DVD Review: ‘Robot Chicken Season 7’

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For those not in-the-know, Robot Chicken is Cartoon Network’s premier stop-motion celebration of nerddom. Created by Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, the show will soon be entering its 8th season of cartoon comedy. It’s a very polarizing series, with a ton of hit-or-miss jokes involving everyone’s favorite characters from video games, television, movies, comic books, and beyond. While a lot of the comedy is shallow dick-and-fart-joke humor, there are a lot of genuinely funny sketches that draw heavily on nostalgia for those who grew up in the 80s and 90s.
Season 7 wrapped up with quite a solid amount of good jabs, from a brutal crossover of Pokemon and Michael Vick to a Holiday special that lambasts Fox News in its title. The DVD is split between two discs, with its episode browser designed to look like a shopping mall floor map. While the names of each episode don’t necessarily correlate with the content inside, they’re pretty funny. Take a gander at The Snarfer Image, Batman Forever 21, or Noidstrom Rack, have a quick chuckle and dive in to each episode.

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Like many DVD releases, each episode comes with its own commentary track from the show runners, with different guests on each episode. Particularly funny commentary guests you should listen for are Donald Faison (Scrubs), show regular Breckin Meyer, Zachary Levi (Chuck). Hell, even Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian, man) shows up to do some commentary with the gang. For those familiar with commentary like this, you can expect some extra jokes and insight into the creation of the show.

Also included in the special features are the fan favorite Bitch Pudding special (and making of), a short look at the showrunners’ trip to San Diego Comic-Con as well as some sketches that ended up on the cutting room floor.

As a big fan of the show, it’s been a joy to sift through the hours of extra content they packed onto this DVD for Season 7 of Robot Chicken. Unfortunately, a large majority of it is content that only diehard fans will really enjoy. Other than the episodes, both regular and special, there’s not a lot to really draw in a curious crowd. If you were down with Season 7, though, it wouldn’t hurt to have this DVD on your shelf.

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Plenty of extra content, including some "making of" material and a ton of commentary tracks with some hilarious guest stars. But most of this will only appeal to die-hard fans, and casual viewers may not get much from the bonus features.

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