Commentary:Three Hundred Big Boys

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Commentary for
Three Hundred Big Boys
Three Hundred Big Boys.jpg
Production number4ACV16
Recorded date30 January 2003
On DVDSeason 4
Disc 4
Additional
Transcript
Participants
Matt Groening
Executive Producer
David X. Cohen
Executive Producer
Rich Moore
Supervising Director
Eric Kaplan
Writer
Swinton O. Scott III
Director
Billy West
Actor (Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Zoidberg, miscellaneous)

Topics of Discussion[edit]

  • Episode had not aired at the time of commentary recording.
  • At the time this was being written, there was a very big story in the news that President George W. Bush was planning a similar $300 tax rebate. But then there was a terrorist attack and everyone forgot about the rebate.
    • One of the cigars' names was going to be a suicide bomber joke (script handed in on 10 September 2001).
  • Episode is similar to The Simpsons' episode 22 Short Films About Springfield, which David co-wrote, but couldn't quite remember the correct name of.
    • The film Nashville also follows a similar style.
  • Increased challenge in the writing and animating process, especially when it needed to be cut down.
  • David is asked in annual interviews what items from Futurama he'd like to exist, his new answer is the flying bicycle, Matt suggests the Fing-Longer.
  • Suicide Booths and whether they could exist already.
  • There was more offensive stuff about the stem cells earlier in the process.
  • The Whale Biologist.
  • Process of making the battle.
  • Leela making a "karate noise" while doing something ordinary also happens in "Crimes of the Hot". This was done when they had cut another joke or didn't have one.
  • The security camera transition is from Blue from the "tricolor trilogy" by Kieslowski.
  • The writers often had too much coffee.
  • Only some of the hyperactive Fry talking required electronic speeding up.
  • The vomiting noise had to be duplicated as they couldn't record enough of it.
  • They attempted to get as many side characters in as possible.
    • Randy and his lover were to have fought over how to spend the money, accidentally burnt it, then decided that their love was more important.
  • Roseanne Barr's appearance.
    • The correct pronunciation of ambergris was discussed at length during production.
  • Logistics of the tax refund.
  • Cigar originally landed in an awkward position on the silk image of Zapp.
  • Hyper speed Fry music is original by Christopher Tyng.

Related DVD Features[edit]

  • A mention of the deleted scene with Bender on the roof talking about his sister.