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Three Hundred Big Boys

The Farnsworth ParaboxSpanish Fry
Production number4ACV16
Reviews written2
Overall rating85%
Voice actor performance100%
Guest actor performance45%
Animation quality90%
Music/sound quality85%

Written by Aki on 12 July 2010.

Overall rating:9
Voice actor performance:10
Guest actor performance:8
Animation quality:10
Music/sound quality:10

I suppose Three Hundred Big Boys is a love or hate episode, seeing as it's so different from all the others, but I personally just love it. Not focusing on a single plot but rather following all main characters spending 0 can either fail completely and feel blurry, or it can all fall together like this one. Lots of people compare it to the Simpsons episode 22 Short Films About Springfield, though I disagree - while the episodes share some similarities one is clearly a bunch of stories that hang together slightly, while the other are a lot of sideplots that share the same story and intertwine wonderfully in the end.

The episode also strikes high on quite a few other parts: it contains some incredible jokes, such as the entire sequence with Fry reaching Nirvana by drinking 100 cups of coffee, and it also features cameos from many, wonderful side characters we see all too seldom. The major complaint, however, is that of Mushuu. While I don't mind the puking scene itself, it's not particilarly Futurama-ish to keep a whale puking for ten seconds believing it'll be funny. Half a second, fine. But that's it, or it destroys the scene entirely.

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Written by cyber_turnip on 30 July 2010.

Overall rating:8
Voice actor performance:10
Guest actor performance:1
Animation quality:8
Music/sound quality:7

Amongst a sea of people who either adore or hate this episode, I seem to be alone in simply quite liking it. It's a nice little idea, even if it's borrowing very heavily from The Simpsons' "22 Short Films About Springfield". It's very funny and even though I despise the appearance of Roseanne (one of the worst guest stars in Futurama's history -it adds nothing and is so unfunny it makes me cringe, it's just shoe-horning a celebrity in to the show for no reason), there are enough wonderful moments to make up for it. Most noticably, Fry's story with the coffee climaxes in an INCREDIBLE way. The sequence when Fry drinks his 100th cup of coffee is one of my all time favourite Futurama moments and is beautiful to look at as well as being a beautiful concept and beautifully funny, if that makes sense.

It's quite a hit or miss episode, but given that it's basically a series of sketches all very tightly tied together a plot, that's sort of okay. If you're not enjoying one character's story, in a minute you'll have moved on to a different story.

Overall, a strong episode.

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