Star Wars Detours

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Star Wars Detours
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Genre
Created byGeorge Lucas
Written byBrendan Hay
Directed byTodd Grimes
JudgesObi-Wan Kenobi

General Grievous

Yoda (Only on Snack)
Voices of
Narrated byDarth Vader (Voiced by Roger Craig Smith)
Opening themeGorgu the Great
ComposerMichael A. Levine (Based on themes by John Williams)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasonsNever running out of seasons
No. of episodesNever running out of episodes (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Seth Green
  • Matthew Senreich
Production locationsAmerica, South Carolina, North Korea, Canada
Running time9 mins
Production companies
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original networkDisney XD, ABC Kids
Original releaseNever
External links
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Star Wars Detours is an unaired American CGI-animated comedy series. It is differentiated from the other Star Wars animated series in that it is a parody of the franchise. It offers a comedic take on what happened between the prequel trilogy (Episodes I–III) and the original trilogy (Episodes IV–VI). The series is produced by Lucasfilm Animation in collaboration with Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich.[1][2] Although roughly two seasons of the show exist, they have never been released to the public. Since The Walt Disney Company's acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, the show has been on hiatus to allow Lucasfilm Animation to focus on other projects.[3]

Production[edit]

The series was announced at Star Wars Celebration VI in mid-2012.[4] The series was intended to be set between the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV – A New Hope. In March 2013, Lucasfilm postponed Detours, reconsidering whether a comedy series would be a sensible way to introduce the franchise to new fans, when a sequel trilogy was also being produced.[5] That September, Green said 39 episodes had been completed, with 62 additional scripts finished.[6]

Voice actors that were involved in the show included Dee Bradley Baker,[7] Abraham Benrubi, Ahmed Best as Jar Jar Binks, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Felicia Day, Donald Faison, Nat Faxon, Seth Green as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jennifer Hale, Zachary Levi, Joel McHale, Breckin Meyer, Dan Milano, Andy Richter as Zuckuss,[8] Cree Summer, Catherine Taber[7] as Princess Leia, Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, "Weird Al" Yankovic as 4-LOM,[8] Grey DeLisle, and Seth MacFarlane as Palpatine.[additional citation(s) needed]

Writers for the series included Dan Milano, Tom Root, Zeb Wells, Doug Goldstein, Breckin Meyer, Kevin Shinick, David A. Goodman, Michael Price, and Jane Espenson. Brendan Hay served as head writer.[4]

Cancellation and possible release[edit]

In October 2015, during a live stream of Life Is Strange, Day mentioned that the show was canceled.[9] However, in June 2018, Lucasfilm filed a new trademark for the series.[10]

In November 2020, a 9-minute episode titled "Pet" was leaked onto the internet. The episode features Zuckuss and 4-LOM (played by Andy Richter and "Weird Al" Yankovic)[8] attempting to rob Dexter's Diner. Lando Calrissian, Boba Fett, and Jabba the Hutt also appear. The episode was taken down shortly after it was leaked.[11]

Internet Popularity[edit]

In early 2021 the line "Yo dudes, the Empire is pretty chill. Maybe you could, like, join it or something" said by Darth Vader in the trailer of the series has become an internet meme.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Taylor, Chris (2014). How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise. Basic Books. p. 139. ISBN 0465089984.
  2. ^ Jenna Mullins (August 24, 2012). "New Star Wars Series: Seth Green and Robot Chicken Crew Previews Detours for Fans". E!.
  3. ^ "A New Direction for Lucasfilm Animation". StarWars.com. March 11, 2013. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Eric Goldman (August 24, 2012). "First Footage Shown from Seth Green and Matt Senreich's Star Wars: Detours Animated Series". IGN.
  5. ^ "A New Direction for Lucasfilm Animation". Star Wars. The Walt Disney Company. March 11, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  6. ^ Paur, Joey (September 20, 2013). "Update on the Star Wars: Detours Animated Series". GeekTyrant.com. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "STAR WARS Exclusive: Catherine Taber On THE CLONE WARS & FORCES OF DESTINY Pre & Post Disney". ComicBookMovie.com. January 18, 2021. Retrieved January 21, 2021.
  8. ^ a b c "Al Yankovic on Twitter: "Star Wars Detours is a terrific animated show that was produced nearly a decade ago and sadly has never seen the light of day. But somebody just leaked an episode (shh!) if you want to see me and @AndyRichter as a pair of bounty-hunting...um...flies?". Twitter. November 29, 2020. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
  9. ^ Felicia Day (October 31, 2015). "Life is Strange #6 (CH4 End) NSFW" – via YouTube.
  10. ^ Cavanaugh, Patrick (June 13, 2018). "Lucasfilm Renews Trademarks for Abandoned 'Star Wars Detours' Series". ComicBook.com. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  11. ^ Jenna, Anderson (November 29, 2020). "Unaired Star Wars: Detours Episode Surfaces Online". ComicBook.com. Retrieved December 1, 2020.

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