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Exec produced and co-created by actor Seth Green ("Austin Powers"), "Robot Chicken" is one of the more popular offerings on Adult Swim (which also includes shows like "Moral Orel", "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" and "The Venture Brothers") and also one of the funniest. Essentially, the series is a sketch comedy with a channel changer - the stop-motion animation show brtually (and hilariously) parodies pop culture from both today and yesteryear.

What makes the best skits of the series work as well as they do is that the references are not nearly instances of name dropping, but are smartly spoofed. Early in the season there's a (very) darkly funny mash-up of "Brady Bunch" and "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" that sees Mike and Carol tearing apart the Brady household - and destroying the Brady kids in the process. Another bizarre success has Ted Turner taking on the environment as Captain Planet (speaking of "Captain Planet", why's that not on DVD?) A drunken party with the "Neverending Story" characters is utter genius.

There are some skits that fall a bit flat and some that are so short that they don't even really have a chance to sink in or have an impact before the show moves on. Although, on the other hand, it's almost nice to have a sketch series that tries to quickly hit the punchline and end it instead of going on and on forever (hint hint "SNL".) Still, the skits and gags that work certainly outnumber those that don't. Additionally, the animation is suprisingly good for a low-budget cable series and the voice work (including "Family Guy"'s Seth MacFarlane, Green, Michael Ian Black, Christian Slater and others.)

Overall, I thought "Robot Chicken" was twisted and hilarious. There's a few clunkers in the mix ("Whalias" comes to mind), but the show's best moments are brilliant and the few low points are still worth a chuckle or two.

The set is uncensored, with all of the curse words unbleeped.

Season 2

22. 2- 1 21 2 Apr 06 Suck It
23. 2- 2 25 9 Apr 06 Federated Resources
24. 2- 3 22 16 Apr 06 Easter Basket
25. 2- 4 24 23 Apr 06 Celebrity Rocket
26. 2- 5 26 30 Apr 06 Dragon Nuts
27. 2- 6 23 7 May 06 1987
28. 2- 7 27 14 May 06 Cracked China
29. 2- 8 28 21 May 06 Rodigitti
30. 2- 9 30 28 May 06 Massage Chair
31. 2-10 29 4 Jun 06 Password: Swordfish
32. 2-11 36 17 Sep 06 Adoptions an Option
33. 2-12 35 24 Sep 06 The Munnery
34. 2-13 31 1 Oct 06 Metal Militia
35. 2-14 32 8 Oct 06 Veggies for Sloth
36. 2-15 33 15 Oct 06 Sausage Fest
37. 2-16 34 22 Oct 06 Drippy Pony
38. 2-17 37 29 Oct 06 Day at the Circus
39. 2-18 38 5 Nov 06 Lust for Puppets
40. 2-19 39 12 Nov 06 Anne Marie's Pride
41. 2-20 40 19 Nov 06 Book of Corrine


The DVD

VIDEO: The show's second season is presented in crisp, clear 1.33:1 full-frame by Warner Brothers. Sharpness and detail are quite good throughout the show, and concerns are limited to a couple of minor instances of artifacting in a few episodes. Colors remain bright and well-saturated, with no smearing or other problems.

SOUND: The show's stereo soundtrack delivered every sound effect and line of dialogue crisply and clearly.

EXTRAS: Deleted animatics, commentary on all 20 episodes from cast and crew, "Freedom Rock" promo, animation meetings, deleted animatics, adult swim promos, slide show, PS3 contest promo, "The Making of a Sketch", deleted scenes, deleted audio and the Christmas special.

Final Thoughts: "Robot Chicken"'s second season is one of the funniest things I've seen in a long while; although a few skits miss, the majority of them are a scream. The DVD offers terrific audio/video quality, as well as a boatload of supplemental features. Highly recommended.



DVD Information





Robot Chicken: Season 2
Warner Brothers Home Entertainment
1.33:1
Stereo
221 minutes
Subtitles: English
Rated NR
Dual Layer:Yes
Anamorphic:No
Region:1
Available At Amazon.com: ARobot Chicken: Season 2 DVD,Robot Chicken: Season 1 DVD