For the last few years, "Robot Chicken" creators Seth Green and Matt Senreich have been very quiet about their long in-development "Star Wars" animated series… until today.
As reported on IGN, Green and Senreich officially announced "Star Wars: Detours" earlier today during a panel at Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando, Florida. "Star Wars: Detours" is a comedy series animated in CGI with a tone very similar to the three "Robot Chicken: Star Wars" specials.
"Detours" is set in the time period between Revenge of the Sith and the original Star Wars movie (A New Hope), with a focus on several classic characters like Darth Vader, ObI-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian and a 14 year old Princess Leia Organa, among others. The series also appears to feature Chibi and super deformed inspired character designs. A trailer and several clips were played for the audience.
As you can probably tell from the trailer, a lot of the "Robot Chicken" writers have come on board "Star Wars: Detours," including Breckin Meyer, Doug Goldstein, Tom Root, Kevin Shinick, Zeb Wels and Dan Milano. "Detours" will also feature the writing of Brendan Hay ("The Daily Show"), David Goodman ("Family Guy"). Michael Price ("The Simpsons") and Jane Espenson, from "Game of Thrones," "Warehouse 13," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and several other genre series.
As announced at the panel, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels and Ahmed Best will reprise their roles as Lando, C-3PO and Jar-Jar; respectively; while "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane will continue to voice Emperor Palpatine, as he did in the character's "Robot Chicken" appearances. It was also revealed at the panel that Jennifer Hale ("Mass Effect") will frequently appear on the show and that other voice talent lined up for the series includes Joel McHale, Nat Faxon, Cree Summers, Felicia Day, Abraham Benrubi, Weird Al Yankovic and Zachary Levi.
A release date for "Star Wars: Detours" was not announced, but early speculation is suggesting a 2013 debut.