Saturday Morning Fun Pit
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Broadcast season 10 episode
|Saturday Morning Fun Pit|
|Written by||Patric M. Verrone|
|Directed by||Crystal Chesney-Thompson|
|Title caption||BROUGHT TO YOU BY Regretto PERMANENT CLOWN MAKEUP|
|First air date||17 July, 2013|
|Special guest(s)||George Takei|
"Saturday Morning Fun Pit" is the one hundred and thirty-third episode of Futurama, the nineteenth of the seventh production season, the sixth of the tenth broadcast season, and the sixth segmented episode. It aired on 17 July, 2013, on Comedy Central. The Futurama gang stars in a trio of craptastic morning cartoons.
Amid protests from angry viewers on the White House lawn, the head of Richard Nixon and the headless clone of Spiro Agnew host a three-part episode featuring the Futurama gang in parodies of popular Saturday-morning cartoons: Bendee Boo and the Mystery Crew (a Scooby-Doo parody featuring appearances by George Takei, Larry Bird, and the Harlem Globetrotters), Purpleberry Pond (a Strawberry Shortcake-meets-The Smurfs mash-up that was only created to plug its super-sugary cereal), and G.I. Zapp (a G.I. Joe parody that Nixon tries to edit for violence himself).
The Countdown to Futurama posts from 19 May and 20 May, 2013, revealed the title of the Strawberry Shortcake-esque segment to be "Purpleberry Pond" and the title of the Scooby-Doo-esque segment to be "Bendy Boo", respectively. However, the Scooby-Doo-esque segment is actually called "Bendee Boo and the Mystery Crew".
Concept art of Purpleberry Puffs cereal.
- At one point, the episode's production number was planned to be 7ACV25.
- This is the only segmented episode of the second run to not be a broadcast-season finale.
- During the Bendee Boo intro, the crew runs from someone on a motorcycle. Also running from the motorcycle is who appears to be former U.S. president Jimmy Carter.
- Click here to see cultural mentions made in this episode.
- The Futurama and Friends Saturday Morning Fun Pit title card features a stylized version of the pattern of blue lights that appear in the opening sequence.
- In the Bendee Boo segment, the crew members are re-imagined as Scooby-Doo characters. Fry plays the role of Shaggy, Leela plays the role of Daphne, Bender plays the role of Scooby-Doo, Hermes plays the role of Fred, and Amy plays the role of Velma.
- One of the protesters outside of the White House holds a sign which reads "Animation Dumb-a-nation", a reference to the Sunday-evening animated-programming block airing on Fox, Animation Domination, which was created in 2009 and includes The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad!, The Cleveland Show (canceled in 2013), and Bob's Burgers.
- The professor's character in the Purpleberry Pond segment is a parody of the Purple Pieman, from Strawberry Shortcake.
- Micky is a parody of Little Mikey, from Life cereal's 1970s "Mikey Likes It" ads.
- Fry's name in the G.I. Zapp segment is Freezer Burn, a reference to the fact that he was frozen at the beginning of the show (1ACV01) and has been frozen multiple times since (2ACV19, 4ACV10, BBS, 7ACV14).
- Nixon renames the Leela character in G.I. Zapp as Pat. This is a reference to Nixon's wife, Pat Nixon.
- At the end of the episode, the announcer says "Now stay tuned for six hours of golf", angering Agnew. This is a reference to how Saturday-morning cartoon line-ups in the 1980s and 1990s always aired sports telecasts after the last cartoon, and to the real Agnew's bad golf playing, which would cause him to accidentally hit spectators with his golf ball.
- The professor also kept lengths of wire in "Space Pilot 3000".
- Although the Proffesor's cloning machine is shown being turned on, every other shot of it (especially while it is actively cloning) depicts the switch pointing at "off".
Fry: Like, it's basketball superstar Larry Bird!
Hermes: Larry Bird?! What are you doing here?!
Larry Bird: Hi, this is Larry Bird calling. Listen, my agent sent me a cartoon script and I've decided I don't wanna be involved in any way.
[An answering machine beeps.]
Amy: It all makes sense! He knew that if he scared the Globetrotters away from the big basketball game, disappointed fans would flock to his kabuki theatre!
Hermes: Of course!
George Takei: No, that's not why I did it.
Fry: Then, like, why did you do it?
George Takei: I'm mentally ill.
[The laughtrack plays.]
Narrator: Purpleberry Puffs are the sweetest part of your complete breakfast, along with juice, toast, ham, eggs, bacon, milk, cheese, liver, waffles, and a biiiig horse vitamin!
- Amy / Debut: Lady Lavender / Debut: Boxcutter
- Bender / Debut: Bendee Boo / Debut: Marquis of Mulberry / Debut: Orphan Crippler
- Curly Joe
- Farnsworth / Debut: Berry burglar / Debut: Profestro
- Fry / Debut: Lord Loquat / Debut: Freezer Burn
- George Takei
- H.G. Blob
- Hermes / Debut: Viscount Violet / Debut: Waterboard
- Headless clone of Agnew
- Huge-assed woman
- Jimmy Carter (cameo, 1:00)
- Debut: Larry Bird
- Leela / Debut: Princess Purpleberry / Debut: Nutcracker
- Debut: Micky
- Morbo (cameo, 0:55)
- Debut: Purple Heart sergeant
- Randy Munchnik
- Richard Nixon's head
- Rose Mary
- Sweet Clyde
- Zapp Brannigan
- ^ Countdown to Futurama: Futurama and Friends Saturday Morning Fun Pit. (Comedy Central's Tumblr page.) 18 May 2013. Retrieved on 10 July 2013.
- ^ Tom Mohrman (02 September 2012). Bumbershoot Review Day 2: Futurama Writers Panel. (CultureMob.) Retrieved on 13 September 2012.
- ^ a b c Countdown to Futurama: Fry as Lord Loquat and Leela as Princess Purpleberry. (Comedy Central's Tumblr page.) 19 May 2013. Retrieved on 10 July 2013.
- ^ a b Countdown to Futurama: Larry Bird Clones. (Comedy Central's Tumblr page.) 20 May 2013. Retrieved on 10 July 2013.
- ^ Roy Camacho. FUTURAMA 719 (Purpleberry Pond) Animatic Board :Rufino Roy Camacho II. Retrieved on 09 July 2013.
- ^ Countdown to Futurama: Purpleberry Puffs Cereal. (Comedy Central's Tumblr page.) 21 May 2013. Retrieved on 10 July 2013.
- ^ Comedy Central. Retrieved on 10 July 2013.
- ^ Futurama Live! - Episode - Season 7 - Ep. Special. (Comedy Central.) 11 July 2012. Retrieved on 10 July 2013.