It’s that time of year when holiday specials dominate the airwaves, and fortunately for Robot Chicken fans, the popular stop-motion animation series is joining in on the fun with the succinctly named episode, “Freshly Baked: The Robot Chicken Santa Claus Pot Cookie Freakout Special: Special Edition.” If the 30-minute special is even half as good as the title, we’re in store for a treat.
The Robot Chicken Holiday Special will start Sunday, December 10, at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT and be broadcast on Cartoon Network/Adult Swim. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch Adult Swim live online, on your phone or on another streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services. They cost a monthly fee but all come with a free trial, allowing you to watch tonight’s anticipated special at no cost:
DirecTV Now: Cartoon Network and Adult Swim are included in all four of DirecTV Now’s base channel packages, which range from $35 to $70 per month. It comes with a free 7-day trial no matter what package you choose, plus you can get $25 off your first month if you enter promo code “BDAY2017”. You can watch on your computer via your browser, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the DirecTV Now app
Sling TV: Cartoon Network and Adult Swim are included in both the “Sling Orange” and “Sling Blue” channel packages, which cost $20 and $25 per month, respectively. It comes with a free 7-day trial, and you can watch on your computer via your browser, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app
PlayStation Vue: Cartoon Network and Adult Swim are included in all four channel packages, ranging from $40 to $75 per month. It comes with a free 5-day trial, and you can watch on your computer via your browser, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the PlayStation Vue app
Not a whole lot is known about the special, which will mark Robot Chicken’s first return to TV since its Walking Dead special back in October and will also serve as the Season 9 premiere. But judging by both the title of the special and the 30-second trailer, it would appear that Santa Claus is set to take a different kind of trip this Christmas:
Featuring the voices of Jason Alexander, Jemaine Clement, Madison Dylan and Breckin Meyer, the special is described as the following: “Happy holidays, everyone as Robot Chicken joins Santa for the one Christmas he’ll never forget. The North Pole elves dream of the simple toys of holidays past. Krampus puts in a good word for the coal industry. St. Nick finally meets his idol: Jared Leto.”
Moreover, the special will also produce six special Christmas songs, which will be released as a digital EP on Spotify, iTunes and other streaming platforms on Sunday. Per Paste Magazine’s Garrett Martin, here are the names of the six songs that will surely crack your Holiday playlist this year: “I’m Watching You,” “Toys Through the Years,” “Be Bad,” “What’s the Point,” “Jesus Santa Rap,” and “Happy Sappy Christmas.”