Commentary:Mars University

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Commentary for
Mars University
Mars University.jpg
Production number1ACV11
On DVDSeason 1
Disc 3
Matt Groening
David X. Cohen
Executive producer
Rich Moore
Supervising director
J. Stewart Burns
Bret Haaland
Gregg Vanzo
Supervising director
Billy West
Actor (Fry, Professor Farnsworth, etc.)

Topics of Discussion

  • Hovering technology was supposed to have completely replaced the wheel, but wheels still appear in some episodes.
  • Remixed theme music is used, apparently after hearing this they decided never to do it again, but there are a few other cases of different theme music.
  • Mars' sky is yellow instead of red to avoid Fry blending in.
  • The library's sign refers to Marilyn vos Savant who had the highest IQ in the world.
  • J. Stewart Burns regularly tries to add chess jokes.
  • Ideas were "borrowed" from numerous college movies, such as Animal House, The Program, and Revenge of the Nerds.
  • The Simpsons characters are only to appear as objects, as they are a show in Futurama.
    • Interestingly, Futurama later became a show in some episodes of The Simpsons but real in other episodes. In the crossover comics however, The Simpsons retain fictional status and interacted with the crew via Mental Realms.
  • Early versions of the characters had five fingers to diferentiate from The Simpsons, it looked weird and was changed, though Poster Guy sometimes retains the extra finger.
  • Constant use of Apple Macintosh computers.
  • Guenter was going to be more realistic, but it looked creepy.
  • The Professor's eyes had at this point never been seen. Billy wanted to see them, Matt said that he shouldn't.
  • Billy's high quality voice work.
  • Very early on, Cubert Farnsworth was going to be the Professor's experiment and Fry's room-mate.
  • The diagram "Witten's Dog" was drawn by a physicist at Caltech, it parodies a real style of physics diagram.
    • If you look closely it's also a faeces joke.
  • Pointing out the urine on the floor of Guenter's parent's cage. Most of the commentators hadn't noticed it before.
  • Frank Welker's animal sounds.
  • Guenter was the name of Stewart's college room-mate.
    • His other room-mates are listed on the floor plan.
  • Earlier versions had more animals fall from the tree.
  • Fry's dancing was originally a random one-off character.
  • Planning to bring Guenter back.

Highlights / Quotes

    Brett Haaland: There's your phone number, how'd you come up with that?
    J. Stewart Burns: The Lambda? That was a desperate effort not to have a phone number that went 555-0155.

    Billy West: [about the Professor] Have we ever seen his eyes?
    Matt Groening: No!
    Billy West: One day, can we see them?
    Matt Groening: You don't want to.

    Billy West: Most of the animals that show up on the show, the voices are done by Frank Welker. He's like, the world's foremost authority. He could do, like, a chicken being chased by a steamroller.

    David X. Cohen: It's funny, I was just thinking to myself, "Why is Fry laughing at what just happened?" Then I realized that's Billy laughing into the microphone.
    Billy West: [as Fry] Look, I told you before! Don't push me or I'll snap!


  • This is said to be the first appearance of Amy's parents, but they were in the previous episode.