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Bender’s Game

The third straight-to-DVD “Futurama” flick, Bender’s Game, is a true mixed bag. It could have been one of the more hilarious half-hour episodes but they stretched it to feature length making it for the most part insufferable.

It begins with clever parody of Dungeons & Dragons, the current oil crisis and quite possibly a little bit of Sarah Palin thrown in for good measure, and then turns to mush. Most of the second part of this one is an adventure taking place in a D&D-like world satirizing Lord of the Rings, and doing it badly.

This DVD doesn’t even have any fun extras that could possibly make up for the lack of quality in the actual feature. In my opinion, more Hypnotoad, both figuratively and literally, could have helped this package quite a bit. I recommend you skip this one, wait for it to show up on basic cable, and hope for the final “Futurama” feature to improve on this downward spiral.

More Futurama

Coincidentally, just watched the new straight-to-DVD “Futurama” movie, Futurama: Bender’s Big Score, and it rocked. I think it was even better than the show itself.

For me, much like the opening scene of the “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” film, the opening to this one was worth the price of viewing. The Professor announces that they’ve been canceled, and we immediately go to the offices of the Fox Network where we see executives doing moron noises a la the Three Stooges. Priceless.

The story for this one revolves around a brilliant satire on spam to a functional plot about annoying aliens taking over the Earth and using time travel to get rich. Great time travel logic in the Bill and Ted vein, and of course some standard “Futurama” antics ensue. As I said, a great watch.

The best part, other than the depiction of the Fox executives, was in the DVD extras. We get to see an entire episode of the 31st century’s favorite TV series, “Everyone Loves Hypnotoad.” It’s wonderful, unbelievable, cringe-worthy humor for almost an hour – Hypnotoad staring at you. There is a scene switch or two, some commercials, and even an outtake, but mostly, Hypnotoad at work. I was rolling. A joy.

Hypnotoad says watch this DVD. All hail Hypnotoad!