Robot Chicken

Season 1 Episode 1

Junk in the Trunk

Aired Sunday 11:30 PM Feb 20, 2005 on Cartoon Network



  • Trivia

    • In the World's Most One-Sided Fistfights segment, there is a scene where a man hits a monkey with a club. A man hitting a monkey with a club is technically not a fistfight. This was also talked about on the DVD commentary for this episode.

    • Seth Green has commented that he and the other creators/writers didn't want the show to be about animating childish jokes, but the 'I'm So Hungry' skit is one of two that appear in the series. The other is 'It's Driving Me Nuts!' from Midnight Snack which is just a punchline.

    • Goof: The Cowardly Lion in the 'Oz' segment appears to have human hands.

    • The disclaimer at the beginning of the Tacos Rule segment is a popular phrase added to political messages. Their use was increased heavily to assure the public against false information during the John Kerry Swiftboat controversy.

    • Optimus Prime's death scene in the hospital, is a direct parody of his famous death scene in Transformers: The Movie, with several Autobots by his side on his deathbed, complete with grieving, not to mention the flatlining.

    • While the figure for Optimus Prime was custom made for most of the Transformers sketch, the figure used in Optimus' explanation of prostate cancer was a 14-inch figure from the 1980's toyline.

      Actually both Optimus Prime figures were actual figures, the Optimus Prime used for most of the sketch was from the Robot Masters Toyline , and the one giving the prostate explaination was Master Piece Convoy/Optimus Prime, Ironhide and Ratchets are actually custom, since their G1 toy robot modes didn't resemble their cartoon counterparts.

    • When Optimus is "dying" in the hospital, the scene starts with his IV drip attached to his right arm. In all subsequent scenes within the same sequence, it's attached to the left arm.

  • Quotes

    • Man #1: I'm so hungry!
      Man #2: Hi, Mr. Hungry, may I call you 'So'?

    • Optimus Prime: Hi. I'm Optimus Prime. What you've just seen was a dramatization of what you, your friends, and your family go through if you don't get regular prostate exams. Now, we transformers don't have organic internal organs and can't get cancer, but you do...and you can.
      Jazz: So, get your ass checked out before it's too late, turkeys!

    • Ironhide: Hey, Prowl! You notice how often Prime has to drain the lizard nowadays?
      Prowl: Yea! He must be French, cuz he's-a-peein'! Ha ha ha!
      Ironhide: Uhh, I think that's "*You're* a-peein'"
      Prowl: He he he... but... I'm not.
      Ironhide: Ugh, such a Retardicon

    • Bloopers Host: And here's some rare footage from that smash-hit cartoon, "Pokemon"...
      Pikachu: Pikachu! Pika Pika. Pika Pi!
      Squirtle: Squirtle Squirtle! Squirtle Squirtle!
      Pikachu: Pika Pika! Pikachu!
      Squirtle: Squirtle Squirtle! Squir- (losing it) What the **** am I saying?! No, I mean it! This **** makes no sense at all!
      Pikachu: Say the lines, Earl, or you'll get the gas!
      Squirtle: (to the viewers) For the love of Christ, kids, go read a book or something!

    • (The Human Torch is sitting on a doctor's table in full "flame-on" mode.)
      Human Torch: Hey doc, It burns when I pee.
      (Quite suddenly, Optimus Prime sticks his head into the frame.)
      Optimus Prime: What did I just tell you?!?

    • (Ratchet is giving Optimus Prime a prostate exam.)
      Optimus Prime: Whoa! Using the whole fist, Doc?

    • Goerge W. Bush: Hello, I'm Goerge W. Bush, and I approve this message. Tacos Rule!

  • Notes

    • The adult swim bumper for this episode was

      It comes from California
      With a banjo on its knee.
      To be broadcast in Hotlanta
      For the bitches
      For to see.
      Robot Chicken
      It'll twist your little head.
      For it comes from California
      To kill you f*****g dead.

      Robot Chicken?
      Meet the Viewers.
      Meet Robot Chicken.

      [adult swim]

    • Peter Cullen was approached about reprising his role as Optimus Prime for the sketch, but rejected the offer. Instead, Abraham Benrubi voices him here. According to the DVD commentary, Peter Cullen took his role as Optimus Prime very seriously and didn't want to do anything to make fun of the character, which the Robot Chicken crew said they respected.

