Early Star Wars TV spin-offs come to Disney+ (UPDATED)

Droids cartoon joining ‘Vintage Collection’ later in 2021

A bunch of Star Wars spin-offs — cartoons and TV movies from the early days of the saga’s small-screen expansion — are coming to the Disney+ streaming service.

As announced on March 17, Disney+ unveiled “The Star Wars Vintage Collection,” along with some sweet old-school, Kenner toy-style packaging:

Asajj Ventress (Star Wars: Clone Wars)
  • The original 2003 Clone Wars cartoon by Samurai Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky. Releasing before 2005’s Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith hit theaters, this two-volume series first introduced on-screen the characters of General Grievous, who would feature in that movie, and Asajj Ventress, who would reappear in the CG-animated version of The Clone Wars series that started in 2008.
  • Going back further in time, you can check out both seasons of the 1985-86 Ewoks Saturday morning cartoon. (Hey, where’s Droids? Read on to find out …)
  • On the live-action Ewok front, don’t miss the 1984 Caravan of Courage telefilm and its 1985 follow-up, Ewoks: The Battle for Endor.
  • Disney is so far keeping most of the infamous 1978 live-action Star Wars Holiday Special in the vault in accordance with creator George Lucas’ wishes, but it is for some reason releasing an animated segment from that intergalactic variety show; The Story of the Faithful Wookiee is most notable for introducing the bounty hunter character Boba Fett ahead of his first live-action appearance in Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back.

In addition to releasing these gems, Lucasfilm announced April 2 that the Star Wars: Droids animated series is slated to join the Star Wars Vintage Collection on Disney+ later this year (2021).

Which of these early Star Wars spin-offs are you looking forward to experiencing again or possibly for the first time?

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away …

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