Darren Franich
March 03, 2012 AT 12:00 PM EST

Community fans excited about the return of the beloved cult sitcom have something else to get excited about. According to an NBC announcement, the cast of Community will get animated in three new cartoon shorts that will debut on Hulu and NBC.com on Wednesday, March 7. The shorts form a three-part story called “Abed’s Master Key,” in which Dean Pelton (played by recent Oscar winner Jim Rash) hires Abed (Danny Pudi) as his assistant. As part of the job, Abed gets the Master Key for Greendale. Presumably, shenanigans ensue.

“The show fits into the web world very well,” Pudi told EW Saturday night before the Community panel during PaleyFest in Los Angeles. “[They are] almost like the tags we do at the end of an episode. Sometimes they might tie-in loosely [to the regular episodes], but it’s more about what other adventures these guys are up to.”

The animated shorts were written by Dave Seger and Tom Kauffman, who created the comedy web series Ikea Heights.

Check out a video preview below.


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