The Vulcan Reporter has learned that Disney plans to (finally) release the Star Wars: Detours animated series on its Disney+ streaming service.
The CGI-animated comedy Star Wars series never saw the light of the day since its initial announcement in 2012. While by default not part of the current Star Wars canon, as it was before the Disney buyout, it is also starkly different from the other animated shows in the universe. In fact, the series is a parody of the entire franchise, offering a comedic take on what happened between the prequel trilogy (Revenge of The Sith) and the original trilogy (A New Hope).
The show is set in the Star Wars universe and 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.
The voice cast for Star Wars: Detours is quite extensive, with some actors returning to reprise their roles from the films. Those stars include Ahmed Best as Jar Jar Binks, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian. Some familiar characters have new actors in the roles though: Seth Green voices Obi-Wan Kenobi, with Catherine Taber as Princess Leia, Andy Richter as Zuckuss, “Weird Al” Yankovic as 4-LOM, Abraham Benrubi as Darth Vader, and Seth MacFarlane as Palpatine.
Other actors without known characters in the series consist of Dee Bradley Baker, Felicia Day, Grey DeLisle, Donald Faison, Nat Faxon, Jennifer Hale, Zachary Levi, Joel McHale, Breckin Meyer, Dan Milano, and Cree Summer. Han Solo is also featured in the series, though it is still unknown who voices the character.
Star Wars architect George Lucas was the creator, while Todd Grimes served as showrunner. The writers room consisted of Brendan Hay, Jane Espenson, Doug Goldstein, David A. Goodman, Breckin Meyer, Dan Milano, Michael Price, Tom Root, Kevin Shinick, and Zeb Wells. The series is produced by Lucasfilm Animation in collaboration with Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich.
In October 2015, during a livestream of Life Is Strange, cast member Felicia Day mentioned that the show was cancelled. However, in June 2018, an observant Reddit user noticed that Lucasfilm had filed new trademarks for Star Wars: Detours. That was the last we heard about the project, until now.
It was reported that roughly two seasons of the show were produced (39 episodes), with many more episodes being left un-produced with finished scripts. Fortunately for Star Wars fans of the series, we have learned that more episodes have been produced since the initial report, with the show being planned to have a Disney+ release.
While we do not know when Disney plans to release the series on its streaming service, we do know that around 52 episodes and specials have fully finished production. It is likely that Star Wars: Detours is planned as a surprise release on May 4, 2021.