Review – Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III

Seth Green and the Robot Chicken crew returns to the Star Wars Universe with Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III. Yet again they show their love for George Lucas’s creation while gently, and sometimes cruelly, poking at it with a double bladed lightsaber.

As always, the writers deliver on the laughs and there are plenty of in-jokes to keep the fans satisfied, while those new to Robot Chicken and Star Wars will also be entertained. The stop motion animation is simply superb and does show that a lot of effort and love has gone into each skit. Whereas the previous episodes’ running times were around the 35-40 minute mark, we’re given a real treat with episode III with over 40 comedy gems – a total of an hour’s viewing pleasure.

While RC fan favourites Emperor Palpatine and Boba Fett get the best skits, there are a couple that I found truly hilarious and really do stand out.
Anakin Skywalker is encased into his life support suit and becomes the Vader we all know. After and funny disco scene, Vader realises he needs the bathroom. How does the Dark Lord of the Sith get out of his leather suit and use the toilet? What about the cape? Well Robot Chicken tackles the question that everybody has asked…
During a quiet moment in the summer palace, Padmé insists on having a chaste conversation, taken from the actual movie Attack of the Clones, while at the same time tormenting Anakin with her very suggestive behaviour…
The Emperor calls Jar Jar Binks to apologise for manipulating him in the Senate. We finally find out who truly manipulated who in a sketch that makes the Binks very, very cool…
And finally, featuring RC Stormtrooper Gary, we find out the about the last tragic few moments of Luke’s aunt Beru and uncle Owen…

We love the previous Robot Chicken Star Wars specials and we wholeheartedly recommended Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III.

Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III is released on DVD on the 4th July 2011.

Not forgetting the ever-popular DVD extras, this edition is loaded with 3 hours of special features, including: For the Love of Toys Featurette — For the Love of Star Wars Featurette – For the Love of Filmmaking Featurette – Trailers – Skate tour – Sunday in the – Boardroom with George Lucas – SW Celebration Panels – Easter Eggs – Voice Records Featurette – Writing Process Featurette – VFX Featurette – Skywalker Ranch premiere – Deleted Animatics – Chicken Nuggets – Gag Reel — Commentaries.

Millions of years from now, after Socrates, Shakespeare and the bible are long forgotten, only two great works will remain: the sci-fi cinema epic Star Wars and Adult Swim’s stop-motion animated, cheap gag extravanganza Robot Chicken. And now, for the first time, they come together for the third time, in this all-new special.

That’s right, all your most beloved Star Wars characters are going back through the comedy meat grinder. Watch Darth Vader fall into a toilet, while Emperor Palpatine rides the endless Death Star escalator! See Gary the Stormtrooper’s speederbike test-drive come to a gruesome, Ewok-splattering end! And witness the firepower of Boba Fett’s fully armed and operational T-SHIRT CANNON! Plus much, much more! It’s Robot Chicken Star Wars Episode III. Set your phasers to ”fun”! (Oh wait, wrong franchise.)

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