Robot Chicken has mocked, spoofed, ridiculed, and ground into dust every single valuable IP from every major corporation in the world. Some parties have taken it better than others. It’s always nice when a company has enough of a sense of humor that they’re willing to openly work WITH Robot Chicken to create an officially licensed crossover special.
Lucasfilm did it (and it’s a good thing they got it out of the way before they no longer could). Another target of several skits has been the Archie Comics characters, but this time, Stoopid Buddy Studios is creating an entire half-hour special full of them with Archie’s blessing.
Adult Swim has announced The Bleepin’ Robot Chicken Archie Comics Special, to air sometime next month. The announcement was paired with a short twenty-second trailer of The Archies bopping to one of their signature early-sixties beats. The only hint at a plot is the one sentence put forth by AS: “Archie faces the action-packed return of Josie and the Pussycats from outer space to Riverdale.”
Besides that, what else? The Archie library now consists of eighty years of material, and that’s a lot to riff on. We’re not sure how deep they’re going to dig, but we can get some hints at the supporting cast through freeze-frames of the extra characters at the end of the trailer….
Josie, Melody, Valerie, Alex Cabot III, Alan M: These are shown first and we already knew they would be there, but the quick shots reveal their appearances are based on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon (which WB owns), not the comic, where Cabot has a different look.
Nondescript Cat: Shown right after the Josie characters. Did Josie have a cat in the cartoon? Or is this Sabrina’s cat Salem? Or is it another cat altogether? We don’t know.
Mr. Weatherbee and Miss Grundy: These two aren’t surprising.
Marmaduke “Moose” Mason and Midge Klump: The most committed couple at Riverdale High, and I always find it baffling when a writer does a “future” story where they aren’t together anymore. Moose is so devoted to Midge that he’ll notoriously beat the ever-loving stuffing out of anyone who so much glances in her direction. No one else at that school is steady to such an extreme (especially Archie, who has the biggest wandering eye of anyone, and yet it’s always assumed he’ll marry either Betty or Veronica).
Cheryl Blossom: Introduced in the early 80s, along with her brother, as a scheming and petty lass from the upscale neighborhood of Pembrooke. Her main purpose is to complicate the main Love Triangle from time to time, and to make Veronica look good.
Dilton Doiley: Stereotypical genius nerd from back in the days when every nerd was depicted like this. His best friend is the dumb jock Moose for the sake of irony.
Hot Dog: Jughead’s pooch. Once had a wild and crazy comic book of his own, where his doghouse was a TARDIS that contained every invention in the universe. If you read just one Archie comic this week, make it that one.
Zombie Archie With Tongue Hanging Out: Zombie Archie With Tongue Hanging Out is one of the comic’s most popular and iconic creations, with a solo series that made it to issue 300 back in 1983. There was also a two-season cartoon by Filmation, and a revival in the 80s by DIC where Zombie Archie With Tongue Hanging Out had a flying skateboard.
Anyway, this special airs Sunday, May 23 at midnight on Adult Swim.