According to ThrFeed.com, there is a new Star Wars cartoon in the works. Lucasfilm is teaming with Robot Chicken’s Seth Green and Matthew Senreich to develop a Star Wars animated comedy series. The idea being that this will be slightly less of an over the top parody as done in other Star Wars cartoons, but a humerous slant on the actual Star Wars mythology. Jennifer Hill will produce the show, and The Simpsons writer Brendan Hay is also attached.


I have to wonder how many more jokes can be mined from Star Wars. Part of the original charm of seeing and hearing Star Wars jokes was the novelty of it all. Now that Lucas has largely turned the franchise itself almost into a parody, I have to wonder if this is worthwhile. Not that I think Star Wars is a joke, but certainly it’s lost a lot of it’s prestige. After Red Letter Media raped the Star Wars franchise, it’s just hard to take it as serious.

The people involved are all top notch though, with Seth Green having a true passion for Star Wars. All of his Robot Chicken parody work has been brilliant as opposed to Seth McFarlane’s lame formula for his Family Guy specials. Still one would imagine that Green already used up a lot of his best material for the aforementioned Star Wars specials. Green had this to say on the potential for the show:

“The ‘Star Wars’ universe is so dense and rich; it’s crazy to think that there aren’t normal, mundane everyday problems in a world so well-defined. And it’s even crazier to think of what those problems might be, since it’s all set in a galaxy far, far away. What do these characters do when they’re not overthrowing Empires?”

I guess we’ll see. I am curious how this will jive with the Clone Wars cartoon, the Clone Wars live action series and any other Star Wars media tie-in. Can LucasArts juggle it all or will fans see this as beating a long since dead horse?

6 Responses to Star Wars Comedy Cartoon Series?

  • clark says:

    So…..it's just a Star Wars sitcom? That's at least what I got from the Seth Green quote. Okay, I would rather see a new series set between episodes III and IV, but whatever. I thought the Family Guy Star Wars parody was really boring, but the Robot Chicken skits were pretty funny. I especially like the Death Star orientation.

  • PresidentJuggernaut says:

    The alleged upcoming live action series would be set between episodes 3 and 4. That's been in development for what seems like forever with no real news though. There was never going to be a live action Clone Wars. I don't think it will have much effect on the Clone Wars cartoon, which is usually quite good. The most recent, Seven Samurai inspired episode was a particularly good one.

    The Family Guy spoofs were okay, and the Robot Chicken spoofs were fun. As for "Red Letter Media," I just found that kind of sad, like all the other obsessive things like fan edits of the films and that retarded "People v. George Lucas" thing… If you don't like the movies, you don't like them. If you are going to dump so much time and energy, why not create your own story rather than tell someone else how his "should" be?

    This just doesn't sound like a particularly great or necessary idea… But there's really nothing to judge it on so far. Here's hoping for the best.

  • Agreed. Though I found the RLM stuff hilarious. I suppose if anyone's going to do it Green is a good choice.

  • Yeah, there is some potential I guess if they focus on some of the other stuff that's not getting a lot of attention elsewhere.

  • clark says:

    Yeah, I found the RLM reviews really funny, I just hope that it was made for the fun of it, and the person portraying Mr. Plinkett doesn't really obsess that much over movies.
    That is the reason the only class I withdrew from as an undergraduate was Philosophy of Film. I thought it would be fun, but instead I found it depressing because we were assigned hundreds of pages of articles a week, all talking about subjects such as "is the orange on the screen a real orange, or is it only representative of an orange?"
    Thinking about how much time and effort was wasted in writing the articles that were supposed to represent the "deep thinking philosophers of film," in which they just asked a bunch of questions (which weren't important anyway) and never suggested answers, just depressed the crap out of me.

  • I'm pretty sure Mr. Plinkett is a joke. I thought that was the whole gag. He's sort of doing a parody of people who obsess too much over stuff. All the while, making a lot of valid points about the actual films as well.

    If you over analyze anything, you can make it appear to be illogical and suck. The Star Wars prequels are just good easy targets because there's lots of stuff that people already hate and find illogical in them. As was Avatar.

    Some of the funniest stuff in RLM reviews to me weren't even about the films, just the character of Plinkett.

    Bummer about the Philosophy of Film. I was watching an interview with Llyod Kaufman and Trey Parker the other day where they discussed how there were classes like that which were supposed to be about film and movie making, but really just ended up being about nothing at all.

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