Are they clucking serious?! Adult Swim will once again go against the television grain this fall when the network releases nine full episodes of Robot Chicken to DVD and Blu-ray before they ever see the light of day – err, dark of night? – on air. In an unprecedented move, fans of the Emmy® Award-winning stop motion series from co-creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich will be able to watch nine episodes from the upcoming second half of season five on DVD before they air on Adult Swim. With the second half of Robot Chicken’s fifth season debuting just days earlier, Robot Chicken Season 5 will be released on DVD and Blu-ray beginning October 25 and will feature all 20 uncensored episodes from the series’ two-part fifth season, including nine never-before-seen episodes and, as Robot Chicken fans have come to expect, hours and hours of bonus features, including exclusive Blu-ray and DVD features.
In another series’ first, the Robot Chicken Season 5 Blu-ray release marks the first time an entire season of Robot Chicken will be available in high-definition. Among the season’s 20 episodes that include the series’ signature sketches fueled by biting pop culture parodies are episodes with titles torn from big screen marquees including “Saving Private Gigli,” “Schindler’s Bucket List” and “Casablankman.” Created by Green and Matthew Senreich’s Stoopid Monkey Productions, the duo executive produce and write the smash hit comedy with Chris McKay directing, co-Executive Producers Doug Goldstein and Tom Root heading the writing team. The series was awarded an Emmy Award last year for Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program while Green received his second nomination for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance.
The Robot Chicken Season 5 DVD and Blu-ray will carry the suggested retail price of $29.98 and $39.99 respectively, and will feature a host of bonus material including:
· Seven fully animated deleted scenes
· Over 50 deleted animatics with video introductions
· Episode commentary with celebrity guests
· Behind the scenes featurettes
· On-air promotions
Additionally, the Robot Chicken Season 5 Blu-ray will exclusively feature alternate audio takes from various sketches throughout the fifth season, while the DVD will be the only place fans can download an exclusive, uncensored version of the “Blue Rabbits” song.
Halfway through its fifth season, the beloved stop-motion comedy series continues to be the top-rated original program on Adult Swim. In a rank of all non-sport late night programs on broadcast and cable, the series was a top 5 show among Men 18-34 and a top 10 show among Men 18-34, according to Nielsen Media Research. Robot Chicken was also a top 15 show among Adults 18-34 in a rank of all non-sport late night programs, with 9.8 million Adults 18-34 tuning in overall. The series also continues to be a success on home video, with more than 1.3 million Robot Chicken DVDs sold to date.
Robot Chicken has also won numerous Annie Awards. Green and Senreich are also working on Lucasfilm’s animated comedic Star Wars television series and launch their Stoopid Monkey channel on YouTube this week (youtube.com/Stoopid Monkey) with an original eponymous new series.
Adult Swim will support the release of Robot Chicken Season 5 with a consumer marketing campaign targeting fans of the show and the network. Thirty-second television ads will be featured on Adult Swim, while online advertisements will also be featured on AdultSwim.com as well as other appropriate, fan-targeted online sites.