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Robot Chicken: Star Wars
Review by Charles Mohapel
Turner Home Ent DVD  ISBN/ITEM#: B0012Q3T6S
Date: 04 October 2008 List Price $14.98 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Whether you're a fan of Robot Chicken, a fan of Star Wars, or a fan of both, the Robot Chicken: Star Wars DVD takes the half hour special originally aired on The Cartoon Network and puts it on DVD, complete with a Jabba the Hutt-sized package of bonuses.

Double the length of the normal Robot Chicken episode, the actual airtime of this special is 23 minutes of hilarity, punctuated by 7 minutes of commercials so that you can catch your breath.

Special Episode:
My favourite scenes were the AT-AT, Emperor Palpatine-Darth Vader phone call, Mos Eisley Cantina scene, C-3PO passing through airport security, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi cutting their way onto the bridge of the Trade Alliance ship, Darth Vader, Orientation on the Death Star, George Lucas at the Star Wars convention, Luke's training by Obi-Wan Kenobi on the Millennium Falcon, the 2 space slugs, the cleaner on Coruscant, Dubya thinking he's a Jedi Master and his treatment of Bill Clinton, the "Yo Momma" fight between Emperor Palpatine and Luke Skywalker, and "The Empire On Ice".

Special Features:

    Chicken Nuggets
    Animation Meeting
    On Air Bumps
    Trailers
    Behind The Scenes
    Deleted Scenes
    Alternate Audio
    Production Design
    Time Lapse
    Photo Gallery
    Panel Presentation
    Episode Commentary
Chicken Nuggets:
This option plays the episode with access to Robot Chicken Co-Creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich's sketch by sketch video commentary.

Animation Meeting:
This segment made me think of little kids on a major sugar high.

On Air Bumps: (Lunatic outtakes)

  • Aired Bumps with Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Robot Chicken Writer/Actor Breckin Meyer, and Robot Chicken Writer Mike Fasolo
  • Unaired Bumps

    Trailers:

      :60 version
      :45 version
      :30 version
      Yo Momma - hilarious
      Boba Fett - creepy
      George Lucas at the Terapist - funny
      Emperor version - funny
      Darth Vader - annoying reunion with Jar Jar
      Ponda Baba - funny montage
    Behind The Scenes:
    Interesting. The 23 minute special required a 56 page script.

    Deleted Scenes: (Rightly so)

      Please Donate - lame
      Lego Star Wars - lame
      25,000 Credit Pyramid - moderately amusing
      Hide And Go Seek
      It Sucks To Be A Space Slug
    Alternate Audio:
      Boba Fett (Breckin Meyer) -- Even they admit it becomes creepier the longer it goes on.
      Jar Jar (Ahmed Best) -- Jar Jar is even more annoying if at all possible
      Admiral Ackbar (Breckin Meyer) -- annoying
      Space Slugs (Breckin Meyer and Seth Green) -- funny
      Dr. Evazan (Donald Faison) The troublemaker from the Mos Eisley Cantina
    Production Design: Created for Star Wars Celebration in Los Angeles in 2006. A series of time lapse photography and behind the scenes footage. Great How-to feature for stop motion enthusiasts. Fifty-eight sets, cut down to somewhere in the 30s; created in 14 weeks. Cool.

    Time Lapse:
    Cool – I wonder if Ray Harryhausen saw it?

    Photo Gallery:
    Over 50 interesting shots, each with commentary, some serious, some funny.

    Panel Presentation:
    Star Wars Celebration in Los Angeles in 2006.

    Having not seen the Robot Chicken: Star Wars special between June 2007 when it aired and September 2008 when I received the DVD, it's still as funny as I remember. When it comes to all the bonus features, they can best be compared to a roller coaster ride, complete with lots of highs, a few lows, and a frantic pace to all the live segments. I think the entire crew must get their energy drinks at wholesale prices. Or else they have an endorsement contract with a company like Red Bull. Having viewed and reviewed the Family Guy Presents Blue Harvest DVD previously, I am still of the firmly held opinion that Robot Chicken: Star Wars did it first and did it better.

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