Futurama vs. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The movie, “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” (or HG2G as it’s fondly known) has an amusing number of similarities to the popular cartoon show, “Futurama.” HG2G was made just as Futurama was ending, so it is completely possible to believe that Futurama was the basis for the movie (or vice versa). However, the Futurama creators have claimed that their show was based off an episode of, “The Simpsons” and yet I have also heard that they are big fans of HG2G. So the following exceptional examples just baffle the mind if they are not simple coincidences…

The plot for both HG2G and Futurama are both centered around a group of people and aliens who co-exist while traveling around space in amusing adventures while exploring new territory.

In Futurama, the main character’s name is Fry. In HG2G, the actor who plays the narrator is named, Stephen Fry.

Futurama‘s main female character, Leela, an adventurer and love interest to Fry, is similar to Trillian who is coincidentally the love interest of HG2G‘s Arthur Dent. (Also to note: both Fry and Arthur have red hair.)

Futurama: Leela & Fry
HG2G: Arthur & Trillan

Futurama‘s character, Zapp Brannigan has an uncanny resemblance to HG2G‘s, Zaphod Beeblebrox, in more than just his name, but also his flamboyant fashion sense and incompetence at being a ship’s captain and leader.

Zapp Brannigan
Zaphod Beeblebrox

The character, Humma Kavula in HG2G has massively thick-rimmed glasses, just like the Professor in Futurama.

The Professor
Humma Kavula

Both HG2G‘s Marvin and Futurama‘s Bender are the lone robot character implemented for comic relief.

Futurama: Bender
HG2G: Marvin

And there is of course, the token Black character. In Futurama it is Hermes Conrad and in HG2G it is Ford Prefect.

Futurama: Hermes
HG2G: Ford Prefect
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