The Birdbot of Ice-Catraz

Season 3, Ep 9, Aired 3/4/01
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  • Episode Description
  • The Professor decides to ship hazardous cargo to the outer reaches of space, but the course chartered takes the ship through some environmentally sensitive areas-including the penguin refuge on Pluto. Leela refuses to transport the dangerous cargo, so the Professor removes her from command and installs Bender as captain. While Bender is piloting the ship, he allows his attention to drift and accidentally showers the penguins with oily goop. As punishment for his crime, Bender gets 5 hours of community service helping clean up the mess.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Herman

    Protestor / Hunters

  • Katey Sagal

    Turanga Leela

  • Billy West

    Philip J. Fry / Professor Hubert Farnsworthm / Dr. Zoidberg / Smitty

  • Tress MacNeille


  • Frank Welker


  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • Funny.

    By that70sguy92, Jun 15, 2009

  • This episode is such a funny episode.

    By ctm723, Jun 04, 2009

  • hillariouis episode

    By Blind_Legend, Jun 24, 2008

  • I loved this episode. It was so funny because it had so many historical references.

    By Iverson82094, Feb 09, 2008

  • I think it is truly one of the funniest episodes this show has ever done

    By VideoGameCritic, Jan 16, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (49)

    • Bender: Guys, it's me! Your lovable dictator!

    • Leela: Well, at least it'll help reduce their population. Bender: Yeah, life is hilariously cruel.

    • Leela: Look, I don't know if shooting penguins will help the environment or not. But I do know the decision shouldn't be in the hands of people who just wanna kill for fun. Waterfall Sr.: Leela, you may just be farming some free-range truth there. On the other hand, we already made up 200 pounds of batter for penguin tempura.

    • Waterfall Sr.: Why aren't you firing randomly into those birds, little lady? Don't you wanna help 'em? Leela: Not this way. Waterfall Sr.: What? Why you're not a tree-hugging kook at all!

    • Bender: I don't know why but when I look down at their little faces, it makes me wanna puke! In a good way!

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    Notes (3)

    • The writers wanted the Penguin's theme music from Batman Returns to play when the penguins attacked the hunters, but they were unable to get the rights for it.

    • Episode writer Dan Vebber originally wanted to name the episode "Emperor Ben-guin."

    • Phil Hendrie returns to Futurama. He voiced Free Waterfall Jr in The Problem With Popplers and in this episode he voices Free Waterfall Sr.

    Trivia (7)

    • The initials of "Penguins Unlimited" spells "P.U.", which indicates something smelly.

    • Opening theme promotion: NOW WITH CHUCKLELIN

    • A penguin actually bites Bender's shiny metal ass.

    • One of the penguin hunters laughing is Scruffy the janitor.

    • How did Fry pilot the ship backwards. It only has one engine, facing backwards, so how is it flying backwards? Response: In "A Clone of My Own", Cubert discovers that the Professor designed the ship in a way that the universe actually moves around it, while the ship stays stationary. Therefore, it wouldn't matter where the engines are located.

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    Allusions (10)

    • The sign 'Think intergalactically, act interplanetarily' is an update of the present day environmentalist message 'Thing globally, act locally.'

    • The episode makes a number of references to the Puffin Penguins.

    • Bender's hat is made to look like Napoleon's hat.

    • Listen out for the quote about the ship being upside down, the reply about him being on a cell phone is a tip-of-the-hat to an article about the fact that most road accidents are caused by people talking on their cellphones.

    • Leela: Hey! Why aren't you two Kong Donkeys cleaning up? Kong Donkeys is a reference to Donkey Kong, a popular video game character that made Nintendo what it is today.

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