Robot Chicken Star Wars

August 21st, 2008 DVD Reviews, Film, Xpress

Parodying Star Wars is as rich a font of material as the saga itself, and if the current release of Star Wars: The Clone Wars shows us, the latter will never run out of steam.

The scenes, characters, lines, premise and influence of the six-part saga are so entrenched in our culture and so much on instant recall to the whole of Generations X and Y that satirising them from your unique perspective is a shoe in for critical success.

So watch as Vader, Luke and the emperor are interrupted during Return of the Jedi’s dark side temptation scene by a troop of Hispanic construction workers making a racket finalising the Death Star. Watch the hapless cleaner sweep away the remains of countless bodies that have fallen from great heights. Watch the Bespin weather forecast (‘cloudy, followed by cloudy, them more cloud’).

With George Lucas’ blessing, The Robot Chicken guys only did a half hour show dedicated to their Star Wars send-up, but they could easily have done a feature length movie of short scenes, given the time and resources.

But as the extras (including deleted scenes) show, not all the ideas they came up with were funny, revealing a task harder than it looks at first.

If you’re a fan of either the stop motion plasticine animation of the Robot Chicken universe or the Star Wars saga (and let’s face, we’re all one or the other if not both), you’ll get a lot out of this DVD and be left wanting more.


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