A new animated Star Wars series is coming to Disney XD this summer.
It may not be quite what you expect, however. It’s a television series, alright, but it’s a Lego Star Wars series. Set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, The Freemaker Adventures will follow a family of scavengers, the Freemakers, whose world gets turned upside down when the Freemaker son discovers he has a connection to the Force (via StarWars.com).
Read the full synopsis below.
"Told in the whimsically-charged style that audiences have come to expect from LEGO Star Wars entertainment, the series stars the Freemakers, a family of scavengers who build and sell starships from the scoured debris of space battles strewn throughout the galaxy. When their youngest discovers a natural connection with the Force through an ancient artifact — the Kyber Saber — his world is turned upside down, and he and his family are thrown into an epic struggle against the Empire to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. Throughout their adventures, the Freemakers explore new worlds, meet new and familiar characters, and learn the true value of what it means to be a family."
StarWars.com didn’t specify whether or not The Freemaker Adventures would be canon, but it sounds like the show will be a fruitful partnership between Lego and Disney. Carrie Beck, vice president of animation development at Lucasfilm, said, “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.”
I am a bit disappointed The Freemaker Adventures will not be animated in the style of Star Wars Rebels or The Clone Wars. While Legos are fun, any animated projects the company has done with Lucasfilm (like Droid Tales) has been tongue-in-cheek, a silly, non-canon lens through which to view the saga’s more serious content. It may take watching the show for me to be completely on board with it. I do think the premise of the show is an intriguing and original one, so I’ll remain cautiously optimistic.