Commentary:When Aliens Attack

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Commentary for
When Aliens Attack
When Aliens Attack 1.jpg
Production number1ACV12
On DVDSeason 1
Disc 3
Additional
Transcript
Participants
Matt Groening
Creator
David X. Cohen
Executive producer
Rich Moore
Supervising director
Ken Keeler
Writer
Scott Vanzo
Director of computer graphics
Brian Sheesley
Director
John DiMaggio
Actor (Bender, etc.)

Topics of Discussion[edit]

  • WNYW is the name of the actual Fox affiliate in New York.
  • One of the commentators went to college with Calista Flockhart
    • Episode parodies her show Ally McBeal.
  • The pullback from Earth to Omicron Persei 8 was the longest 3D one they'd done at that point.
    • Omicron Persei is an actual star about 1000 light years away
    • During the pullback the Viking or Pioneer probe can be seen.
  • Clarifying the names of Lrrr and Ndnd
  • Sand done digitally in Photoshop, allowing individual grains to be seen.
  • Monument Beach is based on Independence Day's destruction of the White House.
    • A lot of shots were copied from other Sci-Fi.
  • Deliberate early introduction of Bender's head being a camera.
  • Lrrr having trouble with the microphone was a quick joke, but resulted in him always having difficulties with similar technology.
  • Zapp has jumped in rank from Captain to 25-Star General.
  • New designs were needed for vehicles in this episode.
    • Such as the school bus with a gun on it.
  • The battle was described in the script as "a huge space battle ensues".
  • Matt's son Will came up with the salute.
  • Awesome 3D.
  • The Hubble Telescope that was destroyed was not the same one that exists today.
  • Morbo was deliberately left out of the episode.
  • Old light (and TV signals) travels at the old light speed, only the light produced after scientists increased it's speed travels at the new speed.
  • Writers often put notes (called internals) on dialogue to say how it should be read, Bender's "Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Fry?" was noted with "Arnold".
  • Electricity den's street is shown briefly, as is the Number 9 Man.

Highlights / Quotes[edit]

    Unknown: A lot of science fiction fans will find out, the same shots we kinda pulled from Star Wars, and Star Trek.
    Rich Moore: Well, this was our first space battle so, we went all out.
    David X. Cohen: Where were these beds from; Star Trek or Star Wars?

    John DiMaggio: [about the professional beach bully] Ladies, I'm just as ripped.
    Rich Moore: That was designed after you, wasn't it? The image.
    John DiMaggio: Oh, yeah.
    Rich Moore: Before the 'problem'.
    John DiMaggio: With the food and booze and flayven.