Interesting Facts[edit | edit source]

  • Interestingly enough, Bender is the one who causes the first destruction of New York City (c. 2308) during the time lapsed segment when Fry is in the cryogenic freezer. This is also referenced in the Futurama movie "Bender's Big Score".
  • Opening theme promotion: "IN COLOR"
  • Opening screen cartoon clip: "Little Buck Cheeser" (1937, MGM Productions)
  • The signs and billboards seen during the opening sequence:
    • "Public Library"
    • "Rent a Human" (in Alienese)
    • "Drink Slurm!"
    • "Eat Bachelor Chow: Now with Flavor!"
    • "Mom's Robot Oil: Made with 10% More Love than the Next Leading Brand"
    • "Liquid Wisdom" (On top of a hover taxi)
    • "Girls, Girls, Aliens"
    • "All Tenticle Massage"
    • "Mass Hypnosis Hour: TV's #1 Show!"
    • "Flesh-O-Poid Dating Service"
    • "Sexatorium"
    • "3D Rulez!" (in Alienese)
    • "Park - $42"
    • "Bachelor Chow: Makes its Own Gravy!"
    • "Tasty Human Burgers" (in Alienese)
    • "DEF-CON Kills Owls Dead"
    • "Robot Wash", "MOM'S Friendly Robot Company"
    • "Smart Sausages"
    • "Got Protoplasm?"
  • When Fry asks the head of Leonard Nimoy, aka Mr. Spock, to do the "Live Long and Prosper finger thing" (a.k.a. the Vulcan salute for all the "Trekkies"), Leonard says he no longer does that; presumably, because he has no hands, but I'm sure the head of Mr. Nimoy has his own legitimate reasons.
  • Fry is frozen holding a LöBrau beer from 1999. But in later episodes he is seen drinking the same brand. If they've managed to stay in business for a thousand years, they must brew pretty good beer...
  • The Panucci's Pizza box Fry is delivering reads 'Do not tip the delivery boy!'
  • The Circle Line ship can be seen shipwrecked under New New York Harbor.
  • In the intro, the Statue of Liberty holds a gun in her torch hand, but during the episode, in the future, she is holding part of the 'travel-tube.' It turns out that she is very versatile.
  • In 1999, Fry rides his bicycle past 'O'Harrison's Pub.' In the future, Fry goes past 'O'Zorgnax's Pub,' which looks quite similar.
  • Bender and Fry hide out in the Head Museum a lot longer than it seems, because it's dark outside once they escape, when in reality, they only spent about 15 minutes in the [Head Museum].
  • When Fry gets to the 64th floor of The Applied Cryogenics building, the label on the door reads "No Power Failures Since 1997", when, in fact, the piece of paper with a "7" taped on the door with is actually taped over the number "9"; a loose reference to the blackout in New York City on July 6, 1999, when 200,000 people north of 155th Street lost power for 18 hours.
  • A sign on the wall reads "Drink Slurm." The same sign appears off to the left, but the word "Drink" is written in Alienese. This was to help viewers learn the code and try to decipher it.
  • The newspaper caption seen in the pay-box just before Fry enters the Cryogenics lab reads '2000! DOOMSAYERS CAUTIOUSLY UPBEAT.'
  • When Fry is delivering the pizza to Applied Cryogenics, he passes by a sign written in Chinese. Individually translated, the characters read "fire" and "women"; more likely than not, though, the sign is advertising 'hot women!'
  • Bender takes Fry to hide inside the Head Museum saying, "It's Free on Tuesdays." Interestingly enough, the 31st of December, 2999 will, in fact, fall on a Tuesday.
  • As the group is escaping the restaurant, there is graffiti written in Alienese on the wall in the alley, saying 'VENUSIANS GO HOME.'
  • After each use, the suicide booth tells each 'customer', "You are now dead. Thank you for using Stop-N-Drop, America's favorite suicide booth since 2008", despite the fact that the 'customer' that the voice is addressing is already dead.
  • While the "coin on a string" trick is one of Bender's most widely and frequently used hustles throughout the life of the show, during the late 1980s, various different manufacturers started integrating one-way "trap" doors and sharp blades into the inner workings of coin operated machines in order to deter thef and put the old Hollywood trope to rest, once and for all.
  • In the opening credits you can see the cast of the show flying though the tubes.
  • In the alien ship, as they are counting down to the new year you see two symbols on the screen. This is not actual Alienese, but just fancy ways of writing 6 and 7.
  • In the head museum, several famous heads make cameos, among them: Johnny Carson, Lucille Ball, Ed Begley Jr., David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Liz Talyor, Dennis Rodman, Billy Corgan, Barbara Streisand (a.k.a. "Barbra"), and Matt Groening.
  • In the Hall of Presidents rest the heads of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Sr., Bill Clinton, Warren Harding, Andrew Jackson, Grover Cleveland, and Benjamin Harrison which is, according to Leonard Nimoy, "a life of quiet dignity"... right before he gets fed by the caretaker.
