Robot Chicken: Season Three

DVD Reviews | Oct 9th, 2008

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Starring Seth Green, Breckin Myers, Dan Milano, Tom Root and lots of celebrities
Written By: Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Douglas Goldstein, Tom Root, Mike Fasolo
Directed By: Chris McKay, Seth Green, Matthew Senreich
Studio: Adult Swim/Warner Brothers
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The first two seasons of Robot Chicken were great. The third season delivers many laughs and funny skits; but I don’t think it’s as strong of a season as the first two. But with that said, this DVD is still worth watching because all of these episodes are uncensored and still quite funny!

Robot Chicken is an animated sketch comedy show featuring animated figurines and Claymation. It was created by Seth Green and Matthew Senreich and has been one of the best shows on Adult Swim for awhile now. Each episode is about 11 minutes long or so and spoof lots of pop culture things; but mainly spoofing things from the 60s to 80s. This season contains 20 episodes including the hilarious Christmas special Robot Chicken Half-Assed Christmas Special. Just think of all the Xmas TV specials and cartoons you grew up watching, and Robot Chicken spoofs them. Well most of them, there’s still a bunch they could do but I’m sure they’ll have plenty more opportunities for that. Some other skits you get to see this season include: Transformers’ Shockwave discovers he’s outdated, Myth Busters try to debunk myths like going blind from masturbation, Law & Order gets spoof with a bunch of chickens, Mumm-Ra infiltrates the Thundercats lair as an old nanny, 300 gets made fun with the spoof 1776, the Laff-A-Lympics takes place in Munich, 1972 and lots of other random spoofs.

Like most sketch comedy shows, Robot Chicken has its ups and downs. Some sketches are so quick and random; you won’t get all of them. At least that’s the case with me. One minute you’re laughing your ass off, and then the next minute you’re scratching your head. I thought the Xmas special was really strong and probably one of the funniest episodes of the series. I loved seeing the Thundercats again on Robot Chicken. It’s funny because some of the original voice-over actors appear on the show. The skits when the original cast members return are usually the funniest. For example, the cast of Saved By the Bell returns in a Saw spoof. Hell, even Mr. Belding returned! Not like he’s doing anything anyway. Now, while I think there’s a lot of funny episodes & skits on the show, I also think Season 3 is the weakest season so far. I have no doubt that the next season will be a little more consistent.

The Season 3 DVD has a few extras to watch. There’s deleted scenes, video blogs, animatics, episode commentaries on all 20 episodes, and more! The deleted scenes were good but it seems like there could have been more. The best deleted scene was the extended scene of the Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back dinner scene. You see what really happened after Darth Vader asks Han, Leia and Chewie to join them for dinner. I enjoyed watching the video blogs and the studio tour. The commentary was amusing on some episodes that I heard, so if commentary is your thing; be sure to check those out.

To conclude, Robot Chicken Season 3 will make you laugh and scratch your head at the same time. Some skits are downright hilarious and other times you don’t even smirk. While this season isn’t the strongest season, it’s still quite funny.

– Chicken Nuggets
– Gag Reel
– VFX Comparison
– Alternate Audio
– Deleted Animatics
– Deleted Scenes
– Studio Tour
– Video Blogs
– Plus Commentary on all 20 Episodes

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo

Standard 1.33:1 Color


Favorite Scenes: Cat in the Hat: Screw Youssical the Musical, Saved By The Bell meets Saw, Star Wars dinner scene, Mumm-Ra and the Thundercats
Rating: NR
Running Time: 225 minutes
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