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Robot Chicken – Season 4 (Cartoon Network/Warner DVD)

 

Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: B-     Episodes: B

 

 

Honestly, Robot Chicken has grown on me over the years.  The brain child of Seth Green at first had me as giddy as a schoolboy when it first premiered.  Classic action figures and quirky Adult Swim comedy added up to solid gold in my book.  But after a while of viewing the series I was quickly disheartened by the warranty voiding use of the action figures and often times not-so funny sketches.  The quick 15minute episodes are composed of many cut scenes and small extended segments.  So as previously mentioned I dismissed the series on television for a while and enjoyed the other series Adult Swim had to offer.  When I revisited Robot Chicken in the Adult Swim Box Set recently, however, I was thoroughly impressed.  The series is odd, but pleasingly creative.  It manages to blend elements of satire and pop culture with ease; all while arising countless memories from my childhood as it dusts off the toy chest and brings out the classics.

 

The 20 episodes in this Season Four set are presented in the same sporadic channel flipping style as they always have been.  It would be impossible to sit here and name ever reference the series makes but I will try…there is Speed Racer, Justice League, Tila Tequila, A-Team Star Trek, Wuzzles, Star Wars, Aliens, Santa Clause, Ryan Seacrest, Snorks, Dukes of Hazzard, Transformers, He-Man, Hannah Montana, Count Chocula and so on and so forth.  Let’s just say there is an insane amount of craziness going on and Robot Chicken presents it in a brilliant way.

 

If nothing else the series is overflowing with radiant nostalgia that is not only creative, but greatly fun.  The writers and everyone involved seem to be having a good time and it translates to something wonderful for fans to watch.  I say keep up the good work.

 

The technical features of the DVD are by no means outstanding, but they get the job done.  The picture is presented in a 1.33 X 1 full screen that is often times gritty and a tad soft, but has bright colors, nice black and solid contrast.  The sound is a 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo track that is nothing impressive, but it gets the job done as it is crisp and well balanced.

 

The extras include Audio Commentaries on all 20 episodes and they are funny and thoroughly enjoyable as the cast and crew divulge fun tid bits and even more insanity.  Also included are San Diego Comic Con ’08 Panel; Day in the Life; New York Comic Con ’09 Panel; Video Blogs; Australia Visit (where apparently the series just took off); Alternate Audio; Deleted Scenes and Animatics.  All in all I would have to say the extras are very good and have a good rewatchable quality.

 

 

-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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