Commentary:Obsoletely Fabulous

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Commentary for
Obsoletely Fabulous
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Production number4ACV14
On DVDSeason 4
Disc 3
Matt Groening
Executive Producer
David X. Cohen
Executive Producer
Rich Moore
Supervising Director
Dan Vebber
Dwayne Carey-Hill
Billy West
Actor (Fry, Professor Farnsworth, miscellaneous)
Maurice LaMarche
Actor (Cartridge Unit, miscellaneous)

Topics of Discussion

  • The episode had not yet aired at the time of recording, causing some confusion at the start of the commentary.
  • Wernstrom was intended to be a one time character, but was too good to leave out.
  • Robot 1-X's design is based on an iMac.
  • Satellite technology and the speed of light.
  • Bender falling over in the trash can.
  • Bender is the only major character in act 2.
  • There had been a scene with a rock that was in reference to Tom Hanks' volleyball in Cast Away.
  • Maurice had recently acted in some anti-smoking ads for radio.
  • Bender's line the the pig "now turn around" was contributed by Matt.
  • Sinclair 2K is based on the Timex Sinclair computer from the 1970s, which had 2KB of memory.
    • His design is based on Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet.
  • They didn't think Lisa would be easy to animate.
    • The Lisa was predecessor to the Macintosh.
  • John (as Bender) hummed along to his memory of the music for the recording. When they added the music later in matched up correctly.
  • Dan did the initial design of wooden Bender. A slight change was made to remove the steam engine that was on his back.
  • Wooden submarines.
  • The music during the robots' attack on modern technology is by Christopher Tyng, not something that was licensed.
  • There had been brief moments showing what each of the characters had been doing when the power went out; Amy had been on a treadmill and fell off onto Scruffy's lap.
  • The sound of Bender's arms falling off had been temporary, but the good sounds weren't funny.
  • They were concerned because both this episode and "The Sting" both feature long plots that aren't really happening.

Highlights / Quotes

    Dan Vebber: It was named after Steve Jobs' daughter, right?
    David X. Cohen: Sure, why not?
    Billy West: He should have named it after his son, Shemp.
    Dan Vebber: His son, Computer.

    Dan Vebber: This was... You actually drew this in the storyboards, didn't you? The way that he walks on his eyeballs? David?
    David X. Cohen: Me. That's all... That's pure Cohen. [pause] I didn't draw it, but I thunk of it.
    Billy West: Thanks Zeke!

Related DVD Features

  • Some of the deleted scenes mentioned are on the disc, including scenes at the convention and in the upgrade facility.