While most of my friends party at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) I find myself at home dealing with the “Not at SDCC Blues.” To cope, I’ve been following my peeps on Twitter, checking out the different video feeds online, and indulging in some geeky home entertainment.
Take, for instance, the ROBOT CHICKEN DC COMICS SPECIAL which was released on DVD and Blu-Ray this month. Created by the folks who gave us the excellent STAR WARS specials, the DC COMICS SPECIAL lampoons the characters of the DCU in the way that only Seth Green and his merry crew can.
Stringing together a number of comedic situations and clever sight gags, the Robot Chicken writers explore what it’s like to be the least appreciated member of the Justice League…Aquaman. As the laughs pile up with each absurd scene - like when Superman discovers how useful it is to give people amnesia by kissing them (as he did Lois Lane in Superman 2) - the narrative takes us to a climax where Aquaman must decide whether being a hero means more to him than being accepted by his peers. Of course, when the King of the Seven Seas makes his final decision, it’s not without hilarious consequences.
The cast includes series co-creator and executive producer Seth Green as Batman, Robin and the put-upon Aquaman; Neil Patrick Harris as Two-Face; Alfred Molina as Lex Luthor; Nathan Fillion as the Green Lantern; Megan Fox as Lois Lane; series and special writer/voice talent Breckin Meyer as Superman, plus Abe Benrubi, Alex Borstein, Clare Grant, Tara Strong, series co-creator and executive producer Matthew Senreich, series co-head writer/co-executive producer Tom Root, series director Zeb Wells and Kevin Shinick as co-producer, writer and narrator.
In addition to the special, the DVD/Blu-Ray contains several behind-the-scenes featurettes, including a gag reel showing several of the jokes that didn’t make the cut. Quite frankly, I could see why some of the gags didn‘t fly (pun intended) but I was still impressed at the sheer volume of content that the Robot Chicken writers had to produce to put together the 23 minute episode. There are interviews with Seth Green and Robot Chicken co-creator Matthew Senreich, along with many of the other writers. We also get a peek at the recording sessions, and even a visit to the DC Comics offices and comic writing superstar Geoff Johns. I was filled with envy when Green and Senreich were allowed to raid the DC Store where they kept samples of all the different toys, models and games that DC Entertainment produces. Talk about being a couple kids in a candy store!
There’s even footage from last year’s SDCC and the Robot Chicken party that took place. Yeah, I never get invited to those kinda shindigs, so it was cool to see it included in the extras.
When you consider that the extras run longer than the special itself, the DVD/Blu-Ray turns out to be a real value. Getting insight as to how the animators work, along with the writers and actors, make this special a must-have for any Robot Chicken fan.
And if you’re not at SDCC, the laughs will make you forget the pain of not being at the biggest geek party of the year. At least it did or me.
ROBOT CHICKEN DC COMICS SPECIAL gets a Geek Factor rating of 3 ½ Mego Dolls (out of 4).
Robot Chicken DC Comics Special
Total Running Time: 23 minute episode PLUS 2+ hours of bonus content!
Robot Chicken DC Comics Special’s Aquaman Origin Story
DC Entertainment Tour
Stoopid Alter Egos
Blu-ray SRP: $19.98
DVD SRP: $14.98