Commentary:I Dated a Robot

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Commentary for
I Dated a Robot
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Production number3ACV15
On DVDSeason 3
Disc 3
Additional
Transcript
Participants
Matt Groening
Executive Producer
David X. Cohen
Executive Producer
Rich Moore
Supervising Director
Eric Kaplan
Writer
Peter Avanzino
Guest Director
Scott Vanzo
Director of Computer Graphics

Topics of Discussion[edit]

  • This commentary was recorded while at a party, while drunk.
    • This was given to explain Eric Kaplan's deadpan introduction.
  • This episode of The Scary Door is comparable to five episodes of The Twilight Zone.
  • There was going to be a show within Futurama based on Zapp's life, with Zapp having editorial privileges.
  • They discussed the fact that there's a scientific explanation for reattaching body parts.
  • Pointing out themselves in the internet, noting that Matt Groening got out of it.
  • Cohen was pleased by the robotish lines from Lucy Liu and points out that the Liubot like other robots has square pupils.
    • Cohen was also pleased to record the "you're cute" scene with her in Billy West's absence.
  • Confusion over why the video appears to be set in the 1950s.
  • Had to show that robots dating humans was taboo, and that it wasn't just men that did it.
  • Notes that the ships destroying the planet are the same ones from the pilot episode.
  • They wanted an episode with the Space Pope, but couldn't get around to it.
  • A brief explanation of the napster issues, and that the actual company has one 'p' while they have two in the show.
  • They later remind viewer of the fact that the robots are covered by holograms, rather than robots actually looking like celebrities.
  • They note Lucy Liu recorded other lines for a future episode, but they weren't sure what the episode would be or what she would end up saying, so they recorded generic lines.
  • Lucy Liu apparently joked about animating Futurama in Korea if her acting career didn't work out.
  • The group (mainly Cohen) continued discussing the number of 3D popcorn kernels required after the episode had finished, leaving the viewer watching a blank screen for about 30 seconds.

Highlights / Quotes[edit]

  • David X. Cohen: Is that original too, or is that based on something?
    Eric Kaplan: The story of Eva Braun actually having a fly head?
    David X. Cohen: No, the design of Hitler.
    Eric Kaplan: That's designed on that dictator, Hitler.
  • David X. Cohen: When in doubt put in a crazy sound effect. Beats good writing.

Goofs[edit]

  • The commentators note the error of the extra alternate universes in "The Farnsworth Parabox", fans have ignored this goof claiming that they didn't exist until the episode in question.
  • The popcorn scene is said to be the biggest mistake of the series.
    • No glass in the window of the projector and the popcorn shouldn't come out of the bag like that or filled the entire theatre.