Sunday, April 16, 2006

Robot Chicken

If you grew up in the 80's you'll get this show...I LOVE it!!! But then again, I love sick humor.
Here's more about the show:

Robot Chicken is an American stop motion animated television series created by Stoopid Monkey and Sony Pictures Digital, currently airing as a part of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim lineup. It premiered on Sunday, February 20, 2005. Seth Green and Matthew Senreich are the creators and executive producers of the show.

Each show consists of a short frame story (which is similar from show to show), wrapped around an unrelated story which changes from show to show. The frame story, seen during the show's opening credits, recounts the life of the eponymous Robot Chicken. It was a regular chicken who was run over by a car (presumably while crossing the road) and was brought back to life in cyborg form. Its 'creator', a mad scientist named Fritz Huhnmorder ("Huhnmörder" is German for "chicken killer"), now forces Robot Chicken to watch a random selection of television shows as an act of 'torture' in parody of A Clockwork Orange and Mystery Science Theater 3000. The main focus of the show are the "TV shows" Robot Chicken watches.

Using Jackass-ish acts of stupidity and random acts of violence and senselessness, Robot Chicken is a variety show that parodies a number of pop culture conventions using stop motion animation of toys, action figures, dolls, and claymation. The show's name was inspired by a dish on the menu at a Chinese restaurant where Green and Senreich had dined.

A number of celebrities have done voice acting for the series, including the entire casts of That 70's Show and Family Guy, as well as Ryan Seacrest, members of 'N Sync, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mark Hamill, Scarlett Johansson, Don Knotts, Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, and Phyllis Diller.

The show's theme song was composed and performed by Les Claypool of Primus, and he sings the song's only lyrics, "It's alive!", in typical Frankenstein fashion. The ending theme of the show is a portion of the infamous Muzak named "The Gonk" from George Romero's Dawn of the Dead (1978) clucked by a chorus of chickens.

This show was inspired by the comedy antics of Twisted Mego Theatre (now called Twisted ToyFare Theater), which appears monthly in Toyfare Magazine, which is published by Gareb Shamus' company, Wizard Entertainment. Matthew Senreich, as of this writing, still works in various capacities with Wizard Entertainment.

The first season finale of Robot Chicken aired on Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 12:00 am EST on Adult Swim. A special Christmas episode featuring characters from the popular anime series Dragonball Z aired at midnight on Thursday, December 22, 2005. Season 2 began on April 2, 2006.