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(Slate)   Today's Slatesplanation: The true story behind the soul-crushing death of Seymour the Dog in "Futurama," and what the original writer thought after learning that another writer down the line pretty much undid the whole thing   (slate.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, Futurama, Life, Death, Eric Kaplan, Short story, Dog, Primo Levi, greatest fictional deaths of all time  
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2022-07-20 11:11:30 PM  
"That's some nutty baseball, as we say in the philosophy trade."  --Said no one ever.  I checked.  I had no idea what the writer was trying to say with that quote so I went looking for the original, and it's never been uttered, or at least uttered and copypasta'd to within google's reach.  Good for him, for creating an original sentence, but I'm still wondering wtf he meant.  Just, "That's bullshiat," I guess?
 
2022-07-20 11:24:35 PM  
I'm okay with Seymore's ending having been revisited.

It's a feel-good cartoon, it doesn't have to be beholden to anything or any canon. The original episode was powerful and impactful, but the story acknowledging the event and writing and out for it doesn't bring the original episode down, it just adds a payoff later.

It also makes the original episode rewatchable, as it'd often get skipped because it was such a downer.
 
2022-07-20 11:44:57 PM  
The Mariners winning 14 straight and going from 10 under .500 to 10 over .500 in a month is nutty baseball.   Changing the sad death of a cartoon dog is pretty nutty, but it's not that nutty.

Anyway, I am adding "nutty baseball" to my lexicon.

/  Nutty baseball.
 
2022-07-20 11:54:24 PM  
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2022-07-21 12:16:58 AM  

zbtop: I'm okay with Seymore's ending having been revisited.

It's a feel-good cartoon, it doesn't have to be beholden to anything or any canon. The original episode was powerful and impactful, but the story acknowledging the event and writing and out for it doesn't bring the original episode down, it just adds a payoff later.

It also makes the original episode rewatchable, as it'd often get skipped because it was such a downer.


Like how I wish we could resurrect Douglas Adams and have him write a sequel to Mostly Harmless, sure.
 
2022-07-21 12:35:08 AM  
BBS does provide an (insane) explanation for why the fossilized Seymour was standing rather than lying down.

Taken as stand-alone movies, the films are all right. Carved into individual episodes, they're barely watchable.
 
2022-07-21 1:59:03 AM  

zbtop: I'm okay with Seymore's ending having been revisited.

It's a feel-good cartoon, it doesn't have to be beholden to anything or any canon. The original episode was powerful and impactful, but the story acknowledging the event and writing and out for it doesn't bring the original episode down, it just adds a payoff later.

It also makes the original episode rewatchable, as it'd often get skipped because it was such a downer.


Even with the movie, I still skip it. How dare a silly cartoon make me feel feelings.
 
2022-07-21 2:06:31 AM  
Wow...we're analyzing a cartoon now.  Don't you people have better things to look into like how Jimmy McGill..sorry Saul Goodman will handle the reality of Kim leaving him?  What about Tony Soprano?  Did he get shot in Holsten's by Members Only guy?  Okay so you wanna do cartoons?  Fine.  Did Fred Flintstone ever hook up with Betty Rubble?

Okay, I'm done.  Just messing around.  I'm a huge Futurama fan. In fact, here's one of my tats. Yep, that's Bender with a bottle of Maker's Mark and a cigar.  And if you don't like it, you can bite my shiny metal ass!

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2022-07-21 2:09:49 AM  
So, are we just going to greenlight articles based on Slate's death list for a month?
 
2022-07-21 3:29:36 AM  
"Some readers might not know that in later Futurama episodes and movies it's revealed that Seymour's post-Fry life was not quite as lonely as it seemed.
I haven't seen those. But if you say so, I'll take your word for it.
So you didn't work on those.
I worked on a couple of movies but I didn't work on the later season, after the third or fourth resurrection"

Let's simplify, shall we.

IT WAS A PAYCHECK, I worked on it and moved on.
 
