Back in July we saw a trailer for a live-action Futurama fan film titled Fan-O-Rama. The film was being made by Cinema Relics, and a lot of work was clearly being put into bringing the hit animated series to life.
Now the short has been released online, and can be enjoyed below. It runs a little under 18 minutes in length, with some bonus stuff after the credits, and includes lots of familiar Futurama goodness. Only now it’s real actors and animatronics instead of animated. As I said about the trailer, it’s hard to get past the voices not being the same if you’re a fan of the original. But the rest is phenomenal, especially the costumes, sets, puppets, makeup, props, etc. Oh, and they even brought in Rich Little to play Nixon’s head, so that alone is worth seeing. And you’ll no doubt spot multiple things you’ll wish Planet Express could deliver to your personal collection immediately. That Nibbler puppet? We needs it.
Here’s more on how the project came to exist from when we saw the trailer:
In the year 2014 one man, Dan Lanigan, in addition to other men, and some women, set out on a quest to become the first person in his family to create a live-action Futurama fan film. He is now regarded by most of his immediate kin as the foremost authority on the subject. This is his story.
Of course, he was far too lazy to do it alone. Dan sought out the greatest mind/ego of his age, Martin Moonwalker Meunier to help him invent new technologies, techniques, and recipes to bring the visual realism sorely lacking in the cartoon. He signed on the attractive Kody Frederick to star, help write and produce, as well as add the sex-appeal sorely lacking in the cartoon. He engaged his niece, Katie Lanigan, to act, help produce, and add the nepotism sorely lacking in the cartoon. He activated the legendary Garzatron, a synthetic being capable of carrying on 16 conversations at once with himself, to help design and build stuff. Adam Cook was raised from the dead in accordance with ancient Swedish prophecy to help produce. Dan secured the musical genius, Eric Diaz, a talented singer-songwriter, to make costumes. He brought aboard Andy Klimczak so he wouldn’t be the only fat guy on set. He also acted and helped write.
With the team in place, he was ready to make history: future history.
Bringing a world like Futurama to life is no easy task for anyone, so a bunch of fans coming together to pull this off deserve a ton of credit and way more than the 225,000 views the video has received since its release last week. So be sure to share with yFuturama fans you know!
Below the short, I’ve also included a couple of behind the scenes videos Tested made. These will give you an even greater appreciation for the amount of work that was put into making Fan-O-Rama.
It’s also worth noting that in the last video, director Dan Lanigan says this is only the first episode of what they hope will be multiple episodes.