Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II: Villans in Paradise!

RBCDC2Lex Luthor’s daughter Lena wants to go on Spring Break but Lex has other plans for her. She sneaks off to meet up with Conner/Superboy and when Lex finds out he wants to bring her back home. So naturally The Legion of Doom want a vacation and bust out of prison to go on Spring Break.  If the premise doesn’t intrigue you then surely the thought of seeing a bunch of evil bad guys on the beach in their swim suits should.

I’m not a huge fan of superheroes bar Batman, and even then I’m really only interested in the 60s TV show. I reviewed the first DC special and wasn’t a great fan of it however I did really enjoy this special. To me what made this special better than the first one is that it had a story and wasn’t just random skits. I know that so many of the gags go over my head as I don’t know a lot about super heroes but I still enjoyed it and had a few laughs. The Wonder Woman invisible plane gag (although I am sure they’ve done it before) is always a crack up and I had a chuckle at The Penguin in his bathing suit getting excited over a nude beach (it was really a private beach). There’s a few musical numbers in this special but they pull all of them off so well. The most mentionable being the band Sexx Luthor and the funny and kinda gross homage number to Grease about Lena Luthor and Conner hooking up.

Guests this special include Seth Green, Alex Borstein, Clancy Brown, Zac Efron, Nathan Fillion, Clare Grant, Sarah Hyland, Breckin Meyer, Alfred Molina, Paul Reubens, and Giovanni Ribisi. It wasn’t til I watched the extras that I even realised it was Sarah Hyland and Giovanni Ribisi but now that I look back I can totally place their voices.

The only downside to these specials is that they have an incredibly short run-time but this is not necessarily a bad thing, but only if you’re a fan of extras. They go overboard with the features and in the behind the scenes they question why they even bother to make a behind the scenes feature anymore now that people hardly buy DVDs. But any self-respecting hard-core fan will own all the releases and this release is no exception as it has plenty (90 minutes worth) to offer. I enjoyed the 20 Questions segment which asked cast and crew 20 super hero related questions, was an entertaining watch.

Unlike the previous DC Special there is no Blu-Ray release as of yet. If you’re a scrooge hopefully one day they release a box-set of all the specials together.


  • The Making of #RCDC2VIP
  • Bad Hair, Musical Numbers & Sequels
  • The Ones That Got Away
  • 20 Questions
  • Chicken Nuggets
  • Cut Animatics (6 clips)
  • Cut Sketches (2 clips)
  • Actors’ Commentary – With Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Nathan Fillion, Breckin Meyer and Zeb Wells.
  • Writers’ Commentary – With Hugh Davidson, Mike Fasolo, Tom Root, Kevin Shinick and Zeb Wells.

Available on R4 DVD from Madman Entertainment.

Assy McGee: The Complete Spread

You’ve heard of Dirty Harry, Bad Lieutenant, Lieutenant Marion ‘Cobra‘ Cobretti, and for some TV cops: McNulty and Detective Vic Mackay, now let me introduce you to the ultra-violent Assy McGee.

Assy’s a gun-toting short tempered alcoholic who doesn’t give a damn about authority, criminals, the criminal process, justice or civilians. Oh yeah and he’s an ass with a pair of legs…I mean literally.

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Xavier: Renegade Angel

XavierWhen it comes to Adult Swim shows most people say that they are for those with a surrealist/absurdist/alternative/black or just plain bizarre sense of humour, and that those who don’t like the humour in Adult Swim shows, well, they simply don’t get it. I will be the first to admit that this is not going to be a show that you can just jump into and love straight away especially if you don’t pick up on the word play and pop culture phenomenons the show is riffing on.

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Robot Chicken: Star Wars

RobotChickenstarwarsWow, what can I say? Robot Chicken Star Wars… I have never to this date seen an episode of Robot Chicken or Star Wars, but thankfully this was a 23 minute episode and featured a bunch of characters from Star Wars that I am pretty familiar with.

If you know the show then you can pretty much predict what this is going to be like. It is a parody of Star Wars. A few things happen but mainly it consists of roasting celebrities and cracking jokes. The sets look amazing and the stop motion work looks like the original (I’ve seen pictures of the movies even though I haven’t watched them). You are sure to get some laughs with the subject matter, I mean how the can incorporate George Bush and Bill Clinton into star wars is beyond me, but it’s pretty cool when ol’ W gets up to mischief and thinks he is a Jedi with super powers.

