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Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III Review

Advance Review: If you were planning on watching the third entry in the Robot Chicken: Star Wars trilogy, you definitely should. If you were on the fence about watching it, you definitely should. If you weren't going to watch it, why are you reading this and why do you hate freedom? Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III is exactly the same (i.e. amazing) as the other two except for one crucial difference: it's an hour long. When you realize how much work goes into stop-motion animation, that's pretty impressive, considering it's four times as long as a normal episode of Robot Chicken. What's also impressive is that the creators continue to hone-in on what made the previous specials so great, focusing much of their attention on break-out characters like Emperor Palpatine and Boba Fett. Those guys are colossal a-holes and both get plenty of chances to spread their particular brand of sunshine over the Lucasverse. The Emperor's impatience with every single person he deals with is hysterical and Boba Fett's thirst for revenge knows no bounds. To Read More Click Here.

Robot Chicken: "Dear Consumer" Review Season 4, Episode 20

Not satisfied with the "Half-Assed" Christmas special two years ago, Robot Chicken returned for a "Full-Assed" special, filled with all the toys, treats and hacked-off appendages you'd expect from this show. In addition to some reoccurring characters, quick sketches and parodies of popular yuletide stories, we also got to see Santa Claus in a number of roles: as a victim, an innocent bystander, and as a vengeful assassin cleaning up his "naughty" list. Things got started with an intense showdown between a naughty boy and St. Nick. While the boy's mother put up a fight, utilizing a kitchen full of utensils as weapons, Santa emerged victorious. The boy didn't last as long as his mom did against the bad-ass Kris Kringle, earning a surprise bullet to the chest for his naughtiness this past year. The scene morphed into a James Bond-style opening credit sequence and the Full-Assed Christmas special was rolling. Santa got himself into a number of other scrapes in this episode, including dealing with the brothers from Asgard. Loki donned a Thor disguise to get his brother put on the "naughty" list which resulted in exactly the kind of bloody mayhem you'd want, with poor Santa looking stunned on the sidelines. Santa then tried to help a little boy trapped in a well, but his reindeer "helped" first by throwing a grenade into the hole and blowing the kid out. And finally, in the episode's tag, a dead Santa lay next to a family's Christmas tree, the remnants of half-eaten cookies and milk by his side. "How was I supposed to know he was allergic to nuts?" asked the child's puzzled mom. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Robot Chicken: "Please Do Not Notify Our Contractors" Review September 14, 2009 Normally, Robot Chicken sticks with what they know: superheroes, blockbuster movies and videogames. Because everyone is familiar with those references, they can get to the jokes quicker and we can enjoy them without a lot of backstory. It's when they start going outside popular culture that things aren't as automatically funny. Luckily, there were a few strong sketches in this episode that required no previous knowledge of any movie or comic book, but were just simply funny on their own. Anytime Robot Chicken sets a sketch in a little boy's bedroom, bad things happen. Very bad things. There's a famous sketch in season one where the camera locks onto a little boy sitting in bed as we hear his parents fighting in the other room. As the argument progresses, it gets louder and more violent and the boy's eyes slowly become more shocked until the fight culminates in admissions of infidelity and finally, gunfire. The creators talk about this as their darkest sketch and it's easy to see why. The brain can imagine so much more violence and horror than Robot Chicken could ever put on film, (although they try very hard,) that the simple visual of a little boy alone in bed becomes the most twisted thing you can think of. Which brings us to this episode's sick and twisted sketch with a similar set-up. A little boy's father is fed up with his son getting scared of the imaginary boogieman in the closet, so before the boy goes to sleep, he hides inside to understand what all the fuss is about. Bad idea. As we once again lock on to a close-up, the father quickly discovers there's no boogieman, just the angry, excited sounds of a boy sexually abusing his stuffed animal. Dad, there are some things you can never un-hear. You'd think that the boogieman sketch would win for darkest sketch in this episode but there was a solid contender in the form of a quick, three-second channel-flip. An advertisement for the Epilepsy Research Center featured one of those inflatable wavy-armed balloonmen found atop most car dealerships. Just when you think Robot Chicken has crossed the line, they go further. On a lighter note, there were a few goofier sketches in this episode including a mash-up of Beauty and the Beast and The Bachelor. It's always fun to see how they can take a beloved children's fairy tale and turn it into a reality show featuring fame-whores with names like Fantasia, Atlantis and Glycerine. It's clear that Walt Disney would not approve. Sticking with the theme, the final sketch of the night didn't include any famous characters or celebrities, but they created one of their own: "Montage," a Jamaican superhero with the power to speed up time using the classic, cliched film technique. Need to build a barn before the storm hits? Call Montage. Need to learn Spanish in 4 seconds? Call Montage. Need to chase down a villain who's impossibly far away? Call Montage. Once again, they managed to accomplish something in this episode that has been hit-or-miss over the life of the show, namely, creating funny sketches that don't all rely on pop references. In that regard, this episode was a success. Rating 8.8

