The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who’s Walking is available on DVD and Blu-ray today, and if you’re a fan of either of these incredible shows, you’ll definitely want to pick it up. It’s a perfect mash-up of both franchises. Not only does the special recruit the all-star cast of The Walking Dead to reprise their famous roles with a darkly comedic slant, it also stays true to Robert Kirkman‘s story and characters, portraying fan-favorite moments from years’ worth of comics and AMC’s drama.
But there’s also the tried-and-true Robot Chicken style here that audiences have come to know and love in the 14 or so years that the stop-motion animated comedy series has been around. Luckily, this special gets its own DVD/Blu-ray release that’s packed with bonus features that give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the production, access to commentary from the cast and crew, and deleted scenes from the show that, with one exception, never made it out of the writers room. We’ve gathered a sampling of things we learned from perusing the Blu-ray if you need more reasons to pick it up today!
Here’s a look at everything we learned:
- As Digital Design Supervisor Kei Chong reveals, Robot Chicken‘s animation efforts have been aided by 3D printers and rapid prototype production, allowing them to make custom puppets quickly and with a high level of detail.
- Some of the sequences that didn’t make the cut include a skit featuring the late Robin Williams’ character Patch Adams, a take on Tom Cruise’s famous scene in Risky Business, a commercial for an eyepatch store, Michonne using her pet Walkers’ chains as jump ropes, and Gallagher performing a gruesome show in Woodbury as entertainment.
- It’s rare that a fully animated scene gets cut, but that’s what happened with one scene included in the bonus features, “The Barn.”
- Josh McDermitt joined the creative team for one of two commentary tracks, which led to the reveal that The Walking Dead showrunner Scott M. Gimple wears “bug-repellant” bags on his shoes while on set in Georgia.
- Chandler Riggs did in fact perform as an older version of Carl, but the showrunners were worried he was going to damage his voice by going too gruff with it.
- The Carl puppet had realistic, rooted hair, as opposed to painted-on hair seen on the other puppets. That allowed the animators to play up jokes with Carl’s flowing locks.
- The scene in which Negan and everything around him is drawn into Carl’s eye like a black hole was animated practically.
When it comes to the special’s original music tracks, the team discovered that Michael Rooker can sing like an angel, that Melissa McBride was up for “singing” as the Walker in the song with him, and that Daniel Radcliffe was game to play the singing cannibal cult leader, Gareth.
- The t-shirt created by Rick for his “Rick and the Gang” team name suggestion was actually the crew shirt used during the production.
- Michael Rooker voices the adoptive father of Lucille the bat in the Superman-esque origin sequence.
- In addition to voicing Daryl, Norman Reedus also voiced Dale for his short sequence.
- If you look closely, the Baby Judith puppet is way out of scale compared to the rest of the puppets.