“Well, the Legion of Doom is going to the beach!”
After the success of Robot Chicken: DC Comics Special, the creative team was asked to put together a sequel. They came at it from the best place — where they don’t have plans for one and so just want to see what is funny and would be fun to produce. It results in a highly successful endeavor. I can give you many reasons to watch Robot Chicken: DC Comics Special 2: Villains in Paradise if for some strange reason the title alone doesn’t sell it for you, but I will limit myself to three.
Number One: The linear storyline which flows through these 22 minutes of sketches parodies everything from the Girl Scouts to Grease. It’s an extremely tight script which allows for not one but three musical numbers within, and every part of the show is cohesive. There are no truly random bits here; instead, be prepared for a completely uncensored journey through some of the best skewers of pop culture as seen through the lens of DC Comics.
Number Two: The cast. It’s a testament to not just the quality of the show but the atmosphere of fun permeating the creation that so many recognizable and beloved actors have lent their pipes to the Robot Chicken universe. This go around we have Seth Green, Alex Borstein, Clancy Brown, Zac Efron, Nathan Fillion, Clare Grant, Sarah Hyland, Breckin Meyer, Alfred Molina, Paul Reubens, and Giovanni Ribisi.
Number Three: Sexx Luthor. If that doesn’t make you want to check this out then nothing will.
You should go in as blind to the story as you can in order to get the most out of your viewing pleasure, and it will be a pleasure watching this. It’s obvious tons of hard work and love went into this production and it’s one of the easiest things to recommend.
In terms of technical specs, it’s well known I adore stop-motion animation and this disc doesn’t let me down. The colors are as well saturated as you can ask for outside of a Blu-ray and the 1.78:1 widescreen transfer is free of any common glitches. The audio is a strong Dolby 5.1 track, which is put through its paces by the multitude of musical numbers and doesn’t fail.
Special features are almost an embarrassment of riches, topping out at over 90 minutes, over four times the runtime of the special itself. There’s not one but two commentary tracks, deleted scenes and deleted storyboards, an alternate way of viewing the special called “Chicken Nuggets,” and plenty of informative behind-the-scenes featurettes which answer just about every question you could think of in relation to the special.
Unless you’re holding out for the Blu-ray release, go ahead and snatch up Robot Chicken: DC Comics Special 2: Villains in Paradise today through that handy little button on this page.