11:00am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
'Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures' Headed to Disney XD
Disney XD is adding another Star Wars series to its schedule in partnership with Lucasfilm and Lego.
The cable network has scheduled a summer debut for Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, an animated adventure-comedy series that will introduce new heroes and villains featured alongside many familiar Star Wars characters.
The Freemaker Adventures take place between Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi.
The series revolves around 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.
"We are very excited to launch for the first time a TV series with Disney XD," said Jill Wilfert, vp licensing and entertainment at the Lego Group, adding: "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."
"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, vp 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."
Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures is a production of Wil Film, the Lego Group and Lucasfilm. It was developed for TV by Bill Motz and Bob Roth (Penguins of Madagascar), who will serve as executive producers alongside Torsten Jacobson (Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales) and Jill Wilfert (The Lego Movie). Producers include Carrie Beck (Star Wars Rebels), Jason Cosler (Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Avengers Reassembled!), Jake Blais and John McCormack.
Disney XD is a 24-hour channel that airs a mix of live-action and animated programming aimed at kids 6-11, with a particular focus on boys. In addition to the new Lego Star Wars series, it also has the animated show Star Wars Rebels and aired the five-part mini Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales last summer.