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"George said it best: it’s a little young for the older people and a little old for the younger people."
Seth Green[src]

Star Wars Detours was a cancelled animated television series that features a comedic look at the Star Wars universe. On March 11, 2013, Lucasfilm announced that it had postponed the series in order to concentrate on Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.[4]

Premise[edit | edit source]

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.[5]

The series takes place between the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, and is set in three general locations: Coruscant, the Death Star and Tatooine. Episodes are divided into three six-minute segments.[6]

Development[edit | edit source]

"I've had a lot of parents approach me in the last few years where they showed Robot Chicken or Family Guy Star Wars before they showed them regular Star Wars. The writers on Robot Chicken and I are seeing this a lot. The same way we were introduced to classic music through Bugs Bunny or Tom & Jerry, kids are taking our ironic interpretations of He-Man or other pop culture icons and never having the opportunity to meet them sincerely. It's a really bizarre thing to wrap your head around, and because I've witnessed it firsthand, it made me more thoughtful about what we were putting it out."
Seth Green[src]

George Lucas revealed in June 2009 that a new Star Wars animated series was in development.[7] On April 5, 2010, StarWars.com officially revealed that the series was in production by Lucasfilm Animation, and that it would be a comedy.[8] Writers were hired from various TV series, including The Simpsons, Family Guy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, SpongeBob SquarePants and The Daily Show.[2] Some of the animated work on the series was done by The Monk Studio, a visual effects and animation studio located in Thailand, which also worked on the film Strange Magic for Lucasfilm.[9]

On March 11, 2013, Lucasfilm Ltd. announced that the series had been postponed in light of the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens and the release of the sequel trilogy.[4] At MegaCon 2014, the Robot Chicken creators reaffirmed that Star Wars Detours will be released at some point, with more than thirty planned episodes.[10] In April of the same year, Seth Green and Matthew Senreich revealed that Lucasfilm felt it would have been counter-intuitive to spend three years introducing children to a comedic, deconstructionist view of characters whom they would then be expected to take seriously upon the release of Episode VII. Believing that Detours was timeless, the two were confident that their presentation of characters like Darth Vader as beleaguered middle-managers could wait until after the sequel trilogy's sincere presentation of Star Wars had concluded.[11]

In October 2015, voice actress Felicia Day mentioned during a live stream on her YouTube channel that as far she knew, the show had been cancelled.[12] In June 2018, however, Lucasfilm filed a new trademark for the series.[13]

Continuity[edit | edit source]

Before the 2014 canon reboot, Holocron continuity database administrator Leland Chee said the series was classified as D canon.[14]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. Star Wars Detours Update - NY Comic Con 2013 (2013-10-11). Archived from the original on May 29, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 StarWars.com The Robot Chicken Empire Panel at Celebration V on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.23 3.24 3.25 3.26 3.27 3.28 3.29 3.30 3.31 3.32 3.33 3.34 3.35 3.36 3.37 3.38 3.39 3.40 3.41 3.42 3.43 3.44 3.45 3.46 3.47 3.48 3.49 3.50 3.51 3.52 3.53 3.54 3.55 3.56 3.57 3.58 3.59 3.60 3.61 3.62 3.63 3.64 3.65 3.66 3.67 3.68 Deihl, Dustin (2012-08-24). Star Wars Celebration VI – Day 2: Announcements galore!. East Valley Tribune. Archived from the original on August 26, 2012. Retrieved on August 28, 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 StarWars.com A New Direction for Lucasfilm Animation on StarWars.com (backup link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Facebook icon.svg Star Wars Detours (@starwarsdetours) on FacebookStar Wars Detours on Facebook. (backup link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Singer, Matt (2015-12-14). The Sad Saga of the Star Wars TV Show No One’s Ever Seen. screencrush.com. Archived from the original on June 23, 2020. Retrieved on December 16, 2015.
  7. YouTube.png George Lucas Receives Visionary Award on the sandtroopersDOTcom YouTube channel (backup link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 StarWars.com New Star Wars Animated Series in the Works on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  9. The Monk Studio. LinkedIn. Archived from the original on August 27, 2020.
  10. TwitterLogo.svg Ricky Brigante, Host (@InsideTheMagic) on Twitter (backup link)
  11. Bespin Refugee (2014-04-04). Seth Green Clarifies The Delay Of "Star Wars: Detours". Jedi Insider. Archived from the original on August 19, 2020. Retrieved on August 19, 2020.
  12. YouTube.png Life is Strange #6 (CH4 End) NSFW on the Felicia Day YouTube channel (backup link)
  13. Lucasfilm Renews Trademarks for Abandoned 'Star Wars Detours' Series. comicbook.com (2018-06-13). Archived from the original on June 10, 2020. Retrieved on November 22, 2018.
  14. Facebook icon.svg Leland Chee on FacebookStar Wars Detours canonicity (August 26, 2012). "It's classified separately in the Holocron as D - Detours canon." (content obsolete and backup link not available)
  15. 15.00 15.01 15.02 15.03 15.04 15.05 15.06 15.07 15.08 15.09 15.10 15.11 15.12 15.13 15.14 15.15 Goldman, Eric (2012-08-24). First Footage Shown from Seth Green and Matt Senreich's Star Wars: Detours Animated Series. IGN. Archived from the original on May 31, 2020. Retrieved on February 23, 2018.
  16. Rachel Bloom. United Talent. Archived from the original on August 12, 2019.
  17. Star Wars Detours. Michael A. Levine Music. Archived from the original on March 2, 2018.
  18. About. petergadams.com. Archived from the original on May 3, 2017.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Facebook icon.svg Star Wars Detours on FacebookTimeline Photos (October 9, 2012). (content obsolete and backup link not available)
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 StarWars.com Star Wars Detours Trailer on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  21. 21.0 21.1 Facebook icon.svg Star Wars Detours on FacebookWall Photos (September 1, 2012). (content obsolete and backup link not available)
  22. SWInsider.png "Launch Pad"—Star Wars Insider 137
  23. 23.0 23.1 YouTube.png Star Wars Celebration VI Detours Panel Clip 4 on the Adam Haselwood YouTube channel (backup link)
  24. 24.0 24.1 Facebook icon.svg Star Wars Detours on FacebookWall Photos (August 27, 2012). (content obsolete and backup link not available)
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 Facebook icon.svg Star Wars Detours (@starwarsdetours) on FacebookWall Photos (August 25, 2012). (content obsolete and backup link not available)
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 YouTube.png Star Wars: Detours - Extrait #3 on the Star Wars HoloNet YouTube channel (backup link)
  27. Facebook icon.svg Star Wars Detours on FacebookTimeline Photos (September 12, 2012). (content obsolete and backup link not available)
  28. Facebook icon.svg Star Wars Detours on FacebookTimeline Photos (August 24, 2012). (content obsolete and backup link not available)
  29. Facebook icon.svg Star Wars Detours on FacebookTimeline Photos (August 23, 2012). (content obsolete and backup link not available)
  30. YouTube.png Star Wars: Detours - Extrait #6 on the Star Wars HoloNet YouTube channel (backup link)
  31. Facebook icon.svg Star Wars Detours on FacebookTimeline Photos (November 2, 2012). (content obsolete and backup link not available)
  32. Facebook icon.svg Star Wars Detours on FacebookTimeline Photos (August 25, 2012). (content obsolete and backup link not available)
  33. YouTube.png Star Wars: Detours - Extrait #1 on the Star Wars HoloNet YouTube channel (backup link)

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