As previously announced, a lot of classic Star Wars content has been released on Disney + today.
This “Vintage Collection” includes several long out-of-print titles, including the live movies Ewok, the Ewoks cartoon, an animated segment of The Star Wars Vacation Special, and the 2003 Clone wars microseries. This is the first time that one of them has been available in HD streaming or otherwise. It should be mentioned that since the acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney in 2012, all of these properties have received the status of ‘legends’. In other words, they are no longer part of the official Star Wars continuity.
In addition to those added today, Lucasfilm also announced that the 1985 cartoon series Droids would be added to the service later in the year. A specific date was not mentioned.
The Ewok Movies- Caravan of courage: an ewok adventure and Ewoks: The Battle of Endor– aired on ABC in the 1980s following the release of Return of the Jedi. Both films starred Warwick Davis reprising his role as Wicket and were developed from story treatments by George Lucas. The films made their home video DVD debut in 2004 by 20th Century Fox. By 2021, they had long been exhausted.
The Ewoks cartoon, which also aired on ABC, took place before the events of Return of the Jedi and direct spinoffs. Premiere alongside the other Star Wars cartoon Droids, the series followed Wicket, Teebo, and several other Ewoks as they set off on an adventure to the planet Endor. Despite releasing many episodes on VHS, the full series was never available on home video.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the 2003 microseries, was Lucasfilm’s first attempt to bridge the gap between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. This series consisted of short segments which were originally created on Cartoon Network and led to the release of Revenge of the Sith in 2005. The last CGI series used several aspects shown here, including the character of Asajj Ventress. This series was released as a two-volume DVD in 2005 and featured behind-the-scenes content. These DVDs are now out of print for a long time.
Kind of a bonus, The Story of the Faithful Wookiee, originally part of The Star Wars Vacation Special, also made its streaming debut. This short cartoon marked the first fan favorite character, Boba Fett, who would later appear in The Empire Strikes Back. The only official home video release was an Easter Egg in the 2012 Star Wars Saga Blu-ray box set.