10 Clucking Good Robot Chicken Moments

X-Men to Star Wars, parody kings take on geek culture...

While we’re still not sure that Short Circuit needs to be remade, we’re happy that Robot Chicken writer Dan Milano is having a crack at the script.

Robot Chicken – created by Seth Green and Matthew Senreich is a cracking, ADD-influenced blast of pure geek parody.

They cover everything in pop culture and have created some spot on movie parodies over the years. Here are a few of our favourites…


The Movie Being Parodied: The NeverEnding Story (1984)
 
Why It's Funny: It pokes fun at the essential cheesiness of Wolfgang Petersen’s 1984 fantasy trifle.

We especially love Atreyu vacuuming Falkor at the start.

Plus, Rockbiter throwing gang signs after crushing a cop is never not funny.
 
Clucking Good Line: “Say my name Bastian… Say my name!” The Empress gets into the swing of things.

Next: Batman Begins


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The Movie Being Parodied: Batman Begins (200)
 
Why It's Funny: It captures the tone and look of Chris Nolan’s Bat-universe perfectly: the soaring music, the glimpse of main character Heimlich standing atop a building in his lederhosen.

Bonus points for the crack at Rob Schneider with the “Space Gigolo” poster reference and joke from the off.
 
Clucking Good Line:
“It’s always sausage with you, isn’t it?” A random Hollywood executive cuts Joel Schumacher to the core.

Next: Michael Bay

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The Movie Being Parodied: Every Michael Bay film ever made
 
Why It's Funny: Michael Bay. Explosions. ‘Nuff said.

Oh, and the perfectly overenthusiastic trailer announcer who sounds like he’s having an orgasm while providing voice-over for the various pyrotechnics.
 
Clucking Good Line: “That sucked!” Cinemagoer speaks the truth. 

Next: March Of The Penguins
 

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The Movie Being Parodied: March Of The Penguins (2005)
 
Why It's Funny: Only the Chicken gang would think to spoof the hit doc using The Penguin from out of Batman.

He’s a superbly foul, squalid and hilarious version of the old Batman TV show’s take on the character.

Top marks for the spot-on Morgan Freeman impersonation.
 
Clucking Good Line:
“The penguin’s mating ritual can last for two hours… or two minutes.”

Next: ET


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The Movie Being Parodied: ET (1982)
 
Why It's Funny: Haven’t you ever wondered what ET’s race is really like?

We love that it’s actually much more like a typical American High school, with a bunch of bullies pointing out how “special” our pudgy, poo-shaped hero is.

And there’s even time for an extra SF parody right at the end.
 
Clucking Good Line: “What the hell are you calling yourself ‘ET’ for, spaz? Your name is Cleeborp!”

Next: Star Wars


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The Movie Being Parodied: Star Wars (1977)
 
Why It's Funny: Star Wars has been picked at and spoofed so many times over the years, it’s a wonder anyone can find something new to poke fun at.

Extra kudos, then to the Chickens, for smartly making fun of some minor characters.

Poor old Ponda Baba – simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. We particularly like that his encounter at Mos Eisley ruined his job.

Clucking Good Line: “I love your hair! Where did you get it done?” If only he’d had subtitles in real life…

Next: X-Men


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The Movie Being Parodied: X-Men (2000)
 

Why It's Funny: Mixing X-Men and Police Academy? Superb!

It doesn’t hurt that the Chicken crew takes delight in abusing the academy idiots – while still knowingly playing to their strengths.

We’d pay to see this in the cinema. If only because they all die…

Clucking Good Line:
“Well, that’s… Horrifying.” Hightower’s uniform gives Professor X a nasty surprise.

Next: Godzilla


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The Movie Being Parodied: Godzilla (1954)
 
Why It's Funny: A great blend of Godzilla and Training Day (no, really), which sees the big G taking a new recruit out on the dangerous streets. To stomp them…

Denzel couldn’t have done it better…

Clucking Good Line: “You got to unlearn that bulls**t they teach you on Monster Island, ‘cos that s**t will get you killed…”

Next: Clash Of The Titans


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The Movie Being Parodied: Clash Of The Titans (1981)
 
Why It's Funny: Years of bank holiday repeats have drummed the movie  into our brains.

But this video works so well because it’s another great, thoughtful spin on a simple concept.

And what’s not to love a tiny shout-out to another popular film at the end (which we won’t spoil)? Wonder if Sam Worthington can be half this entertaining in the remake?

Clucking Good Line: “I’m free! Oh, my god… it’s oh so beautiful! I honestly thought I would never get out.”

Next: Star Trek II

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The Movie Being Parodied: Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan

Why It's Funny:
Pure, unadulterated genius.

Boiling the beloved Trek entry down to one and a half minutes of opera stylings loses none of its power but ups the laugh ratio considerably.

They even get the prefix code right. Now that’s commitment…

Clucking Good Line:
(Sung) “My ear! I’m not supposed to get eels in it!”

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