  • There are actually two heads of Grover Cleveland. This is a reference to the fact that Cleveland is the only person to serve two non-consecutive terms as President, and is numbered as both the 22nd and 24th President of the U.S.
  • Leela's officer code is 1B-DI (One Beady Eye).
  • French became a dead language in the thousand years after Fry was been frozen. This is evident during the New Year's 3000 countdown where the people of France say "Seven."
  • If you look close enough, you can see Nibbler's shadow on the floor as Fry falls backwards into the tube. The show delves much further into this story line in a later episode.
  • When Fry is seen taking his first stroll in the new millennium, a nudist couple passes by censored with black bars. In actuality, they are donning black obfuscatory "accessories" which are intended to reinforce the leniency, if not, complete lack of gender censorship stereotypes in the future.
  • If Fry was frozen for what was supposed to be 1000 years, he wouldn't have, technically speaking, had extra time to explore the future and do all the things he wasn't able to do in 1999 because of Gregorian math standards. In reality, Fry would have woken up a few seconds AFTER midnight on Wednesday, January 1, 3000. In the realm of the show, however, he was unfrozen at about 4:27 PM on December 31, 2999.
  • In the 2999 countdown and subsequent takeoff from Planet Express, Bender almost pulls the arms off the chair he was sitting on. A moment later, the chair is actually missing from the cockpit.
  • Technically, Bender did not bend the bars as requested by Fry when they were in a room inside the head museum escaping from Leela. He just pulled [the bars] off and he bent the bars next to them with the intention to trap Leela. In hindsight, though, all it ended up doing was slowing her down.
  • Amy, Zoidberg, and Hermes were the only main characters in the series that did not appear in the pilot.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • It took the cartoonists over 2 years to come up with the look of the characters on the show.
  • The 30th Century Fox logo at the end of this and every episode almost didn't happen as FOX didn't approve of the idea. Matt Groening then commissioned it at his own expense, and seeing the results, FOX gave the go-ahead and reimbursed Groening.
  • There are many characters introduced in this episode including Philip J. Fry, Leela, Bender, Professor Hubert Farnsworth, President Richard Nixon, Leonard Nimoy, Smitty, URL, and the Cryogenics staff.
  • In the first and second network airings on FOX, the man who entered the pneumatic tube, just before Fry, asked the tube to take him to "J.F.K. Junior Airport." After the plane crash death of J.F.K. Jr., the line was changed to "Radio City Mutant Hall" for the subsequent airings, and on the DVD. Although the animatic (found on the DVD) still has the JFK Jr. line.
    • Although the JFK Jr. reference has been dubbed out (even on the DVD), in the Spanish dubbed version of this episode, the man can still be heard asking to be taken to JFK Jr. Airport.
  • The Original Alien Language devised by the writers and hidden throughout the episode was solved completely by fans after only the first and one airing. The Second language took several months.
  • In the rough draft version of the script, Michelle was named Janet, and Fry was actually named Curtis Fry. It was changed to Philip after Phil Hartman, who was set to have a recurring role as Zapp Brannigan on the series until his unfortunate murder.
  • This was voted the best episode of Futurama during the Adult Swim marathon.
  • When Matt Groening and David X. Cohen were starting this show, they decided to add little secrets to some episodes that would pay off in later episodes.
  • This episode is the most watched premiere episode in FOX's history.
  • According to the DVD's audio commentary, John DiMaggio (Bender) had originally auditioned for the voice of the Professor, and co-creator David X. Cohen had actually considered doing the voice of Bender.
  • Although Fry entered the freezer at midnight on January 1, 2000, he wakes up early on December 31, 2999. There are many different explanations for this, the simplest being that the freezer clock is not accurate enough to accommodate a thousand years. A more complex (and more likely) argument involves the difference between a Gregorian year (which averages 365.2425 days per year) and a tropical year (which averages approximately 365.2422), leading to a discrepancy of 0.3 days or 7.2 hours... placing Fry's "awakening" at 4:36pm, December 31, 2999. Another possibility is that the freezer was programmed for 1000 Gregorian years, or 365242.5 days, which means he would be awakened at 12 noon on December 31, 2999, which is consistent with the daylight shown outside the window when Fry awakens.

