Disney XD has announced the debut of a new animated Star Wars series this summer titled LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures. Developed by Penguins of Madagascar's Bill Motz and Bob Roth, the new comedy series will "introduce all-new heroes and villains" to the Star Wars mythos.
"We are very excited to launch for the first time a TV series with Disney XD," said LEGO Group's Vice President of Licensing & Entertainment, Jill Wilfrert. "The creativeteam behind The Freemaker Adventures is extremely talented, and the series is a great testament to our longstanding and successful partnership with Lucasfilm and Disney. The show masterfully combines the rich heritage of storytelling, great characters, action and adventure in a galaxy far, far away with the creativity, imagination and humor that only LEGO Star Wars can deliver. We are sure fans young and old are going to love the show."
The series is described as follows:
There's no precise word on when in Star Wars continuity this is set. The poster features the Emperor and Darth Vader, so it could take place anywhere between Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars, Episode VI: Return fo the Jedi.
"With The Freemaker Adventures we are thrilled to bring all new stories to life that could only be realized in the LEGO Star Wars universe," said Carrie Beck, vice president, animation development at Lucasfilm. "We are embarking on an unprecedented collaboration that will allow us to extend the narrative experience of the Star Wars saga with the same playful spirit that’s always made LEGO Star Wars so much fun to watch. We are so thankful to have such great partners in the LEGO Group, Disney XD and series developers Bill Motz and Bob Roth."
Motz and Roth will be joined as producers by Wilfret, Beck, LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales' Torsten Jacobson, as well as LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Avengers Reassembled!'s Jake Blais and John McCormack.
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