Comedy Central will host the world television premiere of the Futurama feature Beast with a Billion Backs starting on Sunday, October 19. Released on DVD over the summer, the new movie based on Matt Groening’s and David X. Cohen’s animated television series will be broken up to air as a four-part story arc.
Futurama: The Beast With A Billion Backs is the second of four new feature-length adventures based on the cancelled FOX series. This latest adventure finds Bender, Fry, Leela and the rest of the crew caught up in a disturbing, yet sensuous, interplanetary love story when they run afoul of a repulsive, planet-sized creature with billions of probing tentacles. Guest stars lending their voices to the film include David Cross (Alvin & The Chipmunks, Arrested Development), Brittany Murphy (King of the Hill, Sin City), Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons) and world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking.
The Beast DVD hit retail in June and features commentary from Groening and Cohen, cast members Billy West, John DiMaggio and Maurice LaMarche, director Peter Avanzino and producers Claudia Katz, Lee Supercinski, and Michael Rowe. There’s also an entire 30-minute “lost’ Futurama adventure produced for the Futurama video game, featurettes titled Meet Yivo! (behind the scenes with David Cross), storyboard animatics, deleted scenes, bloopers and a sneak peek at the next Futurama epic dubbed Bender’s Game, which will debut on DVD on Nov. 4.
Futurama aired on FOX from 1999 to 2003 and saw 72 episodes produced. It was nominated for Emmys five conseutive years and won three, including Outstanding Animated Program of 2002. Revived for the home video market and Comedy Central, the show is produced and distributed by 20th Century Fox Television.