Robot Chicken | Seth Green & Matthew Senreich | Talks at Google | Summary and Q&A

April 30, 2013
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Robot Chicken | Seth Green & Matthew Senreich | Talks at Google


Robot Chicken creators discuss the origins of the show, their writing process, and working with well-known actors. They also address rumors about an Entourage movie and an Austin Powers 4.

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Key Insights

  • πŸ’— Robot Chicken started as a passion project between friends and grew into a successful show.
  • βœ‹ The show's success can be attributed to its unique concept of stop-motion animation sketch comedy.
  • πŸ₯° The creators have a strong love for toys and pop culture, which is evident in their writing.
  • πŸ˜€ The show has faced some censorship and limitations due to the nature of its content, and they've had to cut or modify certain sketches.
  • πŸ§‘β€πŸ­ Collaboration with well-known actors and comedians has helped bring attention and credibility to the show.
  • 🧑 The show has been praised for its innovative and irreverent humor, which appeals to a wide range of audiences.
  • 🌱 There are plans for Robot Chicken to have an extended lifespan, with the release of unreleased episodes and potential future projects.


MALE SPEAKER: So we're very pleased to have the "Robot Chicken" show leads from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios here today with us. We have show creators Seth Green and Matt Senreich. [APPLAUSE] MALE SPEAKER: And we've also got director Zeb Wells. And-- [APPLAUSE] MALE SPEAKER:--head writer Tom Root. [APPLAUSE] MALE SPEAKER: And executive producer. So quick... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: How did the creators get started with Robot Chicken?

Seth Green and Matt Senreich met while working at "Wizard" and "ToyFare" magazine. They bonded over their love for toys and started creating custom action figures. This led to a web short and eventually pitching the show to Adult Swim.

Q: How did the show evolve from web shorts to a full series?

After producing content for the internet, Robot Chicken caught the attention of Sony Digital. They made a deal to shop the content around, and it eventually caught the interest of Adult Swim, which was looking for original shows.

Q: How do the creators come up with sketches for the show?

The writing process involves brainstorming and scripting. They have a team of writers, with a rotating crew for each four or five-week cycle. The sketches are created to make each other laugh, and they rely on their own sense of humor rather than trying to cater to others.

Q: How do they decide which sketches to include in each episode?

The sketches go through a voting process, where the majority of the team has to agree on whether a sketch is good enough for the show. They also make cuts during the editing process if sketches are too long or not funny enough.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Robot Chicken, a stop-motion animation sketch comedy, has won four Emmys and become popular for spoofing pop culture icons and 80s cartoons.

  • The show was born out of a friendship between co-creators Seth Green and Matt Senreich, who met at a magazine called "Wizard" and "ToyFare."

  • The team started with web shorts and eventually pitched the show to Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, where it gained a strong following.

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