News today from a galaxy not so far away – The Milky Way, to be exact – should set the hearts of Star Wars fans racing with excitement or dread. Variety reports that LucasFilm Animation is hard at work on a new Star Wars animated series. The potentially troubling part? It's a comedy.
The new (and presently untitled) series will be produced by Gemini Award and Daytime Emmy winner Jennifer Hill, and Todd Grimes will sit in the director's chair. The most intriguing detail about the production team is that Seth Green and Matthew Senreich – the guys behind Robot Chicken – will have "creative involvement." Green and Senreich have demonstrated that they can make Star Wars funny with the Robot Chicken: Star Wars specials, so there may be hope for this yet...
Star Wars has always had some comedy elements – R2-D2 and C-3P0 provided regular comic relief in the original trilogy and Han and Chewie were usually good for some laughs as well -- plus there's the unintentional hilarity of the The Star Wars Holiday Special, so it's not as if the idea of a funny tale set in a galaxy far far away is totally out of left field.
The bigger concern is that it's animated, which gives the project a kid-friendly vibe that doesn't exactly instill confidence in me. After viewing the Clone Wars movie, which put me off ever watching the Cartoon Network series – I hear the words "LucasFilm" and "animated" and immediately break out in hives.
However, just as you can't judge a book by its cover, you also can't judge a series by its press release. Details about this new Star Wars iteration are tantalizingly vague at this point, but that doesn't mean we can't all channel our inner fanboy/girl and wax poetic about how awesome this might be while at the same time complaining about how Lucas and company will screw it up. Share your Star Wars Animated Comedy Series hopes and fears in the comment section below.