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
Matt Groening
David X. Cohen
Executive producer
Rich Moore
Supervising director
Ken Keeler
Scott Vanzo
Director of computer graphics
Brian Sheesley
John DiMaggio
Actor (Bender, etc.)

Topics of Discussion

  • 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

    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.