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Robot Chicken, Vol. 1
Robot Chicken, Vol. 1
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Avg. Customer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars(based on 38 reviews)
Sales Rank: 153
Category: DVD

Author: Robot Chicken
Publisher: Turner Home Ent
Studio: Turner Home Ent
Manufacturer: Turner Home Ent
Label: Turner Home Ent
Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, Ntsc
Language: English (Original Language)
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Media: DVD
Running Time: 220 minutes
Number Of Items: 2
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Shipping Weight (lbs): 0.2
Dimensions (in): 7.1 x 5.4 x 0.6

UPC: 053939749021
EAN: 0053939749021

Release Date: March 28, 2006
Theatrical Release Date: February 20, 2005
Shipping: Eligible for Super Saver Shipping
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Editorial Reviews:
Take the stop-motion animated toy action of Kablam! and the pell-mell-paced gag barrage of, say, Laugh-In and you've got the fast and furiously funny Robot Chicken, the addictive addition to Cartoon Network's Adult Swim late-night lineup. Co-created by geek-God Seth Green and filmmaker Matthew Senreich, Robot Chicken episodes run a scant 12 minutes or so, which invites repeat viewings to catch what you missed during the channel-flipping mayhem through TV, movie, and commercial parodies, and non-sequitur blackouts, all acted out by dolls and action figures. To truly appreciate this series, it helps to have a Family Guy grasp on pop-culture trivia, although you need not remember the failed TV series Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place to enjoy "Two Kirks (Admiral James T. and Cameron), a Khan and a Pizza Place." Suffice to say, if you grew up with the Transformers, Voltron, He-Man, and the Care Bears, you'll cackle loudly at Robot Chicken. Each episode is hit and miss, with moments that border on mad genius, such as The Diary of Anne Frank re-imagined as a vehicle for Hilary Duff, or a sketch involving the Tooth Fairy and a little boy whose happiness is short-lived as his parents brutally bicker off camera. It may just live up to its billing as "the darkest sketch in television history."

Other moments to remember: actress Rachael Leigh Cook (voiced by herself) gets carried away during a "This is your brain on heroin" PSA; the shape-shifting superhero adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen; a popsicle-stick adaptation of Debbie Does Dallas; and a Behind the Music devoted to Muppet house band the Electric Mayhem. Robot Chicken's coolness cache extends to its voice cast, including Sarah Michelle Gellar, Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane, Mark Hamill, and Macauley Culkin. This two-disc set hatches a wealth of archival goodies, including deleted scenes and "animatics," behind-the-scenes footage of animation meetings, and alternate audio takes. Robot Chicken is a fowl ball! --Donald Liebenson

Old-school stop-motion animation and fast-paced satire are the hallmarks of this eclectic show created by Seth Green and Matt Senreich. Action figures find new life as players in frenetic sketch-comedy vignettes that skewer TV, movies, music and celebrity. It's television especially formulated for the Attention Deficit Disorder generation.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary
Audio Commentary:On all episodes by creators Seth Green and Matt Senreich.
Comparison Scenes:FX/Wire to Animation Comparisons & Animatic to Episode Comparisons
Deleted Scenes:Includes deleted animatics and scenes from 4 episodes.
Featurette:Behind the scenes of Robot Chicken with the cast and crew.
Gag Reel:Pee Gag Reel.
Other:See the Animation Meetings for three episodes.
Outtakes:Includes alternate audio takes from cast and guest stars.
Photo gallery

Customer Reviews:   Read 33 more reviews...

5 out of 5 stars Where Toys Go to Die   June 16, 2006
Really, reallt funny, although it's probably funnier to someone who grew up in the 80s like I did since they use a lot of reference material and toys from there and the 70s. Some of the commentaries are superfluous, especially as killer fatigue sets in on our commentors, but others give you an idea of how much work and thought go into making these episodes and lets you in on some of the in-jokes. Besides, one has the actual original voice of Brainy Smurf along for the ride. Also, get some idea of just how many characters Seth Green voices over the season....

