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#1439253
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Public Domain Movies (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. finds)
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If there was ever the perfect embodiment of the “so bad it’s good” movie, this is it. I’m pretty convinced that this film have become a cult classic almost solely based on it’s fascinatingly bizarre production history (summarized in the trivia section below).

The Terror (1963)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBrTFbPfwXg - from the Cult Cinema Classics YouTube channel (1 hour 19 mins long - 1080p)

Synopsis:
A young officer in Napoleon’s Army pursues a mysterious woman to the castle of an elderly Baron.

Directed by Roger Corman, Francis Ford Coppola (three or four days), Jack Hale (one day), Monte Hellman (a few days), Jack Hill (a few days), Dennis Jakob (one day), & Jack Nicholson (one day).

Cast: Boris Karloff, Jack Nicholson & Sandra Knight.

Trivia:
The Terror began as a challenge to shoot most of a gothic film in two days using left over sets from The Raven (1963). It turned into the longest production of producer Roger Corman’s career – an ordeal that required five directors and nine months to complete.

IMDb link
Wikipedia article

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#1439252
Topic
Public Domain Movies (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. finds)
Time

Another Vincent Price horror classic, this time produced and directed by Wiliam Castle, a man notorious for his marketing gimmicks.

House On Haunted Hill (1959)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8W4GOf5m_4 - from the Harry Steiman YouTube channel (1 hour 14 mins long - 1080p)

Synopsis:
A millionaire offers $10,000 to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife.

Directed by William Castle.

Cast: Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart & Elisha Cook.

Trivia:
The film is perhaps best known for a promotional gimmick used in the film’s original theatrical release called “Emergo.” In some theaters that showed the film, exhibitors rigged an elaborate pulley system near the theater screen which allowed a plastic skeleton to be flown over the audience during a corresponding scene late in the film.

IMDb link
Wikipedia article

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#1439222
Topic
Public Domain Movies (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. finds)
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You can’t have a thread with public domain movies without talking about the public domain movie, and what is essentially the birth of the modern concept of the slow moving, flesh-eating, virus-made zombie. For better or for worse George A. Romero created an entire genre with Night of the Living Dead and had the film not have fallen into the public domain from the get-go it would probably never have become the horror classic that it has become and instead been relegated to cult classics status like most other low budget horror films of the time.

Night of the Living Dead (1969)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yA5kk8LB7BQ - from the Kurbel TV YouTube channel (1 hour 35 mins long - 720p)

Synopsis:
A ragtag group of Pennsylvanians barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to remain safe from a horde of flesh-eating ghouls that are ravaging the East Coast of the United States.

Directed by George A. Romero.

Cast: Judith O’Dea & Duane Jones.

Trivia:
Night of the Living Dead entered the public domain in the United States because the original theatrical distributor, the Walter Reade Organization, failed to place a copyright indication on the prints, and at that time, United States copyright law held that public dissemination required copyright notice to maintain a copyright.

IMDb link
Wikipedia article

And the colourized version if you wish to dabble in such things:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuknzfKw9t4

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#1439221
Topic
Public Domain Movies (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. finds)
Time

Now this is a fascinating film. It’s essentially the first post apocalyptic zombie film, that is, except for the fact that the modern concept of zombies hadn’t been invented yet, so in this film a nuclear apocalypse creates a society of vampires–sensitivity to sunlight, garlic, and all. They are however more slow moving and “zombie-like” in the film than the original novel.

The Last Man on Earth (1964)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feQIhzNpBLQ - from the ARF YouTube channel (1 hour 27 mns long - 720p)

Synopsis:
When a disease turns all of humanity into the living dead, the last man on earth becomes a reluctant vampire hunter.

Directed by Sidney Salkow & Ubaldo B. Ragona.

Cast: Vincent Price, Franca Bettoia & Emma Danieli.

Trivia:
The first of three adaptations of the 1954 novel I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, the second being The Omega Man (1971) starring Charlton Heston and the third in 2007 starred Will Smith and kept the original title.

IMDb link
Wikipedia article

And the colourized version if you wish to dabble in such things:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MGssnLkVGI

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#1439220
Topic
Public Domain Movies (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. finds)
Time

Since a lot of zombie film milestones are in the Public Domain I figured I’d post three of the most important films in the genre, starting with the first feature length film to ever use the word “zombie.”


Now White Zombie is by no means a great movie, but it’s still considered a classic among many horror fans due to Bela Lugosi’s hypnotic performance as well as it’s similarities and ties to the production of Dracula made barely a year prior. The film also has a reputation among heavy metal fans as Rob Zombie’s borrowed the title for the name of his band in the 1980’s.

