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Q: What the heck is Robot Chicken??
A: Old-school stop-motion animation and fast-paced satire are the hallmarks of this eclectic show created by Seth Green and Matt Senreich. Action figures find new life as players in frenetic sketch-comedy vignettes that skewer TV, movies, music and celebrity. It's television especially formulated for the Attention Deficit Disorder generation.
Q: What are the origins of Robot Chicken?
A: As editor of ToyFare Magazine, Matthew Senreich had struck up a correspondence with Seth Green. Green, it turned out, was an avid action figure collector and fan of the magazine. The two hit it off due to their mutual interests. Later, due for an appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Green came up with the idea for a stop-motion action/adventure segment featuring toys modeled after himself and Conan O'Brien. he called Senreich and asked for his involvement. While the two worked on the Conan project, a Sony website caught wind of the idea and approached the two about creating an Internet-only series based on the concept. In 2001, Sweet J Presents launched on Screenblast.com. Suddenly with a wealth of stop-motion animation experience, Green and Senreich pitched a concept to Mike Lazzo and Adult Swim.
Q: Internet? Hey, that's where I am right now! Where can I see this fabled Internet-only series called Sweet J Presents?
A: Unfortunately, SJP is no longer available for viewing on the web. However, several of the webisodes are a featured extra on the Robot Chicken Season 1 DVD.
Q: Where is the name "Robot Chicken" derived from?
A: Robot Chicken remained unnamed well into the production process, as many of the names the creators suggested were turned down due to various copyright and legal reasons. Finally, Seneich and Green seized upon a menu item from a local Chinese restaurant they patronized for takeout while writing the series. For the record, "Robot Chicken" as an entree is described as "tender chunks of chicken breast fried in a light batter and cooked in a sweet and pungent sauce."
Q: Where can I buy Robot Chicken on DVD?
A: The two disc Season 1 DVD was released on 3/28/06. Order your copy here. The Season 2 DVD came out on 9/4/07 and is available here. Robot Chicken: Star Wars was released on DVD 7/22/08. here. Get it Get your Season 3 DVD here, released 10/7/08. Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II was made available on 7/21/09. Season 4 drops on DVD December 15, 2009. Preorder now on amazon.
Q: I'm watching the show, and I keep seeing these screens of static and snow. What's up with that?
A: You've forgotten; this is Attention Deficit Disorder Television. What you're seeing is a simulation of the "channel" constantly being changed because dammit, we just keep geting bored. The static is what you used to see on an old-fashioned television when you'd turn the dial on the set to tune to the next channel. In that split second when the dial was pointing to the space between the numbers printed on the set, you'd get a screen full of snow. Merry Christmas!
Q: Who performs the Robot Chicken theme song, and what's that clucking music over the closing credits?
A: The show's theme song was composed and performed by Les Claypool of Primus. His latest solo effort, Of Whales and Woe, features the theme music as a track. The ending theme of the show is a portion of the infamous Musak named "The Gonk" from George Romero's Dawn of the Dead clucked by a chorus of chickens. The opening and closing music may be downloaded here, on adultswim.com.
Q: Where do the Episode Titles come from?
A: Rejected names for the series were used to title first season episodes. For the second season, various crew members were asked to name each episode. Season three titles are some rejected sketch ideas that were either universally panned or very close to getting in, but didn't. The titles for season four are going to comprise two "hidden" messages when you string them together; one for each of the discs in the forthcoming DVD set. With the possible exceptions of Password: Swordfish and Chirlaxx, none of the titles (so far) seem to have anything to do with their respective episode's content.
Q: My favorite part of the show is finding out what that wacky monkey is up to this week! What can you tell me about the ever-changing logo?
A: Stoop!d Monkey is Seth Green and Matthew Senreich's entity card, aka production company. Each monkey is lovingly rendered by artist/actor Adam Talbott. We have witnessed him being engaged in a different activity that could be characterized as stupid at the end of every episode, except for one instance where an already used drawing was accidentally placed on a different background and reused. We have a gallery of the images. There are some Official Stoop!d Monkey T-Shirts, stickers and more available for your wearing and affixing enjoyment.