Star Wars Detours (Cancelled CGI animated series; 2009-2013)
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Star Wars Detours is a cancelled computer animated sketch comedy series based around the Star Wars universe. The series was produced by Lucasfilm Animation in collaboration with Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich. The series was put on hold in order to focus on the sequel trilogy films. Before being placed on hold, 39 episodes were produced.
"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."
The series was said to be set between Star Wars Episodes III and IV in 3 general locations, Coruscant, the Death Star and Tatooine. The skits in each episode were divided into three six-minute segments.
George Lucas first announced that a new Star Wars animated series was in development in June of 2009. During Star Wars Celebration VI in 2012, it was announced that it would be a comedy series. Writers were hired from a number of sci-fi shows as well as comedies including from The Simpsons, Family Guy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, SpongeBob SquarePants and The Daily Show.
Some of the animation on the series was done by The Monk Studio, visual effects and animation studio located in Thailand, which also worked on Lucasfilm’s Strange Magic.
The series stared a number of actors who've appeared in the Star Wars films and media such including Ahmed Best as Jar Jar Binks, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Seth Green as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Catherine Taber as Princess Leia, Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, and Seth MacFarlane as Palpatine.
It also included actors Dee Bradley Baker, Abraham Benrubi, Felicia Day, Donald Faison, Nat Faxon, Jennifer Hale, Zachary Levi, Joel McHale, Breckin Meyer, Dan Milano, Cree Summer, "Weird Al" Yankovic, and Grey DeLisle in unspecified roles
On March 11, 2013, Lucasfilm announced that the series had been postponed in light of the upcoming sequel trilogy films after reconsidering whether releasing a comedy series prior to the sequels "made sense".
Producers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich reaffirmed in 2014 that the series would eventually be released, but as of 2017, there have been no plans announced for the series.