Judge David Johnson likes Robot Buffalo Chicken Wings.
Crashing into your living room in all new adventure.
Seth Green and company are back for another hefty helping of their pop-culture-skewering mini-sode series. Judging by the number of dick jokes, it seems like everyone continues to be on top of their game.
The meat and potatoes of Robot Chicken remains the geek-friendly joke-ripping on all corners of film, TV, comic and video game realms. From Captain Planet to Captain America, nothing is off-limits, no matter how esoteric the subject matter. A Shirt Tales joke? Gutsy.
When you look at Robot Chicken it's fairly obvious why the series has sustained such success over the past six seasons: the humor is quick and snappy, managing to be both broad and gleefully sophomoric, while tailored enough to appeal viewers who get G.I. Joe references. The biggest thing going for Seth Green and pals is the shortest: the runtime. The brevity of these shorts ensure that no joke overstays its welcome. I'm also guessing it makes life in the writers' room a little easier; with no floor for gag runtime, there's a lot more soil to till. And it shows: some of these drops clock in at only a few seconds.
The flipside? The rapid-fire sketch comedy increases the odds of some duds and that's true here. Not everything packs a punch, and the jokes that struggle often try way too hard and ultimately devolve into a cheap poop gag or a puppet lifting her shirt to flash a singing chipmunk (yeah, that happened).
But that's just prudish bellyaching on my part. Robot Chicken is hefty fun and each installment is sure to deliver some punchy—if sophomoric—laughs. Besides, I'd be nothing but a pathetic hypocrite for saying anything else, as I laughed loud and hard at the Street Fighter II sketch. M. Bison stranded on the top of the Q-bert pyramid is gold no matter how emotionally stunted you may be.
A very nice two-disc set brings 220 minutes worth of content transmitted in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and 5.1 Dolby Digital surround. Special features are robust: episode commentaries, deleted animatics, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and pop-up video commentary on select episodes.
(One more thing: this is uncensored and is not for the kiddos.)
Not guilty. Bawk.
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