Jon Turner (jturner82) wrote in markhamill,
Jon Turner

Star Wars Robot Chicken

Tonight I just had the pleasure(?) of viewing the parody of "Star Wars" Robot Chicken. For those of you who don't know, this is a show which involves stop-motion animation and jabs at pop culture. It's also mostly for "mature" audiences, since a majority of the content is, uhm, a little profane and/or extreme for the young.

But that out of the way, I should mention that while this 30-minute special seemed too skimpy, I still had a blast watching it. The parodies, which involve Jar Jar Binks being thrown out of a starship by Vader, Palpatine's monologue to Luke interrupted by construction workers, George Bush having a lightsaber duel with Abraham Lincoln (no really), and a groanworthy (or funny) "Empire" on Ice parody, where the characters sing goofy lyrics to the familiar themes of George Lucas.

Of course, the real reason why I was compelled to see it was because two actors are among the cast, both of whom I've seen perform in Studio Ghibli English versions--James Van Der Beek and yes, Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill. There're other cast members, too, including Ahmed Best, Breckin Meyer, Malcolm McDowell, and lots more... including a cameo by George Lucas. All do terrific jobs, although I had a hard time identifying which actor was which. (Meyer did mention that he did the voice of Boba Fett, though.)

As for who Hamill played (and, later on, I'll mention Van der Beek), I'm guessing he did Luke Skywalker, and probably Emperor Palpatine, because the latter showed traces of the Joker voice (I figured this because I had seen a brief bumper involving the Joker, and the voice really struck with me). Either way, it was great to hear him again; Hamill's roots with "Star Wars" are unmistakable, but it is within his vocal acting where he really shines.

Where Van Der Beek is concerned (since I had heard him, along with Hamill in "Castle in the Sky"), I'm guessing he did the geeky fanboy for George Lucas. As I said, though, I liked all the performers, and I couldn't think of one who I disliked. (Even though there is the cool coincidence of hearing Dawson and Luke Skywalker in the same production a second time, it's hard to tell in this show.) I almost feel like taking out my LAPUTA DVD and playing through the dub again. (Yes, I'm a sucker for this movie, can ya blame me?) :D

Seriously, though, if you're a fan of "Star Wars" or any of these actors in particular, give this a spin, it's 30 minutes of silly fun.
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