Robot Chicken Star Wars DVD

Friday, 08 August 2008 09:57

Revolver Entertainment have unleashed the power of the FARCE, with the release of Robot Chicken: Star Wars, a special Robot Chicken episode of hilarious “Star Wars” inspired sketches on a DVD loaded with extras. This “Star Wars” special of the Emmy Award-winning stop-motion animated show has launched the huge American animation brand [adult swim] on DVD in the UK.

The iconic story of the intergalactic struggle between good and evil gets a unique make-over in Robot Chicken: Star Wars with full endorsement from Lucasfilm and big George himself. And we had three copies of it - plus an exclusive T-shirt for each winner - to give away in a free-to-enter prize competition!

Robot Chicken Star Wars DVDThe episode brazenly combines the satirical touch of the show’s creators Seth Green (“Austin Powers”, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Matthew Senreich's Robot Chicken, with the set-piece moments and favourite characters of the “Star Wars” universe - amongst them the creator himself, George Lucas, is transformed into a stop-motion animated character, which he also voiced. He gets saved from a mob of appreciators at a “Star Wars” convention, would you believe!

“The special is a funny and ironic take on the Star Wars universe,” notes Seth Green. “We’re thrilled to be able to collaborate with Lucasfilm Ltd, and to have fun with the very property that shaped our sensibilities.”

Other noteworthy voice actors lending their talents to this special are Mark Hamill as who else but Luke Skywalker, plus Breckin Meyer, Malcolm McDowell, Donald Faison, Hulk Hogan and James Van Der Beek (Dawson from Dawson’s Creek himself). In one set-piece, Luke and the Emperor settle things with a “Yo Mama” duel, and there’s an unforgettable extension to the “Star Wars” franchise with “Empire On Ice”.

In this extended show, the galaxy takes on an entirely different aspect, as we see Emperor Palpatine receive a reverse charge call from the Dark Lord announcing the destruction of the Death Star. You can watch droids having trouble getting through airport security, and Admiral Akbar selling out in an advert for his own breakfast cereal.

Created by Seth Green and Matt Senreich, Robot Chicken takes no prisoners within pop culture, through the medium of stop-motion animation. It has been broadcast to UK audiences on the Bravo channel. Throughout its run, Robot Chicken has featured an impressive A-list voice cast that includes Charlize Theron, Scarlett Johansson, Burt Reynolds, Ashton Kutcher, Cameron Diaz and even David ‘The Hoff’ Hasselhoff.

Many have already commented that taking a 22 minute episode of Robot Chicken on DVD may see a little threadbare. With this in mind, the disc has had an absolute goldmine of extras added to its runtime, adding up to an extra two and a half hours of fun, meaning this release goes way, way beyond what was originally broadcast. The list is as follows:

  • Introduction to [adult swim]
  • Three bonus episodes from [adult swim]
  • Video commentary
  • On Air Bumps
  • Animation Meeting
  • Trailers
  • Behind The Scenes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Audio
  • Light Speed Time Lapse of entire production
  • Photo Gallery
  • Panel Presentation
  • Episode Commentaries

Collectors should note that there is a Limited Edition of the DVD which includes a special “Introduction to [adult swim]” booklet all encased within a special collector's edition packaging

Adult Swim was launched in America in 2001 and in the UK in late 2006. Available in the UK through the channel's broadband website, www.adultswim.co.uk/dvd you’ll find a service that features non-conformist programming aimed at the adult 18-34 year old demographic (it says here …).

Robot Chicken: Star Wars is in a single disc set with a running time of approx 180 minutes, and has a recommended retail price of £12.99, or less from www.culttvstore.com.

Thanks to Cult TV and Revolver Entertainment, you had the opportunity to grab one of three copies of the DVD of this title, as well as an exclusive Robot Chicken T-shirt for each winner! All you had to do was tell us the answer to the following question: Which star of Dawson’s Creek can be heard in Robot Chicken: Star Wars? The answer was James Van Der Beek, and the winners were Simon Speight of Coventry, Matthew Gathercole of Guildford, and Vicky Haddock of Bolton - well done all, and thanks to everyone who took part - a brand new record for a Cult TV competition, with 273 entries!

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