Rooster Teeth Shorts

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Short comedy films from the guys at Rooster Teeth, creators of Red vs. Blue.
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The Rooster Teeth Shorts , also known as RT Shorts are a long running ongoing series of live action short comedic films and live action sketch comedy skits from Rooster Teeth which parodies life at their offices and across various locations in Austin, Texas (such as restaurants, coffee shops, bus stops, airports, subways, parks, beaches, golf courses) in a similar fashion to the webcomic. The series features the staff of Rooster Teeth, who all play caricatures of themselves, as well as occasional appearances from voice actors from some of their machinima series in addition to featuring recurring special guest stars and other actors such as Shannon McCormick and Colton Dunn.

They were put together by Rooster Teeth Productions, starring various Rooster Teeth cast members that chronicle the adventures of Rooster Teeth Productions. There are currently two complete seasons. They are released intermittently year-round to provide content even when Red vs. Blue is not in production. After about 20 have been released, they are collected into a "season" and then released on DVD, though each short is a standalone film with no connection to any other short. Five DVD volumes have been released with a "Best of" collection as well.

The first having twenty episodes, and the second having twenty-two, as well as three episodes of 'Captain Dynamic'. About a year long official hiatus was taken during the fourth season, with a Christmas special to advertise some of their new stuff; shorts started coming out monthly as of April 1, 2013. The episodes have varying sizes, themes and aesthetics, ranging from the "mockumentary" short Dress Rehearsal, taking place entirely in one room, to Hotel Buddies taking place in a hotel in California and using some chickens, metal bits, and mysterious lights.

History[edit | edit source]

Rooster Teeth first ventured into live-action in 2009 with Captain Dynamic, a mini-series to promote the online game City of Heroes.[1] It was based around a team of writers hired to use the new in-game content creation tools to promote the title character, Captain Dynamic, the 'worst superhero in the world'. Directed by Matt Hullum and written by Burnie Burns, the series starred Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies, who is a long time friend and fan of Rooster Teeth. A number of Rooster Teeth employees were present throughout the series, notably Joel Heyman as Captain Dynamic's primary writer. Actor Shannon McCormick appears as the series' antagonist, Great Face.[2] The series also led to the release of an iPhone app called the Awesome Button.[3]

Following the positive reception of Captain Dynamic, Rooster Teeth began producing another live-action series, Rooster Teeth Shorts, a sketch comedy which parodies life at their offices in a similar fashion to the webcomic. The series features the staff of Rooster Teeth, who all play caricatures of themselves, as well as occasional appearances from voice actors from some of their machinima series. The first season ran for twenty episodes, which along with Captain Dynamic has been released on DVD.

The second season of RT Shorts debuted on April 23, 2010, with new episodes released weekly via the Rooster Teeth website[4] until a hiatus during late July 2010, during which the team focused all their efforts towards Red vs. Blue episodes. With production on Red vs. Blue complete, weekly RT Shorts episodes began again on August 28, 2010, until the second season's conclusion with its twenty-fourth episode and DVD release in early December. Shortly before season two's conclusion, Rooster Teeth collaborated with the team behind Mega64, a video game centered comedy series. Together they produced four Rooster Teeth Shorts episodes, which were released on the Rooster Teeth website as the beginning of season three.

Halfway through season four, Burns announced the cancellation of Rooster Teeth Shorts for several new series. However, on April 1, 2013, Rooster Teeth announced Rooster Teeth Shorts would return with a fifth season, on the same day, the season premiere episode Reunion was released and marked the tenth anniversary of the company.

On August 22, 2013, Rooster Teeth released six, six-second mini episodes exclusively through the video sharing service Vine. Six more were published on September 13, 2013. The third set was released on October 11, 2013, followed by a fourth set on November 8, 2013.

Seasons[edit | edit source]

Season One (April ‒ November 2009)[edit | edit source]

Season Two (April ‒ December 2010)[edit | edit source]

Season Three (December 2010 – November 2011)[edit | edit source]

Season Four (October 2011 ‒ March 2012)[edit | edit source]

Season Five (April 2013 ‒ November 2014)[edit | edit source]

Season Six (January 2015 - January 2016)[edit | edit source]

Season Seven (February 2016 - present)[edit | edit source]

DVDs[edit | edit source]

DVD Information
File:RT Shorts Vol 1 DVD.jpg Rooster Teeth Shorts: Volume 1
  • Released: November 24, 2009
  • Content: Season 1
File:RT Shorts Vol 2 DVD.jpg Rooster Teeth Shorts: Volume 2
  • Released: November 22, 2010
  • Content: Season 2
File:RT Shorts Vol 3 DVD.jpg Rooster Teeth Shorts: Volume 3
  • Released: November 15, 2011
  • Content: Season 3
File:RT Shorts Best of DVD.jpg The Best of Rooster Teeth Shorts
  • Released: July , 2013
  • Content: Some of the best shorts from Volumes 1-4, including two from Volume 5, with a mockumentary in between shorts
File:RT Shorts Vols 4 & 5 DVD.jpg Rooster Teeth Shorts - Volumes 4 & 5
  • Released: 2015
  • Content: Seasons 4 & 5
  • Special features: RT Vines, Outtakes, Cast & Crew Commentary

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