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Old July 19 2013, 05:27 AM   #182
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Re: Futurama Season 7 Discussion Thread

It's interesting that everyone sees the middle segment as a Smurfs riff when it really drew more on Strawberry Shortcake, a show that was based on a toy line for young girls. But then, that was apparently a series of annual specials rather than a full series, so maybe that's why it's less well remembered. Or maybe it's just that a lot of male viewers never saw the show. I was aware of the franchise from the commercials, but I can't say I ever watched it.

I suppose there were a few Smurf-based elements to it, like everyone being the same color. The Professor did have a Gargamel-like quality, though I think he was based on the Strawberry Shortcake villain, who lived in a large hilltop residence made of metal cookware, according to Wikipedia; the rendering here of the Planet Express building seemed to fit that description somewhat.
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