Robot Chicken: Star WarsYour tongue can't repel flavor of this magnitude!
It's no surprise that Seth Green and Matthew Senreich are huge Star Wars nerds. Their hit stop motion animation show, Robot Chicken
thrives off references to George Lucas' monumental film franchise. Some
of the show's funniest sketches have featured toys or characters from
the Star Wars universe, and it was only a matter of time until a
special was released to celebrate the film's 30th anniversary.Robot Chicken: Star Wars
is double-sized episode jam-packed with over thirty shorts and spoofs
paying tribute to that galaxy far, far away. Being as the writers and
creators of Robot Chicken
vastly obsessed with the franchise, this special is laced with esoteric
jokes and obscure references at every turn. The best of these sketches
typically poke fun at silly characters, such as Jar Jar Binks, and gaps
in reasoning that the Prequel Trilogy presented.
Take for instance, a sequence that parodies the classic moment in The Empire Strikes Back
Vader reveals that he is Luke's father. Luke (voiced by Mark Hammil)
follows through with "That's not true, that's impossible!" But that's
where the similarities end. Vader goes on to announce more shocking
revelations. "And Princess Leia is your sister!" Luke finds that
revelation to be improbable. "And the Empire will be defeated by
Ewoks!" At this moment, if Luke had two hands he would scratch his
head. "That's very unlikely."
"And as I child, I built
C-3P0!" This seems to be pretty far-fetched to the Luke Skywalker who
can only muster up, "Huh?" in return. Moments later, Vader is having a
cup of coffee and Luke is taking a drag off a cigarette. "And the
Force? Well that's just microscopic bacteria in your bloodstream called
Midichlorians." Luke tosses his cigarette down the bottomless reactor
core and walks over to Vader. "Look, if you're not going to take this
seriously, I'm out."
completely random sketches include an Admiral Ackbar cereal commercial,
a Cloud City weather report, and a "Yo Mamma" fight between Luke and
the Emperor. One of my favorite sketches has Jar Jar Binks being
reunited with "Ani," who has become Darth Vader. In typical Jar Jar
fashion, the Gungan bumbles around screaming annoying phrases until
Vader puts him in the airlock and shoots him into space. We then see
Vader going to sleep in his Star Wars bed when a ghostly apparition of
Jar Jar appears to announce that now he and Ani can be together forever.
If you're a fan of Robot Chicken
or just Star Wars in particular, this special seems to do what Family Guy's Blue Harvest
couldn't, truly pay homage to George Lucas' space fantasy saga. Whereas Blue Harvest
was mostly Family Guy jokes in the dressings of Star Wars, Robot Chicken: Star Wars
gets deep into the characters and mythology and explores the humor and whimsical nature of the universe itself.