July 23, 2008

Family Guy and Robot Chicken Sequels!

Not totally 501st related, but it's Star Wars coolness:

There's going to be a Family Guy retelling of the
Empire Strikes Back! The first one was absolutely hilarious, and this one should be just as much fun to watch.

From Wikipedia:

"Something, Something, Something Dark Side" is an upcoming episode of the FOX animated series Family Guy and the sequel episode to the Star Wars episode "Blue Harvest". It will retell the story of The Empire Strikes Back as "Blue Harvest" did with A New Hope, recasting characters from Family Guy into roles from the film. Like "Blue Harvest," this episode will last roughly 45 minutes, without commercials.

Upon release of the Blue Harvest DVD, fans were treated with an easter egg of a brief read through of bits from "Something, Something, Something Dark Side," as well a teaser trailer for the episode as another easter egg. From what can be heard from the reading, Chris, Peter and Lois will be reprising their roles as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia respectively, thus making it very likely that the other characters will be doing so as well (i.e., Stewie as Darth Vader, Brian as Chewbacca, etc.). As for new characters, it has been officially confirmed in a news article that the role of Boba Fett will be filled by the Giant Chicken, Peter's arch-nemesis.[1] A sketch of Fett's character model can be very briefly seen within the last two seconds of the trailer, further supporting the confirmation. Also, Seth Green reportedly let slip in an interview that the role of Lando Calrissian will be filled by Ollie Williams despite the fact that Ollie already appeared as himself in a DVD-exclusive scene in "Blue Harvest."[citation needed]

One line that Leia says to Luke during the reading ("I don't know what it is, but when I kiss you, it's like kissing my brother," which is a quote from Back to the Future) was originally pitched by Seth MacFarlane during the DVD commentary of Blue Harvest.

The title of this episode is a reference to a specific line from the season five episode "Barely Legal," which was used in a cutaway relating to Star Wars. The line is an inside joke relating to the Emperor working out the formula for great dialogue for Star Wars (as long as he reuses the phrases "dark side" and "complete" in his lines, they would be considered gold). The line can be heard in the trailer, and the clip itself can be fully seen at the end of the "Family Guy Star Wars Clip Show" featurette on the DVD.

Okay, so I'm a little behind the ball here, but it's still excellent news!

And, from the Hollywood Reporter:

"Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II" is a go. Days after the Adult Swim show landed a best animated series Emmy nomination for its "Star Wars" episode, the cable network is moving ahead with a sequel that will premiere Nov. 16.

"It doesn't even seem real -- getting to make Star Wars twice!" said "Robot Chicken" co-creator Seth Green, who is set to direct the second "Star Wars"-themed episode after winning an Annie Award for helming the first one.

Many members of the voice cast from the first special, including original "Star Wars" actors Carrie Fisher and Billy Dee Williams -- reprising their roles as Princess Leia and Lando Calrissian, respectively -- are back. Also returning are Seth MacFarlane as Emperor Palpatine, Conan O'Brien as Zuckuss, Breckin Meyer as Admiral Ackbar and Boba Fett, and Ahmed Best as Jar Jar Binks. Green will voice several characters, including Ponda Baba. Joining the voice cast this time around is Andy Richter.

As for the creative direction in the sequel, "we decided to focus on the bounty hunters a bit and explore their stories," "Robot Chicken" co-creator Matt Senreich said. "It's a geek-fest for us all."

"Robot Chicken" hails from Green and Senreich's Stoopid Monkey Prods. and Alex Bulkley and Corey Campodonico's ShadowMachine Films.

The first "Robot Chicken: Star Wars" special was released Tuesday on DVD.


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