Commentary:Jurassic Bark (writers commentary)

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Commentary for
Jurassic Bark
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Production number4ACV07
On DVDSeason 4
Disc 2
Additional
Standard commentaryTranscript
Participants
Matt Groening
Creator
David X. Cohen
Executive producer, writer
Eric Kaplan
Writer
Ken Keeler
Writer
Bill Odenkirk
Writer
Patric M. Verrone
Writer
Ron Weiner
Writer
Jeff Westbrook
Writer

Topics of Discussion[edit]

  • The life of a Futurama writer (eight of which are the commentators).
  • Mostly spend time re-writing.
  • In the writer's rooms 24/7. David's room resembled a prison with a noisy washing machine nearby, but the second room (run by Ken) had couches rather than tables, only this room had windows, which had a view of animals and an electrical transformer right next to the window.
  • A neighbouring apartment dweller's habits regarding the dog the writers call Poop Dog and a crow called Bread Crow.
  • Plot development of the episode, was going to be mother, then father before settling on dog.
  • Writing process overview.
  • Cohen's preference to take one of three weeks off while writing for The Simpsons.
  • Everyone getting sick at the same time.
  • Live action takes less time to write. Non prime time shows tend to give the first draft of a script to the animators rather than a final draft.
  • Another early plot featuring dog coming to life super intelligent the going into the sun.
  • Troubles with too many/not enough jokes for a scene.
  • Got locked in building, no conditioning after 10pm, chairs had nails pointing up through the seats.
  • Most over educated writing staff.
  • Toy presidents (action figures) were in the rooms that they had battles with.

Highlights / Quotes[edit]

    Cohen's script note: [referring to scene at the pizza parlor] Just cut after the argument to see Fry and the dog doing something unsanitary that also shows they love each other. Could involve the sauce.