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  • Futurama TV Show uses Tiki Chris Pinto’s Car in Season 6 Episode 16!

    Posted on July 11th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    Futurama's hot rod on top, my CUSTOM 53 Chevy hot rod with fins I designed myself on the bottom.

    Futurama's hot rod on top, my CUSTOM 53 Chevy hot rod with fins I designed myself on the bottom.

    YES, it is true. The proof is in the photos! There is only ONE 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air in the WORLD with my custom-made shark fins, and it’s sitting in my garage. Now, another appears to exist 1000 years in the future.

    Imagine my surprise while watching the new episode of Futurama last week, a show I’ve watched and dug since it first aired in 2000, when the “Tron” motorcycle cop/car chase scene so obviously used my own, custom designed hot rod as the car being chased! My jaw dropped, as you might have guessed. Good think I had it on TiVo so I could rewind it and watch over again to make sure I wasn’t nuts.

    Futurama's car, and my 1953 Chevy, from the back. The fins are exactly the same. And I designed them.

    Futurama's car, and my 1953 Chevy, from the back. The fins are exactly the same. And I designed them.

    It’s not just the fins…the overall look of the car is absolutely an early 1950’s GM vehicle, which is common in the show (Futurama was the name of the GM auto shows in the 50s, and also their shows at the World’s Fairs). Specifically it has the same rounded look as the 1954-54 Chevy, and even has a similar grill and side molding. But none of those cars had fins. In fact, all the GM cars of the 50s had fins that mimicked jet planes and rockets, never sharks, like these.

    The front-side view of the Futurama Car, and my 1953 Chevy. Tell me they didn't copy mine! I dare ya.

    The front-side view of the Futurama Car, and my 1953 Chevy. Tell me they didn't copy mine! I dare ya.

    Now, of course the cartoon car is highly stylized…for the cartoon. Plus it’s in “TRON” mode. But the similarities are unmistakable. I really can’t imagine anyone else in the world pairing these exact style sharkfins with what is absolutely an early 1950’s stylized Chevy. Sure, there’s is a 2-door, and, well, it’s a hovercar. But…

    I’m actually very honored that they used my personal custom design in an episode. That puts my lil’ old 53 Chevy Star Dust right up there with The Warecar (The CAR), Christine, the Original Warecar (the original Batmobile) and the 59 Caddy hovercars that appear often in the show.

    My '53 Chevy Hot Rod

    My '53 Chevy Hot Rod

    If anyone from Hollywood sees this, please tell Mat Groenig thanks, and I’d really like a signed cell or photo of the cast as a thank you.

    Check out my car’s website at, and see for yourself how close it is!

    You can see the clip the car is featured in at Comedy Central.

    -Tiki Chris Pinto reporting from the garage at Tiki Lounge Talk.

  • Futurama Tonight, Luau at the Lake Tomorrow!

    Posted on June 24th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    tv-retro-photoWow, seems like the rum-filled haze from The Hukilau hasn’t quite drifted off yet and already Tikiphiles are gearing up for Ohana Luau at the Lake tomorrow!ohana-2010

    Ohana is the Northeast’s version of the ultimate Tiki bar party. Setup at the oh-so-wonderfully retro Tiki Motor Inn on the banks of Lake George, New York, Ohana is surely going to be a tikitacular gass.

    We here at Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar won’t be joining the fab crowd at Ohana this year (we blew the budget on drinks at the Mai Kai) but wish all of our pals a wonderfully swingin’ time up there. Since it’s being held in the summer (as opposed to the fall, lac-du-saint-sacrementwhich on Lake George might as well be January) all the groovy summertime fun-stuff will be in full swing. If you kids have any time to explore Lake George Village, do it. Visit Fort William Henry (The gift shop is straight out of 1956), play the mini golf course, take in the old-style wax museum, rent a boat and tear up the lake, and if you have time go on a steamboat cruise. You won’t be disappointed, I kid you not.

    For us shmoes who can’t catch a bird upstate, we’ll be swingin’ tonight with the premier of the NEW Futurama series (see previous post). Ok, it’s not as kool as Ohana but we’ve been looking forward to its return for seven years, so, yeah.

    Tiki Chris Pinto reporting from Tiki Lounge Talk, the Tiki Bar Blounge (get it – blog + lounge) for retro lovers and tiki fanatics.

  • Retro Lovers: Futurama is Back, Baby!

    Posted on June 23rd, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments


    Finally after almost seven years off the air as a series, FUTURAMA is back on Comedy Central.

    futurama-returnsIf you dig Futurama you probably already know that the new series will premier with a one-hour special on Thursday, June 24 at 10:00 p.m. From the Official Futurama Site: “After a devastating spaceship crash, the Professor attempts to resuscitate the crew with his birth machine. Later, Leela and Zapp Brannigan find themselves stranded on an Eden-like planet.”

