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Futurama: Bender's Game

Futurama: Bender's Game is the third of the four planned Futurama films. The title appears to be a reference to the Hugo and Nebula award winning novel Ender's Game.

The sneak peek trailer mentions a release date of the holiday season of 2008 in the United States. It was later confirmed to have a November 2008 release. An advertisement on the region 2 DVD of Bender's Big Score stated a release date of November 2008 in the United Kingdom. At Comic-Con, it was confirmed that the release date will be November 4, 2008. It has also been confirmed to have a simultaneous release date on Blu-ray Disc, a first for the Futurama film series.

In a comic-con 2007 cast reading previewing the four new movies featured in the Bender's Big Score DVD, it is shown that this chapter in Futurama's adventures will feature a Dungeons & Dragons-like setting where Bender dresses like a knight, Leela is a centaur and the Professor is a wizard. A teaser image depicts Fry as a Gollum-like creature, while the trailer shows him as a dragon. Amy will be appearing as the queen of the "Water Nymphos". Zoidberg will appear as a squid-like blob. Hermes, like Leela, will also become a centaur, as well as a hermaphrodite. According to David X. Cohen, the movie will be Futurama's "first real foray into the fantasy world as opposed to straight sci-fi". The trailer also shows that much of the feature will spoof elements of Peter Jackson's version of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Additionally, Mom will make a return appearance, possibly as the main antagonist as the trailer seems to suggest, and the Planet Express crew apparently takes their ship to enter the "Space Demolition Derby", likely before the fantasy portion of the film takes place.

Guest stars will include George Takei and Rich Little reprising their roles as their own heads in jars.

A preview of Bender's Game is one of the bonus features on the Beast with a Billion Backs DVD.

According to the Beast with a Billion Backs commentary, the idea to spoof Dungeons and Dragons and the death of its creator, E. Gary Gygax, happened at around the same time, but are coincidences. It is also said in the commentary that this installment will reveal the "dark secret" of Dark Matter.

Plot

With fuel prices skyrocketing, the Planet Express crew sets off on a dangerous mission: to infiltrate the world's only dark-matter mine, source of all spaceship fuel. But deep beneath the surface lies a far stranger place...a medieval land of dragons and sorcery and intoxicated knights who look suspiciously like Bender.

Cast

Actor Character
Billy West Philip J. Fry / Frydo
Professor Farnsworth / The Great Wizard Greyfarn
Dr. Zoidberg
Additional voices
Katey Sagal Turanga Leela / Leegola
John DiMaggio Bender Rodriguez / Titanius Anglesmith
Ignar
Additional voices
Tress MacNeille Mom / Momon
Additional voices
Maurice LaMarche Walt
Additional voices
Phil LaMarr Hermes Conrad / Hermaphrodite
Dwight Conrad
Additional voices
Lauren Tom Amy Wong / Gynecaladriel
Additional Voices
David Herman Larry
Additional voices
Kath Soucie Cubert Farnsworth
Frank Welker Nibbler
Additional voices
Rich Little Himself
George Takei Himself

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