December will be a pretty sweet month for "Star Wars" aficionados, with both "Family Guy" and "Robot Chicken" rolling out third installments of their respective parodies. On the "Family Guy" front, Seth MacFarlane & Co. will be taking on "Return of the Jedi" on December 21, with "Robot Chicken" taking fans to a galaxy far, far away a week earlier on December 12.
Fans of both shows have surely noticed some level of crossover, thanks mostly to "Chicken" co-creator Seth Green who also doubles as the voice of Chris Griffin on the hit Fox series. But according to Green, "Family Guy" and "Robot Chicken" are careful to avoid any doubling of jokes when it come to George Lucas' empire.
"We're covering all the same topics without overlapping each other," Green told us at the New York Comic Con. "We're telling jokes about the same stuff but we're not telling the same jokes."
As Green explained with fellow "Chicken" collab Matthew Senreich, the shows have managed to carve out their respective niches while managing to play in the same sandbox. "They focus on the episode and then retelling the episode with the characters and then a lot of on-topic jokes," explained Green. "We just sort of show what was behind the scenes or what happened after that door closed, or what someone was thinking."
The shows will further cement that friendly relationship when "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane reprises his role on "Robot Chicken" as the evil Emperor Palpatine. "We look at him as an extended part of the family," said Senreich.
"Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III" will air December 12 on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.