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Future 'Futuramas'

A cult TV classic returns in DVD form.

12:00 AM, Jun 27, 2008 • By SONNY BUNCH
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Half-hour comedies seldom translate well to the big screen: Plots tend to bloat, become overwrought, and collapse under their own weight. Sex and the City suffered from this problem, and so does Futurama's straight-to-DVD offering. Bender's Big Score was similarly bloated but got a pass from fans because it was so pleasant to see Fry and friends in action again.

It's hard to see The Beast With a Billion Backs getting a similar free ride. Fox should have ordered a new season's worth of episodes, canceled it halfway through (as it did in 2003) and released them all on DVD. It would have made for a more enjoyable experience for everyone.

Sonny Bunch is assistant editor at THE WEEKLY STANDARD.