Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken” travels to a galaxy far, far away to create an all “Star Wars”-themed special. Premiering on June 17, “Robot Chicken: Star Wars” brazenly combines the satirical sensibilities of Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s (Stoopid Monkey Productions) “Robot Chicken” with the unforgettable moments and favorite characters of the “Star Wars” universe — among them, its creator himself, George Lucas. Transformed into the stop-motion animated characters that are the hallmark of Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken,” and in conjunction with ShadowMachine Films (Alex Bulkley/Corey Campodonicos), the “Star Wars” galaxy takes on an entirely different attitude.
“The special is a funny and ironic take on the ‘Star Wars’ universe,” says Green. “We’re thrilled to be able to collaborate with Lucasfilm Ltd. and to have fun with the very property that shaped our sensibilities.”
“It’s a cliché to say but this is a dream come true,” says Senreich. “How many people can say that George Lucas let them play with his entire ‘Star Wars’ universe and do ‘Robot Chicken’-like things to it?”
In addition to the ultimate get of having George Lucas himself voice his stop-motion animated likeness for the special, other noteworthy voice actors include Conan O’Brien, Seth MacFarlane, Malcolm McDowell, Hulk Hogan, James Van Der Beek, Robert Smigel, Donald Faison, Abraham Benrubi, Breckin Meyer and Joey Fatone.
“We were big fans of the work that Matt and Seth had done, so when they approached us with the idea to make a Robot Chicken episode dedicated to ‘Star Wars’ we were really enthusiastic about it,” says Tom Warner, Senior Director of Marketing for Lucasfilm Ltd. “They caught the human and fun side of ‘Star Wars’ and put an entirely different spin on it. We think ‘Star Wars’ fans are really going to enjoy it.”
“Robot Chicken: Star Wars” was created and executive produced by Green and Senreich under their own Stoopid Monkey Productions, in conjunction with Alex Bulkley and Corey Campodonico’s ShadowMachine Films. The special is directed by Green. The duo also executive produce, write and direct the series, with Green providing many of the voices in the special and the series, which begins its third season later this year.