I just got off the phone with Seth Green, who is getting excited about attending his 13th International Comic-Con. He’ll be there as a fan but also to spread the word about the July 22nd release of a DVD collection of stop-motion sketches from “Robot Chicken,” the wonderfully subversive “Star Wars” parody that he hatched with co-creator Matthew Senreich. This DVD has voice contributions from George Lucas (see? he does have a sense of humor), Conan O’Brien, Seth MacFarlane, Malcolm McDowell, Hulk Hogan, James Van Der Beek, Robert Smigel and Joey Fatone.
Green recently finished filming “Old Dogs,” a Disney comedy due next year. It also stars John Travolta, Robin Williams, Matt Dillon, Bernie Mac and Kelly Preston. Green said when he greeted Williams for the first time the comedy icon cursed him: “I love ‘Robot Chicken,’ [expletive]!” Green was overjoyed. “I told him, ‘Dude, you don’t even know, I’m going to swag you to pieces! I Fed-Exed him tons of ‘Robot Chicken’ stuff. I really want to get Robin Williams for ‘Robot Chicken’. But it’s going to have to be something really special.”
The trick, Green said, is hatching a skit seanrio that lives up to the scattered riff-genius of Williams. Green said he would also like to draft Travolta for some “Chicken” duty, but that may require more coaxing. “John hadn’t heard of it,” Green said a bit glumly. “I had to explain it to him a bit.”
— Geoff Boucher
Photo: Robin Williams in “Man of the Year.” Credit: Universal Pictures