Sunday, June 03, 2012

Dog of the geek: Seymour!

seymourBreed: Mixed breed

Original Appearances: Futurama episode “Jurassic Bark”

Other Appearances: DVD movie Bender's Big Score

Biography: In New York City, in the year 1997, Philip J. Fry, a pizza delivery guy, found a hungry dog wandering around outside of Panucci's, the pizza store he worked for. Fry befriended the dog, giving him a slice of pizza and naming him Seymour. For two years, Fry and Seymour were inseparable, and Fry even taught Seymour how to bark the song “Walking on Sunshine.” On December 31, 1999, when Fry was accidentally put into suspended animation, Seymour led Fry's family to the cryogenics lab, but they didn't see Fry, so they dragged Seymour away. Seymour waited outside of Panucci's for Fry's return, never giving up hope. Now here's where it gets interesting – in the episode that introduced Seymour, we find out about him because Fry found Seymour's petrified body in the future, and his distant relative, Professor Farnsworth, offers to clone a new Seymour for him. However, when the professor's computer indicated that Seymour lived for 12 years after Fry was frozen, Fry decided to abort the cloning, because he figured that Seymour lived another life with someone else, and wouldn't even remember Fry any more. But we were shown that Seymour never stopped waiting. But as shown in Bender's Big Score, a time clone of Fry stayed in the past for 12 years, and spent time with Seymour, who apparently never knew the difference.

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Miscellaneous: Seymour's devotion to Fry parallels that to Argos, Odysseus' dog. Seymour's full name was actually “Seymour Asses,” apparently. Seymour's voice was provided by Frank Welker.

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