Wook Kim
November 27, 2007 AT 12:00 PM EST

“Good news, everyone!”  Futurama is back! Not on any network schedule, but in Bender’s Big Score, a feature-length DVD — the first of a planned four — that went on sale today. That’s 88 minutes of what is most assuredly animated-comedy gold featuring Fry, Leela, Bender, and the other space-faring misfits of the Planet Express delivery service.  (My copy was pre-ordered many weeks ago and is now, hopefully, in a brown truck of the pathetically Earth-bound UPS delivery service.) Below is a short clip featuring the first five minutes from the new movie.

I know I’m not the only one that has missed the Matt Groening-created series (although I confess to jumping on this wagon after FOX grounded the show in 2003). Innumerable viewings on DVD have only convinced me that the finest episodes of Futurama can stand toe-to-toe with the finest episodes of The Simpsons. In fact, I’d even venture to claim that misanthropic and larcenous robot No. 2716057 (aka Bender Rodriguez) is the best character to have come from either series. So, who else out there is excited about this movie?  And while you’re at it, what are your favorite Bender-isms?

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