See 'Futurama' go anime with 'Voltron' spoof -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Ha-ha-ha! Futurama is going classic anime in an upcoming episode channeling Voltron and other vintage animation styles. In “Reincarnation,” the series will be re-conceived in three very different styles: As a black-and-white cartoon, old-school videogame and as 1980s Japanese anime.

Studio 20th Century Fox gave Comic-Con fans a look at the anime sequence, which mostly took aim at the Americanized version of Voltron, along with Robotech and Battle of the Planets. We have an exclusive short clip of the video below:

Noted Futurama writer Dan Vebber: “The plots made absolutely no sense because they were always designed first-and-foremost around stringing together as much existing animation from the Japanese original as possible. And the characters were always screaming at each other at the top of their lungs in situations where indoor voices would have sufficed.”

The episode will air Thursday, Sept. 8 on Comedy Central.


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  • AndrewJ

    Hahaha. Awesome. Can’t wait to see it.

  • JLC

    Futurama has been very strong since its return.

    • ZackBauer


      • Pat D.

        The only question is:

        Have you ever made out with a tugboat?

      • ET

        It’s been good, but there’s been a lot more sex and doody humor.

  • Barb


  • Barry

    Love the way that the mouths are slightly out of synch with the dialogue.

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  • lankree

    I want to go to there.

  • Bill

    Now if they could just do Cowboy Bebop

  • Kurt

    Voltron > Transformers

    • Geek Boy

      Yeah, um have you actually seen Voltron and Transformers? (the 80’s versions) Voltron is definitely not like transformers. And if I really must show my true inner nerd, then so be it. Voltron’s Lions were robots that the kids/drivers controlled. They were not sentient beings unlike the Transformers who were sentient beings and did not have anyone “driving” them nor did they require anyone to “drive” them.

      • Holly

        Dude, the “>” symbol means they think Voltron is better than Transformers, not “equal to” it.

  • kari

    I love Futurama this makes me think of the Family Guy episode the Road to Multiverse where Stewie and Brain visited different universes.

  • Genevieve

    *sniff* I used to love Voltron

  • Jeff from Jersey; yes New Jersey

    This is going to be good. Can*t wait to see the classic black and white version.

  • Solange

    2 Funny!! lol :D

  • Gerald

    Stephen Sandoval is an amazing director. His touch is really seen in the episodes he’s directed.

  • Princess

    I lived and breathed BoTP when I was a kid… really looking forward to seeing this on Sept. 8! Way to go, Futurama! Thank you for appealing to my inner space geek!!

  • Reece

    OMG ahahah that was so awkward to watch ’cause it was funny as hell!! Can’t wait for the rest of the episode!

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