Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Star Wars Robot Chicken

Robot Chicken is a big generation X comedy/ animation thing in the US as I'm sure most internet people are aware. Seth Green from Family Guy and Austin Powers among other things is one of the producers and voices. This new Star Wars spoof is out now and it's hilarious.

Robot Chicken uses action figures and very well crafted stages to animate and create a very bizarre spoof of the greatest Sci-Fi journey of all time. Family Guy released a similar DVD movie 'The Blue Harvest' last year but it wasn't very good. It kind of just recreated original Star Wars scenes and added Family Guy jokes. Robot Chicken works in a mixtape form, with the comedy coming from the more absurd visuals you'd find in the Star Wars trilogy. All the characters are here, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, George Bush (indeed). Ranging from the absolutely ludicrous (Storm Trooper dance routines) to standard pastiche (Darth Vader phones Emperor Palpatine to tell him the Death Star has been destroyed "What the hell is an aluminum falcon?"). Star Wars Robot Chicken gains strength from its fundamentals, great dialogue, brilliant visuals and smart editing. The in-film character development and reoccurring jokes are complimented of course by the source material's undeniable brilliance so maybe if you're one of the very few people in the world that don't feel at least some connection to Star Wars episodes VII through IV you may find yourself at a loss with this DVD.

Having re-written a series of jokes from the film in this review only to delete them I'm finding it hard to translate the pace and wit of the film. Luckily it's 2008 and I have Youtube at my disposal. Watch the Trailer below. Then Buy from Amazon. You won't regret it.

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