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Lucas To Make Star Wars: Galactic Heroes
Story suitable for ages 2-6

18 March 2010  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: IESB

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George Lucas' live-action Star Wars TV series remains some way off - 2011 looks like a likely airing date - but there's exciting news, at least for the recently-finished-teething Star Wars fraternity, with LucasFilm announcing plans for an animated series.

Taking the cutesy-cutesy Hasbro toys as inspiration, the target audience will be the pre-school demographic. At least we assume it will be - IESB reports that the show is going under the working title 'Squishies'. Even the Muppet Babies would have baulked at that.

Whether you deem this an unforgiveable act of legacy-pillaging or a handy intro into the Star Wars universe for wee'uns, the show has a (so-far unannounced) director on board and is heading for a teatime near you.

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the idea of that made me a little bit sick in my mouth More

Posted by Bates at 01:44 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

Rooby, true and an X Wing series would probably have been pretty bad ass.  However I think the Clone Wars kind of is for all ages, it's PG-13 I think and in my opinion its pretty damned well done. I'd like a seedy TV show filled with smugglers and shit too though. More

Posted by TheRealMacgyver at 13:15 on 23 March 2010 | Report This Post

The Real Toy Story
Star Wars was always aimed at children. I remember kicking about primary school with all the other kids and their Lucas toys. Georgie boy is the man who put kiddy merch in to the movies and we've been eating happy meals ever since. So no surprise at him aiming cots. It's all money in the till for the man who stopped making movies after American Graffiti so he could be a brand saleman in the kiddies departement. More

Posted by Geosolus at 01:43 on 19 March 2010 | Report This Post

You know, i wonder if old George sits at home, in his multi-million pound mansion, surrounded by his many many ass-kissing ILM staff, and ever thinks, "damn, maybe after 30 years of the same old product, i should introduce something new into cinema, maybe take a chance on something new, or risky like james did with Avatar, or Steve did with schindler. Maybe i should try to prove that i'm not just a bloodless un-original businessman who milks the same idea over and over" But he won't More

Posted by jorvik at 20:15 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

That's what you're going with, George? Seriously?
Why can't they make an appropriate Star Wars Show for once? There is tons of incredible material in books and comics, yet the TV shows are all pure crap. The Clone Wars comic stories are brilliant, but the cartton series, the animated series as well as the "movie" all sucked ass. More

Posted by Sendemast at 16:11 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

TheRealMacGyver - My main frustration is that this is a universe absolutely HEAVING with fantastic characters, worlds and plot ideas. The Expanded Universe is testament to that. Why, though, can George Lucas not focus his energies onto something that's not, you know, for kids? More

Posted by Rooby at 16:03 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

The live action show will only work if...
Lucas takes Exec. Producer and strictly back-seat role and lets the likes of Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard, Jane Espenson and Ronald D. Moore write the series. It'll be absolute tot if he decides to write even 1 episode. "It's because i'm so in love with you." "No! It's because i'm SO in love with you!!!" Stick to putting up the money George, we love you for all the happy Star Wars memories and this could either be a huge stepping stone on the road to redemption or another ine More

Posted by MusicLovesYou at 16:00 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

Why can't George just go onto something different while he's still got his health? No more goddam Star Wars, just a new original story, maybe more fantasy/superhero than sci-fi. I hear he's done some reshoots for that WWII film Red Tails, sounds like a step forward More

Posted by cliff126 at 15:50 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

No problem.
To be honest I don't have a problem with this as it will most likely deal with the clone wars part of the star wars saga. I love the original trilogy and as long as lucas doesn't start messing with that, it's fine. More

Posted by jamesheath91 at 14:59 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Lucas To Make Star Wars: Galactic Heroes
Yeah that's fine.  Its for kids, so no one about the age of 8 should care.  It doesn't effect the original trilogy if that's your main focus as its not like he's erasing it from existence.  Just don't watch it.  There's dozen of kids books and toys already.   I happen to think that the Clone Wars cartoon series is for the most part really well done so I'm happy.   And for all the inevitable Jar Jar bashers, C-3PO is a pain in the arse in the OT.  He ru More

Posted by TheRealMacgyver at 14:22 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

I have a bad feeling about this
Rooby - you are dead right - this is just another example of Lucas ringing every last dime from a franchise that has already become moribund. The Prequels were a waste of time, the CG-animated show was poorly executed, and the live-action show will be big step backwards from the excellent Sci-Fi we have seen on screen over the last decade, if the shoddy and hackneyed writing of the prequels is anything to go by. Leave us fans in peace so that we might still hold some affection for the orig More

Posted by JimKing75 at 14:12 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

Didn't see that one coming, although knowing the money-grabbing lucas we all should have. I'm actually surprised they've gone for this toy range rather than Lego Star Wars which is much 'cooler' and sells a helluvalot more. More

Posted by Garet6 at 13:49 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

Bring Back the Christmas Special!!
I agree with John Firth! More

Posted by Nicola Brierley at 13:27 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

Let It Go
Can anyone say "flogging a dead JarJar". Lucas let it go before you ruin Star Wars Ep 4,5&6 More

Posted by dholleyuk at 13:17 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

Star Trek Rules Indeed!!
hardrocker's right — Star Wars long ago turned to childish mush, whereas Star Trek, both on TV and at the movies, has grown and matured into a vast adult franchise full of clever ideas which is also accessible to any youngsters who can cope with plotlines longer than a Twitter spit. More

Posted by olirog at 13:01 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

Catch 'em early......
Marvel did the same thing with the Super Hero Squad show / range of toys. Looks like they're all trying to get 'em young. More

Posted by Hawkeye16 at 12:44 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

this is why STAR TREK RULES!!!!!!
the force is no longer with lucas :D More

Posted by hardrocker at 12:35 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

Can we have another Christmas special too? More

Posted by John Firth at 12:34 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

*Sigh* More

Posted by PJimmy at 12:26 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

What's wrong with making Star Wars shows for everybody? The Star Wars universe is already very accessible, that's why it's one of the greatest family franchises of all time! Admit it George, you're a shameless, creatively bankrupt charlatan. More

Posted by Rooby at 12:26 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

Isn't that just the Phantom Menace? More

Posted by chris wootton at 12:25 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

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