The longest running series of Adult Swim Robot Chicken combines stop-motion animation with nostalgic and topical parodies. What did the success of Robot Chicken?
Imagine this: it’s just past one in the morning. You’re delirious from staying up late and a late night snack of leftover cold pizza and whatever soda that was in the back of the fridge is still sitting like a stone in your stomach. You decide to watch some TV to calm things down. Turning to your nighttime comfort channel, Adult Swim, you find yourself tuning into gross parodies of beloved 1980s cartoons, over-the-top violence and the crazy antics of a nerd sculpted in clay, around the world and narcoleptic . In a dazed state, you may be thinking to yourself: what exactly am I seeing here?
Originally released in 2005, Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s stop-motion sketch show Robot Chicken is Adult Swim’s longest-running original series today. From humble beginnings as a web series for Sony’s Screenblast service to producing specials dedicated to the DC universe, Star Wars and The Walking Dead, the series has undoubtedly evolved over the course of its 11 seasons. Considering the show’s content and premise, one wonders: how did it achieve such success? What made Robot Chicken, of all things, stand for seventeen years? Here are some reasons.
That’s what Robot Chicken is
Robot Chicken has never strayed from stop-motion