Robot Chicken, Season Two: Uncensored (Warner Home Video, Rated TV-MA, $29.98).
Stop-motion animation and Claymation merge at their most subversive as Seth Green and Matthew Senreich have gutted and filleted the pop-culture myths and icons of past and present and placed them into a series of hilarious shorts seen on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.
Season two arrives on DVD on a pair of discs that offer 20 episodes’ worth of depravity, nearly bleep free, with attacks on almost every taboo, politico and societal norm, all filled with gleeful parody of the most devious kind.
With writing that will be defined years from now as either brilliant satire or drug-hazed insanity, the show offers a mixed mockery of rapid-fire tributes that in a typical show could skewer “Superman II,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Six Million Dollar Man,” Raisin Bran and Space Invaders in the blink of an eye.
An unbelievable voice cast that includes stars such as Sarah Silverman, Melanie Griffith, Charlize Theron, Scarlett Johansson, Alan Cumming and Gene Simmons proves both the show’s popularity and that blackmail must still work in Hollywood.
Best extras: An optional commentary track on every episode by the creators will thrill fans. There’s also an avalanche of behind-the-scenes segments.
Read all about it: ToyFare magazine’s strip Twisted ToyFare Theater is inspiration for “Robot Chicken,” and the action-figure-based comic strip celebrates a decade with Wizard Entertainment’s release of “Twisted ToyFare Theater’s 10th Anniversary Collection” ($29.99) which compiles 25 of the best strips as well as behind-the-scenes information.
— Joseph Szadkowski