Star Wars Saturday Morning Cartoons from the 1980s
I am going to take you down memory lane, to my childhood, just after Return of The Jedi released and I realized that there might not be any more Star Wars films…
For a kid growing up in the 1980’s there was a ritual viewing day for cartoons that is no longer practiced. This ritual viewing day was Saturday mornings. During the mid 80’s Lucasfilm released two Star Wars animated cartoons for this Saturday morning viewing time to help keep the saga alive in the hearts and minds of the young fans. At that time, fans like myself, were excited to see further adventures of our characters from the Star Wars saga, not only R2-D2 and C-3PO, but the new Rebel Alliance allies, the Ewoks.
Check out this ABC classic promo spot from the mid 1980’s, which includes Ewoks and Droids!
THIS DAY IN STAR WARS HISTORY: SEPTEMBER 7, 1985
The ‘Ewoks and Droids Adventure Hour’, the first in Star Wars animation series, debuts on ABC. Droids debuts with the episode, “The White Witch” and the Ewoks episode, “The Cries of the Trees”.
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The two classic Star Wars animated series, Star Wars: Droids and Ewoks, which comprised the ‘Ewoks and Droids Adventure Hour’, aired on Saturday mornings on ABC from 1985 to 1986.
Star Wars: Droids animated series aired for one season and shares the adventures of R2-D2 and his translator and companion C-3PO sometime between the rise of The Empire, as seen in the film Revenge of the Sith, and when we see them first appear in Star Wars: A New Hope.
The Ewoks animated series aired for two seasons and shares the adventures of Wicket the Ewok before Princess Leia meets him in Return of the Jedi.
Unfortunately, neither of these classic Star Wars animated series are available on video in their entirety. What is currently available to collect and watch are two DVDs released in 2004, which compiles a few episode arcs from each of the series into two feature length movies. Copies of these home video releases can be found for sale via Amazon.com or eBay.com.
Did you know about these classic Star Wars animated series?
Were you one of those young Star Wars fans in the mid 1980’s that watched these as they aired on TV?
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Note: This articles was originally published via TheCantinaCast.net on OCTOBER 20, 2015 with some revisions.