FUTURAMA Producer Reveals Hulu's Revival Will Tackle COVID Vaccines, Bitcoin, And More Controversial Topics

FUTURAMA Producer Reveals Hulu's Revival Will Tackle COVID Vaccines, Bitcoin, And More Controversial Topics FUTURAMA Producer Reveals Hulu's Revival Will Tackle COVID Vaccines, Bitcoin, And More Controversial Topics

Futurama returns to Hulu later this month, and one of the show's producers has confirmed plans to tackle some potentially controversial topics, including COVID vaccinations and the rise and fall of NFTs.

By JoshWilding - Jul 19, 2023 11:07 PM EST
Filed Under: The Simpsons
Source: Toonado.com

When the news broke that Hulu had picked up Futurama for a new 20-episode season, fans of the animated series rejoiced. The series, created by The Simpsons mastermind Matt Groening, concluded in 2013 and that really seemed to be it for the popular sci-fi show. 

Futurama faced multiple cancellations and renewals during its original run, starting out on FOX before eventually moving to Comedy Central. However, as one of many properties acquired by Disney during its acquisition of 20th Century Fox, so we're not exactly surprised the studio has decided to revive the property. 

The entire original cast will be back (for a time, it looked like that might not be the case), and new remarks from Futurama producer Claudia Katz suggest the animated series won't shy away from tackling controversial subjects. 

"We have a vaccine episode," she tells SFX (via Toonado.com). "We’ve finally conquered COVID-19 in 3023, so that’s a very fun exploration of the science, vaccines and just a commentary on that whole situation."

"There's a fun Bitcoin episode. And we have an NFT episode which, of course, no one understands, which is sort of the joke," Katz continues. "And one of my favourite episodes of the season involves one of our cast members being cancelled for their behaviour, so that’s pretty fantastic."

It's inevitable thatsome will take offence at these subjects being covered but Futurama isn't South Park so we're not anticipating anything too hard-hitting or shocking! 

"New viewers will be able to pick up the series from here, while long-time fans will recognize payoffs to decades-long mysteries," reads the show's synopsis, "including developments in the epic love story of Fry and Leela, the mysterious contents of Nibbler's litter box, the secret history of evil Robot Santa, and the whereabouts of Kif and Amy's tadpoles."

John DiMaggio, Billy West, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche, Lauren Tom, Phil LaMarr, and David Herman reprise their roles in this Futurama revival, though we expect to see some big guest stars as well when it hits Hulu on July 24.

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DarthAlgar - 7/20/2023, 12:03 AM
Trans-species?
dracula - 7/20/2023, 1:56 AM
@DarthAlgar - well they did do a trans episode before
AmazingFILMporg - 7/20/2023, 12:15 AM
I feel like animation is the perfect medium to tackle controversy.


South Park does it great.



I'm sure this will trigger a few people🤡
AxeRedstone - 7/20/2023, 12:21 AM
I got one... How about endless funding (money laundering) to Ukraine while bankrupting America. Pro War! War for profit!
AmazingFILMporg - 7/20/2023, 12:26 AM
@AxeRedstone -


I got another one!


How about tax cuts for the rich, GOP wanting to kick old people off of medicare, wanting to kick poor people off of medicade and wanting to rid social security?



bobevanz - 7/20/2023, 4:01 AM
@AxeRedstone - I'm sure you're fine with spending 600 BILLION a year on f-35's and other meaningless things right? RIGHT?!
AmazingFILMporg - 7/20/2023, 12:44 AM
@Feralwookiee -


So embarrassing for Gunn.


He is involved now as CEO and his fingerprints are on this.


Why not let these films tank and not try to save them?


Just let them die🤡
ObserverIO - 7/20/2023, 4:32 AM
@AmazingFILMporg - I think that's what he's doing.

The Shazam directors said that they intended the movie to take place in the post-Flashpoint continuity. It comes out first.

The Flash resets reality showing the new universe at the end, a perfect opportunity for James Gunn to set-up his new universe and make The Flash relevant. He chooses Clooney instead.

Xolo Mariduena's Blue Beetle is said to be the first superhero we see from the DCU, but the movie is not actually set in the DCU. He could easily make it canon, if it doesn't have any references to any other universe, or to reshoot some scenes and soup it up to make it canon. He chose not to.

Aquaman, just like The Flash, was connected to the last two potential universes of the last two regimes courtesy of Keaton and Affleck, so he could have easily connected this to his universe by using Brave and the Bold Batman or David Corenswet's Superman instead. But he leaves it unconnected to any universe. Just a lame turd, floating in the sea.

He could have connected any of these four films to the DCU but instead he just sent them out to die.
zeon00 - 7/20/2023, 12:45 AM
Its seem like an episode of south park will tackle
MosquitoFarmer - 7/20/2023, 1:31 AM
This is as exciting as if they kept Looney Toons around long enough to tackle such topics.
CoHost - 7/20/2023, 1:37 AM
Family Guy should have also ended after its revival so it could come back again like Futurama did. Maybe people would actually like Family Guy again.

bobevanz - 7/20/2023, 4:02 AM
@CoHost - Family Guyb is low hanging fruit, it was never clever. "Remember when" and then jump cut hehehehehe so funny!
ObserverIO - 7/20/2023, 4:37 AM
That's very brave of them, people get cancelled for saying anything about the vaccine that isn't praising how perfect it is and that everybody should take every single shot there is or be social pariahs. I'd tread carefully if I were them.
TheComedian67 - 7/20/2023, 5:37 AM
@ObserverIO -

I can't tell if you're serious or not. Animation has been making fun of the vaccines since Day 1, they'll be fine lol
ObserverIO - 7/20/2023, 6:54 AM
@TheComedian67 - Oh good. I haven't seen any of the ones that have made fun of the vaccine yet. I'm glad comedy still gets to talk about these things.
BritishMonkey - 7/20/2023, 6:52 AM
This sounds good and I like them continuing on past stories with loose threads.
dragon316 - 7/20/2023, 7:50 AM
Typical another American thing make fun of other people tragedy in life now there using Covid first it was twin towers in other comedy movies now it’s Covid
Razorface1 - 7/20/2023, 8:37 AM
Really weird how they keep making a shows set in the future feel dated with these new plots.

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