Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III [Blu-ray]

Actors: Seth Green, Candace Bailey, Abraham Benrubi, Bob Bergen, Ahmed Best
Directors: Seth Green, Chris McKay
Writers: Breckin Meyer, Charles Horn, Dan Milano, Douglas Goldstein, Erik Weiner
Format: Animated, Full Screen, Subtitled
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Region: A/1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Cartoon Network
DVD Release Date: July 12, 2011


Special Features

  • Interview with George Lucas
  • Chicken Nuggets (sketch by sketch video commentary)
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Voice Recording Featurette
  • Star Wars Celebration V Robot Chicken Panel
  • Skywalker Ranch Premiere Trip
  • Writer’s Room Featurette
  • Deleted Animatics w/video intros
  • Audio Commentaries

Blu-ray Exclusive:

  • Time Lapses of Animation
  • Seth Green Animation Reference



Forget the Family Guy Star Wars parodies. They may be fun, but for sheer laughs they are outclassed by Robot Chicken, the Adult Swim on Cartoon Network show, which manages to fit in more laughs and better jokes.

Part of the reason for this is the structure of the show. Family Guy tries to replicate the original movies’ narrative and must fit in all its gags within that restrictive mould. In contrast, the Robot Chicken parodies are anarchic shorts that follow no set narrative. This free form structure allows the writers more scope to improvise and come up with scattershot gags.

That said, this third Robot Chicken outing is somewhat on the disappointing side and not quite as funny as the previous ones. Maybe the writers are simply running out of jokes. After all, actor / writer / producer and general Renaissance Man Seth Green for instance is involved with both Robot Chicken and Family Guy. Just how many Star Wars gags can one guy come up with?

Still, there is much to commend this Robot Chicken special to Star Wars geeks. The show manages to find its humor in the way it subjects the Star Wars fictional universe to the humdrum everyday. Just how does Darth Vader go the toilet in that outfit? Doesn’t the Emperor get tired of being greeted by all the Imperial storm troopers on the Death Star all the time? And so on.

THE DISC: The comedy sketches themselves clock in at a mere 45 minutes or so. The rest are fillers, mostly promotional material. A real bargain would be fitting in all three Star Wars specials on one disc but one supposes that will only happen in some Bizarro parallel universe in which large corporations don’t keep an eye on the bottom line.

WORTH IT? Not as funny as the previous two, this new installment still boasts some funny comedic gems. But maybe it is time to give the format a rest now.

RECOMMENDATION: Worth a look see.



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