A Guide to Ewoks and Droids
Welcome to SWTV's Guide to Ewoks and
Droids cartoons. Although the Ewoks and Droids cartoons were quite
a bit less memorable than Star Wars' other spin-offs (the two Ewoks movies
and Star Tours), both series provided valuable entertainment to the small
screen. The Ewoks and Droids series weren't the first time Star Wars
hit the animation medium. In 1978, Nelvana Studios produced the 11-minute
Star Wars animated segment for the Star Wars Holiday Special. A few
years later, in 1985, the same studio produced 13 Droids episodes and 13
Ewoks episodes (1 season is usually composed of 13 episodes). Both
series ran on ABC, and had a mediocre success. However, both series
costed an enormous amount of money per episode, because of a large cel count,
and one problem lead to another... After the first season, Lucasfilm
and ABC decided to scrap the Droids series, but go on with another season
of Ewoks. However, the second season didn't arrive without any changes.
The themesong was changed, most episodes were split into two 11-minute
segments, several new characters were introduced, several characters were
scrapped (such as Asha, Kneesaa's sister), and the overall show became 'cuter'.
But this didn't stop ABC from doing a third season. After 26
episodes, Ewoks, too, was cancelled.