2022-07-21 3:30:26 AM  
I don't know what it says about me as a person, nor do I care, but I will always remember the first time I saw Benders Big Score and jumping out of bed in joy that Seymour and Fry got more time together. If you disagree, that's fine, but just realize that means you have no soul
 
2022-07-21 4:37:39 AM  

ProfessorBling: I don't know what it says about me as a person, nor do I care, but I will always remember the first time I saw Benders Big Score and jumping out of bed in joy that Seymour and Fry got more time together. If you disagree, that's fine, but just realize that means you have no soul


I had a similar reaction when I saw it in the store.  I'm ambivalent about the new season coming out.  I still liked the newer episodes but am worried about them pulling a Simpsons and ruining one of my favorite shows.
 
2022-07-21 5:10:50 AM  
Who gives a shiat.
 
2022-07-21 8:24:13 AM  
Hey guys, who wants to see my Romeo and Juliet sequel where they just get up and start boning?
 
2022-07-21 8:41:56 AM  

deadsanta: "That's some nutty baseball, as we say in the philosophy trade."  --Said no one ever.  I checked.  I had no idea what the writer was trying to say with that quote so I went looking for the original, and it's never been uttered, or at least uttered and copypasta'd to within google's reach.  Good for him, for creating an original sentence, but I'm still wondering wtf he meant.  Just, "That's bullshiat," I guess?


Obviously nobody actually says that.
Pretty sure he was trying to be funny with a bit of a non-sequitur.
 
2022-07-21 8:48:38 AM  

Fano: Hey guys, who wants to see my Romeo and Juliet sequel where they just get up and start boning?


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Are they zombies...?
 
2022-07-21 12:50:35 PM  
I've seen this phenomenon before, so I wonder how common it is.

Someone that works on a project that is public and popular, but once they leave the project - even though it lives on in a couple of iterations - stop paying attention to it completely.  Workers =/ fans.
 
2022-07-21 1:23:04 PM  

Fano: Hey guys, who wants to see my Romeo and Juliet sequel where they just get up and start boning?


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2022-07-21 1:57:13 PM  
When I watched that cartoon I cried a lot. It was so heartbreaking.
 
2022-07-21 2:02:41 PM  

Rev. Skarekroe: deadsanta: "That's some nutty baseball, as we say in the philosophy trade."  --Said no one ever.  I checked.  I had no idea what the writer was trying to say with that quote so I went looking for the original, and it's never been uttered, or at least uttered and copypasta'd to within google's reach.  Good for him, for creating an original sentence, but I'm still wondering wtf he meant.  Just, "That's bullshiat," I guess?

Obviously nobody actually says that.
Pretty sure he was trying to be funny with a bit of a non-sequitur.


Not so obvious, it is after all a baseball quotation. Which means it can be entirely bizarre and nonsensical and still have been in common usage, say, between the 1930s-1950s.  Hell just look at Dennis Eckersley's baseballisms, or Yogi Berra's.
 
2022-07-21 3:35:12 PM  

Ivo Shandor: Fano: Hey guys, who wants to see my Romeo and Juliet sequel where they just get up and start boning?

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No need for that. R&J are several hundred years old by now.
 
2022-07-21 11:23:41 PM  
Benders Big Score didn't have him living with Seymour. He lived as Lars and hung out with Leelu the Norwhal.
 
2022-07-22 12:51:56 AM  

paulleah: Benders Big Score didn't have him living with Seymour. He lived as Lars and hung out with Leelu the Norwhal.


Fry didn't realize he was Lars until Bender blew up the apartment.  Yancy's little boy even calls him Uncle Phillip.
 
2022-07-22 4:01:59 AM  
We're just ignoring that the dog plot was lifted from the Odyssey (minus Fry's return after 20 years)?
 
2022-07-22 10:34:33 AM  

radiovox: Wow...we're analyzing a cartoon now.  Don't you people have better things to look into like how Jimmy McGill..sorry Saul Goodman will handle the reality of Kim leaving him?  What about Tony Soprano?  Did he get shot in Holsten's by Members Only guy?  Okay so you wanna do cartoons?  Fine.  Did Fred Flintstone ever hook up with Betty Rubble?

Okay, I'm done.  Just messing around.  I'm a huge Futurama fan. In fact, here's one of my tats. Yep, that's Bender with a bottle of Maker's Mark and a cigar.  And if you don't like it, you can bite my shiny metal ass!

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Hey, I'm 3% Maker's Mark!
 
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