White Zombie (1932)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NV3B2z0HkKA - from the Cult Cinema Classics YouTube channel (1 hour 07 mins long - 1080p)

Synopsis:
A young man turns to a witch doctor to lure the woman he loves away from her fiancé, but instead turns her into a zombie slave.

Directed by Victor Halperin.

Cast: Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy & Joseph Cawthorn

Trivia:
Large portions of the film was shot on the Universal Studios lot, borrowing many props and scenery from other horror films of the era.

IMDb link
Wikipedia article

And the colourized version if you wish to dabble in such things:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8D1HzrMp98

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#1439087
Topic
<strong>Star Wars: The Bad Batch</strong> (animated series) - a general discussion thread - * <strong>SPOILERS</strong> *
Time

TBH I find the word “filler” to be a really strange concept that gets thrown around way too much these days. Now I’m not trying to sound snarky or condescending or anything like that, but how can anything with a character driven plot and/or thematic relevance be “filler”? I can’t really think of anything in this series so far that have actually qualified as filler as I understand the word. Sure some episodes haven’t really moved the story of the Batch forward in any major way, but that doesn’t necessarily make it filler. By the standards that are attributed to the word nowadays we could say that virtually every episode of most old TV shows would qualify as filler as everything usually returned to the status quo by the end of most episodes. Or maybe I’m just too used to old stuff and it’s warping my understanding of modern media?

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#1439076
Topic
Public Domain Movies (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. finds)
Time

This is a Star Wars forum after all, so I figured a PD film starring both Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee would be of some interest.

This film is the perfect blend of basically every shlocky concept you could possibly find in a post-Hammer horror film, and the plot is utterly bonkers. Yet somehow it all works surprisingly well. Also, despite having starred together in several horror films at this point, this is the film were Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee shared the most screen time.

Horror Express (1972)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LCtzLEebBI - from the FEATURE FILM YouTube channel (1 hour 27 mins long - 720p).

Synopsis:
While travelling on the Trans-Siberian Express, an anthropologist and his rival must contain the threat posed by the former’s cargo: a prehistoric ape which is the host for a lifeform that is absorbing the minds of the passengers and crew.

Directed by Eugenio Martín.

Cast: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee & Telly Savalas.

Trivia:
The film is loosely based on the novella Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell Jr, which was also the source material for Howard Hawks’ 1951 RKO feature film The Thing from Another World and John Carpenter’s 1982 remake The Thing.

IMDb link
Wikipedia article

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#1439063
Topic
<strong>Star Wars: The Bad Batch</strong> (animated series) - a general discussion thread - * <strong>SPOILERS</strong> *
Time

I think this episode is another great example of how cameos can work well for both fans of the other series and for people who are new to the cartoons. I really enjoyed seeing Cham, Hera and Chopper again, but it was so well written and relevant to the themes of this series that I don’t think this episode would feel to off to someone who’s not seen TCW or Rebels. That is, apart from the obvious absence of Batch for most of the episode, however I won’t mind if this series decides to take a TCW-esque approach to future episodes where the main characters can take a step back to let other interesting characters shine. And I also think making Crosshair the main focus, as far as the Bad Batch characters are conerned at least, was really clever.

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#1439044
Topic
Public Domain Movies (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. finds)
Time

Here are the four (out of a total of fourteen) Sherlock Holmes films starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce that are in the public domain. These may not be the most accurate adaptations of the Conan Doyle stories, but there’s a certain charm in these that I personally really love. Out of the four films below I recommend The Woman in Green the highest. The other three are OK, with Secret Weapon being a lot of cheesy fun as it’s literally a WWII propaganda film with Sherlock Holmes vs Nazi Germany. And if you decide to check out the non-PD ones, I’d recommend starting with The House of Fear and The Pearl of Death.


Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsZQNdMKbNs - from the FEATURE FILM YouTube channel (1 hour 08 mins - 720p upscale)

Synopsis:
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson must protect a Swiss inventor of an advanced bomb sight from falling into German hands.

Directed by Roy William Neill

Cast:
Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce & Lionel Atwill.

Trivia:
The fourth in the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce series of 14 Sherlock Holmes films which updated the characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the then present day. It is a spy film taking place on the background of the then ongoing Second World War with an original premise.

