Bender sitting on a chair in Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder
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The Sci-Fi Classic That Inspired Futurama’s Into The Wild Green Yonder
The fourth “Futurama” movie, “Into the Wild Green Yonder,” was meant to end the series. With that thought in mind, the makers wanted the story to be epic.
“Futurama” co-creator David X. Cohen shared that he aimed to imitate Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 classic “2001: A Space Odyssey” to give the series a monumental conclusion.
Cohen shared, “A little bit of inspiration, as you’ll see at the end, from ‘2001.’ Not that we ripped off too much, but just a little bit of the visuals at the end.”
The movie ends with the birth of the Encyclopod, a cosmic being that serves as a living DNA vault. This creature is essentially the Star Child from “2001.”
Cohen wanted to tell a sci-fi epic that explores the fabric of life and its place in the cosmos. While not as profound as “2001,” “Green Yonder” is certainly funnier.