Remember that animated Star Wars series from the Robot Chicken team, Star Wars: Detours? Well, Lucasfilm has renewed the trademark. Why? I have no idea, but I hope it means that one day it will see the light of day! If you need a reminder of what the series is about, here’s the synopsis:
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.
It’s been six years since Lucasfilm announced the series at Star Wars Celebration in 2012. The comedy series was ready to go with 39 completed episodes and 62 scripts ready to be produced before Lucasfilm put it on hold indefinitely. The series even had George Lucas‘ stamp of approval. Here’s what Seth Green previously had to say about the series:
“So there’s actually been quite a bit of talk about this, but Detours is just on hold currently. We have 39 finished episodes and around 62 finished scripts. But that entire show was created before the decision to make more Star Wars movies, so our show (which was created by George Lucas) is an animated sitcom in the world of Star Wars, so we had a lot of conversations with Kathleen Kennedy about Star Wars in not just the next three years but the next 30 years, and when you’re in as privileged a position as we were to be able to work on Star Wars content with its creator, you get a great sense of responsibility to the whole. I was introduced to Star Wars as a child and it was without any ironic or comedic lens, so I saw Darth Vader as scary, and I saw all of those messages very very clearly. We didn’t think it made any sense, in anticipation of these new movies coming out, to spend the next three years with an animated sitcom as three generations’ of kids first introduction to the Star Wars universe.
I do feel that Detours is a timeless bit of entertainment. Media distribution is changing so quickly, so dramatically, that can you even imagine what distribution of content will look like in five years? In a day and age when Netflix series are nominated for the top accolades TV has to offer, who is to say what it will look like when the new Star Wars movie comes out? So Detours can sit on a shelf until the Star Wars movie comes out without losing any of its lustre, because what we’ve created is very funny, very smart and like I said before, timeless.”
After Disney bought Lucasfilm, the series was canceled for the time being. It’s a shame that this series ended up being a casualty of that big deal, but maybe Lucasfilm still plans on releasing it one day. That might be one of the reasons why they renewed the trademark. I think the world could use a little fun Star Wars humor right now.
I also included a trailer for Star Wars: Detours that you can watch below.