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Futurama: The Series Has Landed

The Planet Express crew receives a package to deliver to the moon's amusement park. Fry can't wait to spend the day there at Luna Park, so the crew begrudgingly caters to his excitement needs. Leela even takes him on the Lunar Rover ride for a chance to see the real moon, but this proves to be unsatisfying. Fry derails the car from its track to really experience the moon, but the two run into some unexpected trouble. Meanwhile, Bender gets thrown out of Luna Park and runs into some trouble of his own with a farmer's robot daughters.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: 1ACV02
Airdate: Sunday April 04th, 1999

Director: Peter Avanzino
Writer: Ken Keeler


  • Currently 7.4/10
7.4/10 (5 Votes cast)
Main Cast
Katey SagalKatey Sagal
voiced Turanga Leela, Various
Billy WestBilly West
voiced Philip J. Fry, Professor Hubert Farnsworth, Dr. John Zoidberg, Zapp Brannigan, Leo Wong, Various
John DiMaggioJohn DiMaggio
voiced Bender Bending Rodriguez (Bending Unit 22), Various
Lauren TomLauren Tom
voiced Amy Wong, Inez Wong, Various
Tress MacNeilleTress MacNeille
voiced Mom, Linda the Newscaster, Various
Frank WelkerFrank Welker
voiced Nibbler, Various
Phil LaMarrPhil LaMarr
voiced Hermes Conrad, Lionel Preacherbot, Various
Maurice LaMarcheMaurice LaMarche
voiced Kif Kroker, Morbo, Walt, Raoul, Various
David Herman (1)David Herman (1)
voiced Mayor Poopenmayer, Professor Ogden Wernstrum, Scruffy, Turanga Morris, Larry, Dwayne, Various
Kath SoucieKath Soucie
voiced Cubert Farnsworth, Various
Episode Notes
Opening title: In Hypno-vision

Opening theme cartoon: Baby Bottleneck

Alien code: While on the moon in the amusement park, a pink sign in Alien Code #1 appears behind Bender. It reads "Tasty human burgers."

The original cold opening (the scene before the opening credits) featured the original Planet Express ship captain, Captain Cameron. He got angry with the new crew members and then immediately died.

In the original storyboards, those ingested by the Horrible Gelatinous Blob dissolved into skeletons instead of remaining intact, but the animators were asked to tone it down.

In an early draft, after Fry questions the existence of giant birds, the Professor puts on a hat with a giant bird feather in it instead of preparing breakfast from giant bird eggs.

These are the first appearances by Hermes Conrad, Dr. Zoidberg, Amy Wong, Sal, and Horrible Gelatinous Blob.

Bender sings folk songs when struck with magnets. The first song is "Blowin' in the Wind" and the second is "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain."

Park visitors eat Orlon candy instead of cotton candy. Orlon is a type of acrylic fiber that is similar to cotton.

When Bender and Amy are at the crane game, behind them are the video games Mortal Kooperation, Gender Neutral Pac-Person, and Dodecapede, which are spoofs of the games Mortal Kombat, Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man, and Millipede and Centipede, respectively.

There was a cut scene in which Bender hid within the whalers on the moon and hit on a lady robot passing by.

In the original script, Fry and Leela found Neil Armstrong's head at the moon landing site, and he helped them escape.

As Fry and Leela leave the landing site, there's a sign that says "Lander returned to this site by the Historical Sticklers Society." This was added at the last minute when it was remembered that the original lander was blasted off the moon when the astronauts left.



Episode Quotes
Fry: Can I do the countdown?
Leela: Huh? Oh, sure. Knock yourself out.
Fry: 10...9-
Leela: OK, we're here!
Fry: (quickly) 8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1-blast-off.

Leela: OK, if everyone's finished being stupid...
Fry: I had more, but you go ahead.

(observing the souvenirs)
Leela: Ugh, who buys this trash?
Bender: Idiots who need gifts for other idiots.
Fry: (walking around the corner) Hey! I got you guys refrigerator magnets!

Fry: We're gonna die! It's every man for himself!
(sinks into the ground)
Fry: Help me, Leela!

(playing the crane machine game)
Amy: Shut up! You're distracting me.
Bender: Come on. It's just like making love. You know, left, down, rotate 62 degrees, engage rotor.
Amy: I know how to make love.

Fry: (disgusted) Oh, Bender. You didn't touch the Crushinator, did you?
Bender: Of course not! A lady that fine you gotta romance first.

Leela: So, Fry, was the real moon anything like the moon you used to dream about?
Fry: Eh, close enough.

Leela: Fry, we have a crate to deliver.
Fry: Well, let's just dump it in the sewer and say we delivered it.
Bender: Too much work. Let's burn it and say we dumped it in the sewer.
Leela: Okay, if everyone's finished being stupid...
Fry: I had more, but you go ahead.
Leela: We'll go deliver this crate like professionals, and then we'll go home.
Fry: But I've never been to the moon!
Leela: Okay, we'll go deliver this crate like professionals and then we'll go ride the bumper cars.

Amy: Leela's gonna kill me.
Bender: No, she'll probably make me do it.



Cultural References
"The Eagle has landed."

The episode title, "The Series Has Landed," is a reference to the phrase that Neil Armstrong stated when the lunar module, the Eagle, landed on the moon in 1969.

Cap'n Crunch and Count Chocula

Fry complains about his difficult adjustment to the 31st century, and Leela then offers him Admiral Crunch and Archduke Chocula cereals. These are parodies of the above cereals, respectively.

"The happiest place on earth."

Amy proclaims that Luna Park is "the happiest place orbiting earth." The Walt Disney theme parks are often labeled as being "the happiest place on earth."

A Trip to the Moon

When Bender shoves his bottle in Craterface's eye, the image is a reference to this 1902 Georges Méliès film. In the film, a group of travelers go to the moon, and their can-shaped spaceship lands in the moon's eye.

Main Street, U.S.A.

The characters walk through Moon Street U.S.A., similar to Disney's Main Street U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom.

Club 33

When Bender first meets the mascot Craterface, a sign on the wall reads "33 1/2." This is a reference to the exclusive Club 33 at Disneyland.

Pirates of the Caribbean

The crew rides Whalers of the Sea of Tranquility; they are surrounded by singing whalers. This is similar to Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Riders travel on a boat through changing scenes as animatronic pirates sing "Yo Ho."

Country Bear Jamboree

Animatronic gophers tell jokes in the Goophy Gopher Revue. This is similar to the Country Bear Jamboree, where animatronic bears perform country music.

Spaceship Earth

Fry and Leela take a ride on Destination Moon, which showcases the history of lunar exploration. This ride is similar to the Epcot Center ride Spaceship Earth, which showcases the history of communication.

Destination Moon

The attraction is also the title of this 1950 film about the first trip to the moon.

The Honeymooners

Fry and Leela come upon a spoof of this 1955 show. Jackie Gleason's character, Ralph, used to threaten his wife Alice with the line, "One of these days, Alice, Bang! Zoom! Straight to the moon!" and other similar warnings.

Pink Floyd

Fry spouts the line, "Cool, dark side of the moon!" as nightfall approaches. The song playing in the background is an homage to Pink Floyd, who released a CD entitled Dark Side of the Moon.

MTV

When Fry sees the American flag outside of the landing site, he says, "It's that flag from MTV!" When this television network launched in 1981, its very first images included a montage of the moon landing; the American flag had been replaced by the MTV logo.



Other Episode Crew

Director Of Computer GraphicsScott Vanzo
3d DirectorScott Vanzo
 
Warning: Futurama season 1 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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