Classics Star Wars: Ewok and Droids Cartoon Series

Discussion in 'Star Wars TV' started by vong333, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. Blur Chosen One

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    Interesting about current restrictions on brand names - in the '80's rules regarding this were a lot more lax - I know that in the classic 1982 sci-fi film "Blade Runner", brand names were all over the place (though the film took place in the future).

    Re: your question, I have seen a portion of the 2004 "Ewoks" re-edited DVD, and was not at all impressed. And, yes, the classic introductory song was missing. Also, I would have preferred to have seen the cartoons in their separate entirety, not as an edited, cobbled-together mess.

    Here's a link with for reference on the "Ewoks" show - the DVD info. is towards the bottom of the page:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars:_Ewoks

    I haven't seen the 2004 "Droids" DVD, but, according to Wikipedia & a review of the DVD set, it appears that the iconic, classic introductory theme song "Trouble Again" is missing on here as well.

    Here's the links for reference:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars:_Droids (info. on the Droids DVD is on the bottom of the page)

    http://www.genreonline.net/SWDroids_DVD.html

  2. ImNotAStarWarsFanboy Force Ghost

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    Meh. I'd rather Bioware pump out 3 or 4 more cinematic trailers for SWTOR, or at the very least Timeline 13.
  3. Darth_Nub Manager Emeritus

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    It's just in kids' TV that brand names are forbidden these days (Australia & UK, not sure about the US). Other programmes tend to require clearance from the actual companies to be on the safe side, but they're not restricted by the governing bodies.
  4. Kez-Iban Jedi Grand Master

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    Probably most people on here are aware of this now, but at Celebration VI the starwars.com panel asked the audience if they were interested in seeing Ewoks and Droids episodes on the official site. From the reports that I heard, the reaction from the audience was very positive. Hopefully this means that there's something in the works!
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  5. vong333 Force Ghost

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    I still think they should release this on dvd/blue ray
  6. Dan_Grievous_Tikkes_Fan Force Ghost

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    Never watched these series and I am glad I never did...
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  7. Kez-Iban Jedi Grand Master

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    I understand why some people don't like Droids or Ewoks. It's just not their thing. Just like some people don't like the prequels, the EU, the Clone Wars, ewoks in Return of the Jedi and any number of other things beyond the original Star Wars.
    Now, anybody want to share what they do like about these shows?
    For me, I think the biggest thing is nostalgia. That, and the fact that these shows are mostly unknown or ignored by younger fans today. It's kind of fun pulling for an area of Star Wars that most people don't care about anymore and for characters that most people have forgotten. I admit that not every episode was awesome. Probably none of them were. But they were simple, innocent and fun, and there were some good things in them. It would be nice to have some of the characters, droids and planets make an appearance in the EU of today or at least get some attention in the Essential Guides.
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  8. Mika-El-Hakim Jedi Padawan

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    Mungo Baobab was mentioned in the Atlas and also in a Hyperspace short story.
  9. Zeta1127 Force Ghost

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    Droids, well at least the first two episodes, are great, but I don't know what to think about Ewoks yet.
  10. Trebor Sabreon Chosen One

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    Thall Joben FTW! We've heard rumors of an appearance for Thall in the live action show, and I think a cool scene for it would be the when the 'mysterious stranger' drops off a speeder for some repairs, never to return. It would be cool to actually see the moment Joben discovers his lightsaber in that speeder.

    Oh, and it's probably just me, but I'd rather any new look at Thall not include half of a shaved scalp - just keep the hair!
  11. Kez-Iban Jedi Grand Master

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    Box set of The Clone Wars announced at Celebration Europe, but what about Droids and Ewoks? Hopefully someone will ask if anything is in the works before Celebration is over!
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  12. Nexumaster Force Ghost

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    If I didn't know any better, I'd say that they want people to more or less forget about these two shows and want to fully focus on the modern ones. But since the CVI visitors were positive to DVD releases as pointed out above, we might see those in the future in some way, but they still feel pretty far away.
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  13. Blur Chosen One

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    I'm not sure why Lflm./Disney isn't releasing the Droids/Ewoks cartoons; they know the shows are popular enough, and SW has a built-in fanbase - so, even if someone weren't familiar with the cartoons, they may check them out just because of curiosity.

