Robot Chicken has had a cult following since it started in 2001 (holy crap 2001?!) and I remember when I first got hold of it on DVD shortly after the turn of the millennium as some friends and I sat around laughing at brilliant stop motion animation bringing toys to life in hilarious sketches. The brainchild of Seth Green and friends Mike Fasolo and Matthew Senreich, Robot Chicken is a bizarre and comical show of short, ridiculous and often rude sketches which frequently pay tribute to the shows that the toys are from (Transformers, Batman, Star Wars etc etc). Often featuring the legit voice actors of the characters portrayed, it is a good brainless way to have a laugh.
The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special does and is exactly what it says on the packet. Teaming up with some of the actual producers and showrunners from AMCs The Walking Dead, it is 20 minutes of crazy, quick, bizarre and quirky sketches starring stop motion animated toys which are paired with some of the genuine actors from the show – Andrew Lincoln and Jeffrey Dean Morgan are among the actual cast involved here. It is fast, it is lewd and it is pure fan service.
Having been a fan of both Walking Dead and Robot Chicken since their birth, I enjoyed watching the references and in jokes from both super old and more recent seasons of The Walking Dead (a show that sadly should have ended a season or two ago) which provided me with some minor chuckles. The Walking Dead is used as both the setting for the sketches and also as the butt of most of the jokes with a weak story bookending the sketches to give it a bit of an overall through line. It isn’t laugh out loud funny but it is entertaining enough and laden with enough nerdy Walking Dead references that it kept me entertained (ish) for it’s short episodic runtime.
The DVD has some extra features such as deleted sketches (some of which are simply voiced storyboards of said sketches) and some pretty uninspiring behind the scenes conversations with the team who brought the special to life.
While it is enjoyable to hear the usually incredibly serious actors from The Walking Dead have heaps of fun with their characters there isn’t much more on offer here besides the occasional chortle. Only hardcore fans of The Walking Dead AND (not or) Robot Chicken fans need apply. For anyone else I don’t imagine you would get much out of it.
– Ashton Brown