IMDb link
Wikipedia article

And the colourized version if you wish to dabble in such things:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MylUEVqIAU4


The Woman in Green (1945)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fypOpzikhDA - from the PizzaFlix Youtube channel (1 hour 07 mins long - 480p)

Synopsis:
Sherlock Holmes investigates when young women around London turn up murdered, each with a finger severed. Scotland Yard suspects a madman, but Holmes believes the killings to be part of a diabolical plot.

Directed by Roy William Neill

Cast:
Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce & Hillary Brooke.

IMDb link
Wikipedia article

And the colourized version if you wish to dabble in such things:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIvV20oFTFY


Terror by Night (1946)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ae5KnCP6QbI - from the PizzaFlix YouTube channel (59 mis long - 480p)

Synopsis:
When the fabled Star of Rhodesia diamond is stolen on a London to Edinburgh train and the son of its owner is murdered, Sherlock Holmes must discover which of his suspicious fellow passengers is responsible.

Directed by Roy William Neill

Cast:
Basil Rathbone & Nigel Bruce.

IMDb link
Wikipedia article

And the colourized version if you wish to dabble in such things:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBddAy-ZU-w&t=2483s


Dressed to Kill (1946)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qILka1Lz2U - from the PizzaFlix YouTube channel (1 hour 11 mins long - 480p)

Synopsis:
Sherlock Holmes sets out to discover why a trio of murderous villains, including a dangerously attractive female, are desperate to obtain three unassuming and inexpensive little music boxes.

Directed by Roy William Neill

Cast:
Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce & Patricia Morison.

IMDb link
Wikipedia article

And the colourized version if you wish to dabble in such things:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DFDrkAHqis

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#1439043
Topic
Public Domain Movies (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. finds)
Time

Definitely one of the best and most prolific films that ended up in the public domain. As was the case with most of Orson Welles’ films post Citizen Kane this was heavily edited by the studio, but it’s still a fantastic movie that’s unfortunately somewhat overshadowed by his other masterpieces.

The Stranger (1946)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3EUs0sRP6M - from the Retrospective YouTube channel (1 hour 35 mins long - 1080p)

Synopsis:
An investigator from the War Crimes Commission travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi.

Directed by Orson Welles.

Cast: Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson & Loretta Young.

Trivia:
Welles’s third completed feature film as director and his first film noir. It is the first Hollywood film to present documentary footage of the Holocaust.

IMDb link
Wikipedia article

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#1439040
Topic
Making-Of Documentaries - YouTube/Vimeo/etc. finds
Time

BTW, I just made a similar-ish off-topic thread for posting Public Domain movies that are available on YouTube and other video sites, so if you know of any good or interesting old PD movies that have been posted in reasonably good quality please share them there.

https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Public-Domain-Movies-YouTube-Vimeo-etc-finds/id/87327/page/1#1439033

Similar posting guidelines apply; a simple and small thumbnail/poster and any bonus info like Wikipedia or IMDb links would be appreciated.

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#1439035
Topic
Public Domain Movies (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. finds)
Time

I’ll start off with a somewhat forgotten pre-code horror/thriller that I recently discovered that has already become one of my favourite films.

The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r54s3iCtnh4 - from the Cult Cinema Classics YouTube channel (1 hour 2 mins long - 1080p).

Synopsis:
A psychotic big game hunter deliberately strands a luxury yacht on a remote island, where he begins to hunt its passengers for sport.

Directed by Irving Pichel & Ernest B. Schoedsack.

Cast: Joel McCrea, Fay Wray & Leslie Banks.

Trivia:
The Most Dangerous Game was filmed at night on the same sets used in King Kong (1933) with four of the same actors, Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, James Flavin and Noble Johnson.

IMDb link
Wikipedia article

Backup link from the PizzaFlix YouTube channel.

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#1439033
Topic
Public Domain Movies (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. finds)
Time

In a similar-ish vein to my previous threads like the YouTube/Vimeo/etc. finds for Original Trilogy making-ofs
and the off-topic Making-Of Documentaries - YouTube/Vimeo/etc. finds thread, I figured it’d be interesting to make a thread dedicated to public domain films that have been posted on YouTube and other video sites.

