The Animated Future

The king of the worms in the "Parasites Lost" episode of Futurama. Screen capture by Stuff Media

From the Jetsons to Futurama, cartoons have long been envisioning what the world will be like in the space age. In many ways we’ve surpassed what animation told us to expect from technology. But animation’s very existence is closely tied to technology in ways that enable that fantastic storytelling.

Special thanks to all the guests who appeared on today's episode: Billy West, Ian Jones-Quarty, Jerry Beck, Eddy Von Mueller and Eric Kaplan

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