Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road? To Make A Star Wars Special, Of Course…

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Through the magic of torrenting (which I consider a try before you buy service) I had the pleasure of watching the second Robot Chicken Star Wars special. Like the first one, it suffers for its short running time, which means that any dvd is best purchased in the sales or as an impulse buy, rather than a shopping highlight or making the trip specially.

This one is a better buy than the first Robot Chicken Star Wars special though, as it is a lot funnier. Sure, the special itself is 22 minutes long, but if you buy the dvd you get an extra 15 minutes of footage. That doesn’t sound like much, but what you already have makes for great viewing, and the dvd has an hour and a half of extra features. They take scenes from the films and take them to places that you wouldn’t have thought of before. Mercifully, they seem to have taken my complaints back in time and completely rejected doing another song and dance number.

There are some real gems in this that will make you laugh more than the first one did. Some of the notables are the Krayt Dragon bit (which deserves mention because you won’t work out what’s coming until it’s almost finished), the ‘take your daughter to work day’ arc and the parody of the “I can’t believe he’s gone” scene from A New Hope. There’s also a post-credits scene that you might not notice, which I’m not going to spoil; suffice to say that it poses a good argument.

All of these pale in comparison to the two best sketches in the show: the Dr. Ball sketch (link is at the bottom, do not click if you don’t want to be spoiled before you buy the dvd) and the reused scene with the awkward dinner that Lando, Han and others have in Cloud City.

I do have one or two minor complaints about this. One is that they couldn’t get James Earl Jones to do the voice of Darth Vader again, which was a real shame considering that they got Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher (what have they been doing recently?) to participate in this one, along with Mark Hamill reprising his old role as Luke in the last one. The other is that they used a very similar scene to the one in Blue Harvest when the little mouse robot runs into Chewbacca. Indeed, I could almost hear the lines from Blue Harvest playing.

Overall, I liked this one. It’s a definite improvement on the last one, and it made me laugh quite a lot for such a short running time. Highly recommended, although you might want to wait a while as there are better dvds that you can get for the same price. Wait until it’s about five pounds.

Dr Ball: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGAMFX2nt-I

My thoughts on Robot Chicken 1, along with Family Guy Blue Harvest: https://scottv2.wordpress.com/2009/11/22/thats-no-moon-thats-a-review/

(Incidentally, while I was looking for that sketch on YouTube I came across a video about unboxing the dvd. Seriously. That has to be one of the most boring ideas for a YouTube video ever. He didn’t even talk about the content, just described the dvd as he was showing it; what, is there like a niche market just waiting for his input on dvd packaging?!)

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