Robot Chicken

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Robot Chicken
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Premiere February 20, 2005
Airs On hiatus
Creator Matt Senreich &
Seth Green
Network Adult Swim
Style 15-minute animated comedy
Company Stoopid Monkey,
Shadowmachine Films,
Sony Pictures Digital,
Williams Street
Seasons 8
Episodes 159 + 10 specials (through season 8)
Status Renewed through season 9 (2017)
Origin USA

Robot Chicken is a stop-motion animated comedy series created by Seth Green and Matthew Senreich. Robot Chicken grew out of an internet-based series created by Green and Senreich called Sweet J Presents for Sony Screenblast.

The series is essentially a higher budget version of Sweet J with some influence from Toyfare's Twisted MEGO/Toyfare Theatre. Although there is no plot to be spoken of in the series, the opening credits establish a framing device for the sketches—a chicken is resurrected by a mad scientist named Fritz Huhnmorder and forced to watch inane television for scientific reasons that go unexplained. The device is clearly inspired by the rehabilitation scene in A Clockwork Orange. Both characters rarely appear outside of the opening credits.

The body of the show is comprised of many rapid fire skits that are often less than 30 seconds long. These sketches often rely on quick gags (for instance, a tortoise riding a slug and exclaiming "Whee!") or pop culture references to cartoons like Thundercats and 1980s nostalgia. The series is often praised for its ability to cast celebrities like Scarlett Johansson and Ashton Kutcher as themselves and as characters in the show. But, because the sketches are so short, these voices typically go unnoticed until the credits sequence.

The theme song for the show was written and performed by Les Claypool, who had also done notable theme songs for series like South Park. The ending theme of the show is a piece of muzak called "The Gonk" clucked by chickens. This piece of music was made most famous by Day of the Dead.

Contents

Cast

Unlike Saturday Night Live, MADtv or any sketch show with a featured cast, the Robot Chicken cast varies from episode to episode, with the exception of Seth Green. Casts are listed for each episode.

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
Adult Swim
Season One February 20, 2005 July 18, 2005 20
Season Two April 2, 2006 November 19, 2006 20
Season Three August 12, 2007 October 5, 2008 20
Season Four December 7, 2008 December 6, 2009 20
Season Five December 12, 2010 January 15, 2012 20
Season Six September 16, 2012 February 17, 2013 20
Season Seven April 13, 2014 August 17, 2014 19
Season Eight October 25, 2015 May 15, 2016 20
Season Nine 2017

Specials

Season Premiere Finale #
Robot Chicken Christmas Special December 22, 2005
Robot Chicken: Star Wars June 17, 2007
Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II November 16, 2008
Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III December 19, 2010
Robot Chicken DC Comics Special September 9, 2012
Born Again Virgin Christmas Special December 18, 2013
Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 2: Villains in Paradise April 6, 2014
The Robot Chicken Lots of Holidays but Don't Worry Christmas Is Still in There Too so Pull the Stick Out of Your Ass Fox News Special December 7, 2014
Robot Chicken DC Comics Special III: Magical Friendship October 18, 2015
The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who's Walking October 8, 2017

In-Depth

DVD & Blu-Ray Releases

DVD

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
Season One March 28, 2006 2

purchase

Season Two September 4, 2007 2

purchase

Season Three October 7, 2008 2

purchase

Season Four December 15, 2009 2

purchase

Season Five October 25, 2011 2

purchase

Individual Episodes
Star Wars July 22, 2008 1

purchase

Star Wars: Episode II July 21, 2009 1

purchase

Star Wars III July 12, 2011 1

purchase

Season Sets - Various Series
Adult Swim in a Box October 27, 2009 13

purchase

Blu-ray

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
Season Five October 25, 2011 1

purchase

Individual Episodes
Star Wars III July 12, 2011 1

purchase

External Sites