It was only a matter of time before Seth Green and Matt Senreich’s “Robot Chicken” produced an all-comics episode of the Emmy-award-winning stop-motion animation show. According to Deadline, “Robot Chicken” is set to give DC Comics the stop-motion sketch comedy treatment for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block with no announced release date. With a cast including Seth Green, Paul Reubens, Neil Patrick Harris, Alfred Molina, Breckin Meyer, Megan Fox and Nathan Fillion, the “Robot Chicken: DC Comics Special” will be production studio Stoopid Buddy’s first new project since its formation in December.
Although the special marks the first full-length episode of “Robot Chicken” to focus fully on DC Comics characters, the show has had many sketches dedicated to the DC Universe dating all the way back to its first season, which included a “Real World: Metropolis” sketch and a three-second short of a child getting electrocuted by a lightning bolt after yelling out “SHAZAM!”
“Having been raised on DC Comics and the Super Friends vs. Legion of Doom, it’s exciting to tell a whole Robot Chicken story within this awesome universe,” said “Robot Chicken” co-creator Seth Green via press release.
“We’ve been working with Geoff Johns for over 15 years, so playing together on this special only made it more fun to work in the worlds we all love so dearly,” said co-creator Matt Senreich.
DC Entertainment CCO Geoff Johns has a history working with the “Robot Chicken” team, both as a writer for the show from 2008-2009 and as co-producer and writer of “Titan Maximum” in 2009 along with Senreich, Tom Root and Zeb Wells.
Check out the official press release below and stay tuned to CBR News for more on Robot Chicken’s DC Comics Special
Official Press Release
First they tantalized you with three EmmyÂ®-nominated Robot ChickenÂ Star Wars specials, now Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, in partnership with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, bring you the awesomeness of the DC Comics universe of characters as only Robot Chicken can, with amazing guest stars and the stop-motion sketch comedy you’ve come to love after five seasons of the popular Adult Swim series.Â
The all-star cast includes Green as Batman, Robin and the put-upon Aquaman, Paul Reubens as The Riddler, Neil Patrick Harris as Two-Face, Alfred Molina as Lex Luthor, Nathan Fillion as the Green Lantern, Megan Fox as Lois Lane, Breckin Meyer as Superman,Â plus Abe Benrubi, Alex Borstein, Clare Grant, Tara Strong, Senreich, Tom Root, and Zeb Wells.
Green said, “Having been raised on DC Comics and the Super Friends vs. Legion of Doom, it’s exciting to tell a whole Robot Chicken story within this awesome universe.” Â Senreich adds, “We’ve been working with Geoff Johns for over 15 years, so playing together on this special only made it more fun to work in the worlds we all love so dearly.”Â
The Robot Chicken DC Comics Special airs this Fall and features many Robot Chicken favorites including the Robot Chicken Nerd, the Humping Robot, Composite Santa, and the Mad Scientist who will be joined by the DC characters to poke fun at those with the most impressive powers and the lesser ones who can’t really be called superheroes.Â
“Working with Seth and Matthew and the rest of theÂ Robot ChickenÂ crew has always been nothing short of insanity over the years. DC, Warner Bros. Animation and Adult Swim together? How could anyone resist?” said Geoff Johns, DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer.
“We’re thrilled to be working again with Seth and Matthew on another season of Robot Chicken and are particularly excited about this new special that features great iconic characters from DC Comics,” said Keith Crofford, vice president of production for Adult Swim.
Executive producers include Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, Warner Bros. Animation’s Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs Sam Register, and Buddy Systems’ John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner. Green directs the 22-minute special with a script by co-head writers/co-executive producers Douglas Goldstein and Tom Root along with Robot Chicken writers Green, Senreich, Mike Fasolo, Zeb Wells, Matthew Beans, and DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns, Franklin & Bash’s Breckin Meyer and MAD’s Kevin Shinick, who also serves as the narrator and with Ethan Marak, co-producer.
The Robot Chicken DC Comics Special marks the first new project since Stoopid Monkey and Buddy Systems joined forces in December to create Stoopid Buddy Stoodios. The state of the art production space produces their animated joint and individual projects including Stoopid Monkey, the popular YouTube live-action meets stop-motion animation show.Â
Robot Chicken wonÂ the 2010 EmmyÂ® for Outstanding Animated Program Short Form along with many other EmmyÂ® and Annie Awards. The show debuted in 2005 and continues to garner top ratings on Adult Swim. Â The 100th episode of Robot Chicken aired earlier this year and the show’s DVDs are among the best sellers in Adult Swim’s home entertainment catalog.Â Â Green and Senreich are also busy as consultants on Lucasfilm’s animated Star Wars comedy series, and they also produce ControlTV, an online reality show. Green continues to record new episodes of Family Guy (as Chris Griffin), Fox’s hit animated comedy series that draws record ratings, and he recently wrapped leading roles in two indie films, Sexy Evil Genius, with Katee Sackhoff and The Â Story of Lukewith Lou Taylor Pucci.
UTA handled the deal for Green and Senreich, Green is additionally repped by David Weber of Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern and Trice Koopman of Koopman Management, Senreich and Johns by Allison Binder of Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson and Binder. Johns was also repped by Phil Raskind and Ari Greenburg at WME.Â Harvatine and Towner were repped by The Gotham Group and attorney Bob Getman ofÂ Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein.
About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner.Â DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.Â In January 2012, DC Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions, launched We Can Be Heroes-a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroes-to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.
About Adult Swim
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