Matt Senreich and Seth Green are still goofy as ever a decade later, staying true to the irreverent comedic formula that propelled their hit show, Robot Chicken, into the legendary “adult” cartoon canon.
“Nothing much has changed since we started in 2000,” said a nostalgia Senreich during a panel at PaleyFest NY, a two-week celebration of TV’s greatest, modern shows. “We try to stay relevant by hiring young writers so we can stay on top of pop culture, but other than that, everything is pretty much the same.”
Given how crude the animation and jokes can be on his show, Seth Green is admittedly shocked on how they have managed to stay on-air for so long. In fact, this endless sense of disbelief has become a running joke on Robot Chicken: at least one episode each season, a miniaturized, action-figured Green and Senreich embark on equally absurd and dangerous missions to save their show. Whether it is the dynamic duo dodging the bullets of Josh Weedon’s pistol or being tossed into space by big media executives, Robot Chicken certainly has a penchant for wry self-deprecation. “We loved the running joke of us getting canceled every season, which is sort of a half-joke,” Seth Green chortled. “Over the years, it has been so amazing to see parents show their kids our show. Corrupting the youth is apparently what we do best!”
Be sure to join in on the joke this fall and watch Robot Chicken on Sundays at midnight on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.