Jon Turner (jturner82) wrote in anime_dubs,
Jon Turner

Star Wars--Robot Chicken (Two VAs from Studio Ghibli Dubs Included in Cast)

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.)

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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