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Robot Chicken is a stop motion animation TV series best known for its parodies of popular culture and internet memes using toys, action figures and clay sculptures.
Inspired by the photo comic-strip “Twisted ToyFare Theater” from ToyFare magazine, the first Robot Chicken series appeared on the Sony website Screenblast as part of a production titled Sweet J Presents in 2001 and was created and produced by Seth Green and Matthew Senreich. After twelve episodes, the series ended and returned on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block as Robot Chicken on February 20th, 2005. As of April 2014, the show has run for a total of seven seasons, 121 episodes and eight specials.
Robot Chicken: Star Wars
On June 17th, 2007, Adult Swim aired a special one-off episode titled Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode I, featuring a stop motion animated parody of the Star Wars science fiction films (shown below). The episode was well received, winning the Annie Award for Best Directing in an Animated Television Production and a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program. The episode was released for DVD on July 22nd, 2008.
On July 31st, 2005, the Robot Chicken Wiki was launched, which accumulated upwards of 4,900 entries in the following nine years. On November 17th, 2009, the /r/robotchicken subreddit, was created for discussions related to the animated television show. On August 8th, 2011, a Facebook page titled “Robot Chicken” was launched, gathering more than 55,500 likes in the first three years.
My Only Weakness!
“My Only Weakness!” is a catchphrase shouted by the character Composite Santa Claus. During a fight between Dragonball Z heroes Goku and Gohan, Composite Santa’s snowman half melts, causing him to yell out “Temperatures over thirty-two degrees Fahrenheit! My only weakness!” The expression has been used to caption photos depicting surrender or dismay.
What a Twist!
“What a Twist!” is an expression referencing the signature plot twists in films written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, which is often used online to indicate something unexpected has occurred. The phrase was originally quoted in a sketch titled “The Twist” from Robot Chicken Season 1 Episode 9.