It’s going to be a while before the next season of The Mandalorian as well as the new batch of live-action and animated spin-offs from a galaxy far, far away drop on Disney+.
The good news is, Star Wars fans don’t have to wait too long to get their fix: From Apr 2, the streaming service will be adding a slew of vintage content from the 1970s, 1980s and 2000s.
One of the shows to look out for is the animated short The Story of the Faithful Wookiee — featuring the debut of the beskar armour-wearing bounty hunter Boba Fett — which was part of The Star Wars Holiday Special, a one-off TV variety (yes, there’s singing and jokes) show that aired in 1978.
If you know your Star Wars lore, creator George Lucas had zero input on the curio —which tells the story of Chewbacca’s family and their ‘Life Day’ celebration on the Wookie planet Kashyyyk — and he hated, hated, hated it. So much so that the special was never aired again and never released in any format. But occasionally, a bootlegged copy will surface online.
While the holiday special was pulled from circulation, Lucas was fine with the Faithful Wookie, which was included in the 2011 Blu-ray release of the first Star Wars movies. (Post-Disney takeover, Lucasfilm would go on to make another Christmas special: last year’s LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special.)
Other Disney+-bound Star Wars goodies include the Ewoks-led TV movies, 1984’s Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure and 1985’s Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, both starring Warwick Davis ; and the animated Ewoks TV series which aired from 1985 to 1986.
Also in the line-up, the animated Star Wars: Clone Wars TV micro-series from Samurai Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky. The show — set between 2002’s The Attack of the Clones and 2005’s Revenge of the Sith — aired on Cartoon Network from 2003 to 2005.
The first two seasons The Clone Wars were made up of short episodes, each about three to five minutes long. The runtime for the Season 3 episodes was expanded to 12 minutes. The series was rebooted in 2008 under the aegis of future The Mandalorian executive producer Dave Filoni; it ended its seven-season run last year.
Hopefully, the above-mentioned shows will keep fans distracted until Star Wars: The Bad Batch — about a squad of genetically-enhanced clones first introduced in The Clones Wars — arrives in May.