Hot on the heels of George Lucas’s CG-animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars comes Mel Brooks’ Space Balls: The Animated Series. Based on Brooks’ 1987 live-action spoof of Star Wars and other space flicks, the show is being produced by Berliner Film Companie GmbH in association with Brooksfilms and will debut Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. on cable network G4. A rather titillating promo trailer is now available for viewing on AniMagTV.
Brooks wrote the pilot for Spaceballs: The Animated Series with scribe Thomas Meehan, who previously collaborated with Brooks on the original Spaceballs film, as well as the feature To Be or Not to Be and the musical version of The Producers. Meehan oversaw all writing for the first 13 episodes, and Brooks lends his voice to the characters President Skroob and Yogurt. Also returning are Daphne Zuniga and Joan Rivers, though Bill Pullman and Rick Moranis are not reprising their roles. Tino Insana takes over the role of Barf, played by the late John Candy in the original film.
At last reporting, the Spaceballs pilot was said to adhere closely to the plot of the feature film as the evil Dark Helmet kidnaps Princess Vespa of the Planet Druidia in order to blackmail her father into giving up his planet’s air to replenish the polluted atmosphere of Planet Spaceball. King Roland then hires Lone Starr and his half-human/half-dog sidekick, Barf, to rescue the princess and save Planet Druidia.
The show was originally slated to make its U.S. premiere in 2007, but was then pushed to June 1 of this year. With any luck, the series will finally make it air this weekend. More Spaceballs fun can be found at the show’s official website, www.bounceyourspaceballs.com.