It’s amazing to think that Robot Chicken first premiered nearly a decade ago. This strange dissection of pop culture via stop motion & Claymation action figures has become one of the bedrocks for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. Not only that, the show is now a gateway for popular series and companies to poke fun at themselves (for proof, see George Lucas’s participation in the Robot Chicken Star Wars specials). This Sunday night, Robot Chicken’ s 2nd DC Comics Special: Villains in Paradise premieres – and it’s another fascinating example of the show’s ability to ‘eat its cake and have it too.’ The episode, the most plot-heavy Robot Chicken has ever done, focuses on DC Comic’s villains – Lex Luthor, The Joker & Gorilla Grodd among others – as they travel to the beach for a summer vacation. The episode, a knowing homage to the beach pictures of the 80s, is at once both a love-letter to these well-worn characters and a merciless skewing of their ‘brand name’. It’s this juxtaposition between reverence and criticism that makes Robot Chicken as endlessly watchable and timely as it was when it first premiered.
At the recent press day for Robot Chicken, I spoke with most of the creative team behind the show (Creators/Executive Producers Seth Green & Matthew Senreich, DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, Head Writers Douglas Goldstein & Tom Root, and Writer/Co-Producers Kevin Shinick & Zeb Wells) about the process behind the new DC Special and the show in general. For the full Robot Chicken: Villains in Paradise interview, hit the jump.
Last fall, the twisted minds behind the stop-motion animated series Robot Chicken put their signature spin on the heroes and villains of DC Comics in the Robot Chicken: DC Comics Special. The guys are at it again for a follow-up special expected to air this fall. Collider was invited to a special behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of scripting the show, in which the writers are subjected to a grueling daily extraction of creativity and humor fueled by long-expired Hostess cupcakes in which only the absolute cream of the comedy crop makes the cut. Egos are bruised, personal ailments are dragged into the spotlight for laughs and beloved superheroes are defiled in all new ways. And it all works.
Luckily, DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns is also on hand to make his own contributions and Robot Chicken co-creator-writer-actor Seth Green knows just how far they can push the censors to get away with stop-motion murder. Hit the jump for a recap of my behind-the-scenes visit to DC Comics headquarters and the writers room for the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special.
Yesterday we got a look at the rather tame Comic-Con 2013 schedule for Wednesday’s Preview Night and Thursday, and today SDCC has unveiled the full panel lineup for Friday, July 19th. Last year was the first year that Comic-Con moved TV panels into Hall H for days other than Sunday, and after getting a look at Friday’s lineup, the Con is starting to look more and more like a TV convention. While there are first-looks at The World’s End, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Kick-Ass 2, and Riddick to look forward to, the entire convention is packed with TV panels on Friday, including Hall H panels for The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and the Veronica Mars movie.
I’m baffled by the fact that the panel for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with Joss Whedon is being held in Ballroom 20 and not Hall H, and at the same time as the Walking Dead panel no less. Hit the jump to take a look at the highlights from Friday’s schedule. Comic-Con 2013 runs from July 18th – July 21st.
If you’re tired of George Lucas capitalizing on his Star Wars brainchild with countless new projects, you won’t be happy to hear about Star Wars: Detours. On the other hand, if you like new ideas and original programming that exist in the Star Wars universe, the new kid-friendly animated series will be sure to please. From the creators of Robot Chicken comes Star Wars: Detours, a new comedy series that casts your favorite characters in a storyline that’s less concerned with warring throughout the galaxy and is content to show their day-to-day escapades. Hit the jump to check out the series trailer and a few clips from Star Wars: Detours, as well as more on how it got started.
Fans of Robot Chicken and DC Comics will want to skip right to the jump to watch the new trailer from Robot Chicken DC Comics Special. We brought you the news of this special earlier this year and this new trailer proves it’s been worth the wait.
The special will feature the voices of Seth Green as Batman, Robin and Aquaman, Paul Reubens as The Riddler, Neil Patrick Harris as Two-Face, Alfred Molina as Lex Luthor, Nathan Fillion as the Green Lantern, Megan Fox as Lois Lane, and Breckin Meyer as Superman, along with a few heroes and villains you may have forgotten over the years. Hit the jump to watch the hilarious trailer!
With Comic-Con 2012 just around the corner, word is starting to leak out about what movies and TV shows will/won’t be making an appearance. We have a good idea of the film panel slate in Hall H, and now official word regarding TV panels is trickling down. As a quick reference guide, we’ve rounded up the TV panels that have been confirmed thus far in one easy article. Briefly:
- Thursday – MAD, Nikita
- Friday – The Big Bang Theory, Arrow, Bones, Childrens Hospital, Cult, 666 Park Avenue, Brickleberry, Bob’s Burgers, The Venture Bros, NTSF:SD:SUV, Robot Chicken, Black Dynamite
- Saturday – Glee, The Vampire Diaries, Revolution, The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, Person of Interest, Futurama, The Following
- Sunday – Fringe, Sons of Anarchy, Supernatural, DC Nation, The Cleveland Show
Hit the jump for more details, including which actors will be in attendance and where the panels will take place. Comic-Con 2012 will run from July 11 – July 15.
Seth Green and his crew behind Robot Chicken have already skewered the Star Wars universe several times over with entire specials dedicated to mocking George Lucas and the classic sci-fi saga. Now the stop-motion animated comedy series has their sights set on DC Comics as Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim will present a Robot Chicken special featuring Seth Green as Batman, Robin and Aquaman, Paul Reubens as The Riddler, Neil Patrick Harris as Two-Face, Alfred Molina as Lex Luthor, Nathan Fillion as the Green Lantern, Megan Fox as Lois Lane, and Breckin Meyer as Superman. More after the jump!
