It’s been almost 3 years now since it was first announced that a Spaceballs animated series was in development from Mel Brooks and original Spaceballs co-writer Thomas Meehan. In fact, it had been so long since we heard any mention of it that I was convinced that the project was in trouble and on the verge of being abandoned altogether. Fortunately, we’ve received word this week that the show is finally ready to be unveiled to the world, and G4 has officially set a premiere date of Sunday, September 21st. The proceedings will kick off at 3 pm EST with an airing of the original movie, followed by four back-to-back episodes of the animated series starting at 5 pm EST.
I think Spaceballs has already been airing on the Super Channel in Canada and a few episodes have found their way to the internet (including the one embedded below). From what I’ve seen, it doesn’t play nearly as well as I was hoping it would. If anything, the Family Guy and Robot Chicken tributes to Star Wars do a much better job of parodying the movies, and the humour just feels really dated. It’s not nearly as edgy and hip as I’m sure G4 was hoping it would be. Ah well. It looks like it will probably join that 8-bit cartoon Code Monkeys and the game show Hurl! as another bit of lacklustre original programming in G4’s futile quest to become the new Spike TV. So be it.