Monday, July 8 2013, 01:38 PM MDT
DVD Review: Robot Chicken DC Comics Special
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Street Date: July 9, 2013
Available On: DVD and Blu-ray
Synopsis: The not-so-kind folks at Robot Chicken empty their toy box of the world famous DC Comics’ action figures. What follows is a send up of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the greatly under appreciated Aquaman and their friends.
Extras: Making-of featurette, writers’ commentary, directors’ commentary, DC Entertainment Tour, Outtakes, Deleted Sketches, Stoopid Alter Egos and more.
Recommendation: The Robot Chicken television series is essentially the sort of stop motion films a 12-year-old boy with unlimited resources (but few friends) would make with his action figure collection. My introduction to the series came via their trilogy of Star Wars related specials. As an avid Star Wars fan and someone who has collected more than his share of action figures I found a lot to enjoy in the specials. Yes, the humor does tend to be extremely lowbrow, but their observations and wit regarding plot holes and odd character quirks were often spot on.
The DC Comics Special doesn’t feel nearly as inspired. It’s amusing, but never laugh-out-loud funny as it skims across the surface of the Justice League and rarely goes deeper into the DC archives. As a result the jokes feel a bit too predictable. I still enjoyed aspects of it, but they’ve left ample material unexplored that could make future installments more rewarding.
-Ryan Michael Painter