Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs

2008 NR 1h 30m DVD

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Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs

2008 NR 1h 30m DVD
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The crew at Planet Express must work overtime to seal a portal between their universe and an alternate universe ruled by the gargantuan alien Yivo, whose Earth-conquering plans include making Fry the pope of the alternate realm.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.78:1
Subtitles
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
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Reviews

age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this animated straight-to-DVD movie (the second of four Futurama films) has the same level of sassiness as the Fox TV series. There's bad behavior galore, lots of cheekiness and discourtesy -- oh yes, and tons of intergalactic warfare, planetary peril, diabolical scheming, threats of human obliteration, pummeling, name calling, and the like. A god-like alien who seems at first fiendish, attaches its tentacles to the bodies of humans in what is later explained to be copulation. At one point most earthlings are mind-controlled into cult-like compliance. It's however mostly harmless silliness and so "out there" as to have minimal real-life relevance.

Sexual Content

A very randy captain Zapp Brannigan makes sexual suggestions and sexual overtures. Characters are seen in bed together. A key plot point involves giant tentacles/ "gentacles," which enable a creature to have sex with scores of humans.

Violence

Death of cute animals, specifically a koala; robot brawls; use of day-glow colored laser ray guns; Kiff (Amy's new husband) is killed but comes back to life.

Language

Frequent rudeness, the worst of which is "shut up" "crackpot moron," and "bite my ass."

Social Behavior

Certainly world domination and star wars represent socially objectionable behavior as does affixing ones "gentacles" to another without their knowledge. But the series regulars are mostly decent folk who are good friends -- even Bender, who is obnoxious and foul-mouthed but has a hidden tender side. Fry grapples with issues of jealousy and the meaning of fidelity, themes that are actually treated thoughtfully for such a zany film.

Consumerism

As in The Simpsons, the characters eat, drink, and use fictitious products. The Futurama franchise is expansive, from TV shirts to video games to collectible waste baskets. This direct-to-DVD set includes four movies total.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Robot smokes a cigar; depictions of silly inebriation; a post-coital cigarette is shared.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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