LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - George Lucas and Mark
Hamill will reunite for "Robot Chicken: Star Wars," a 30-minute
stop-motion animation special for Adult Swim, Cartoon Network's
late-night programming block.
The special spoofs key scenes and favorite characters from
the "Star Wars" universe. It was done in collaboration with
Lucas' production company Lucasfilm. Lucas, the creator of the
"Star Wars" franchise, will voice a cartoon version of himself,
and Hamill will resurrect Luke Skywalker.
The special, set to premiere at 10 p.m. on June 17, comes
from "Robot Chicken" creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich.
The voice cast also includes Conan O'Brien, Seth
MacFarlane, Robert Smigel, Malcolm McDowell, Hulk Hogan, James
Van Der Beek, Donald Faison, Abraham Benrubi, Breckin Meyer and
The special stems from three "Star Wars" skits on "Robot
Chicken," including the popular "Emperor's Phone Call,"
featuring Darth Vader calling Emperor Palpatine to tell him
that the Death Star has been blown up.
Representatives for Lucasfilm wanted to post that sketch on
StarWars.com, and they set up a meeting with Green and Senreich
that turned into a pitch meeting for a special.
"We were big fans of the work that Matt and Seth had done,
so when they approached us about the idea to make a 'Robot
Chicken' episode dedicated to 'Star Wars,' we were really
enthusiastic about it," said Tom Warner, Lucasfilm's senior
director of marketing.
The "Star Wars" special was developed with Lucasfilm's
approval at every stage. The company also helped with sound
files on Chewbacca and R2-D2.
Like just about every child in 1977, Green saw the first
"Star Wars" movie.
"It informed my whole creative sensibility, and the 'Star
Wars' toys I played with in my childhood inspired my
imagination," Green said. "I've always wanted to be a part of a
'Star Wars' project, and I got to make one."
And he got to direct Lucas.
"It was really exciting," Green said. "He was very shy but