New on DVD: Robot Chicken – Season 3

New on DVD: Robot Chicken – Season 3

Seth Green and Matthew Seinreich’s anomalous project continues to thrive amongst this generation’s ADD television viewers. The complete third season was released on two-discs by edgy animators Adult Swim. For those unfamiliar with the series, Robot Chicken pokes sharp fun at movies, music, television and other facets of pop culture. It does so in a […]

Seth Green and Matthew Seinreich’s anomalous project continues to thrive amongst this generation’s ADD television viewers. The complete third season was released on two-discs by edgy animators Adult Swim.

For those unfamiliar with the series, Robot Chicken pokes sharp fun at movies, music, television and other facets of pop culture. It does so in a channel-surfing format, in which each skit lasts about 30 seconds before being swapped for the next one. Each episode is about 12 minutes. The shows appeal however is derived from the number of obscure references to ‘80s pop culture, political digs, and its fondness for putting unlikely characters in circumstances of extreme sex and violence. Family Guy does something similar but Robot Chicken has less of a plot.

This season’s skits feature Transformers’ Soundwave finding himself lost in the modern world; The Game of Life’s decisions put into action; and Popeye’s intervention. This season’s voice contributors include regulars Green and Breckin Meyer, as well as Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, Mila Kunis, Snoop Dogg, Stan Lee, Rosario Dawson, Matthew Lillard, Chris Evans, Malcolm McDowell, Amy Smart and several of Green’s friends from his days on cult hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer, including series creator Joss Whedon. Like the previous seasons, three is packed with bonus materials. Each of the 20 episodes has audio commentary.

On disc-one, you’ll also find “Chicken Nuggets” that gives viewers the opportunity to watch four of the episodes with informative and funny video commentary interruptions; a short but bloody gag reel; and a look at the stop-motion element before and after visual effects.

Disc-two includes two episodes with alternate audio; deleted animatics that include 22 cutout bits; another eight deleted scenes that did not air on television, including a sketch of Jeopardy with superhero contestants; a guided studio tour by Green and Seinreich; and 11 video blogs by the various departments responsible for putting the show together.