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"Robot Chicken" crew constructs new series

By Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Adult Swim aims to clone the success of its highest-rated show, "Robot Chicken," with "Titan Maximum," a new comedy series from the creative team behind "Robot" that shares DNA with its predecessor: It too is a stop-motion animation series about robots.

"Titan," which will launch in September with an initial order of nine episodes, was created by "Robot" co-head writer/producer Tom Root and co-creator/executive producer Matthew Senreich.

"Robot" co-creator/executive producer Seth Green will voice the show's villain and executive produce with Root and Senreich.

The voice cast of the series also includes "Robot" players Breckin Meyer, Rachael Leigh Cook, Dan Milano and Eden Espinosa.

"Titan" is set 100 years in the future, when Saturn's moon Titan is defended by an elite squadron of young, brash pilots whose spaceships combine to form the giant robot Titan Maximum. Because of budget cuts, the team has been disbanded but must hastily reassemble when a former team member turns rogue and tries to conquer the solar system.

With "Titan," the creators pay homage to 1980s Japanese animated cartoons.

"There were always teams of extraordinary young people with the fate of the universe in their hands," Root said. "In reality, that would end terribly. The last thing you want when giant monsters attack is a bunch of teenagers in charge of defending you. 'Titan Maximum' is about what would really happen if a team of idiot kids was in charge of a six-story-tall robot."

Unlike "Robot Chicken," which is a sketch series, "Titan" has a permanent set of characters and continuous story lines.

(Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)

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