I spent a few hours today watching a few episodes of Robot Chicken including a few of the Star Wars episodes. I read a post a few days ago by someone who wanted to take Family Guy off the air because it violated so many FCC rules. Well, if that is true, then I think Robot Chicken probably violated them all a long time ago.
I'm wondering if it could be that the difference is that Family Guy is shown on a Sunday, and, maybe that could be why it puts some viewers panties in a bunch. I happen to think that both shows are funny for different reasons. But, it seems that most robot Chicken episodes are geared toward the television and film industry, and is not as political as the Sunday Cartoons.
I also noticed that The animation in Robot Chicken is getting a lot better, as it is looking more detailed. While some other modern animated shows are keeping the animation simple. I wonder how many hours of work it takes to put an episode of robot chicken together, and, I wonder if they keep all that stuff when they are done. Must cost a fortune to put just one show together.
I think show's like Robot Chicken are fine for adults, but I lock them on my kids tv's. My husband loves adult swim.
Well, for one, I like Robot Chicken. Two, the Family Guy thing, I think has more to deal with the fact it's become so popular now. Most of these shows are shown on a daily basis now, on one station or another. And also, I do not think it would cost a fortune to make a Robot Chicken episode, as they are only 15 minute clips, which, of course take time to make, and make well, but considering what is used in it, I would say they don't spend a whole lot in it. Their creations are simple enough that with technology that's so open to the public, a kid could make them.
I don't think a child could capture the detail used in a robot chicken episode. Like the facial features of various actors, or a lot of the scenery. I would think that most of it is frame by frame stop motion photography that might involve dozens of pieces of a single prop. Then what do they do with all of them? I would like to see their inventory.
I recently saw the making of Scary Movie 2, and it that movie there is an Angry black cat that fights one of the actresses. They had to use 22 different cat puppets just to do a very short scene, all with stop motion photography, and one that was actually hooked up to a man's face electronically for the cats facial expressions. It's not much different than robot chicken, very time consuming with lots of little details. I don't think a kid would have that much of an attention span, or determination to do it.
Not only that, but it took a team of 5 people just make the cat, each person involved in a different aspect of it coming to life on the screen. It was actually very interesting to see what all went into five minutes of film.
And, all the people involved in that five minutes. A Lot!
The difference is, Scary Movie 2, a movie, probably with a bigger budget, and not that good of a comparison for something made of complete stop motion picture. And there are plenty of kids that make their own stop motion films, that have to do it for a class project, or just because they do enjoy those things. You can find plenty of their videos on the internet. Along with using dolls for their stop motion and whatever else they like to throw in, a lot of the computer animation can be done using Paint. I have had to make little "videos" using Paint/Slideshow and whatever sound effects to fit, which are easily found on the Microsoft Slideshow window. And to top it all off, schools are even now becoming more technologically equipped, allowing kids to do such things in school. It's not unlikely at all for kids to do videos. A better comparison though, would be a full stop-motion movie. Tim Burton would be an excellent source to get a better idea. But my guess, for a 15 minute show, and this is just my guess, I would say they spend at least a week's worth of time on it, at the very least. I could be wrong. I probably am haha. But for little action figures/dolls in a short clip, it does not require as much work.
its a great show and i like how they use every cartoon differently in their episodes.
Haha I really used to like Robot Chicken but at the end of season 3 and during the whole season 4 I kinda thought the quality of the episodes was sinking continuously so I stopped watching it regularly. The old seasons and the Star Wars episodes are great though
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