Laff riot! Robot Chicken to lampoon Avatar, Twilight

Robot Chicken, Seth Green's stop-motion-animated Cartoon Network series, has set its sights on two of the most popular genre films of the last year—Avatar and Twilight—for spoofs along the lines of its hit Star Wars parody.

Co-creator Green told us that the new takeoffs will feature action figures in the likenesses of the films' characters. (The Adult Swim show is a series of comedy bits performed by stop-motion-animated figures.)

"We take some really basic stuff and laugh about it," Green said in an interview last week. "I don't know, I like to think our view of stuff is different than what people typically think of, but we really just point to the most simple elements and say, 'Isn't this funny?'"

The show makes use of actual consumer toys in a lot of its animation. Green added that his animators can use the actual Avatar toys to animate their sketches, but will have to construct new ones for Twilight.

"Mattel made a ton of really sweet Avatar stuff," Green said. "The Twilight stuff we're going to have to make because of the scale. All the Avatar stuff is all similar scale, so we can populate an entire sketch with all of their toys. With Twilight they have to interact with other characters, so the Twilight toys won't work for us."

When can we see this? "It'll only be about 10 months," Green said. "We're about seven weeks into writing the fifth season. We've got five episodes down, working on the next five."

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