Robot Chicken: Star Wars DVD
Having grown up during the time before the STAR WARS franchise dissolved into one of the most atrocious, half-assed, soulless, creatively devoid, childhood memory-raping, merchandise driven, money making exercises ever witnessed by mankind, the more astute of you may have picked up upon the hint of bitterness which creeps into my posts, whenever the subject of said saga arises. In the past I’ve attempted to qualify myself as an offended former fan of the Star Wars movies, but never have I seen my feelings about the saga put into a more succinct manor than by the writers of a particular ROBOT CHICKEN sketch.
The sketch in question is one which wasn’t created specifically for the Robot Chicken: Star Wars special, instead it comes from an earlier episode of the series and is a parody of the classic scene from THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK where Darth Vader reveals that he is Luke Skywalker’s father. The sketch progresses with Vader revealing more and more ‘spoilers’, and with Luke’s frustration growing as each revelation seems less and less plausible. I’m not suggesting that the writers of Robot Chicken are as bitter about the demise of the Star Wars franchise as I am. There is most certainly though, evidence that they acknowledge what’s become of George Lucas’ creation, however they manage to do it in a much funnier manner than I ever could… and with far fewer expletives.
In reality there isn’t too much more to say about the Robot Chicken Star Wars Special itself, at least not without ruining a lot of the gags. I will say that, after watching the DVD (twice), it’s abundantly clear that a phenomenal amount of ‘research’ has gone into the creation of these Star Wars themed sketches and that very little from the universe far far away remains ‘right side up’ by the time the Robot Chicken crew have had their way with it. While I mentioned my own bitterness before, it’s pretty clear that the writers of these sketches come at them from a place of fondness for the franchise and their barbs and arrows are more like the ones that you throw at a good friend when he’s being a tool, than anything that can be taken as a serious slight.
The Special itself is rather short, and it’d be completely reasonable to dismiss the idea of buying this DVD on that bases had the thing not been packed to the rafters with bonus content. There’s a pile of shorts, most featuring the creators / producers Seth Green, Matthew Senreich and writer / voice actor Breckin Meyer, extra audio tracks, a panel presentation and stacks of production oriented extras. The quick, hit and run, nature of Robot Chicken sketches means that any attempt at a normal commentary track is rendered utterly pointless, however the Robot Chicken Star Wars DVD works around this by including a ‘chicken nuggets’ commentary. Basically this extra allows the viewer to click away from the feature and watch a short video of Green and Senreich discussing the creation of the sketch (often three or four times longer than the sketch itself).
I really can’t speak highly enough of Robot Chicken and this special really is some of the best stuff we’ve seen from these guys. If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ll love it. If you’re an embittered former Star Wars fan (like me), you’ll love it too. But most of all, If you’re a Robot Chicken fan, or just a fan of great animation and well written sketches, then you really owe it to yourself to grab this DVD. [source]