Futurama voice actor John DiMaggio goes on vacation in Cabo and is greeted with a design of his character Bender greeting him on the beach.
Futurama voice actor John DiMaggio is greeted with a drawing of his character Bender on the beach he’s vacationing near. Futurama, having recently been greenlit by Hulu for yet another revival (the series has seen runs on Fox, home video, and Comedy Central) made headlines with DiMaggio’s announcement that he wouldn’t reprise his iconic role of Bender, the misanthropic robot. After several weeks of negotiations, DiMaggio confirmed he would be returning to his role.
Created by Matt Groening, Futurama follows the adventures of Fry, a 20th-century delivery boy who accidentally ends up in the year 3000 and must adjust to his new life in the future, alongside his co-workers and his best friend Bender. Bender is largely considered the show’s breakout character with DiMaggio’s vocal performance being credited with helping boost Futurama‘s longevity and loyal fan base. DiMaggio’s hesitancy in reprising his role was based on his belief that he and his fellow actors weren’t being duly compensated for their time and talent.
In a recent tweet, DiMaggio posted a few pictures of the Bender artwork on the beach at the Esperanza resort in Cabo, Mexico. The design includes the phrase “Esperanza Welcome’s You, El Jefe” along with a drawing of Bender’s head and chest. DiMaggio gives props to the staff of the resort and celebrates his upcoming return to the series. Check out the pictures below:
Fans rallied around DiMaggio’s decision to negotiate for better pay, with many believing that the show wouldn’t work without his presence. DiMaggio’s issues were centered around Hulu and their negotiations for Futurama‘s eighth season, with no creative issues being cited and DiMaggio’s continued work on Groening’s other series, Disenchantment, continuing uninfluenced. Many of the writers and actors for Disenchantment overlap with Futurama, with the shows sharing a similar style of humor and experimentation with genre tropes.
In an industry that’s becoming more and more corporate and less about the creatives behind it, DiMaggio was right to use his position to advocate for himself and his fellow cast members. Though it perhaps seemed inevitable that DiMaggio would return, given his close association with the character, it was a move that has gotten people talking about how artists should be compensated for their work. Futurama‘s brilliant style and layered meaningful humor have given it a large fan following that celebrates the show’s unique place in television history, and with the new revival on the way, that legacy is still being written with all the right players in place.
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