    For you retro kats & kitties who aren’t hip to this fantabulous show, knock your peepers to this: Futurama (The name taken from the General Motors exhibit at the 1939 New York World’s Fair) is a krazy mix of mid-20th century sci-fi, current-day tech and the world of tomorrow, tomorrow being the year 3000 (or so). The plot is simple: Fry, a bumbling but sort of lovable (most of the time) pizza delivery boy (man) accidentally (sort of) gets cryogenically frozen on New Year’s Eve as the world is about to turn the date to 2000. After 1000 years he’s thawed, welcomed by a goofy scientist who yells “Welcome to the world of tomorrow!” (sound familiar?) He meets a sexy cyclops, a partying robot and eventually his great great (etc.) grand nephew Professor Farnsworth, (who is a mad scientist six or seven times Fry’s age), who just happens to own an inter-planetary delivery company. There’s a lot more, but you’ll have to watch the show for that.futurama-charlies-angles

    What’s really groovy is that Mat Groening’s (Yes, The Simpsons guy) idea of the far-out future is far-out indeed, filled with 1950s-style sci-fi monsters, aliens, spaceships, and educational films. The hovercars all have fins and chrome, most of the sound effects are made with a Theremin or are lifted from Star Trek TOS, and the TV sets look like floor-model Zeniths that would have been in your grandmother’s pad.

    amy-wongs-futurama-hovercaSo check it out. It’s as clever as The Simpsons with the added value of that retro flair.

    AIRS: Thursday, June 24, 10pm on Comedy Central

    -Tiki Chris reporting from in front of the 65″ RetroVision,  with an Atomic Cocktail in hand.

  • Good News Everybody! Futurama Is Back, Baby!

    Posted on June 9th, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments


    After being axed six years ago by some foolish and out-of-touch with reality execs at the FOX channel, the series has been picked up by some obviously smarter, hipper and probably better dressed people over at CC.

    The series aired in re-runs for years on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, then Comedy Central. A few years ago the creators decided to produce four movie-length DVDs continuing the Futurama story, and the DVDs and continued airing on Comedy Central did so well, the show got picked up for a brand new, galaxy-ripping season.

    When it comes to Retro style TV shows, there hasn’t been any in the last 10 years that compare to Matt Groening and David X. Cohen’s “Futurama”. The show hurls an average pizza delivery boy 1000 years into the future, only to find that it looks a lot like the 1950’s. Heck, even the name is a throwback to the ’50s…Motorama was Detroit’s major yearly auto show where they showcased futuristic cars! It’s even drawn in a retro, mid-20th century style of comic art.

    The pilot episode debuted in March of 1999, and showed our favorite dumbass, Fry, delivering a pizza on New Year’s Eve. Just as New York is about to welcome in the year 2000, he accidentally(?) falls into a cryo-cell and is frozen – and forgotten – until the year 3000. But the year 3000 isn’t anything like our contemporary ideas of the future. Instead, it looks more like a scene from a 1950’s B-rated space movie, complete with robots (they call them robots, not cyborgs), aliens, and hovercrafts with tail fins and lots of chrome.

    futuramaposterFor anyone who enjoys retro stuff, this is the show to watch. The writers manage to squeeze all kinds of references to mid to late 20th century pop culture into the episodes, going as far as to resurrect the heads of musicians, actors, and even Tricky Dick Nixon (a major character). The kookie mix of ’50s pop, ’80s references and future technology make it a fun show to watch – and to try to guess where they got the ideas from. A lot comes from Star Trek, mixed with notions from Asimov, Bradburry, Ed Wood, and Taxi. Think Martinis and  Martians. Sci-fi on a…Bender.

    Here’s a few references that bust me up…

    Season 1, Episode 9: Hell Is Other Robots
    Bender ends up in Robot Hell, which is actually in Atlantic City. In the year 3000, there’s still a boardwalk, dilapidated theme park (not on a pier but close), and hookers. They sing a swingin’ song about Robot Hell that would be at home in any Roaring ’20s speakeasy. The heads of the Beastie Boys make a cameo appearance.

    Season 2, Episode 17: Bender Gets Made
    Bender joins the Robot Mafia. The Robot Mafia is three robots that sound like gangsters from the Bronx. Their spaceship is a flying 1930’s Cadillac, and they shoot Tommy Guns.

    And my favorite:

    benderwarecarSeason 3, Episode 1: The Honking
    This one has so many retro references in it, I still haven’t caught them all. Bender travels to some strange, foreign land and is run over by a “warecar”. He then, of course, becomes a warecar. The warecare that runs him over is the 1958 Plymouth Fury from Stephen King’s “Christine”. Bender then turns into “The Car”, a modified ’72 Lincoln Mark IV from an obscure 1970’s movie of the same name (in the movie, The Car is driven by the Devil). When they finally find the most evil car ever made, it turns out to be made of parts of all the most evil cars ever…eh…made…including the steering wheel from Hitler’s parade car, a turn signal from Charles Manson’s VW Bus, and Ed Begely, Jr’s electric engine, the most evil engine ever. The car also happens to look a lot like the late 1940’s Batmobile, with a single giant fin and teardrop grill. Just for the hell of it, a couple of bad-seed robots are seen destroying a hovercar that has lots of chrome and fins, like the ’50s. It doesn’t get any more retro than that, kids.

    If you haven’t seen Futurama, see it. It’s available on DVD and Netflix. Watch it from the beginning so you can follow the adventures of Fry from the first pathetic thing he does as a puny Earthling. And if you don’t like it, you can bite my shiny metal ass.