others of the same sex




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** Zoidberg's appetite according to producers includes only three things that Zoidberg dislikes which are fluorescent light bulbs, brown crayons, and tofu.
28th Jan '17 7:24:13 AM Vir
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* LifeImitatesArt: Remember Amy's spray-on bikini? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ScvdFeh1aOw They're working on that.]]
* MutuallyFictional: ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' play with this in the TV show, with Matt Groening's cameos on each being the creator of the other.
** Also, in the ''Simpsons'' episode ''[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E9MayoredToTheMob Mayored to the Mob]]'', Üter wears a ''Futurama'' shirt (which was changed to a ''StarWars'' shirt in reruns for reasons unknown). In an episode of ''Futurama''[[note]]season one's "A Big Piece of Garbage[[/note]], Bender eats the shorts off a Bart Simpson doll (an early 1990s one that had a blue shirt instead of an orange-red one).
* NamesTheSame: Mike Rowe and Josh Weinstein are members of the production crew. However, they aren't [[DirtyJobs that Mike Rowe]] or [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 that Josh Weinstein]].

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* LifeImitatesArt: Remember Amy's spray-on bikini? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ScvdFeh1aOw com/watch?v=ScvdFeh1aOw They're working on that.]]
* MutuallyFictional: ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' ''Futurama'' play with this in the TV show, with Matt Groening's cameos on each being the creator of the other.
** Also, in the ''Simpsons'' episode ''[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E9MayoredToTheMob "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E9MayoredToTheMob Mayored to the Mob]]'', Mob]]", Üter wears a ''Futurama'' shirt (which was changed to a ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' shirt in reruns for reasons unknown). In an episode of ''Futurama''[[note]]season one's "A Big Piece of Garbage[[/note]], Bender eats the shorts off a Bart Simpson doll (an early 1990s one that had a blue shirt instead of an orange-red one).
* NamesTheSame: Mike Rowe and Josh Weinstein are members of the production crew. However, they aren't [[DirtyJobs [[Series/DirtyJobs that Mike Rowe]] or [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 that Josh Weinstein]].



* RecycledScript: The episode "The Six Million Dollar Mon" had a plot very similar to the ''WesternAnimation/BumpInTheNight'' episode "Farewell, 2 Arms"; both episodes involve a character obtaining a replacement for one of their body parts, then they begin replacing more of their body with new parts until eventually they attempt to complete their transformation by replacing their brain or their entire head. In the end, the character's consciousness is put into their reassembled old body while the body made with new parts becomes a separate entity and antagonizes them.



* UnCancelled: Once upon a time in 1999, FOX had been giving the show an inconsistent airing time after season one, and the show was frequently pre-empted by football games. Once, they didn't even bother with the football game and just ran commercials for 10 minutes where the first act should have been. For obvious reasons, this led to disappointing viewer turnout and ratings, despite the pilot episode ("Space Pilot 3000") being ''the'' highest rated premiere in the history of the FOX Network. Soon, it was announced that FOX had cancelled the show after the episode "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings", which was written to serve as a potential GrandFinale.\\

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* UnCancelled: UnCanceled: Once upon a time in 1999, FOX had been giving the show an inconsistent airing time after season one, and the show was frequently pre-empted by football games. Once, they didn't even bother with the football game and just ran commercials for 10 minutes where the first act should have been. For obvious reasons, this led to disappointing viewer turnout and ratings, despite the pilot episode ("Space Pilot 3000") being ''the'' highest rated premiere in the history of the FOX Network. Soon, it was announced that FOX had cancelled the show after the episode "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings", which was written to serve as a potential GrandFinale.\\



** In the episode ''Jurassic Bark'', Fry's mother was originally going to be the fossilized remnant from Fry's past that he tries to revive, only to stop at the last minute, but the writers and producers rejected it as being more depressing than the dog story, ''somehow''. The writers did end up making an episode where Fry reunites with his mother again ("Game of Tones") and it's just as tearjerking as this episode.
** Throughout the first two seasons, there are cameo appearances by an elderly man with the number, 9, on his shirt. Initially, he was supposed to represent a fictional caste system in which a person's number determined their social status. However, this idea was abandoned and, when the same character got a major role in the fourth film, the number served as his given name instead.

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** In the episode ''Jurassic Bark'', "Jurassic Bark", Fry's mother was originally going to be the fossilized remnant from Fry's past that he tries to revive, only to stop at the last minute, but the writers and producers rejected it as being more depressing than the dog story, ''somehow''. The writers did end up making an episode where Fry reunites with his mother again ("Game of Tones") and it's just as tearjerking as this episode.
** Throughout the first two seasons, there are cameo appearances by an elderly man with the number, 9, on his shirt. Initially, he was supposed to represent a fictional caste system in which a person's number determined their social status. However, this idea was abandoned and, when the same character got a major role in the fourth film, [[YouAreNumberSix the number served as his given name name]] instead.
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* BannedEpisode: "A Tale of Two Santas", the third produced episode in season 3, was banned due to violence. The episode did eventually air in December 2001, but was never shown again, outside of the rare Comedy Central reruns and the DVD release.


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* ScheduleSlip: The original run on Fox had a certainly erratic schedule, resulting in several episodes from season 3 airing in season 4.
12th Nov '16 11:08:08 AM nombretomado
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** According to Creator/BillyWest, [[Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway Ryan]] [[Series/TheDrewCareyShow Stiles]] auditioned to be Dr. Zoidberg, and, [[http://robpaulsenlive.com/episode-47-guest-john-dimaggio/ in his interview with John DiMaggio]], RobPaulsen reveals that he auditioned for Fry. JohnDiMaggio originally auditioned for Farnsworth, and David X. Cohen himself considered voicing Bender.

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** According to Creator/BillyWest, [[Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway Ryan]] [[Series/TheDrewCareyShow Stiles]] auditioned to be Dr. Zoidberg, and, [[http://robpaulsenlive.com/episode-47-guest-john-dimaggio/ in his interview with John DiMaggio]], RobPaulsen reveals that he auditioned for Fry. JohnDiMaggio Creator/JohnDiMaggio originally auditioned for Farnsworth, and David X. Cohen himself considered voicing Bender.
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