Back in 2009 George Lucas and the folks over at ‘Robot Chicken’ came up with an idea for a new show that would lampoon the ‘Star Wars’ universe, exist outside of canon, and all be done in the style of ‘Robot Chicken’ / ‘Family Guy’ but with 3D Animation. The show was called ‘Star Wars Detours.’ Although around 40 episodes were made, it was never actually released because by the time they were ready, Disney was in talks to buy Lucasfilm and apparently Disney never liked the show and therefore never released it. However, it has been noted that just recently Disney/ Lucasfilm renewed the trademark for ‘Star Wars Detours.’ More proof was found by the Star Wars Leaked Reddit which noticed that Disney filed 5 trademarks related to ‘Star Wars Detours.’ According to /film, these included:
- “Education and entertainment services
- Toys, games and playthings; gymnastic and sporting articles (except clothing); hand-held units for playing electronic games for use with or without an external display screen or monitor; Christmas stockings; Christmas tree ornaments and decorations; snow globes
- Clothing, footwear and headwear
- Paper and paper articles; cardboard and cardboard articles; printed matter; publications; books; photographs; portraits; paintings; stationery; office and school supplies
- Apparatus for recording, transmission or reproduction of sound or images; audio books; audio recordings; audio and visual recordings; video game software; computer programs and software; consumer electronics and accessories therefore; eyeglasses and sunglasses and accessories therefore; binoculars; decorative magnets; graduated rulers; microphones”
However, skeptics are quick to point out that this might just be standard practice for a big company looking to hold onto the trademark for something like this and make sure no one else jumps on the trademark. Throw in the fact that they did the same thing 4 years ago (the first time the trademark was set to expire), and this year the trademark was set to expire again, and it is very likely that ‘Star Wars Detours’ is not getting released any time soon.
Disney does have that new streaming app coming out and they could use the content, especially ‘Star Wars’ content, and having 40 brand new episodes of something from Lucasfilm could come in handy right about now, especially content that seems to be geared directly at younger audiences. The only thing I could see holding them back is if the show is absolutely terrible, which is a real possibility as George Lucas was involved and comedy is not his forte (see Jar Jar Binks and C-3PO in the prequels). From the trailer below, there are some things which look downright painful to watch, though it does seem to have a few good moments in it as well.
Check out the trailer for yourself and share your opinions in the comments section!