    • Produced as the second episode, after The Deep End, but was aired first.

    • The music 'clucked' at the end of the show is the musak that played in the original movie 'dawn of the dead'

    • What came first. The Chicken or the Robot.
      Seth Green started as a huge fan of Toyfare magazine. Then he became a guest contributor to the magizne. That lead to his hand into the creation of Robot Chicken.

    • Episode Title:
      "Junk in the Trunk" was the original name of the show. However, the name belonged to a series of pornography films, so the writers had to come up with another name. They would later decide upon "Robot Chicken" based on an menu item from a local Chinese restaurant. It appears the writers still included "Junk in the Trunk" for the title of the first episode.

    • Stoopid Monkey
      The Stoopid Monkey logo is hammering its own tail.

    • [adult swim] Ratings
      732,000 Adults 18-34

    • Bloopers on Sweet J Presents
      A majority of the bloopers originally appeared in the original Internet "Sweet J Presents" web series' 5th episode, but were reshot to reflect a better budget. Shown are the "Panda Reporter," "Dukes of Hazzard," "X-Files Auditions," "Drunk Superman," "Diff'rent Strokes," "Pokémon," and "Bloopers in Space." The only differences are that the Diff'rent Strokes blooper replaces a "Webster" blooper, there is more to the Dukes of Hazzard bit and Corky's lines change in the "X-Files Auditions."

    • TTT Regulars
      Captain Kirk, Spock, The Duke Brothers, The Human Torch

  • Allusions

    • USS Abraham Lincoln

      George Bush is wearing an Air Force flight suit similar to what he wore aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln during the infamous Mission Accomplished debacle.

    • X-SPAN

      The sketch is a mixed parody between MTV's TRL,, where fans vote on music videos, and the channel C-SPAN, where senators and other congressmen are televised during their debates and the sort.

    • Oz

      The channel flip entitled Oz was a mixing of the classical film, Wizard of Oz, which featured a living Scarecrow character, and the HBO original series, Oz, a dramatic show featured in a prison.

    • Twisted Toyfare Theater AKA TTT
      It seems that "Robot Chicken" is essentially a televised version of "Twisted Toyfare Theater", a regular feature that has various toys, usually led by Mego Spider-Man (who doesn't give a &"%#!) and his gang of idiots, going through bizarre situational comedy.

    • Nelly Furtado
      The second screaming fan on X-SPAN Request Live says her name is Nelly Furtado. There's a fairly well known singer with the same name.

    • Human Torch in TTT
      Human Torch says it burns when he pees. In TTT he says he is glad his pee turns to steam when he pees while The Mego Avengers, Fantastic Four and X-Men are fighting.

    • The Gonk
      The closing credits theme is called "The Gonk." It may or may not be the series closing theme because sometimes it's not used in other episodes. It is best remembered as the music that plays over another set of closing credits. It ends George Romero's original version of Dawn Of The Dead. "The Gonk" in that movie is credited to Herbert Chapell. Robot Chicken, though, uses a clucking version of the music.

    • This is Your Brain on Drugs
      The drug awareness sketch is a parody of the original PTA commercial, which also had Rachael Leigh Cook in it. The commercial aired about seven years ago, near the turn of the century. In the original, however, the commercial stopped when Rachael was thrashing the kitchen.

    • Oprah Winfrey
      Oprah is a powerful black woman in America who hosts her own talk show. She is well known for the episodes where she helps people and gives stuff away.

    • Transformers characters featured in this episode:
      Ratchet, Ironhide, Prowl, Grimlock, Swoop, Arcee, Bumblebee, Jazz, and Starscream.

    • Aqua Teen Hunger Force
      The opening of Robot Chicken is alot like Doctor Weird from Aqua Teen Hunger Force, if you look in the background during one part you can even see a big castle like lab.

    • Fletch
      Optimous Prime's remark "Using the whole fist, Doc?" is a reference to the 1985 movie "Fletch" starring Chevy Chase. Chase plays a newspaper columnist hired by a stranger to murder him because the stranger is allegedly dying of bone cancer. Chase's character, "Fletch," goes undercover to try to determine the truth and, in a hilarious scene, receives a proctological exam from the stranger's doctor (played by M. Emmet Walsh) where Fletch asks, "Using the whole fist, Doc?"