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[NEWS] Old Star Wars Ewok movies and animated shows coming to Disney+ [message #406455] Tue, 16 March 2021 20:26
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The Boba Fett animation was easily the best bit of the awful Star Wars
Holiday Special", but it was still pretty bad in itself - badly drawn,
badly animated.

The "Ewoks" animated show is back, but not (yet) the "Droids" anaimated
show. Hopefully it is the full version, not the silly "best of" like
the DVDs.


From Variety.com ...


'Star Wars': Ewoks TV Movies, Boba Fett 'Holiday Special' Debut
Finally Coming to Disney Plus
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"The Star Wars Holiday Special" is finally coming to Disney Plus
... kind of.

In the biggest bulk release of "Star Wars" content since the
streamer's launch, several "Star Wars" TV spinoffs from the
1970s, 1980s and 2000s will debut on Disney Plus on April 2.
Among them will be the animated short "The Story of the Faithful
Wookiee" - featuring the debut of bounty hunter Boba Fett - that
played in the middle of the live-action "Holiday Special" when
it first aired on CBS on 1978.

Joining "Faithful Wookiee" will be two TV movies featuring the
cuddly Ewoks, 1984's "Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure" and
1985's "Ewoks: The Battle for Endor"; the animated "Ewoks" TV
series that aired from 1985 to 1986; and the animated "Star
Wars: Clone Wars" TV micro-series from Genndy Tartakovsky that
aired on Cartoon Network from 2003 to 2005.

These spinoffs have lived in the hearts of hardcore "Star Wars"
fans largely because many have been difficult to find, no more
so than "The Star Wars Holiday Special." Starring Mark Hamill,
Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, the program, which did not
involve creator George Lucas, was immediately panned as a
slap-shod cash grab. While the "Holiday Special" has been known
to crop up on YouTube every so often, it's never been
officially released in any format.

"The Story of the Faithful Wookiee," however, has been widely
considered to be the best part of the "Holiday Special," in
large part because it marks the debut of Boba Fett, who later
appeared in live-action in 1980's "Star Wars: The Empire
Strikes Back." Lucasfilm even included "Faithful Wookiee" as
an easter egg on the 2011 Blu-ray release of the first six
"Star Wars" features. (A live-action TV series about the
character, "The Book of Boba Fett," is due to premiere on
Disney Plus at the end of the year.)

After debuting on ABC as "The Ewok Adventure" in 1984, the
90-minute special was released in theaters internationally as
"Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure." Other than Warwick
Davis reprising his role as the Ewok Wicket from 1983's "Star
Wars: Return of the Jedi," neither "Caravan of Courage" nor
its sequel the following year, "Ewoks: The Battle for Endor,"
reference "Star Wars" mythology in any substantive way. The
animated "Ewoks" TV series took a similar approach.

"Star Wars: Clone Wars," by contrast, was deeply tied to the
prequel trilogy. Set between 2002's "Star Wars: Attack of the
Clones" and 2005's "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith," the
first two seasons of "Clone Wars" were comprised of
three-to-five-minute-long, action-heavy animated shorts,
tracking the characters of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin
Skywalker. Season 3 of the show expanded the storytelling to
five, 12-minute long episodes. (In 2008, Lucasfilm revived
"The Clone Wars" as a more traditional animated series
without Tartakovsky's involvement; that show ended its run
on Disney Plus in May 2020.)

Curiously, rather than make a splashy announcement of the
release of all this long-lost "Star Wars" content, Disney
quietly included the titles among its list of material coming
to Disney Plus in April. A spokesperson for Lucasfilm did not
immediately respond to a request for comment from Variety,
but io9 is reporting that there aren't any further plans to
release more of the "Holiday Special" beyond the Boba Fett
animated short.


< https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/star-wars-holiday-special-b oba-fett-ewoks-caravan-of-courage-disney-plus-1234932286/>
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