Seymour the Dog Is Returning to "Futurama," But You Might Not Like Who Is Voicing Him
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Seymour the Dog Is Returning to "Futurama," But You Might Not Like Who Is Voicing Him

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | June 19, 2013 | Comments ()


Pajiba has been around for nine years now, believe it or not, and during that time, there is several things I can always count on from our readership: Bitter divisiveness over Love, Actually, gobs of page views for posts with Buffy in the header, unanimous praise for the "Six Feet Under" finale, a heated difference of opinion over which is the better "West Wing" scene -- the one from "Two Cathedrals" or the Bible quotes scene -- and, of course, that any list of television episodes that make you cry MUST include "Jurassic Bark" from "Futurama." Even mention it, and half our readership will burst into tears.

That was a season four episode way back in November of 2002.

Well, Seymour is coming back, as part of the final season of "Futurama," and an August 14th episode will feature Seymour's first and only spoken dialogue. The question is, will your opinion of "Jurassic Bark" be tainted by the knowledge of the voice that's been inside the dog's head the entire time?

Because that dialogue will be delivered by the voice of Seth MacFarlane.


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  • Terarded

    seth macfarlane is the only good thing about seymours return. the storyline is to sad for me!

  • BendinIntheWind
  • Batesian

    Just reading this post title, I thought "It's Seth McFarlane, isn't it?"

    I am both proud and disappointed -- like I should give myself a high five while simultaneously punching myself in the junk.

  • Emm82

    They couldn't leave Seymour alone? That little doggie broke my heart, dagnammit!

  • dani89

    I don't want Futurama to leave again!!! It's so perfect. :(

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    Couldn't finish Love, Actually

    Never saw Buffy

    Ditto West Wing

    Thought the seven-leaf clover ending was sadder

    You'll live

  • ferryman

    Gilbert Gottfried was the first name that crossed my mind. I am strangely relieved.

  • Lauren_Lauren

    *waits patiently on the sidewalk for good Futurama episodes*

  • Jezzer

    So? He does good voice work. If you had said he was taking over writing duties, we might have cause for alarm.

  • e jerry powell

    And with the show in its final season, that alarm would be completely irrelevant.

    Speaking for myself, I just don't like the guy, but I'm also only a casual Futurama fan. I'm still a little disturbed that Deborah Caplan has now divorced both Matt Groening and Breckin Meyer in the same lifetime.

  • Anna von Beav

    Why would they give him a voice in the first place?

  • So he can sing a "Walking on Sunshine" duet?

  • Anna von Beav

    ....this is THE ONLY acceptable scenario now.

  • IngridToday

    My thoughts exactly.

  • PerpetualIntern

    "Even mention it, and half our readership will burst into tears."

    I almost burst into tears when the damn header pic showed up on the Pajiba front page. I can't believe you would link that scene. Ugly crying is frowned upon at my work.

  • Mrs. Julien

    So you have to "cry pretty"? That's so aestheticist!

  • the_wakeful

    So? Despite the various levels of terribleness of his shows, McFarlane isn't a bad dude. 1 line of dialogue, even if it sounds like Brian, will not detriment Futurama in any way.

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  • Zen

    *head desk*
    *head wall*
    *head oven*

  • Socrates_Johnson

    I think the guy's got a great voice and is obviously a natural for cartoon voice work. That said, it's hard to think of anything he can do that Maurice LaMarche wouldn't the same or better. Maybe a show tune, Just no.

  • Zen

    Maybe he could make Seymour sound like the Brain, or Walt, or 'Orson Welles'. LaMarche is easy to pick out - same with MacFarlane, who has about five voices in total.

  • Socrates_Johnson

    Well honestly I was thinking something in the overly dramatic Nibbler mold, but that was apparently Frank Welker who also happened to do Seymour's original doggy voice.

    I'll admit most of LaMarche's one shot characters sound the same, either iterations of Morbo or slight alterations of Calculon. It's odd to go to the Welles impression considering of the few dozen characters he's done on the show, he rarely if ever goes to that.

    I guess we're going to get on Billy West's case for just doing slight alterations of Ren from Ren and Stimpy for the most part now too.

  • Zen

    I pointed at Welles for the similarity to the other two mentioned. I did not think I'd have to re-iterate that and have no desire to see LaMarche as Seymour for the limit of his range. It would seem that the dry tone did not come across.

    Billy West has a larger vocal ability than simply Ren. What he gets hired to do is another matter.

  • Tom

    Love Actually: dumb

    Buffy: yes, please

    Six Feet Under: great and made me forget how dull the previous few seasons were

    West Wing: "Two Cathedrals" all day. any scene with the President of the United States calling God a "feckless thug" while smoking in a Cathedral wins

    and here is where I hit a brick wall. I have no opinion about Futurama or Seth MacFarlane. It's like I was raised Amish

  • Teresa

    Dammit, he already invaded the Simpsons before the end of the year...if he uses one of his more snarky voices (does he have any that aren't?), that will ruin it. I will have to chose to ignore it as well as that one movie about an archaeologist that shall not be named.

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