'Robot Chicken' 100th Episode
In addition to attacks on pop culture, vidgames, Saturday morning cartoons and almost all fond childhood memories, the masterminds behind “Robot Chicken” also take aim at Hollywood. Even Oscar-winning classics are not immune to the action-figure mockery.
‘Toy Story 4’
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Toy Story”
Only Robot Chicken can create an unholy merger of the 1975 best pic winner and Pixar’s Oscar-winning franchise. Andy comes home from college with a new girlfriend, traumatizing the toys with his new playmate and sacrificing Buzz in the process. Woody and Buzz’s final moments parody “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” as the toy cowboy does the only thing he can to ease his friend’s pain.
James Cameron’s blue-tinted opus was a mainstay on “Robot Chicken” after its release. “Smurfatar” follows Gargamel’s attempts to adapt to village life among the Smurfs after infiltrating the white-hat culture of the three-apple-high clan in a Smurf body.
The Smurfs sound off against their less-popular, hard-to-merchandise cousins, the Snorks, in a parody that makes use of “Saving Private Ryan” battle scenes (and a little “Braveheart” thrown in for good measure).
In a lampoon of the DirecTV commercials in which actors break both character and the fourth wall to shill directly to ad watchers, the final scene of the 2004 Oscar winner has Maggie Fitzgerald using her final moments to sell the feevee’s new discount package … sans tongue.
‘The Surrealer Life’ & ‘Gandalf Game Show’
“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy
Ron Jeremy, Corey Feldman, MC Hammer and other household members of “The Surreal Life” are given the task to destroy the One Ring. Feldman pulls a Gollum in the final moments, going down with the ring and asking viewers to remember him … but only from the first part of “The Lost Boys.” In “Gandalf Game Show,” Gandalf the Grey has a hard time with the clues on “The $10,000 Pyramid.”
‘Cut Me, Mick’
The 1976 Oscar winner turns gory as Mick’s ringside skill with a blade takes a turn for the gross.
‘At the Movies’
“Driving Miss Daisy”
The 1989 Oscar winner gets a sequel with Jason Statham’s “The Transporter” playing the part of Hoke, who must resort to high-speed aerial maneuvers to get his employer to the Piggly-Wiggly.
‘At the Movies’
In “Schindler’s Pissed,” Liam Neeson returns to the role as a machine-gun yielding action hero who is “making a list, checking it twice, gonna find out who’s Nazi or nice.”
‘Robot Chicken’ 100th Episode
A beak into the future | Team reps rapid rise of nerd processors | Fandom fodder for film-flam | Initial production hurdles were nothing to cluck at