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'Chicken' Wars Redux

22 Jul, 2009 By: John Latchem

Robot Chicken: Star Wars — Episode II

With Warner Home Video's recently released Robot Chicken: Star Wars — Episode II DVD ($19.97), the forces behind the top-rated Adult Swim franchise again focus their comedic skills on George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away.

“We’re just trying to turn the ‘Star Wars’ universe on its side,” says “Robot Chicken” co-creator Matthew Senreich.

The DVD includes both the 22-minute version that aired last year and a 38-minute extended cut, which Senreich says has a lot more footage with bounty hunters.

Senreich concedes, however, that Seth MacFarlane, reprising his “Family Guy”-esque take on Emperor Palpatine, once again steals the show.

“Seth reinvented that character,” Senreich says. “It’s always awesome to work with Seth.”

Like the first “Robot Chicken: Star Wars,” the new DVD is loaded with extras (more than 90 minutes worth), including commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, time-lapse photography of the animation process, video blogs, deleted animatics and more.

“It’s our best DVD yet,” Senreich says. “There’s so much crazy ‘Star Wars’ content on it. It’s beyond awesome.”

Amid reports Adult Swim has ordered Robot Chicken: Star Wars — Episode III, Senreich says he’d be happy to do it. But in addition to making new episodes of “Robot Chicken,” he and his collaborators (Seth Green and Tom Root, among others) also are hard at work on a new stop-motion series for Adult Swim, “Titan Maximum,” a spoof show described as “Voltron” meets “Robotech” slated to debut this fall.

“It plays off all those giant robot shows,” Senreich says. “Basically it’s what would really happen if a bunch of idiots were flying these giant robots trying to save the world.”

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