Allusions[edit | edit source]

Matt Groening[edit | edit source]

In the head museum if you look fast enough, a head of a man with brown hair and glasses can be seen, with the name Matt Groening written underneath. Matt is the creator of Futurama, as well as the popular cartoon sitcom The Simpsons.

The Watergate Scandal[edit | edit source]

When the head of Richard Nixon says "You just made my list!", this is a reference to the Watergate Scandal. Nixon kept an 'enemies list' of over 200 people whom he believed were part of a conspiracy against him.

Donald Duck[edit | edit source]

The 'Suicide Booth' is based on a Donald Duck cartoon where he went into the future and played numerous coin-op devices which injured him severely.

Sleeper[edit | edit source]

The premise for the series is similar to the movie Sleeper, and the concept of the 'Suicide Booth' is similar to 'Sleeper's Orgasmatron.'

Life in Hell[edit | edit source]

A sign outside that reads "Akbar." Akbar was the name of a gay character in Matt Groening's comic-book series Life in Hell.

The Caves of Steel[edit | edit source]

The way in which Bender swallows his empty liquor bottle is a reference to a robot in the Isaac Asimov novel The Caves of Steel.

War Games[edit | edit source]

The first scene where Fry is teaching a kid how to play a video game also occurs in the movie War Games. In the film, the first scene with the character David Lightman has him playing Galaga. He then leaves and gives the control of the game to a kid.

Young Frankenstein[edit | edit source]

The scene with all the heads in jars and the two live ones in the middle, and then the camera shot doing a double take is a direct reference to the film Young Frankenstein.

Volkswagen Beetle[edit | edit source]

One of the cars on the street before Fry and Bender enter the Head Museum looks like a Volkswagen Beetle. It swerves past a Slurm truck that was going too slow.

Star Wars[edit | edit source]

The part where Fry gets hit in the head by the remote door is a possible reference to the scene in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, where one of the stormtroopers accidentally bumps his head into a similar gadget. The lightsabers in which the police use look the same as those in the Star Wars series. A guy on a jet bike is wearing a helmet like Leia wore in Return of the Jedi on the speeder bike. And in the teaser as a stunned Fry watches Michelle's cab drive a way, a wall mounted sign in the background reads "ACKBAR"

The Simpsons[edit | edit source]

Fry's middle initial is J. This seems to be a popular choice for Matt Groening characters, having used it for Homer, Bart and Abe on The Simpsons. Matt uses the "J." middle name. Fry also passes a three-eyed fish when going under water in the tube, this fish being 'Blinky' from The Simpsons episode 'Two Cars in Every Garage, Three Eyes on Every Fish.' The chef on the Panucci's Pizza box is very similar to the chef Luigi in The Simpsons episode 'Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song.' Whilst in the Head Museum, Matt Groening's head is able to be seen, as well as Rodney Dangerfield's, who is drawn as his Simpsons character Larry Burns from the episode 'Burns, Baby Burns.' Fry has 9 spikes in his hair just like Bart Simpson from Groening's hit show The Simpsons. When Fry uses the 'travel-tube,' a person who resembles Ralph Wiggum can be seen. The man who is giving the pizza to Fry looks like Superintendent Chalmers.

Got Milk?[edit | edit source]

When Fry walks out of the lab, an ad on a taxi behind him reads 'Got Protoplasm?', this being a reference to the Got Milk? series advertising slogans.

