Star Wars Detours Trailer

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  1. indianatrekker26

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  2. chardman

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    I won't be passing on this, because it looks like a scream. It also shows that George has a reasonably decent self-deprecating sense of humor, and is willing to good-naturedly acknowledge fan criticisms about a lot of his less popular creative decisions.
     
  3. MacLeod

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    I might watch if channel hopping.
     
  4. JD

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    Looks like fun to me.
     
  5. Beagleman

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    Looks kinda stupid... and hilarious, I've got more than enough laughs out it than I would expect from a trailer, count me in.
     
  6. Professor Zoom

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    I'm in. Looks like fun. Basically, Robot Chicken with more money.
     
  7. Mr Light

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    Looks cute! It's like Robot Chicken: Star Wars: The CGI Animated Series! Count me in!
     
  8. Candlelight

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    Been looking for a way to get my little girl into star wars and I think I just found it!

    When does it air?
     
  9. CorporalCaptain

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    I'm in; really laughed big at some of it.

    The wiki is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Detours. Release date and network are presently unknown.

    P.S. As a proof of concept of fusing the OT and the PT in CGI, I think it works.
     
  10. Christopher

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    I was underwhelmed by the trailer. I really liked the matte painting gag, but that was the only big laugh for me.

    I think I was kind of hoping (insofar as I cared enough to have hopes about this) for something that, while comedic, was actually set within the canonical (or expanded-canonical) Star Wars universe -- like the old Droids cartoons, say.
     
  11. Flying Spaghetti Monster

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    I'm actually glad it doesn't fit into canon.. leaves more room for humor, without trying to wedge it in there. A bit of self-satire can help!
     
  12. Christopher

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    Well, my thinking is, there's room for other types of SF humor than this kind of self-referential, metatextual spoof. There are plenty of non-SF comedies that are set in naturalistic situations (a small-town sheriff and his family, a New York cab company, a Minneapolis TV news show, a Boston bar), that don't make fun of the very world they inhabit but occupy believable worlds and derive humor from the characters and situations. Sometimes comedies are even set in scenarios that could be a source of drama or tragedy as well, like a Korean War MASH unit. And sometimes basically serious genre shows, like DS9, can do very, very funny episodes without compromising the basic credibility or reality of their universes. So I wouldn't mind seeing more science fiction comedies that are like that, that play the world straight and derive their humor from a more naturalistic place, as opposed to just being all-out spoof and parody. (This is what I've tried to do in the "Hub" stories I've had published in Analog.) Heck, it's not as if SW isn't in a fairly fanciful world to begin with, so there would be room for some broader and more absurd comedy as well.

    Besides, The Clone Wars has been the most interesting when it's gone off to explore hitherto-unexamined corners or facets of the SW universe, gotten away from the war stuff and the major arcs and just fleshed out other parts of the world and society. That was what I liked about the old Marvel SW comics too; they weren't allowed to deal directly with the plot threads of the movie trilogy that was still in progress, so they compensated by building a broad, rich, consistent world of their own which I found quite engaging. So I wouldn't mind seeing something like that again.
     
  13. ALF

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    Pass. Hasn't Star Wars already been parodied to death? I think I 'get' the cleverness of Star Wars bothering to parody Star Wars, but thanks to Spaceballs through Family Guy I'll all parodied out.
     
  14. Kegg

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    I'll watch it. I watched the three Star Wars Robot Chicken episodes, and they were very funny (and I even watched all three Family Guy Star Wars episodes which... were not). billcosby is right that Star Wars has been parodied to death, though - the Ackbar gag in the trailer is just a repetition of a meme that has been flogged to death on the internet.

    It reminds me that I need to catch up on the Clone Wars, though, which I left somewhere in the second season.

    I'll be honest, looking at the CGI-ed Han, Chewie and the Milennium Falcon kind of made me want a serious, Clone Wars-esque Han Solo animated series. Those Millennium Falcon interiors (best seen here) just look nice.

    Not Robot Chicken's kind of humour, though.

    Sure, the now famous clip of Emperor Palpatine freaking out over the phone about the destruction of the Death Star could easily work as 'canon' humour, it doesn't contradict anything in the six movies and - like this trailer - melds elements of the OT and the PT.

    But would we really want that catty Emperor to be canon?

    A canon Star Wars sitcom would probably need to situate itself somewhere where the endless humour doesn't seem to clash with the premise. Darth Vader and Palpatine as regulars would be difficult to manage, while, say, Dexter's Diner - heaily featured here, apparently - would work just fine. But Detours very much wants to play with a recognizable cast of Star Wars characters, so the meta approach makes perfect - if well trod - sense.
     
  15. Mr. Adventure

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    Cartoon Network does a lot of their comedies in 15 minute segments. These could work well in that space or even in smaller quick bumper gags.

    It would be cool to see some non-SW SF comedy though. Adult Swim has a couple of decent live-action shows like Children's Hospital and NTSF:SD:SUV. When they keep their nihilistic/anarchic tendencies in check (and sometimes even when they don't) they can produce something interesting.
     
  16. Captaindemotion

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    I watched the trailer. While the animation is very well done and the humour occasionally made me crack the odd smile, I can't imagine watching a whole series of this.

    I'm one of the few people who liked the Prequels but with this and the various advertisements in which Yoda or Vader have turned up (Vodafone and Dixons for example), I can't help but think that Lucas is somehow cheapening the SW brand. But it's his to do with as he wants, I suppose.
     
  17. Christopher

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    Well, like I said, humor doesn't have to clash with a serious, believable premise. Not all humor has to be Robot Chicken-style humor. If you can have a sitcom set at an army hospital during the Korean War, you can have a sitcom set during the Clone Wars or the Rebellion or something.
     
  18. Kegg

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    But if you want it to be canon, then that you can't really have a comedy series who has in its main characters are Vader and the Emperor.

    Relevant: You could do a comedy series about let's say Adolf Hitler. This TV series could avoid breaking the fourth wall and just be absurd in the way a lot of sitcoms usually are. And there'd be nothing wrong with that.

    Sure, this comedy series, even if internally consistent, may not quite mesh with the facts of the Nazis, sacrifice some of them for the purpose of a joke, play up funny aspects of personalities, and so on. Which would be fine as nobody is claiming that it is a historical text.

    ...and that's kind of the relevant distinction of a 'canon' Star Wars comedy. To be 'canon', it would need to fit. You could do a Star Wars comedy about Dexter's Diner or the Mos Eisely Cantina and make it like Cheers In Space. A TV show about a Rebel Hospital Ship that's basically MASH? Whatever. Many Star Wars characters could easily be used in such a comedy - Han Solo, naturally, could be trusted for a few zingers.

    But doing one with the totalitarian dictator and his murderous underling as principals doesn't quite mesh, it won't quite fit the characters from the films.
     
  19. the G-man

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    I think the problem is that, other than the Han and Chewie one ( they really did bicker like a couple in some scenes) very little of the humor came out of what we know of the characters' personalities.

    For example, Leia may be a princess but she was never a hiltonesque bubblehead. If you're going to satirize her, therefore, it should be on the basis of her being a headstrong and tomboyish.

    As for Vader, yeah, there's a certain truth in the idea that he's really just the Emperor's errand boy. However, making them simply 'Burns and Smithers,' only goes so far.
     
  20. Gaith

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    ^ Excellent point.

    Looks pretty lame to moi. Was anyone out there waiting with bated breath for a standard sitcom couples squabbling routine between Han and "Chew"? Yeah, me neither.

    Pass.