    At the SW celebration in August 2012, IIRC it was announced that the cartoons would be available for viewing on the official SW website in Fall 2012 (presumably they were going to be cleaned up/remastered). However, it's a year later and still no news. If they don't think DVD's of the cartoons will sell well enough to justify making them, why not go forward with their announced plan of making them available on the website? It would be nice to see the cartoons in this way (especially if the picture quality is good), since every other format they're available in now is sub-par.

    My guess is that Lflm./Disney has their hands full preparing for EP VII in 2015. However, how tough would it be to take some time, clean up the cartoons, and make them officially available for streaming? If they were available for free, it would be a nice gesture to fans who have been wanting to see the shows in a good format for year.....
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  14. Force Smuggler Chosen One

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    The Pirates and the Prince arc from Droids was amazing.
  15. Legolas Skywalker Force Ghost

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    Same here
  16. Trebor Sabreon Chosen One

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    I don't understand fellas, how can you be glad if you've never even watched? Maybe you'd be surprised to find that something - some character, ship or storyline - strikes your fancy.

    I know that personally, after not seeing these shows for nearly 30 years, I was pleasantly surprised by Droids. Same thing with some of the old Marvel comics. You never know.
  17. Nexumaster Force Ghost

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    I have to admit that I'm a bit disappointed with the apparent proudness of not having seen either Droids or Ewoks; you could always try to watch an episode or two before making up your mind. They're not that bad.

    Well, I guess it's easier to appreciate the two series at least a bit if you remember an episode or two from a young age (and in a nostalgic sense too).
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  18. Shadow_imperium Force Ghost

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    That's what got me to rewatch Ewoks a couple years ago. I vaguely remember watching them well reruns of them as a child in the late '80s. Wasn't fully sure what to expect but after a few episodes I was hooked. I've grown to love Ewoks, which for a while I'd ignore as much as possible in ROTJ. Hell I now collect their figures and campaign for more cartoon related Ewoks to be made, Asha specifically, and was thrilled when they released Kneesaa last year; before that I had a Jabba and Co. only policy. The designs are really fun, and although some of the stories are a bit out there, they remind me a lot of fantasy esque cartoons I loved as a kid.

    Taste is relative, but they way people dismiss this and Droids (of which I've only seen an old vhs...it had pirates with TIE fighters painted with skulls) is a bit much. They aren't the worst things with Star Wars on it, and are pretty fun, just gotta lighten up some.
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  19. Dark Lord Tarkas Force Ghost

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    I watched almost the entire series before dismissing it, so I think I earned the right. Some of my favorite cartoons are from that era (Thundarr the Barbarian) but it's geared at like a less-than-8-year-old audience which makes it kind of worthless to me except for the occasional better-than-average episode.
  20. Shadow_imperium Force Ghost

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    Fair enough, I was agreeing with Nexumaster about people dismissing the cartoons, and anything in general, before seeing it for themselves. I regret that last bit about lightening up, it was unnecessary and contradicts my previous statement about taste being relative.
  21. Trebor Sabreon Chosen One

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    Exactly. I mean, come on. I think it's pretty clear that no one is saying SW fans are "not allowed" to not like the shows. Quite the contrary, in fact. After all, while I happen to personally enjoy and appreciate Droids for what it is, I could certainly see someone watching either it or Ewoks and coming away unimpressed.

    I just can't help but wonder about the wisdom of dismissing something out-of-hand, without ever having given it a chance.
  22. Dark Lord Tarkas Force Ghost

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  23. Kez-Iban Jedi Grand Master

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    I just finished watching the animation collecting panel hosted by Shane Turgeon at Celebration V, and wow, I was really impressed! Loads of good information on the making of Ewoks and Droids. Maybe I'm the only one who hadn't seen this yet, but I'm going to post a link to it anyway because it is well worth watching and listening to. Here it is: http://theswca.com/hobbyarchive/2010/panels/animation.html
    This has me wishing even more that there will someday be a 'Making of' type of book focused on the various Star Wars animated series!