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Every year at San Diego Comic-Con, Robot Chicken co-creator Matt Senreich and The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman have an “annual dinner.” At this particular dinner — after discussing Robot Chicken‘s upcoming DC special — Kirkman expressed how his show felt left out of the Robot Chicken parody touch. Senreich said it “spiraled” from that.
According to the creators of Robot Chicken, The Walking Dead is the perfect jumping off point for parody. “The cool thing about [The Walking Dead] is that is takes the Walkers so seriously,” explains Robot Chicken director Tom Sheppard. “Zombies in general have become kind of a joke trope and it went back to the origins.”
The Robot Chicken Walking Dead special became a passion project for everyone involved. Co-creator Seth Green, Senreich, and Sheppard were all fans of The Walking Dead ever since its beginnings as a graphic novel.
When asked about the writing process, writer Breckin Meyer said, “You get out everything that everyone else will make fun of too. Get rid of all of the stuff that is low-hanging fruit and then get into it.”
Get the full behind-the-scenes look at the episode in the video above.
The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who’s Walking airs Oct. 8 on Adult Swim.
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