The Beastie Boys Get Animated For "Futurama"

The Beastie Boys have always been considered one of the more animated musical acts around today, and now they'll get a chance to really live up to such a title with a guest appearance on the Fox-TV series "Futurama."

According to the band's publicist, the Beasties will turn up in the season-ending episode of the new animated sci-fi series from "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening, slated to air on May 18 at 8:30 p.m.

Part of the episode deals with famous people who have had their heads frozen and stored in order to be revived at some point in the future, and the Beasties' Mike D, Adam Yauch and Adam Horovitz have all recorded vocal parts for the show.

The Beasties have been negotiating the "Futurama" appearance with Fox-TV for the last few months, and some of the vocals were actually recorded prior to the show's broadcast debut in late March. The group agreed to do the show because they were "all big fans of Matt Groening," explained their publicist, "particularly Adam Yauch."

No word yet on whether any songs from the Beasties' repertoire will be used or reworked for their guest spot on "Futurama" -- although "Intergalactic" from "Hello Nasty" would seem to be an obvious choice for inclusion.

In related news, MTV Online will rebroadcast the Beasties Boys' "In the Round" concert taped earlier this week in Glasgow, Scotland throughout the day on May 7. MTV2 will then air the concert on May 8 and 9, with the program being repeated on the channel every four hours.