Comic-Con: Star Wars Panel Report
While the thirty years of Star Wars panel featured plenty of video game previews and Lucas-approved montages of the fans that have made him one seriously wealthy man, it also featured a special preview of Family Guy's season premiere - a one hour Star Wars tribute starring Stewie as Lord Vader, of course. Who else were you expecting to don Vader's robes?
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane joined Lucasfilms' fan liaison Stephen Sansweet on stage for a short interview. Let me point out that while everyone on every single panel joked about being drunk, only MacFarlane brought the plastic beer-filled cup up on stage with him. I'm glad someone's enjoying the Comic-Con kegger.
MacFarlane relayed how he and his staff are avid Star Wars fans and how Fox suggested they approach Lucas to do a full-length Star Wars parody episode because their Star Wars references had become so copious that Lucas probably had the grounds to sue them anyway.
The clips MacFarlane showed included a very funny scrolling text mimicking the Star Wars opening, which decried everything from Luke and Leia's incestuous kiss to, ummm..., Angelina Jolie and her brother's incestuous kiss. Other highlights: The opening title card read, "A long time ago, but somehow in the future." Brian as a wookie, and seeing Stewie in his Vader outfit. Peter played Han, and Chris played Luke in the TIE fighter sequence for the first film. Why are they called TIE fighters? Apparently, they're Thai. But, best of all, the team from Family Guy also managed to throw an Airplane! joke or two into the script.
Lucasfilm also shared the preview trailer for the Star Wars animated series, but that's been online for weeks. They did confirm that there will be a live action television version of Star Wars by the close of the decade so you'll only have to hold your breath for three or so more years.