Star Wars Animation Shake-Up – Clone Wars Off TV, Detours Off The Planner, New Series Promised

An official announcement on the Star Wars website has promised “a new direction for Lucasfilm animation.”

Obviously driven by the recent Lucasfilm-Disney deal, this “new direction” seems mainly designed to a sever ties with Cartoon Network. As a result, the fifth series of Clone Wars is to be the last… at least on TV.

The announcement promises more Clone Wars arcs to be delivered as “bonus material,” which could mean a web series, or straight-to-DVD stuff or… something else, I suppose. More specifics details are promised for “soon.”

But for now, you can see a preview of this “bonus” stuff in this video.

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The other Star Wars toon in the works was Detours, a comedy series from Robot Chicken‘s  Seth Green and Matthew Senreich. Lucasfilm say that the show has been postponed indefinitely.

Detours was conceived and produced before we decided to move forward with the new Star Wars trilogy, and in the wake of that decision, Lucasfilm has reconsidered whether launching an animated comedy prior to the launch of Episode VII makes sense. As a result, we’ve decided to postpone the release of Detours until a later date.

Do Senreich and Green have a Cartoon Network-exclusive deal? If so, then maybe we’ll see Detours popping up elsewhere when that runs out. Just a hunch as to what’s probably really going on.

Now, it’s not all just cancellations and delays, mind. There is also something new in the works.

We are exploring a whole new Star Wars series set in a time period previously untouched in Star Wars films or television programming.

I read this as:

We are exploring a whole new Star Wars series for either ABC or one of the other Disney owned channels, set in a time period previously untouched in Star Wars films or television programming – ie. after the original trilogy, and we’ll be using this new show to set up Episode VII.

Your interpretation may vary.

There is a three-part Lego Yoda series due to roll out on Cartoon Network across the rest of the year. I’d guess that’s the network’s last dance with the Jedi.

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