LucasFilm has released a bevy of promotional material for its upcoming in-house parody.
It’s a little irregular for a major studio to help out with a parody work of its most successful franchise, but this new Star Wars Parody from Seth Green and Matt Senrich, the creators of the hilarious Robot Chicken, is a LucasFilm production, though it is certainly not top-level canon, or any-level canon for that matter.
The show takes place between the two film trilogies, and mostly follows the characters of Episode 4 in their pre-movie time-line lives, doing very goofy things. While it doesn’t look like it will have as many laughs a minute as Robot Chicken, there are definitely a few funny moments in this trailer:
Of course, most of it is inside jokes, and those who are not Star Wars fans, or who don’t know the films well, would likely not get most of the humor, but it seems that it will actually have a bit of a plot arc, at least episodically.
Some blogs and magazines are claiming the show is actually the final version of the Star Wars live-action show which has been in development for the last decade, and that the name was changed from Star Wars: Underworld. This is not so. Star Wars: Underworld is still looking for funding, and LucasFilm still plans to produce it eventually. Star Wars: Detours is a completely unrelated project, though it takes place during the same time frame – between the trilogies – which may have caused the confusion.
The synopsis of the series is thus:
Star Wars Detours is an animated comedy that explores what daily life is like in a galaxy far, far away. There are no Empires striking back or attacking clones here. Instead, “Star Wars Detours” focuses on the universe’s regular folks and their everyday problems… which, to be fair, do frequently involve famous bounty hunters, crazed Ewoks, and even a Dark Lord of the Sith.
Welcome to “Star Wars: Detours”: the other side of the stars, between the wars.
In addition, we have three clips from the show which depict various central characters. The first offers a glimpse of what kind of goofiness The Emperor will be getting up to.
The second shows us the friendship between Han and Chewie:
and, finally, the pretensions of a teenaged Princess Leia:
Star Wars: Detours will include the voices of Ahmed Best, Anthony Daniels, Felicia Day, Donald Faison, Billy Dee Williams, and “Weird” Al Yankovic – that we know of so far – along side co-creator Seth Green.
The show is still in production, and there is no word yet on how many episodes there may be, where they might be aired, nor when we can expect them to premiere.