In the opening credit sequence, the chicken receives cybernetic parts exactly like those of Vic "Cyborg" Stone from the Teen Titans of DC Comics.
Over 60 titles were considered for this show, including "Junk in the Trunk", "ADD TV", "Gold Dust Gasoline", "Toyz in the Hood", "Vegetable Fun Fest", "S&M Presents" but all were rejected due to trademark or other legal reasons. Out of the many titles the show's creators submitted only "Robot Chicken", the name of a local Chinese restaurant dish, was accepted. Some of the rejected names were later used as episode titles.
The show is based on a regular feature in ToyFare magazine, of which Matthew Senreich was the editor. The feature was titled "Twisted Toyfare Theater" and had various toys in bizarre situations. Then, Senreich interviewed Seth Green for his magazine and Green approached Senreich about doing an animated series based on the magazine feature. The result was an Internet series titled "Sweet J Presents" which aired on Sony's website in 2001. Green and Senreich then pitched the show to the Cartoon Network.
The closing theme music is a chicken-clucking version of The Gonk, a piece of music played in the mall in Dawn of the Dead that was also used for the closing credits of the film.
The mad scientist who never speaks is named Fritz Huhnmörder. "Huhnmörder" is German for "chicken murderer".
All the product placements are heavily blurred out for comedic purposes. There are not actual brands on the blurred out areas, they are nothing but plastic pieces of Lego or other toys. Somehow, the brand names of products and stores are frequently mentioned.
Les Claypool is the composer of the theme song. He also composed and sang the theme to "South Park", and is the leader of the band, Primus.
Although some stop-motion animation figures are made of clay, the figures in this series are either a hybrid of plastic doll limbs and Styrofoam torsos or toys that are made completely of plastic. Very few small figures, however, like the lemmings in The Animal Kingdom presents sketch, are made of clay.
In "Junk in the Trunk", during the Superman blooper reel, the picture on the wall seen above the desk is also seen in the second 'Seacrest, out' skit from "Plastic Buffet."
In the credits of every episode Sarah Michelle Gellar-Prinze and Mila Kunis have a special spoof credit. And in most seasons there is a different person from the staff given a spoof credit right after them.
There's a sketch where it shows Rachel Leigh Cook using an egg to show what happens when your brain is on heroin and smashes it. Then she smashes the room, breaks into town and smashes other things. This was actually based on Cook's anti-drug commercial where she does smash an egg with a frying pan then trashes the room, referring to the things she smashed as family, career, etc.
In the "Meteorgeddon" and "Chucky/Lettuce Patch" segments there are a series of spinning newspapers. Hidden between the double lines below the titles of these faux publications are little hidden messages. Meteorgeddon - The Orange Times: "It's only news if we say it is", The Dizzy Times: "We jumped the shark on this one folks", The Spinning News: "News sucks, use this for picking up dog poop". Chucky/Lettuce Patch - The Spinning News: "Are you getting dizzy yet?", The Orange Times: "News, bound to make your head spin", Hollywood Reports: "Spinning the news for you daily".
In the "Meteorgeddon" segment, the censored beverage in the hand of the live-action nerd is a can of Red Bull.
Named for an episode of the original Star Trek series.
In the scene where Snarf is snatched off the street, a poster of Macaulay Culkin with the caption "Free Mack" can be seen in the background. At the time this episode was produced, Culkin had been arrested for drug possession and was unable to reprise his previous role of Prince Adam.
The characters in the Scooby-Doo parody are all voiced by the actors who portrayed the characters in the Scooby-Doo movies. The cast is also reunited with Seth Green, who starred in Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.
This episode would be the last TV role for Don Knotts.
For the 2010 Sand Diego Comic-Con, Mattel made and released Mo-Larr, Eternian Dentist, as part of an exclusive collectible figure pack. The set came with accessories from the sketch, along with a Skeletor figure with missing wisdom tooth.
The Archie/Final Destination sketch was not included on any DVD releases due to copyright issues with Archie Comics.
Although Alfonso Freeman did voice work in this episode, he did not perform in the sketch spoofing his father Morgan Freeman's narration of La marche de l'empereur (2005). He did not sound enough like his father to play the role. Tom Kane plays the narrator.