Seth Green lives a life that would make many geeks sell their souls to El Diablo Robotico. He’s been a part of multiple defining franchises ranging from Austin Powers to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He’s gotten George Lucas to laugh at the excesses of Star Wars. And, for the past five years, he’s been getting paid to play with dolls on camera. It’s hard to believe Robot Chicken has been around for that long, but the season five DVD is here. More on the new set after the jump.
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I can’t imagine what an alien visitor, new to our culture, would make of the Robot Chicken Star Wars series. It steeps itself so deeply in Lucas minutia – relying so completely on our innate pop culture knowledge of that galaxy far, far away – that non-fanboys will likely find themselves more baffled than amused. If you understand the phrase “Han Shot First,” however, or know the difference between Tatooine and Dantooine, then the latest Robot Chicken Star Wars special may be the funniest thing you’ve ever seen in your life. Hit the jump for the full review.
Robot Chicken is an ADHD-riddled show with 15 jokes a minute and a sadistic sense of humor, so too was this year’s panel. Never a place to go for actual news on the show, the Robot Chicken crew showed up on stage to show clips, answer fan questions and riff endlessly.
Other than the fact that the Seth Green apparently actually had a meeting with Hasbro about making a real line of My Little Pony Apocalypse action figures (it ain’t happening in this lifetime), there was no real information in this panel. There were, however, plenty of laughs. Read on for choice quotes.
If you thought Thursday was crazy at Comic-Con, then the schedule for Friday will make your brain break apart. There were some high profile panels on Thursday, but Friday it’s non-stop. Sony is looking to own the day with their 90-minute panel for Total Recall, 30 Minutes or Less, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, and The Amazing Spider-Man. Hall H will also be hosting presentations for The Adventures of Tintin, Raven, Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, Underworld 4, Batman: Year One, Pacific Rim, Seventh Son, Paradise Lost, Mass Effect, and Fright Night.
The TV side is also on overdrive with a pilot screening of Locke & Key, and panels for The Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory, Children’s Hospital, Bones, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, The River, Black Dynamite, Eureka, Bob’s Burgers, Falling Skies, ThunderCats, Robot Chicken, Ugly Americans, Warehouse 13, and True Blood. Hit the jump for a list of schedule highlights for movies and TV.
Following in the footsteps of Time Warner brethren, Adult Swim revealed its development slate and announced series renewals today. Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1 (formerly Aqua Teen Hunger Force), Childrens Hospital, Delocated, Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole, Metalocalypse, Mongo Wrestling Alliance, Robot Chicken, Squidbillies, and Superjail! are all back for at least another season.
Looking to the future, the network ordered five new series: NTSF:SD:SUV:: (created by Paul Scheer); The Heart, She Holler (starring Patton Oswalt) ; China, IL; Tight Bros; and an animated series based on Black Dynamite. Looking even further into the future, Adult Swim is developing series with Mr. Show co-creator Bob Odenkirk, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter writer Seth Grahame-Smith, and indie rap group Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All.
Hit the jump for the official synopses for all the new series.
One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was Japanese writer/director Shunji Iwai’s Vampire which stars Kevin Zegers, Amanda Plummer, Adelaide Clemens, Rachael Leigh Cook, Kristen Kreuk, Trevor Morgan and Keisha Castle-Hughes. Here’s what the Sundance website has on the film:
Simon seems like a fairly normal, average young man who’s devoted to his teaching job and ailing mother. Underneath the surface, however, things are not what they seem. Simon hunts through online chat rooms and message boards, searching for the perfect girl: beautiful, shy, and suicidal. Simon has a particular condition: he is compelled to drink blood.
Anyway, the other day I got to interview Rachael Leigh Cook and Adelaide Clemens about working on Vampire here at Sundance. They talk about how Vampire is different from the Twilight films, their characters and the freedom that director Shunji Iwai gave them on set, the language barrier, upcoming projects, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch:
After finding success with prior Star Wars spoofs in 2007 and 2008 (including four Emmy nominations), Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich are heading back to the well for Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III. The new special — set to air December 12th on Adult Swim — will feature a slew of voices new to the specials, most notably Zac Efron as Anakin Skywalker. In terms of Star Wars personnel, Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) will join prior Robot collaborators Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) and Amed Best (Jar Jar Binks). Donald Glover (Community) and Mike Henry (Family Guy) will likewise make their RC:SW debuts. Hit the jump for comments from the creators.
Lucasfilm Animation is developing a Star Wars animated comedy TV series with Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich. In his 90-minute review of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, I think Mike Stolkasa did a good job of explaining that George Lucas isn’t an artist but a businessman and he sees his job as expanding the Star Wars brand as far as it will go. He’s had a gigantic hit with the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated TV series, so it’s not surprising he would move ahead with a Star Wars television show geared towards making fun of the property. Outrage among fans about treating the franchise so cheaply has obviously fallen on deaf ears.
You can read a statement from Green after the jump [via The Live Feed], but I think he fails to understand that it’s better when fans lovingly poke fun at the Star Wars universe rather than the behemoth of Lucasfilm trying to lampoon that universe. Fans already do a good job of creating humor Star Wars so why does Lucasfilm feel the need to do it themselves? Because there’s always more money the company could make.