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Star Wars: Droids (animated tv series) - a general discussion thread

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A general discussion thread for ‘Star Wars: Droids - The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO’ - the 1985/86 animated tv series

a thread nobody wanted, a thread nobody asked for - yet here it is… 😉
 

 

The Premise:-

Droids follows the adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO as they face off against gangsters, criminals, pirates, bounty hunters, the Galactic Empire and other threats. During their adventures, the droids find themselves in the service of successive new masters and in difficult situations as a result.

The series was retroactively placed four years after Revenge of the Sith and fifteen years before the events of Star Wars (1977).

 

Intro Video:-

Star Wars: Droids Cartoon Introduction (1985) - at the Galactic Voyage youtube channel. (1 minute)

 

Information Pages:-

IMDB Page : Wikipedia Page : Wookieepedia Page : RebelScum.com Home Video Releases Page on ‘Star Wars: Droids’
 

The Droids and Ewoks website: http://droidsandewoks.weebly.com (with Episode Guide, Comic Info, Images, Figures etc)

 

 

A few online articles on ‘Star Wars: Droids’:-

StarWars•com articles: The Droids Re-Animated, Part 1 & The Droids Re-Animated, Part 2 (2013)

StarWars•com article : 25 Years of Collecting Droids and Ewoks! (2010)

Den Of Geek article: Star Wars: The Droids Animated Series Time Forgot (2019)

RebelScum•com article: Droids & Ewoks - A Home Video History

SyFy•com article: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About #Star Wars: Droids’ (2018)

Dork Side of the Force article: Remembering Star Wars: The Droids Animated Series (2019)

IGN article: Star Wars: Droids Turns 30 - A Look Back at the Animated Series (2015)

StarWarsMaven article: Boba Fett in Television & Movies IV: Star Wars Droids episode, “A Race to the Finish” (2014)

Star Wars Insider article: A Star Wars CELibration (re Ewoks & Droids) - by Jon Bradley Snyder (via the LucasFan website)

Decider article: Put the Star Wars Holiday Special and the Ewoks Movies on Disney+, You Cowards! (2019; inc ‘Star Wars: Droids’)

 

 

 

Ewoks and Droids promo montage’:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nkzhg1W6-ks - a 10 minute video at the Richard Woloski youtube channel.

 
 

Star Wars Droids & Ewoks UK VHS Promos’:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=im0DAhg-QOs - a 5 minute video at the MovieMoan youtube channel.

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No love for ‘Star Wars: Droids’ in yesterday’s announcement for various ‘non-canon content’ soon being made available on Disney+…

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As others have pointed out, that is a little surprising… especially as the series involved the work of stalwarts Ben Burtt & Joe Johnston, had music by Stewart Copeland, and featured Boba Fett… yet along with the full 1978 Holiday Special, ‘SW: Droids’ is the only Star Wars release to not be available?
 

Even R2 is playing the blues on this news…

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I’m genuinely surprised that even the Ewok content and the HS cartoon is being made available at all, so now I’m sure Droids will come along eventually.

I’m assuming the Ewok movies and the cartoon will be in HD, so maybe there are some restoration problems? Or it could just be a marketing tactic and they’ll release Droids at some point right before or right after Star Wars: A Droid Story this December.

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Maybe they aren’t putting Droids up yet because they think it will cause confusion with A Droid Story.

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Rodney-2187 said:

Maybe they aren’t putting Droids up yet because they think it will cause confusion with A Droid Story.

Good point. I’d guess this is the most likely reason.

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Rodney-2187 said:

Maybe they aren’t putting Droids up yet because they think it will cause confusion with A Droid Story.

Makes sense. Hopefully they’ll release it some time not too long after the new series. Since they’re releasing the Ewok movies and carton as their own thing, and the Boba Fett cartoon some months before The Book of Boba Fett it wouldn’t surprise me if they’ll try use the new Droid series as a way to create some interest in younger viewers by releasing the original Droids series not too long afterwards.

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Star Wars is Surrealism, not Science Fiction (essay)
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I remember in the thrasher seeing ROTS and thinking toward the end, “Well, there goes Droids.”

Well done. I will disengage self-destruct initiative.

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Now all someone has to do is recreate the original Ewoks & Droids Adventure Hour intro.

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Where were you in '77?

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I remember not like the Droids series, but it’s been a long time. I’d be interested in giving it another chance if it eventually shows up on Disney+ at some point. My tastes have broadened.

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What happened to the Nelvana negatives, does anyone know?

Because if they don’t exist all they would have is broadcast tapes. Good enough for DVD and streaming, arguably. But for HD nope.

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JadedSkywalker said:

What happened to the Nelvana negatives, does anyone know?

Because if they don’t exist all they would have is broadcast tapes. Good enough for DVD and streaming, arguably. But for HD nope.

Well, we’ll find out next week when Ewoks is released.

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JadedSkywalker said:

What happened to the Nelvana negatives, does anyone know?

Because if they don’t exist all they would have is broadcast tapes. Good enough for DVD and streaming, arguably. But for HD nope.

The shows aired and were released on video all over the world. And were edited on film, not tape. Therefore, prints must exist.

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The Droids opening theme will get stuck in your head. We must proceed with caution.

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Rodney-2187 said:

The Droids opening theme will get stuck in your head. We must proceed with caution.

When they dubbed Droids here, they dropped the song and the theme is just instrumental except for one episode which probably was a mistake. I like the instrumental theme, but the singing sounds bad.

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Take with a pinch of salt…
 

Star Wars: Droids coming to Disney+ (UK / Ireland)’:-

https://whatsondisneyplus.com/star-wars-droids-coming-soon-to-disney-uk-ireland - on Friday 18th June in UK / Ireland.
 

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LOL, there’s a whole site just for things on D+?

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Rodney-2187 said:

The Droids opening theme will get stuck in your head. We must proceed with caution.

I actually like the theme song.

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LexX said:

LOL, there’s a whole site just for things on D+?

Weirdly, there seems to be a LOT of these unofficial D+ sites out there - maybe all after advertising revenue, trying to be the ‘no. 1 site’, or something? (Seems strange - a good ‘tv listings’ website is enough for me 👍)

 

On the official UK Disney site - in the listings for Saturday 18th June:-

https://disney.co.uk/everything-new-coming-to-disney-plus-in-june-2021 (and scroll down to ‘Disney+ Release Schedule for June’)

So both Seasons of ‘Star Wars: Droids’ will be available on the 18th June in the UK 👍
 

The US version of Disney+ does NOT have series listed - does anyone know when it’ll be made available in the various others regions?
 

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Star Wars: Droids’ is now up and available in the UK - and also in a few other countries too:-

www.disneyplus.com/en-gb/series/star-wars-vintage-droids/5q1WkH85QhgL
 

https://twitter.com/helisonsm/status/1405839632433127426 (with screenshots of audio and subtitle options in multiple languages)

 

 

I imagine the Boba Fett & Mandalorian fans will be heading straight to “A Race to the Finish” (episode 4)

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Boonta Eve originated on Droids?

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So happy to see this!

Is this the first time that the first story (The White Witch saga) has been commercially available?