Robot Chicken is the brainchild of Seth Green, who starred in the Austin Powers films, Buffy The Vampire Slayer (the series, not the film) & (among other things) one of my all time favourite films Idle Hands, & Matthew Senreich.
Basically, they use action figures from the 1980′s onwards to enact sketchs, which range from the bizarre to the sublime – and sometimes both at the same time! And while it’s safe to say that a lot of the humour is of the toilet variety, it’s also very, very funny!
The thing is, each episode is only 15 minutes long, & the jokes come so thick & fast that, even if the current sketch you are watching isn’t tickling your funny bone then the next one won’t be long until it’s on.
For fans of the show, this is an essential purchase, & will be sure to be a welcome addition to their DVD collection, especially since Robot Chicken is no longer shown on TV in the UK, but if you’re after a pop-culture bashing, funny as hell DVD release, then you should pick this up whether you’re an existing fan of the show or a complete newcomer.
Next up we have another DVD release from the Robot Chicken stable, this time Titan Maximum, which is Seth Green’s take on shows such as Voltron & Power Rangers, but instead of a team of super skilled & intelligent individuals we get a team of incompetent & ego-centric team members.
The basic story is that Titan Force Five, a team made up of the five best & brightest young people in the Universe (Commander Palmer, Lt. Jodi Yanarella, Lt. Junior Grade Sasha Caylo, Lt. Gibson “Gibbs” Giberstein & Chief Petty Officer “Spud” Cunningham), were once the defenders of Saturn’s moon Titan, using the Mecha Titan Maximum. That is, until budget cuts forced the team to be disbanded.
Two years later, with the team members having gone their seperate ways & adjusted to civillian life (all apart from Spud, who died in an accident), Gibbs returns with the desire to conquer the galaxy & it is up to the three remaining members of Titan Force Five to defeat him – with the help of Palmers younger brother, Willy, & Leon, a monkey who is the Force’s janitor.
And of course, all of this is played out in stop motion animation, lewd jokes & giant fighting robots.
Titan Maximum is a superb parody, & very enjoyable in it’s own right. The jokes are spot on, & the subtle (and not so subtle) swipes at this type of show are just as funny as the rest of the jokes.
This is certainly not a puppet show for kids, but for adults with a sense of humour (well, a sense of humour that finds shows like Robot Chicken funny) this is a great way to spend an evening.
I hadn’t seen a single episode of Titan Maximum before, but I am now a confirmed fan & can’t wait for the second season.