Last year I wrote an episode of Spaceballs: The Animated Series. It’s premiering this Sunday, September 21st at 6 pm on the G4 cable channel.
The episode is, predictably enough, all about video games. It’s called “Grand Theft Starship” and it’s a loose parody of Grand Theft Auto — the heroes go inside the game and are attacked by a mob of game characters angry about players stealing their cars, killing their cops, etc.
The animation looks kinda cheap (surprise: it was!), but I think the script has some nice moments, especially if you’re into video games. Specifically I’d draw your attention to: the ridiculous boss fight, the death of Mario, and the insane game of Tetris.
Conceptually it’s easily the strangest thing I’ve ever written. It’s about people trapped inside a video game, who are themselves characters on an animated TV show, which was based on a movie, which was itself based on Star Wars. It’s probably not surprising that I had trouble sometimes getting the characters to feel, you know, real.
If anyone’s curious, I’ve also posted a few stories about the show’s unusual production process over at Cartoon Brew.