The Hypnotoad Does His Thing
For the DVD film Bender’s Big Score (November 27th, 2007), the extras include a 22-minute episode of Everybody Loves Hypnotoad, a hit TV show from the future that stars the Hypnotoad, a minor Futurama character that appears throughout the series. Sitting completely motionless, the Hypnotoad emits a deep droning sound and makes colorful googly eyes, hypnotizing everyone in sight.
"What happens is you think only a second or two has passed. Meanwhile, you have missed an entire day of school, college, work, whatever," Cohen explains. "Hypnotoad is a shining, glowing example of a character who we wrote as a one-time joke, not expecting it to ever come back again. And we decided we liked it too much and we kept bringing it back over and over and over again . . . It became this weird stand-in for just the mindlessness of everything and anything, particularly TV."