Talking Robot Chicken with executive producers Eric Towner and John Harvatine IV

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It has to be a challenge to keep a show fresh and entertaining after eight seasons, but Robot Chicken has been able to do that thanks to the great stop-motion animation work and voice cast, and incorporating pop culture with specials like Star Wars and DC.

At San Diego Comic-Con, we had the chance to sit down and talk with Robot Chicken’s executive producers Eric Towner and John Harvatine IV about stop-motion animation and keeping the show fun.

“It’s always exciting, It’s super cool to be nominated for an Emmy or really anything, an Annie [award], we will take whatever we can get, a consolation prize, anything.” John added, “It’s exciting because we are also fans of thew show, so being able to make more episodes is a fun thing to do.”

“Anyone can pick up a camera and start moving things around, we encourage it because it’s a lot of fun and you should do it, but it’s a challenge we have all the moving parts that a show like Robot Chicken has. All the artists in every department, that you have to have in sync to make the show, so it’s not easy…it’s not for the weak,” Eric said. “Yeah, it takes a lot of patience. I mean the animators are getting between 8-10 seconds of animation in an entire day of work, so it takes a lot of patience, a lot of persistence, constantly fighting gravity and things like that but at the end it turns out really cool. It’s a lot of fun.”

If you ever wondered how long it takes for the Robot Chicken team to make an episode, it’s about 2 weeks. To do about 20 episodes, it takes about 13 months.

You can watch the full interview below:

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.