The Wire Comparisons bit was interesting for some of the "How Did They *Do* That?" stuff. A lot of the deleted stuff was rightfully deleted, though there are some interesting bits in the "director's cut" of Smurfs/Se7en.

Be sure to catch the Animation Meetings bits where Seth Green acts out some of the scenes. Comedy gold, especially him doing the voices and movements for the boy and his whored-out sister for "Pimp My Sister" and acting out the parts in "Easter Bunny."

They could have left the Bumps and Promos off without me missing them at all.

It's annoying that some things like the Beavis and Butthead in the Teen Titans sketch were left out, but it's still good to have the episodes in one place instead of scattered on my tapes. Besides, DVD means you can freeze frame.

5 out of 5 stars Sheer comedic bliss   May 31, 2006
  3 out of 3 found this review helpful

Created by Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, Robot Chicken is a blast of pop culture irreverance. Comprised of skits starring action figures and toys, Robot Chicken is often inspired, and frequently tear inducing hilarious, sheer comic bliss that is the highlight of the Adult Swim lineup. Those who grew up in the 80's in particular will find much to laugh about here, as the Transformers, Voltron, He-Man, the Thundercats, the Dukes of Hazzard, Star Trek, Star Wars, and many more are spoofed in ways you'll never forget; especially Autobot leader Optimus Prime and his battle with prostate cancer. There's also skits spoofing more recent pop culture, such as the Kill Bill-spoofing Kill Bunny in which Jesus Christ slices his way through Santa Claus and a roomful of sword wielding Jews in an effort to take revenge on the Easter Bunny. There's also Mark Hamil voicing Luke Skywalker and walking off the set of Empire Strikes Back as Darth Vader reveals all the twists to come in the Star Wars universe. There's more standouts, including the pop-sicle stick production of Debbie Does Dallas, a Blooper show in which the host frequently commits suicide, and a look at what the eighth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer would have been. The cast of the theatrical version of Scooby Doo meet their demise when they investigate Camp Crystal Lake and meet hockey mask killer Jason Voorhees, and there's also a very funny and lengthy skit where the members of N*Sync are killed, leaving Joey Fatone (who voices himself) alive and seeking revenge under the training of the late Pat Morita. There's a host of guest voices throughout the first season of Robot Chicken, including Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mila Kunis, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, Scarlet Johansson, Erika Christensen, Amy Smart, Topher Grace, Ashton Kutcher, Wilmer Valderamma, Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Matthew Lillard, Freddie Prinze Jr., Rachel Leigh Cook, Dax Shepard, and Breckin Meyer; all of which help make the show something special. All in all, if you are one of the many who loved Robot Chicken in it's inaugural season, consider this DVD set a must own.

5 out of 5 stars Nice Show!   May 30, 2006
  2 out of 2 found this review helpful

I like watching Robot Chicken on adult swim.TV-MA for language,partial nudity,sexual content,crude humor,some drug use and graphic violence.TV-14-some episodes.Not for children.

5 out of 5 stars Shut up...Its on   May 30, 2006
  2 out of 2 found this review helpful

Yes. Robot Chicken is being called the greatest show on TV. Well it is. Lots of Celebs and Celeb voice overs. Relly funny. Need to get this.

5 out of 5 stars A picture(s) is worth a thousand words.... and then some.   May 19, 2006
  15 out of 18 found this review helpful

Twisted - Check!
Demented - Check!
Funny - Check!
Highly Entertaining - Check!

THE PREMISE, a mad scientist makes a robot chicken, brainwashes the chicken and forces it to watch non-stop, countless hours of TV, the sketches that we see, are apparently a conglomeration of what the Chicken's Brain has registered.

-Sound odd? Indeed it does....

Seriously, Robot Chicken, is fantastically, well thought out, sketch comedy using cartoons, toys and references which any child of the 80's (like myself) will enjoy. It is done in Start/Stop animation and hysterically funny... poking fun at such characters as Scooby Doo, Transformers, He-Man, Volton and then some more modern characters like the Olson Twins and Hilary Duff.

Overall there is just too much going on to really attempt to describe it, Just watch this, reminisce, laugh and enjoy.

-5 Stars

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