Futurama was the name of the famous General Motors exhibit at the 1939 New York World's Fair that depicted a futuristic landscape.
Lines of an unknown language, similar to hieroglyphics can be seen in varying locations throughout the intro song. According to Matt Groening the glyphs *do* mean something, and it's up to loyal viewers to figure them out.
The show was cancelled in May 2002. The last first-run episode of the show aired on 10 August 2003.