I also made a similar thread for films that are not in the public domain, but which have been released for free online by their respective copyright holders; Movies/TV officially released for free (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. finds)

In case you are unsure about what films are PD you can check here before posting;
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_in_the_public_domain_in_the_United_States
http://publicdomainmovies.net/

POSTING GUIDELINES
Keep the thumbnail small, please. Either find a small image or simply post the YouTube thumbnail (like this). Alternatively you can PM ZkinandBonez and he’ll make one for you.
• Any additional information about the film would be appreciated, such as links to the film’s IMDb or Wikipedia page, but try to avoid posting links to separate videos about the movie unless there’s a really good reason.
• Please post relevant technical information like the runtime, video resolution, and in the case of non-English films please point out if subtitles are available (don’t post movies if they don’t have subtitles).
Movie serials can be posted. If you want to post an entire serial, please share a link to a playlist and not a link to every single episode. Serials edited together into a single video is perfectly OK, but if it is an officially released movie version then make sure that it is in the public domain as well.
• Try to not post videos that are smaller than 480p unless it’s the only version of the film you can find.
Only post films that you know are in the public domain, not simply because you found them for free YouTube. If you are unsure about a films public domain status, you can check to two links posted above or PM ZkinandBonez and he’ll check it for you.
• Only post videos containing just the movie. i.e. no added intros, outros, mirrored videos, cropped videos, tweaked audio, etc. This usually means that the film is not PD and that the uploader is trying to trick the YouTube algorithm. Also, please don’t post any videos with horror host imitators and the like.

A Chronological INDEX… (click on ‘Expand’ to see the Index)

FEATURE FILMS
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920 - German, silent, horror)
Nosferatu (1922 - German, silent, horror) scroll down
The Lost World (1925 - silent, adventure, fantasy, sci-fi)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925 & 1929 re-release - silent, horror)
White Zombie (1932 - horror)
The Most Dangerous Game (1932 - horror, thriller, adventure)
The Vampire Bat (1933 - horror, mystery)
H. G. Wells’ Things to Come (1936 - sci-fi)
Gulliver’s Travels (1939 - animated, adventure, comedy)
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942 - adventure, crime)
The Woman in Green (1945 - crime, mystery) scroll down
Captain Kidd (1945 - adventure)
Terror by Night (1946 - crime, mystery) scroll down
Dressed to Kill (1946 - crime mystery) scroll down
The Stranger (1946 - crime, film-noir)
Fear and Desire (1953 - war, drama)
House On Haunted Hill (1959) (1959 - horror, mystery)
The Terror (1963) (1963 - horror)
Charade (1963 - mystery, comedy, romance)
The Last Man on Earth (1964) (1964 - horror)
Night of the Living Dead (1969 - horror)
Horror Express (1972 - horror, adventure)

MOVIE SERIALS
The Phantom Creeps (1939 - sci-fi, horror, action)
Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940 - sci-fi, action, adventure)
Superman (1941-1942 - animated, adventure, action)

NOTE: If one of the videos should be deleted from YouTube/Vimeo/etc. please PM ZkinandBonez so that the link can either be replaced or labelled as defunct. Alternatively PM one of the mods.

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#1438647
Topic
The <strong>random YouTube / Vimeo etc video finds</strong> thread for the Original Trilogy
Time

This is perhaps the most esoterically specific thing I’ve seen analysed in a SW movie, and that’s saying a lot with this fan base. I’m always amazed by what people manage to find in what is already one of, if not the most analysed films of all time.

Star Wars mystery FINALLY solved
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dr_URggfkkc - from the EC Henry YouTube channel (6 mins long).

The blurb:
“After 44 years, it’s hard to imagine that there are still mysteries to be uncovered in Star Wars, but today marks yet another fascinating discovery! We’ve finally decoded the text inside the iconic TIE fighter cockpit computer displays!”

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#1437673
Topic
General Star Wars <strong>Random Thoughts</strong> Thread
Time

SilverWook said:

ZkinandBonez said:

Does anyone have any ideas what this is? (Or rather what it would have been?)

Neat! Never seen this before!

A quick google search for the artist makes me think it was a Dark Horse comic that never happened for some reason.
https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Travis_Charest

http://travischarestart.com/

Apart from Luke looking a little bit wonky, I think the overall piece looks really cool and I love the retro sci-fi simplicity of “Space Pirates”. It reminds me of a book from the early 60’s I recently bought simply called “Space Vikings.” It’s the kind of pulpy sci-fi/fantasy I wish SW did more of nowadays, and now I really want to know what this comic would have been.


jedi_bendu said:

I saw someone in a comments section say that they thought older James Earl Jones’ voice for Vader (in Rogue One and Rebels) was somehow even more intimidating than the original voice. It’s a take I’d never seen before. Does anyone else think this?

