Day: July 28, 2008

The Farce is with Them: Review for “Robot Chicken: Star Wars” DVD

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Robot Chicken is the completely irreverent and irrelovent television show on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. It usues a stop-motion animation to create some of the wackiest “skits”. Created by Seth Green and Matthew Cenreich, the show also has a weird twist: they use toys! Last year, George Lucas allowed the mad geniuses of Chicken to create a special half-hour Star Wars episode for the 30th annivarsary of the franchise. And all hail the DVD release! The crude jokes don’t last long, sometimes unlike the other episodes, but make sure the kiddies don’t watch it. From a Yo’ Mama fight between father and son to a show that is The Empire Strikes Back on ice, the guys create some of the funniest jokes about the space opera ever. The special features are pretty good, including an audio commentary of-sorts, trailers, a doc on the production design, alternate audio, a making of doc, and a photo gallery.

Show: A

Features: A-

Overall: A-

Absolute KAOS:Review for “Get Smart’s Bruce and Lloyd Out of Control” DVD

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One of my favorite summer films so far is Get Smart. It’s funny, action packed, and all together great. With great acting from Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, and Alan Alda, it’s probably the funniest film this summer that not only you, but your kids can also enjoy. In a couple scenes, Masi Oka (Heroes) and Nate Torrence make appearances as the geeks behind the cool gadgets worthy of the 007 films. They play Bruce and Lloyd, respectively.   Bruce and Lloyd are working on an invisibility cloak. The cloak, of course, gets stolen. It is stolen by a voluptuous Maraguayan (well, I guess creativity is a plus) “agent”. She needs to rescue her father!!! Apparently, El Presidente captured him fifteen years ago and won’t let him go until he gets the cloak. Meanwhile, the nerds are trying to get dates and beat the CIA to the cloak. A bad excuse for a comedy spin off. The jokes mostly fall flat and the story is extremely predictable. Nate Torrence and Masi Oka manage to be moderately funny. The bland DVD features include a Behind the Scenes Doc on the Gadgets and on the Hair Removing Gadget and “Bruce and Lloyd’s Confessionals”.


Features: B-

Overall: C+