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by JavieR / July 24, 2009 / 22:14
Fans Speechless: We want our Voices Back by spamncoIt seems that people is divided into know if the Futurama recast is for real, or if is a mean joke made by Fox Executives to have all our attention. Well, let's see the new stuff until today.. but first, a new fanart by spamnco, a new artist around here with an image perfect for this entry featuring the main Futurama crew protesting for the recast news...

Yesterday, Phil LaMarr (Hermes) said at his Facebook page (replying a fan about the Comic Con) that:

I'm curious to see what happens. They just dis-invited the cast members who were supposed to appear (at the Comic Con panel) so it may not be entertaining but it'll certainly be interesting.

Maurice LaMarche (Kif) also posted at the Save the Voices of Futurama Facebook group to clarify a few things:

[..] Just to clarify, we have NOT been kicked out of Comic-Con completely. In fact, gotta give 'em credit, Fox was good enough to keep our registrations and hotel arrangements "alive", (although at our own expense), perhaps because somebody, somewhere at Fox Productions is preparing some kind of reasonable offer back to us, in time to save the panel. Who knows? Maybe they're just being decent. Anyway, I always express gratitude when I can, [..] thank you, Fox. And thank you to our friends, Matt & Dave, thank you Marcy and Antonia, and thank you, Lee.
The "Good news, Everyone" is that we (the cast) WILL still be signing autographs in the Sail Pavilion from 3pm til 7pm. Come by, say hi [..] And if you have questions, and we can legally and ethically answer them, we will. [..]

And, further point of clarification, there STILL WILL BE a Futurama panel (as of this writing, anyway). Just not including us. So, go check it out, if you like. I just hope that what is said from up there is accurate and fair, as we will not be there to rebut. However, I do still dare to think that Matt, Dave and the writer-producers are our friends. The people who have been doing this "recasting thing", are the "Box Executives", not Matt and David X. Be nice to them.

The last part in bold was mentioned later, according to a post at PEEL that I can't find for the moment. So, we know that the Futurama Voice Actors will not be at the Futurama Panel tomorrow at the San Diego Comic Con, but they will be thre signing autographs. Also, the Panel is going to happen (unless there's an last minute agreement to save the panel). BTW, if you're gonna be at the panel and want to ask something about the recast, please be Polite!

Very early today Billy West (Fry) posted at his forum:

[..] I am going to be at Comicon on Saturday and Sunday.Here's where to find me.

Saturday: I will be joining my friends Matt Groening and David X. Cohen for the "Bender Head" signings.

Then from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM I will be joining Phil La Mar, Johnny D. and Maurice to sign photos on Autograph Alley. [..]

This confirms the fact that the Futurama Voice cast will be at the Autograph Alley from 3 to 7 pm, but perhaps Katey Sagal is not gonna be there.. I don't know.

All of this makes you wonder (me included), that all about the recast is true, that Fox is really not willing to pay a little more to retain the awesome Futurama Voice Cast. But then, IGN.com posts an interview with John DiMaggio (Bender). The Highlights:

About the recast:
"[..] In other words, no comment. I really can't talk about it. All I can say is that Matt and David have such a wonderful project and I love it dearly - love it to death. And hopefully we'll be able to work it out. And I think we will. It's just going to take a little time and that's about it."

About the fans supporting them:
"Yeah, the fans have been really wonderful and that's really great. But you know, that's just the way it goes. That's just the way this show business works. And we'll see what happens. Hopefuly... I have a good feeling it's going to turn out for the best. That's about it. That's all I've got. That's all I have to say about that!"

John sounds very optimistic, so perhaps this whole Recast problem that put in Beige Alert to the Futurama Community is gonna ve solved in a near future. I still wanna see what will happen at the Futurama Panel tomorrow at the SDCC... hopefully some finally good news to calm the Futurama fans.
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