News today from a galaxy not so far away – The Milky Way, to be exact – should set the hearts of Star Wars fans racing with excitement or dread. Variety reports that LucasFilm Animation is hard at work on a new Star Wars animated series. The potentially troubling part? It's a comedy.

The new (and presently untitled) series will be produced by Gemini Award and Daytime Emmy winner Jennifer Hill, and Todd Grimes will sit in the director's chair. The most intriguing detail about the production team is that Seth Green and Matthew Senreich – the guys behind Robot Chicken – will have "creative involvement." Green and Senreich have demonstrated that they can make Star Wars funny with the Robot Chicken: Star Wars specials, so there may be hope for this yet...

Star Wars has always had some comedy elements – R2-D2 and C-3P0 provided regular comic relief in the original trilogy and Han and Chewie were usually good for some laughs as well -- plus there's the unintentional hilarity of the The Star Wars Holiday Special, so it's not as if the idea of a funny tale set in a galaxy far far away is totally out of left field.
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