The Cartoon Network has released a trailer for its upcoming DC Comics special episode of Robot Chicken.
The stop-motion animated short-form parody variety show has been gathering a following over the last 5 years of production, growing in quality both in the writing and performance (the animation style has remained mostly unchanged). Run in part by comedian Seth green, the cast of the show consists largely of Green’s friends and colleagues in the industry, including regulars like Seth MacFarlane, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Rachel Leigh Cook, and Macaulay Culkin.
The DC Comics Special episode will be the fifth special episode (which are longer than the typical 10 min episodes, and are more thematically focused) for the show, and only the second not to deal entirely with Star Wars. While Robot Chicken frequently lampooned comics heroes, occasionally with the help of insiders like Stan Lee – who has even provided voce work for the show on occasion – but this is the first production from the team which will work directly and Officially with DC Entertainment.
This episode will feature even more famous voices, including Paul Reubens as The Riddler, Neil Patrick Harris as Two-Face, Nathan Fillion as the Green Lantern, Megan Fox as Lois Lane, Alfred Molina as Lex Luthor, and Breckin Meyer as Superman.
It looks like great fun for comics fans, as the writers are themselves lovers of comics, and so the jokes will reflect the culture well.
Of course, there is no plot to speak of, as the show mostly consists of quick jokes based on observational and absurd humor, but the episode will follow a thread that sees Aquaman tormented by the other Justice League Members only to have him save the day in the end. This might be considered a sub-plot however, to the greater goal of poking fun at the beloved characters.
Robot Chicken: DC Comics Special airs September 9th, 2012 during Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block, and will sometime afterward be available on the Robot Chicken website.