Star Wars: Detours (partially found unreleased CGI animated series; 2012-2013)
Star Wars: Detours is a planned computer-animated comedy that would have been set in the Star Wars universe. The series, set between Episode III and Episode IV, was a going to be a satire about the Star Wars franchise as a whole, showcasing the characters' daily lives in a comedic light. 39 episodes were completed, but the series was postponed indefinitely before any were released.
The series was first announced in at Star Wars Celebration VI in 2012. Writers from Robot Chicken, Family Guy, The Venture Bros., Pinky and the Brain, Regular Show and Spongebob SquarePants were confirmed to be involved. The show would have been directed by Todd Grimes who had directed shows such as Planet Sheen and Back at the Barnyard.
In addition to original Star Wars cast members like Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), and Ahmed Best (Jar-Jar Binks), the series was also going to feature returning voice actors from other Star Wars-related media like Seth Green (Obi-Wan Kenobi), Catherine Taber (Princess Leia), and Seth MacFarlane (Palpatine). Each episode was said to consist of three 6-minute shorts, set in iconic Star Wars locations like the Death Star, Tatooine, and Coruscant.
During the show's presentation during its panel at Star Wars Celebration VI, fans were initially enthusiastic about the show. No release date or planned network was announced, but it was speculated by IGN that Star Wars: Detours would release sometime in 2013.
On October 30th, 2012, Disney and George Lucas announced they had reached a deal for Disney to acquire the rights to the Star Wars franchise. On March 11th, 2013, the official Star Wars website issued a statement that the series' release had been postponed until further notice, as they did not want an animated comedy to conflict with the launch of Episode VII: The Force Awakens and its sequels.
In October of 2013, Seth Green had announced that 39 episodes have been completed and that 62 additional scripts were complete, but have yet to be released. In March of 2014, both creators stated that the series will still be released at some point, but as of January 2018, no further information or plans for the series have come forward. Although the full episodes have never aired, several clips from the TV show have surfaced on the internet.
On November 15th, 2020, a full short from the series titled "Dog Day Afternoon" was leaked online by Internet Archive user Sketch the Cow. It was soon taken down, but has since been reuploaded by numerous other individuals.
- ScreenCrush article on the series' history. Retrieved 04 Jan '18
- IGN page covering the announcement of the series. Retrieved 04 Jan '18.
- Seth Green talking about Star Wars: Detours in October of 2013. Retrieved 04 Jan '18
- Official Star Wars website announcing that the series has been postponed. Retrieved 04 Jan '18
- Inside the Magic covering the creators' announcement at MegaCon. Retrieved 04 Jan '18
- Internet Archive upload of the leak. Retrieved 06 Dec '20