The last episode of Futurama aired almost three years ago. It was an uncanny mix of everything in an animated television series that absolutely should not have worked. But it did. And we still miss it.
In the year 2014 one man, Dan Lanigan, in addition to other men, and some women, set out on a quest to become the first person in his family to create a live-action Futurama fan film. He is now regarded by most of his immediate kin as the foremost authority on the subject. This is his story.
Of course, he was far too lazy to do it alone. Dan sought out the greatest mind/ego of his age, Martin Moonwalker Meunier to help him invent new technologies, techniques, and recipes to bring the visual realism sorely lacking in the cartoon. He signed on the attractive Kody Frederick to star, help write and produce, as well as add the sex-appeal sorely lacking in the cartoon. He engaged his niece, Katie Lanigan, to act, help produce, and add the nepotism sorely lacking in the cartoon. He activated the legendary Garzatron, a synthetic being capable of carrying on 16 conversations at once with himself, to help design and build stuff. Adam Cook was raised from the dead in accordance with ancient Swedish prophecy to help produce. Dan secured the musical genius, Eric Diaz, a talented singer-songwriter, to make costumes. He brought aboard Andy Klimczak so he wouldn’t be the only fat guy on set. He also acted and helped write.
With the team in place, he was ready to make history: future history.
As you’ll see in the trailer, a variety of techniques were used to bring the cartoon to life. It’s impressive stuff. They did everything from animatronics and rigged appliances to CG, doing what was needed for each character. We watched this a few times through, and caught more of Cinema Relics’ attention to detail each time. Every character, every set, every situation is letter perfect.
The posts on their Facebook page seem to indicate that they really are going to make a complete full length live action Futurama fan film. We sure hope they are.