Robot Chicken Star Wars 2

August 27th, 2009 DVD Reviews, Film, Xpress

When he made his multi-trillion selling album Play, Moby talked about the agonising process of whittling down hundreds of tracks to his 18 or 20 favourites that would end up on the album.

The creators and writers of Robot Chicken must have faced a similar problem. Parodying Star Wars — be it within the confines of the plot (the Emperor realising the airline have lost his luggage when he arrives on the second Death Star), using the characters (Jar Jar Binks in a cheesy auto insurance TV ad) or even putting them in parallel universes (take your kids to work day, when an Imperial stormtrooper storms Captain Antilles’ Rebel blockade runner with his little girl in tow asking questions) — offers endless possibilities.

You’ll find yourself not just enjoying the skits for their own sakes but seeing what other directions they can go or how outrageous they can get. Just like in the first Robot Chicken Star Wars special there are running themes, like that of the Emperor being like an average Joe surrounded by incompetents, whose only joy is tormenting his offsider Darth Vader.

It’s a huge disappointment that it only lasts the normal half hour or so as a regular Robot Chicken episode. Like we’ve all done at some time, it’s the cinematic equivalent of sitting around with beer and pizza in a comical mood making a bunch of friends laugh about all the ridiculous stuff that could be going on behind the scenes of the Star Wars saga. It’s easy to forget however that true comedy isn’t easy to write, nor all this Claymation easy to put together.

Since they’ve now done a third one, let’s all use the force and make them do more.


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