It’s The Dark Middle Chapter: ‘LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out’ DVD Dated For March

Last year’s animated Cartoon Network special is coming to DVD on March 26th and it’s got jokes.

Hey, how are these, anyway? The LEGO games are pretty fantastic at distilling the comics/film properties they’re adapting down to their basic, lighthearted essence (“LEGO Batman 2” is a hoot), but some of us (okay, me) haven’t had a chance to check out the Cartoon Network specials. Based on the trailer, it looks like it’s made up of little vignettes, “Robot Chicken Star Wars”-style, but with fewer jokes about mass Padawan slayings.

The show was written by “Simpsons” writer Michael Price, and draws from across both film eras of the “Star Wars” universe, meaning you’ll get to see Darth Maul yukking it up with the Emperor on the Death Star.

From the official synopsis:

HOLD ON TO YOUR BRICKS….FOR AN ALL-NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURE!

Your favorite characters are back to save the galaxy in LEGO® Star Wars®: The Empire Strikes Out™. The heroes of the Rebel Alliance including heroic Luke Skywalker, swaggering Han Solo and steadfast Princess Leia have no time to celebrate their victory over the Empire as a new Imperial threat arises. But as Jedi-in training Luke embarks on this next mission, he discovers that his celebrity status as a “Death-Star-Blower-Upper” can be a double-edged lightsaber when he’s constantly mobbed by crazed fans. So much for secret missions! Meanwhile, Darth Vader and Darth Maul are locked in a hilarious “Sith-ling” rivalry as they compete for the Emperor’s approval. It’s an action-packed comic adventure that’s out of this world!

In the announcement, Twentieth Century Fox didn’t make any mention of bonuses or special features for the March 26th disc, although it will include a mini Darth Vader figure which is kind of neat.