I never really thought about it and just took it as a fact of life that Jones sounded older, but I can see the logic behind the argument. Jones’ voice isn’t as sharp and loud as it used to be, but in RO, and especially Rebels, it does have a very slow and gravelly quality to it that is a fair bit different to what we’ve gotten before. It has definitely given a subtly different quality to the more intelligent, scheming side of Vader, but I don’t think his angry or raging moments would work as well as the OT with Jones’ current voice. So I’m not sure if I’d personally go as far as saying its more intimidating, but I do think it still works really well and I disagree with the argument that Jones now sounds too old to properly play Vader.

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#1437365
Topic
<strong>Star Wars: The Bad Batch</strong> (animated series) - a general discussion thread - * <strong>SPOILERS</strong> *
Time

It’s interesting how this episode expanded (to my knowledge anyway) how exactly Boba is a clone of Jango. I always took the “no accelerated aging” line from AOTC quite literally, assuming he was the exact same as the other clones just slow-growing, but now it seems that Boba and Omega are basically test-tube offspring with a single genetic ‘parent’. So basically their more akin to real-life cloning while the “regs” are carbon copies of Jango.

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#1437009
Topic
Cassian Andor - Live-Action Series
Time

jedi_bendu said:

I would love to finally see the surface of Dantooine as we only saw the planet from space in Rebels, but doesn’t that look like an Imperial turbolaser?

Yes, it looks like the same type of turrets that were on the surface of the DS. I was so focused on the Hoth-type turret that I completely forgot about the other one. Then again, Andor should be a few years before the Rebel Alliance got proper support, i.e. Mon Calamari designed ships, and so forth, so I suppose at this point in canon they simply steal whatever they can get their hands on. I mean even some of the “Rebel ships” from the OT are canonically stripped down or modified Imperial or even Republic era ships; such as the Y-Wings being Clone Wars fighters and the Nebulon-B frigates being decommissioned Imperial vesels. But then again, the Hoth-turrets are probably stolen too, so this “Scottish planet” could simply be an Imperial setting. Though now I really do hope it’s actually Dantooine.

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#1437005
Topic
Cassian Andor - Live-Action Series
Time

Chase Adams said:

Minor point, but I would just like to point out how nicely the Scottish highlands could pass for a more mountainous region of Dantooine.

Maybe just a pipe dream of mine. 😉

I didn’t even think of that, but it would make a lot of sense for this series to show us Dantooine. Plus, from what I can tell the planet hasn’t really been featured at all in the new canon so they can technically do what ever they want with it.

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#1437001
Topic
Cassian Andor - Live-Action Series
Time

New Pics Arrive from Cruachan ‘Star Wars: Andor’ Sets
https://www.starwarsnewsnet.com/2021/06/new-pics-arrive-from-cruachan-star-wars-andor-sets.html

“Last month we reported that Lucasfilm was moving the production of the series to Scotland, specifically to the Cruachan Reservoir, in the Scottish Highlands. Watchtowers and other very Star Wars-y buildings and vehicles are now covering the Cruachan landscape, meaning that filming there is either still happening or about to begin.”

Previous article (“Possible ‘Star Wars’ Sets Spotted in Scottish Highlands”):
https://www.starwarsnewsnet.com/2021/05/possible-star-wars-sets-spotted-in-scottish-highlands.html

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#1436478
Topic
<strong>Star Wars: Droids</strong> (animated tv series) - a general discussion thread
Time

There’s actually quite a few references to Droids in the prequel films;

FROM BOONTA TO BAOBAB: DROIDS AND THE STAR WARS PREQUELS
https://www.starwars.com/news/from-boonta-to-baobab-droids-and-the-star-wars-prequels

The Boonta Eve is the most blatant reference (by Lucas presumably), while the rest seems to mostly be the concept artists on the PT either intentionally or unintentionally borrowing ideas from the cartoon.

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#1436151
Topic
<strong>Star Wars: The Bad Batch</strong> (animated series) - a general discussion thread - * <strong>SPOILERS</strong> *
Time

Now that Cad Bane has showed up it seems very likely to me that the Fett vs Cane story-arc might be repurposed for this series. I haven’t read up on the details of the unfinished episode(s) but I would assume they wouldn’t have to change too much lore-wise. Also we now pretty much have confirmation that it’s the Caminoans who sent the bounty hunters after Omega, so I’m thinking it’s very likely that Omega is force sensitive or at the very least that she has some attributes that they need for a potential uprising. The Stormtroopers vs Clone Troopers uprising from the original Battlefront II was a pretty cool idea, and Filoni does seem to like to borrow ideas from various Legends stories, so I’m hoping we’ll see something similar play out in this series at some point.