How do you introduce an established franchise to a younger audience? You launch a new animated series. Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matt Senreich, along with animator Todd Grimes, have joined forces (no pun intended) to create a new Star Wars-themed animated series called Star Wars: Detours for the Cartoon Network.
The new animated series will take place between The Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope and will be a more edgy, tongue-in-cheek look at the Star Wars universe. It’s definitely aimed at a younger audience with a more comic tone than the other Star Wars animated series on the Cartoon Network, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Check out the extended trailer that debuted at Star Wars Celebration VI:
On the Star Wars: Detours official Facebook page, the creators describe the new series as a “comedy that explores what daily life is like in a galaxy far, far away,” as the new series “focuses on the universe’s regular folks and their everyday problems.”
There are so many older Star Wars fans that are put off by the prequels, The Clone Wars, and Greedo shooting first, so it’s easy to imagine them rolling their eyes at Star Wars: Detours as well. From the material in the trailer and the following clips below, Detours just seems like harmless fun, including Emperor Palpatine accidentally leaking information about the Death Star to a TMZ-like gossip network:
The series also seems to take a stand on Han and Chewbacca’s relationship being more than just a hero and his sidekick:
Star Wars: Detours also wants to emphasize the “princess” part of Princess Leia by making her a teenage valley-girl type who is followed by a group of Leia-wannabes.
The Cartoon Network hasn’t set a release date for Star Wars: Detours but it looks like it will be on the air sometime in 2013.