Blade Runner

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A turtle laying on its back. [4ACV08]

Blade Runner is a 1982 science-fiction film based on "Minority Report" author Philip K. Dick's 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and starring American actor Harrison Ford, of Star Wars fame, in the lead role, as police officer Rick Deckard. It is set in a dystopian Los Angeles, in November 2019. A cult film, it was one of the first films to be released on D.V.D..

Futurama has referenced Blade Runner at least once.

References to Blade Runner in Futurama

  • In "Crimes of the Hot", Bender cries after seeing news footage of an African turtle that is migrating to Holland due to intense global warming laying on its back and beating its legs and goes there to save one — likely a reference to Blade Runner's "Voight-Kampff test", which contains a question (heard during the first scene of the film) that says "the tortoise lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs trying to turn itself over, but it can't. Not without your help". In addition, the man who asks the question tells the subject of the test that tortoises are the "same thing" as turtles. [1]
  • In "Rebirth", the professor says that "Leela was so upset" that Fry was dead that "she went all Blade Runner and built a duplicate" — a reference to Blade Runner's "Replicants", described in the film's opening text as "[beings] virtually identical to [humans]".

Additional information

A turtle laying on its back on The Scary Door. [3ACV15]


See also


  1. ^ See also Naturama#Act II: "The Pinta Island Tortoise".
  2. ^ And so are "Space Pilot 3000" and (technically) "Benderama". (See below.)