H.G Wells' The Time Machine[edit | edit source]

When Fry is frozen in the cryonic chamber, time is seen passing outside the window until the year 3000. New York City is leveled by aliens, rebuilt as a medieval city, leveled again by aliens and rebuilt as New New York. This is a parody of the scenes in the film The Time Machine based on H.G Wells' novel when the inventor pushes the lever forward on his Time Machine and sees the world, and time, moving forward very rapidly.

Monkey Fracas Jr./Donkey Kong Jr.[edit | edit source]

Fry is playing a video game called 'Monkey Fracas Jr.' at the pizza place, during the start of the episode. The game starts out as a space shooter similar to Asteroids or Defender. At the end of the level, the ship approaches a Saturn-like planet, at which point, the planet breaks in half, and an ape resembling Donkey Kong emerges. The ape throws barrels at the spaceship and destroys it. The game's name itself, and the ape throwing barrels are parodies of the game Donkey Kong, Jr.

Pulp Fiction[edit | edit source]

The Robot Policeman, URL, says he would go "24th century on their ass." This being a reference to the 1994 film Pulp Fiction where the character Marsellus Wallace says to Zed and the Gimp "I'm a get medieval on yo' ass." This makes even more sense as we see a medieval civilization arise after the first destruction of New York (before it was destroyed again and New New York was built).

Fry's Appearance[edit | edit source]

Fry's primary costume of blue jeans and a red sports jacket resembles James Dean in the movie Rebel Without A Cause.

The Beach Pneumatic Subway[edit | edit source]

The pneumatic tubes that transport people all over New New York are an allusion to The Beach Pneumatic Subway, which was a failed attempt in 1870 by Alfred Ely Beach to move people around New York by air power.

Hot Dog On A Stick[edit | edit source]

The feeding lady at the Head Museum is wearing a uniform like that at the corn-dog specific restaurant, Hot Dog on a Stick.

War of the Worlds[edit | edit source]

The ships that level the city in the background during the time skip sequence are the same as the ones seen in the 1952 film War of the Worlds.

Star Trek[edit | edit source]

Theme played with the video game during the first scene. Fry comments on the door being "just like on Star Trek." Leonard 'Spock' Nimoy that he no longer does the Vulcan 'live long and prosper' sign. The whole Head Museum concept is, possibly, a subtle reference to the original Star Trek series episode 'Return To Tomorrow' where the alien minds were preserved in glowing spheres. Several sound effects used within the episode also. All of these are direct references to the Star Trek series.

Mystery Science Theater 3000[edit | edit source]

The number '3000' can be seen written on the moon, and it looks like the Mystery Science Theater 3000 logo, it's in the same typeface.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy[edit | edit source]

Aside from having the same type of premise as Douglas Adams' novel The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Bender acts much like the cynical manic depressive, Marvin the robot, and the coffee machine in Professor Farnsworth's ship is a reference to "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" in which a spaceship's specialty was producing hot drinks.

Doctor Who[edit | edit source]

The countdown to the millennium occurring at the same time all over the world is the same as the countdown in the 1996 tv movie Doctor Who.

Beneath the Planet of the Apes[edit | edit source]

When Fry goes back to Old New York, it is a quick reference to the people going underneath the world in Beneath the Planet of the Apes.

Logan's Run[edit | edit source]

The chips that people have implanted into their hands is a reference to the the 1967 book and 1976 movie by the same title "Logan's Run."

Phil Hartman[edit | edit source]

Fry's first name, Philip, is a tribute to the late Phil Hartman. Hartman was originally cast to do the voice of Zapp Brannigan, but was tragically murdered by his wife before production started.

Philo T. Farnsworth[edit | edit source]

Professor Farnsworth is named after the inventor Philo T. Farnsworth, a Utah native and television pioneer whose invention was premiered at the 1939 New York World's Fair, along with the Futurama exhibit.

Futurama[edit | edit source]

The title of the show, Futurama, was the name of the famous General Motors exhibit at the 1939 New York World's Fair that depicted a futuristic landscape.

Olde Fortran Malt Liquor[edit | edit source]

In the pub, Bender can be seen drinking 'Olde Fortran Malt Liquor.' FORTRAN was the name of the first high-level computer language.

Atlas Shrugged[edit | edit source]

A directive put in place in this Ayn Rand novel is similar to the "Permanent Career Assignment", where to quit results in those who do it being refered to as "deserters" as part of the directive prevents anyone from changing their job or even quitting it.

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