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.
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.
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.