It doesn't get any stupider than this (no
offence Robot Chicken gurus) but this is the most whacked out,
ridiculous and entertaining 45 minutes of escapism that I've had the
pleasure of watching in a long-time. Once again the creators of Robot
Chicken, led by the talented Seth Green and Matthew Senreich create one
of the weirdest Star Wars experiences to date.
The premise behind Robot Chicken Star Wars
Special 3 is the last few moments of Emperor Palpatine's life
beautifully laced with The Who's Baba O'Riley after Darth Vader
tossed him over the edge of a chasm in the Death Star
(Star Wars The Return of the Jedi).
From here, we get a variety of muddled
yet highly entertaining flashbacks that are riddled with Star Wars and
pop culture references about the life and times of Palpatine. Apart from
the Emperor, we are also given an insight into the lives of Boba Fett
and Gary... the Stormtrooper! Did I mention Padme giving Anakin a pole
dance? Yup... it's all here in this whacked out Star Wars special.
There's so much fan service in this special
that trying to pick your favourite moment is actually quite a daunting
task. However for me, some highlights included Boba Fett playing "ball"
with his father's helmet when he was a kid to the amusing "Prune Face"
montage, a background character in Return of the Jedi who actually
didn't do much and even got an action figure... When the Face is a
prune, the action goes boom!
From musical segments to
Gary the Storm Trooper accidentally injuring an Ewok on a speeder bike
and trying to put it out of its misery, this special is definitely not
for the politically correct.
The special even tries to fill in some
"gaps" from the movies such as why Boba Fett was a big klutz in Return
of the Jedi... he was actually drunk to how Princess Leia managed to
strangle Jabba the Hutt... he actually choked on something. Priceless
Star Wars moments. If you're a
Star Wars fanboy or girl, than Robot Chicken Star Wars Special 3 is a
must watch DVD or Blu-ray that had me smiling from ear to ear... not to
mention laughing my guts out! There are way too many laugh out moments
in this special!
Special Features, Video & Audio
Apart from the relatively short 45 minute special, there
is a wealth of special features from commentaries, making of snippets
and a thoroughly amusing visit to Skywalker Ranch that stars none other
than George Lucas himself! As the guys from Robot Chicken chat to
George, they have no qualms in making a mockery of some the scenes
from the new films with even George laughing along. Mr. Lucas actually
has a sense of humour.
Sunday in the
Boardroom with George
(sketch by sketch video commentary)
Celebration V ROBOT CHICKEN Panel
Animatics With Video Intros
Time Lapses of
In terms of video quality, the Blu-ray
version of this special looks amazing and makes the stop animation stand
out even more. There were no errors whatsoever in this presentation just
vibrant colours, sharp images and deep blacks. Audio even supports Dolby
TrueHD 5.1 to give your surround sound speaks a shot. All in all, this
is one well made presentation from the folks at Robot Chicken!
So what are you waiting for? Go out and buy
this special now!