Commentary:The Late Philip J. Fry

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Commentary for
The Late Philip J. Fry
Production number6ACV07
On DVDSeason 6
Disc 1
Matt Groening
Executive Producer
David X. Cohen
Executive Producer
Peter Avanzino
Lewis Morton
Eric Horsted
Co-Executive Producer
Billy West
Actor (Fry, Professor Farnsworth, miscellaneous)
John DiMaggio
Actor (Bender, miscellaneous)
Lee Supercinski
Claudia Katz

Topics of Discussion

  • Claudia Katz mentions this episode is now one of her top three.
    • She says the one it has replaced is The Sting.
    • It is mentioned that The Sting was nominated for an Emmy, just like this episode.
  • David X. Cohen tells us what the AL1 says on one of the books Bender throws into the fire.
  • Matt Groening says the song "In the Year 2525" was an inspiration for Futurama, and he used to listen to it all the time when he was a child.
  • Claudia Katz likes the design of the Planet Express headquarters in 3030.
  • The strange boxes on the back of the PE ships in 3030 are storage containers.
  • The white haired woman's hair was turned from red to white because the original colour was too close to the colour of Fry's jacket.
    • They also mention the red was too dark and the white just looked better.
  • They talk about the door knobs inside of the time machine, first they are said to be made of glass but then someone says they are made of crystal.
    • Lewis Morton says all of his episodes have contained some type of weird door knob.
    • David X. Cohen says that when people say "Oh did you see Futurama?" they say back "You mean the door knob show?"
  • All of the space environment after the second big bang was animated in 3D.
  • There was originally going to be a scene where Fry, Bender and the Professor decide to stay in a future where everything is perfect. However, they meet a future version of Zoidberg who explains he still has another 1000 years left to live, so they jump back in the time machine and go forward by 2000 years.
  • Wernstrom's wrong colours are mentioned when the events of The Beast with a Billion Backs are seen.
  • Matt Groening wanted to ignore the continuity and time paradoxes, but it was insisted that they were mentioned.
  • They wanted to make the message that Leela leaves for Fry realistic, so they used the rock formations.