Robot Chicken covers characters from all 6 Star Wars movies and yet has no plot, no story. You can tell it’s made by a bunch of Star Wars geeks and there was probably a whole lot of references in there that I didn’t get it, but it has made me consider watching the series. I hate space crap but I mean what’s with these creatures? Jah Jah and Wookies? Weird…

There’s a bunch of guest vocalists ranging from Conan O’Brien, Joey Fatone, Hulk Hogan, James Van Der Beek, Seth McFarlane and why not Malcolm McDowell. Sometimes I got a little sidetracked and started focusing on who’s voice I was hearing because so many of them seemed familiar and I really had no idea that anyone famous did the voices.

Accompanying this set is also a 3 hour sampler DVD or other Adult Swim titles. It features episodes from shows such as Tom Goes to the Mayor, Robot Chicken, Frisky Dingo, Sealab, Aqua Teen Hunger Force and more. I watched the episode of Robot Chicken, and to me the episode which parodied ‘The Real World’ seemed funnier to me that the whole of Robot Chicken Star Wars.

This DVD set is loaded with extras, in fact the special features run for 145 minutes whilst the feature runs for 23. I suspect that it will be a purchase for the uber Robot Chicken Fans. If you are like me and haven’t seen any of the episodes then I think we will be safer buying the Robot Chicken series on DVD as it did seem more consistently funnier.

  • Chicken Nuggets
  • Animation Meeting
  • On Air Bumps
  • Promotional Spots
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternative Audio
  • Production Design
  • Time Lapse
  • Photo Gallery
  • Panel Presentations
  • Seven Audio Commentaries

Robot Chicken Star Wars is available on R4 DVD from Madman Entertainment.

Moral Orel

Moral-Orel1Deep in the heart of small town Amerikkka, stop motion cartoon boy Orel Puppington just wants to do the right thing by God. But the lord’s lessons don’t always work when applied in the real world. You find that out pretty damn quick when in the first episode little Orel hears that wasting your life is like spitting into the face of God, so being the God fearing Jesus worshipping lad he is, Orel decides to start resurrecting the dead. Finding a handy copy of the Necronimicon in the ‘books to be burnt’ pile at the library, Orel and his buddy soon unleash a town full of brain sucking zombies before Orel is ordered to “The Study” by his dad where he learns that it isn’t the mayhem that has people upset, but the nudity. As the lost 11th commandment says “Thou shalt be ashamed of thy natural anatomy.” Once the zombies are dressed then the blood and carnage can continue! All this in just the first ten minute episode.

Little Orel then takes us on a journey thru masturbation, drug taking, dick piercing, alcoholism, drinking urine and lost commandments… while Dad drinks himself into oblivion and Mum cleans everything – including the cleaning agents. Every episode inevitably ends up with Orel being sent to “The Study” for the strap and a little lesson on life from dad. Whether it’s the fact that protestants are dull or that work sucks or that ‘sperm is for procreation not recreation’ there’s always something new to learn for Orel: 15 episodes of life, learning and family values in fact. Plus your usual bonus tidbits, scraps and episodic commentary.

Ok, that’s the sweet stuff out the way – what sort of madman thought this up?! I mean, an eleven year old that impregnates half the town with a pastry bag, resurrects the dead, sells his own urine as a sports drink, smokes crack, gets a prince Albert, collects religious action figures… this Dino guy has a serious problem. And the Christmas episode! Christ on a crutch that was the bleakest damn thing I’ve seen in ages – little Orel mistakenly thinks his 7 yr old slightly nuts, still being weaned, brother is the second coming of Christ – meanwhile Mum and Dad have split up because the kid isn’t his and Orel is left waiting for a sign from God that it’s all going to be ok, while Dad sits at the bar being felt up by his buddy (who probably is the father of the brat) and the screen just goes blank. OWWW! Don’t know what happened to Dino as a child but he’s got it in for the god fearing protestant folk of middle Amerikkka and I hope he doesn’t stop.

Not laugh out loud funny, not funny peculiar, just plain strange funny like when you first saw that boys and girls were different, that sort of strange inquisitive something here isn’t right kinda funny. And you know that once you found that stuff out… you always went back for more.

  • Director’s Cuts
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Episode commentaries
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • The infamous Comic-Con 2006 panel with commentary
  • Network bumpers

Available on R4 DVD from Madman Entertainment.

Tom Goes to the Mayor [Complete Series]

The formulaic plot of Tom Goes to the Mayor is as follows: the main character Tom (a new resident to the town of Jefferton), goes to the Mayor in every episode and presents the Mayor with his ideas. Each episode brings a new idea. Tom’s ideas range from improving child safety, opening a World War II themed restaurant, novelty t-shirts, renewable power provided by human waste to opening up stores and kiosks.

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