DVD Shopping Bag: Robot Chicken DC Comics Special (Mania.com)

By:Robert T. Trate
Date: Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Source: Mania.com

When the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special aired last September, I was beside myself with laughter. Literally, I watched it twice and could not stop laughing. When it was announced that it was coming to Blu-ray and Ultraviolet, I knew that I wanted to add it to my library. Warner Brothers furnished Mania with a copy and, after a long day of work, I sat down for some much needed laughter. 

By now, you know where this is going. The belly laughs were now smiles and chuckles and it seems as if time diminished the funny from this Robot Chicken Special. I applaud their efforts here, but each joke seemed old. However, when I watch their Star Wars Specials, I never get tired of the jokes. Here it is almost a year later and this was a bit of a yawn fest. Thankfully, the Blu-ray promised two hours of bonus features for this 22 minute stop motion film. 

The behind the scenes making of was great. To see the creative process and see how each actor recorded the voices was incredible. Seth Green was on hand as usual, but it was the likes of Nathan Fillion, Neil Patrick Harris, and Alfred Molina that made it all the more enjoyable. Their outtakes are here as well. 

Any fan of the the series, DC Comics, and toys in general will love when producers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich get a tour of DC Comics West Coast Headquarters. DC Comics writer and Robot Chicken contributor, Geoff Johns, takes them on a tour of the West Coast Archives, The Toy Graveyard, and the Giveaway Production room. If you thought these guys already lived the sweet life, then you’ll probably really hate them as they ransack these rooms. 

There are 15 minutes of un-produced skits here that have voiceovers and sketches so that we can see what might have been. The animatics are rough, but they give you a great idea of how Robot Chicken comes together. Sadly, they do drag on with little pay off. 

Robot Chicken DC Comics Special might only be a one time screening. I feel as if they had some great ideas here that could have flourished into better skits for the regular show or have played better as real deleted scenes. “Real Members of the DC Universe” has hours of material just begging for a return, as well as seeing how many of the exact same type of villain show up for the exact same robbery. Seriously, three “cold” villains walk into a museum part 2.... go! In closing, I feel as if the biggest problem with the whole episode is the use of Aquaman. Seriously, those jokes are beyond played out. 

 

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