Disney+ Is Sorely Lacking in “Droids” & Ewoks [Still Missing a Few Things – PART 2]

It’s hard not to love Disney+ if you’re a fan of Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, or Disney more generally. It really has a large portion of the famed vault, right there to stream. With the addition of originals that were there at launch like The Mandalorian and some intriguing ones that are coming down the road from Marvel, the service is a no-brainer.

That said, it’s not comprehensive. Here’s some more of the content (check out my initial thoughts here) that would really push the service to the next level and should be added as soon as possible – starting with the Star Wars universe:

Disney+ launch day was like Christmas morning for Star Wars fans.

In addition to new 4K HDR 10 transfers of all of the theatrical movies (save for Solo and Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, both under contract to Netflix for a few more months) and some newly compiled deleted scenes, we got a new line of dialogue from Greedo, reportedly added by George Lucas himself during the preparation of the 4K print of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, the whole of the series run of Star Wars: The Clone Wars including the opening chapters that first debuted theatrically, Star Wars: Rebels, a bevy of Lego Star Wars titles, and even the most excellent Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy documentary.

Add in the technologically groundbreaking and internet meme making The Mandalorian and there’s already a lot to love.

What’s missing?

Look, sir! Droids! We’re missing Droids.

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The 1985 animated series Star Wars: Droids – The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO originally ran on ABC. Several names familiar to Star Wars fans, such as Anthony Daniels and Ben Burtt, were involved with the show. Names that would later show up in the prequels, like Boonta, the planet Bogden, and even the wheel bike design of General Grievous had their start here. The events in the series take place before Episode IV and follow our pair of droid heroes as they oppose the forces of evil throughout the galaxy. It ran through June of 1986.

We’re also missing Ewoks, from two different sources. The first are a pair of live-action movie-of-the-week features made for television that aired on ABC in 1984 and 1985. Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure stars Warwick Davis as Wicket W. Warrick, reprising his role from Return of the Jedi, and features narration by Burl Ives. The second, Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, also stars Davis and features Wilford Brimley in the cast. Both of the films were produced by George Lucas and feature special effects by ILM.

The other source of murderbear content that Disney+ should add was created as a companion to Droids for ABC. Titled Ewoks, it also debuted in 1985 and follows the exploits of Warrick and his Ewok friends. It ran through December 1986.

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