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  1. 1. 2/20/12 Planet Express Ship - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Planet Express Ship From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Planet Express Ship is a fictional spaceship in the U.S.S. Planet Express Ship animated series Futurama, which bears the official designation "U.S.S. Planet Express Ship." The ship was designed and built by Professor Hubert Farnsworth and is the sole delivery ship of Planet Express, a delivery service owned by the Professor. The ship is typically treated as an inanimate object, though Bender refers to the ships autopilot as "him" (and laments being defeated in a martini-drinking contest by same) in "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back". The later episode "Love and Rocket" shows the ship to have an artificial intelligence, voiced originally by Maurice LaMarche and then (after installation of "new improved ships personality The Planet Express Ship software" including "adjustable voice") by special guest Sigourney Weaver. First appearance Space Pilot 3000 General characteristics Armaments Laser cannons Contents Torpedoes 1 Production Propulsion Dark matter engines 2 Personality Power Dark matter reactor 3 Crew 4 Ship Features 5 Design 6 Modifications 7 Merchandising 8 References 9 External links Production The Planet Express Ship is usually rendered in highly stylized 3D along with many of Futuramas other special effects. This was done to give the ship a "convincing dimensionality" as it moves through space. Futuramas creator Matt Groening consulted with Syd Mead ("visual futurist" for Blade Runner) when working on the designs, but like many of Groenings other characters, the ship maintains its pronounced overbite and is easily identifiable as an element of a Matt Groening comic.[1] 1/5
  2. 2. 2/20/12 Planet Express Ship - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia In the episode "Love and Rocket" the Planet Express Ship is equipped with a personality unit which allows it to speak and interact with the crew. The ship is voiced by Sigourney Weaver in what executive producer David X. Cohen described as "a pretty abstract role."[2] During the episode the Planet Express Ship and Bender begin dating. This situation presented many challenges for the production staff, particularly a difficulty in portraying emotions between the two beings because they were so different in size. Even with this concern, Cohen jokes that Weavers performance as a spaceship was "moving."[2] Much of the episode, including the ships eventual desire to kill the crew, is a spoof of 2001: A Space Odyssey with the Planet Express Ship taking on the role of HAL 9000.[3] Crew Leela is the captain and pilot of the ship. Although Leela has only one eye, and therefore no depth perception, the sheer distance between objects in space makes human-level depth perception of limited use. Fry and Bender serve as crewmembers. Frys official position is delivery boy, and he also operates the ships laser cannon in combat.[4] Bender was originally the ships cook, despite the lethality of his dishes, and is occasionally seen performing various odd jobs. Hermes and Amy can both fly the ship,[5][6] though they do not usually accompany the crew on missions. Although Fry flies the ship with no problems (albeit wildly) in "The Cryonic Woman" episode, he later flies it with some difficulty in "Amazon Women in the Mood" and "Birdbot of Ice-Catraz" (where Bender demonstrates his own questionable piloting skills while under the effects of a sobriety binge); by the time of "Time Keeps On Slippin", Fry can (once again) fly the ship with a reasonable degree of skill. In the second episode "The Series Has Landed," Amy Wong flies the ship without problem. Dr Zoidberg serves as the ships doctor and, on occasion, the ship steward. He occasionally joins the crew on missions but not on a regular basis. Professor Farnsworth flies the ship in the episode "Teenage Mutant Leelas Hurdles" and Into the Wild Green Yonder. In "Teenage Mutant Leelas Hurdles," Farnsworth flies the ship to find his lost pet gargoyle, Pazuzu. However, in stereotypical senior citizen style, he flies the ship at only 35 MPH, blocks lanes in space traffic, and turns the ships high beams on, destroying a navigation sign and Deep Space Nine. Ship Features As the Professor prefers to send the crew on dangerous missions in favor of higher profit margins, the ship is well armed and quite fast. The ship is capable of travel faster than the current speed of light, after the speed of light was increased to allow faster travel.[7] The ship can actually travel at 97% of the new light speed.[8] Its speed also makes it an efficient courier, a round trip to the edge of the universe and many other activities were accomplished during a "morning off" in "I Dated a Robot". In "The Series Has Landed," a journey from Earth to the moon takes under two seconds. In addition to its speed, the Planet Express Ship is very durable. In the episode "The Deep South," the ship is dragged underwater and survives being subjected to hundreds of atmospheres of water pressure, despite being rated for "between zero and one" atmosphere, according to the professor. Additionally, the ship has survived numerous crashes that ostensibly would have destroyed similar aircraft, but the ship usually 2/5
  3. 3. 2/20/12 Planet Express Ship - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia only quickly-repaired dents. It is unclear whether all vehicles in Futurama have this durability or if it is a special property of that particular ship. It also uses a Dark Matter Engine, which, instead of moving the ship, just "moves the universe around the ship."[7] Certain episodes indicate that the ship has an automobile-style manual transmission. The current ship is not the first Planet Express Ship, as at least one was lost with its crew on a mission to collect space honey.[9] The current ship is first seen in "Space Pilot 3000," where the current crew signs on. It is unknown if the ship was previously crewed but it is implied that the professors previous crew died with the loss of the previous ship in the space bee hive and no intervening members are ever mentioned. Other versions of the ship include a miniature one used to travel inside of Frys body to counter an infection of worms.