Commentary:Hell Is Other Robots

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Commentary for
Hell Is Other Robots
Hell is Other Robots.jpg
Production number1ACV09
On DVDSeason 1
Disc 2
Animatic commentaryTranscript
Matt Groening
David X. Cohen
Executive producer
Rich Moore
Supervising director
Eric Kaplan
Gregg Vanzo
Supervising director
John DiMaggio
Actor (Bender, misc.)

Topics of Discussion

  • Only two of the Beastie Boys (Ad-Rock and Mike D.) could record their voices (MCA had schedule conflicts)
  • Who came up with the idea for jacking on
  • The superb animation when Bender is on drugs
  • They knew they couldn't get away with a character taking drugs unless it was a robot
  • That Hermes is so mean to Dr. Zoidberg
  • The Coalsack nebula that's mentioned is a real nebula; it was originally going to be the Van Allen Belt (which is also real) but they didn't know how to animate it
  • The scene when Bender is electrocuted was originally meant to be on the Empire State
  • How cool Fry's afro is
  • There were complaints about the Church of Robotology
  • Bender's pupils were meant to be larger when he found religion
  • They mention Lucy Liu appearing in a future episode
  • A religious person on the crew refused to work on this episode
  • Also they discuss why Bender wears a towel when he is always naked anyway
  • The first musical number appears in this episode
  • John DiMaggio found it difficult to sing the lower harmony of the song in Bender's voice
  • There was another verse to the Robot Hell song
  • It was hard to animate the robot devil's face
  • The Devil has very girly falsetto screams for such an evil robot

Highlights / Quotes

    Rich Moore: I'd love to direct anything with 'hell' in the title

    David X. Cohen: I'm a huge Beastie Boys fan so this was exciting for me

    John DiMaggio: Bender talking to Fender, me talking to me

    John DiMaggio: No throat rubbing there

    David X. Cohen: John DiMaggio and I both from New Jersey

    David X. Cohen: There was another verse to this, Eric do you know what was cut
    Eric Kaplan: Seduction by a Nun Machine I think