Robot Chicken: "Unionizing Our Labor" Review Dating back to their days writing "Twisted Toyfare Theater" for Toyfare Magazine, Robot Chicken's head writers Tom Root and Douglas Goldstein always made great use out of those lovable blue creatures living in the forest known as the Smurfs. And by "great use", I mean they destroyed those blue freaks in every way possible. So it makes perfect sense that the centerpiece of this episode was having the Smurfs wage a bloody war against the Snorks, essentially a less successful version of themselves who lived underwater. Given that Robot Chicken never met a beloved cartoon series it didn't want to shame, the war began when Smurf sewage began to leak into the Snorks' habitat. And given that Robot Chicken never met a beloved cartoon series it couldn't pervert, the war ended when terms of the Smurf/Snork peace treaty hinged on one thing: masturbation. That sketch was the strongest of the episode, but there were a few quick hits throughout that made this one much better than last week's offering. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Robot Chicken knows just how long to spend on a joke, and the 15-minute running time and rapid-fire format gives them a distinct advantage over other animated or sketch shows. They're not always successful, but when it works, it really works. Take the CHiPs parody at the beginning of the episode for example. The joke was that CHiPs was replaced with CHuDs, and cannibalistic humanoid underground dwellers dressed as cops were eating people stopped for moving violations. That's all it needed to be - quick, funny and to the point. Now compare that to the long, elaborate Jean Claude Van Damme sketch last week that had one weak joke, but spent what seemed like forever to get to it. Things worked much better this time around. Star Wars is Robot Chicken's bread and butter, but a close second are Marvel and DC superheroes. The comic book-related sketch this week was pretty subtle for Robot Chicken, but it had a great ending. When Clark Kent started stammering drunkenly around Metropolis, Batman assumed the Man of Steel had been exposed to red kryptonite. But eventually the dark detective got to the bottom of the situation by answering the question, "What happens to Superman's civilian clothes when he changes in a phone booth?" The answer: the homeless take them and spout all kinds of crazy while dressed in suits and horn-rimmed glasses. And seeing a carefree Superman drink cocktails on the beach while a homeless man dressed as Clark took his place in a boring Daily Planet meeting was a great tag. This week's episode was much more successful because the sketches were varied, (classic fables, the Libertarian Party and The Dukes of Hazzard were all included) and the jokes were quick. As I said above, Robot Chicken usually knows when to hold on a joke and when to skip to the next one. This time out, the bits worked because they covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time. And what's true for individual sketches is usually true for the shows themselves - even if one episode doesn't quite hit the mark, if you wait a week, it'll usually return even stronger the next. Rating: 8.0

Is It Just Me..

Has Robot Chicken got really dark really fast.. i mean even darker than before... still the funniest show ive ever seen but still.. lol

...Robot Chicken.

The Parodys are amazing. Star Wars one was by far the best but still this 15min show is better then many 30 minute shows.