In some really amazing news, we’re getting a ton of familiar Star Wars stories coming to Disney+ soon!
It was revealed today in a release on new stuff coming to the streaming service in April that plenty of non-canonical Star Wars stuff will be arriving on April 2. That includes:
- Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure
- Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
- Star Wars: Clone Wars – Volume 1
- Star Wars: Clone Wars – Volume 2
- Star Wars: Ewoks (Season 1)
- Star Wars: Ewoks (Season 2)
- The Story of the Faithful Wookiee
This is super awesome, and I’m really excited for it. None of these stories are considered canon, but they nonetheless are fun and nostalgic projects that are now going to be available to watch at any time on Disney+. In particular, I have a soft spot in my heart for this Clone Wars series. This is the series from Genndy Tartakovsky that premiered in 2003 and ran for three seasons years leading up to the release of Revenge of the Sith in 2005. These short episodes explored the era of the Clone Wars for the first time (as remember, this was before ROTS and the subsequent The Clone Wars series produced by Dave Filoni and George Lucas). This series showed the Jedi in action in their prime, but it also introduced General Grievous, Asajj Ventress, and others. I especially love how the series leads directly into the events of ROTS by showing the attack on Coruscant, something we haven’t seen in any media before or since (besides for ROTS, when we see the escape attempt in space). So yeah, I’m super pumped to get this series on Disney+.
But I’m also really excited to get all the Ewok content on there too. The two TV films, Caravan of Courage (1984) and The Battle for Endor (1985), are also nostalgic and fun. We’re getting those two films, plus both seasons of the animated Ewoks series (from 1985-1986), which is also super cool. This also means that we’ll have all but one Star Wars animated series ever produced on Disney+, with the only exception being the companion series to Ewoks, Droids, which ran for one season in 1985 and focused on C-3PO and R2-D2. I’m not sure why that series isn’t also being added at this time, but I hope that the re-release of all of these other series means that we’ll get it at some point in the future!
And lastly, there’s The Story of the Faithful Wookiee. You might not remember this one, and that’s ok: this is the animated story that was featured in the infamous The Star Wars Holiday Special in 1978! Though the special overall has been panned over the years, the animated short that was featured therein has actually been pretty well-received; among other things, this was the very first introduction of Boba Fett to the Star Wars universe! I’m pretty confident that we’ll never get the full Holiday Special on Disney+ (given how much George Lucas hates it and wanted to eradicate its very existence), but it’s a brilliant move to release the animated segment separately as this standalone short. It’s worth it.
So yeah, I’m super excited about all of this, and I can’t wait to re-watch all of this nostalgic content on April 2nd!