[10] Design The ships windshield has no center divider, and is thus cyclopean. It has tripodal landing gear, the front one doubling as a stair, and the two rear ones notable for large traction pads, in the style of Leelas boots. The hull is roughly teardrop-shaped with three fins at the rear. A laser cannon turret is situated on the top side. Torpedo tubes are located to either side of the forward landing gear. The tubes also house the "primary lasers." The cargo bay has a bomb bay-style loading door on the bottom of the ship. Cargo too large for the cargo bay is either tethered to the top of the hull, or towed. The dark matter engines are at the rear on a gymbal, and steering is achieved through The Planet Express Ships laser directional thrust. Supposedly the engines achieve 200% fuel cannon is a heavy-duty, rapidly firing efficiency by moving the entire universe around the ship, rather than weapon, and is the ships primary moving the ship itself, a parody/homage to the "warp drive" method of defense. technology of Star Trek.[7] The ship is painted a light-green color, specified as "Electric Mucus" in Benders Game (the previous ship was dark gray, as seen trapped in a space bee hive in "The Sting") and has the Planet Express logo painted on the main fin. The seriess writers acknowledge in the Season 1 DVD commentary that the interior design of the Planet Express Ship is not really consistent from episode to episode. They cited a fansite they once found which was devoted to trying to develop a definitive schematic of the ships interior, an attempt which ended in frustration. While certain rooms such as the cargo bay remain more or less the same, corridors shift position and the location of rooms relative to each other is never truly consistent. However, in the commentary the writers point out that most obviously, the design of the "bridge" of the ship drastically shifts between episodes. Modifications The ship is occasionally modified to fit the purposes of the plot. In all cases the ship is returned to normal before the next 3/5
  4. 4. 2/20/12 Planet Express Ship - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia In "The Deep South," the crew had to replace the engines with a giant fish tailfin since the engines would not work underwater. Part of these repairs were made by papier mache. In "Where No Fan Has Gone Before" both the Planet Express Ship and a ship belonging to the cast of the original Star Trek series crashed on a forbidden planet. The Planet Express Ship had non-functioning engines but working life support, while the Trek casts ship had functional engine but no life support. The Planet Express Ship was modified using the engines of the Trek casts ship and was able to escape the planet. The latter ships engines, bearing a visual similarity to Star Trek- style warp nacelles, gave the Planet Express Ship a rear profile similar to that of the original Starship Enterprise, and several establishing shots in this episode present the Planet Express Ship in similar fashion to stock footage of the Enterprise from classic Trek episodes. In "The Route of All Evil," Cubert Farnsworth and Dwight Conrad have the ship repainted bright red with flame decals when they take over the Planet Express business and make it a newspaper delivery service. It is also presumably renamed the "Awesome Express Ship" to reflect the company title change. We also find out that there is a net for catching giraffes, fired from one of the torpedo tubes. In "Time Keeps on Slippin," the ship has a gravity pump installed, giving it the capability to move entire stars. After dark matter, and thus dark matter engines, are made useless at the end of the film Benders Game, dozens of Nibblonians are harnessed to the front of the ship with a chicken dangling in front of them, and they drag the ship on the ground as a means of propulsion. During the next movie, Into the Wild Green Yonder, the ships new fuel is revealed to be whale oil. In Into the Wild Green Yonder, the ship is painted pink when it is commandeered by the eco- feminist group, the Feministas. When the company was going bankrupt, they turned Planet Express into an airline and modified the ship to look like an airplane in "Neutopia". In "Möbius Dick", the ship used solar sails after the titular space whale bit off the engine and devoured the statue (taking a part of the ship with it). Also, the original Planet Express ship is seen. Merchandising The Planet Express Ship was featured as an action figure in a set by Moore Collectibles along with Fry, Leela and Bender. The set was listed as an "A+ pick" in Sci Fi Weekly and the Planet Express ship was noted as "the finest piece in the set." Features include a folding front landing gear and retractable rear landing struts along with a gun turret. Also included with the ship were two alien creatures and a crate full of tentacled beings.[11] References 1. ^ "Gallery: Behind the Scenes of Futurama" ( . 4/5
  5. 5. 2/20/12 Planet Express Ship - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 11-27. Retrieved 2007-11-27. 2. ^ a b Huddleston, Kathie (2001-12-17). "David X. Cohen Boards the Planet Express to Find Meaning in Futurama" ( . Archived from the original ( on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2007- 11-27. 3. ^ Cohen, David X (2003). Futurama season 4 DVD commentary for the episode "Love and Rocket" (DVD). 20th Century Fox. 4. ^ "Bender Gets Made". Futurama. 5. ^ "The Farnsworth Parabox". Futurama. 6. ^ "Episode Two: The Series Has Landed". Futurama. 7. ^ a b c "A Clone Of My Own". Futurama. 8. ^ "Teenage Mutant Leelas Hurdles". Futurama. 9. ^ "The Sting". Futurama. 10. ^ "Parasites Lost". Futurama. 11. ^ Huxter, Sean (2001-06-11). "Matt Groenings futuristic follies inspire four of the coolest collectibles of the year 3000" ( . Archived from the original ( on 2007-11-15. Retrieved 2007-11-27. External links Ships Description ( Futurama encyclopedia entry ( Planet_Express_Ship/) Planet Express action figure from Moore Action Collectibles (archived) ( Retrieved from "" Categories: Futurama Fictional spacecraft This page was last modified on 4 December 2011 at 00:39. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. See Terms of use for details. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit 5/5