Robot Chicken: Mega Meal Collection

Robot Chicken: Mega Meal Collection

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I imagine there are very few people out there who don’t know what Robot Chicken is about. So for those of you who’ve never heard of it:

1) Go to Robot Chicken’s Wikipedia page

2) Watch a short clip on Youtube

3) Go and order Madman’s Robot Chicken Mega Meal Collection (10 Disc Set)

And if you’re too lazy to do any of that then here’s a quick summary of the show: its one giant pop culture riff. It’s really hard to review season by season as the show is just a bunch of animated shorts that spoof everything from reality tv, 80s toys, game shows, celebrities, politics, internet humor, movies, tv shows and fads, etc.

I don’t want to bore you with my favourite skits from each season but my absolute favourite out of all seasons was the Big Brother Horror Movie staring Leatherface, Pinhead, Freddy, Jason, Ghostface, and Michael Meyers as Big Brother contestants. The Six Million Peso Man, My Little Pony as “Apocalypse Pony” (death, pestilence etc) was pretty clever too. They RC crew have a real knack for what they do and create some really hilarious sketches. It really does help if you were an ’80s kid though, I do wonder if some of the references won’t click with a younger audience.

Out of all the Adult Swim shows Robot Chicken is probably the most accessible because it relies so heavily on mocking popular culture. It’s not surreal or bizarre and unlike some other AS series the fifth season is just as good as the first. My first introduction to the show was the Star Wars special and although I thought it looked great I wasn’t all that fussed with it and didn’t really hurry to check the rest of the series out. When I got this set I watched all five seasons in a row and found it just got funnier and funnier without having to become cruder or sillier with each season as some shows tend to become.

Rather than babble on about the show itself I’ll focus on the box-set. If you’ve been buying Madman’s releases of each season then the only thing you’re missing is the individual artwork for each season. The Mega Meal Collection comes in a plastic 10 disc case. While I like having everything in one set – and this is the same for the Aqua Teen box-set – I kinda miss the artwork that comes with each individual season. But the good news is is that these box sets are often a lot cheaper than buying each season when it comes out.

I haven’t reviewed each season individually so assume that the extras will be the same in this set as they are on each individual season that Madman released. As far as extras go there are far too many to mention. Ones worth mentioning are “Sweet S Presents” which is the pilot for RC, the Comic-Con panels are interesting as well as the various commentaries, “Chicken Nuggets” (sketch by sketch commentary), animation meetings, studio tours, video blogs etc. You’re probably getting just as much content in extras as the show itself.

This set is an absolute must have for any Robot Chicken fan. The only slight annoyance is that the set only contains season 1-5. To be fair though season 6 has only just aired but it’s a pet peeve of mine to have a season or two out of a box set. It is also missing Robot Chicken Star Wars but for the price and the extras included this is well worth the purchase price.

EXTRAS

Season One: Disc One

  • Deleted Scenes – 11 clips
  • Deleted Animatics – 11 mins
  • Animation Meetings -14 mins
  • Photo Gallery
  • Trailers

Season One: Disc Two

  • Sweet S Presents – 15 mins (the pilot to Robot Chicken)
  • Behind-the-scenes – 13 mins
  • Wire Comparisons – 5 mins
  • Animatics to Episode Comparisons – 5 mins
  • Alternate Audio Takes – 5 mins
  • Promos – 6 mins
  • Bumps – 10 mins
  • Trailers

Season Two: Disc One

  • Deleted Scenes – 10 clips
  • Adult Swim Promos
  • The Making of a Sketch – 13 mins
  • Xmas Special – 11 mins
  • Deleted Audio
  • Commentaries – 12 tracks

Season Two: Disc Two

  • Animation Meetings – 4 clips
  • PS3 Contest – 1 min
  • Deleted Animatics – 20 clips
  • Slide Show – 2 mins
  • Video Blogs – 15 clips
  • Freedom Rock – 2 mins
  • Commentaries – 10 tracks

Season Three: Disc One

  • Commentaries – 10 tracks
  • Chicken Nuggets – 4 tracks with commentary
  • Gag Reel – 1 min
  • VFX Comparison – 1 min

Season Three: Disc Two

  • Commentaries – 11 tracks
  • Alternate Audio – 2 tracks
  • Deleted Animatics – 22 clips
  • Deleted Scenes – 8 clips
  • Studio Tour – 11 mins
  • Video Blogs – 11 clips
  • Trailers

Season Four: Disc One

  • Chicken Nuggets – 4 clips
  • San Diego Comic-Con ’08 Panel – 11 mins
  • Day in the Life – 6 clips
  • New York Comic-Con ’09 Panel – 8 mins

Season Four: Disc Two

  • Alternate Audio – 4 clips
  • Australia Visit – 2 clips
  • Deleted Animatics – 38 clips
  • Deleted Scenes – 9 clips
  • Video Blogs – 5 clips

Season Five: Disc One

  • Featurettes – 7 clips
  • Chicken Nuggets – 3 tracks
  • Sing-a-long – MP3 file for your computer
  • Promos – 21 clips
  • Alternate Audio Takes – 7 mins

Season Five: Disc Two

  • Chicken Nuggets – 1 track
  • Deleted Scenes – 7 clips
  • Deleted Animatics – 53 clips
  • Trailers

DIRECTOR(S): Mike Fasolo, Seth Green, Matthew Senreich | COUNTRY: USA | YEAR 2005 | DISTRIBUTOR(S): Madman | RUNNING TIME: 1140 minutes | ASPECT RATIO: 16.9 /4:3 | REGION: 4 / PAL | DISCS: 10

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