Friday, April 9, 2021


may the fourth

My whole family is a bunch of Star Wars geeks. My fanship began watching the original trilogy of theatrical movie releases and playing with Kenner Star Wars toys as a kid. While my love of Star Wars is nostalgic to those original movies my wife and children are more tied to the animated series that we've watched together as a family throughout my son and daughter growing up.

My kids associate the character Obi Wan Kenobi more with James Arnold Taylor who voiced the character in the Lucasfilm animated television series than Sir Alec Guinness or Ewan McGregor who played the Jedi Master in the movies (we'll see if this changes when McGregor comes back to play the role in the upcoming Disney Plus live action series).  They've grown up cheering for a cast of animated characters just as remarkable as those in any Star Wars film ranging from Anakin Skywalker's padawan Ahsoka Tano in Clone Wars to a boy being trained to be a Jedi by a former padawan who escaped Darth Vader's purge in Ezra Bridger during Rebels. This new generation of Star Wars fans is more fond of these animated series than the prequel and sequel movie trilogies and I appreciate these television shows for having been able to enjoy them together with my wife and kids over the last decade.

star wars animated tv shows

So it is really exciting that for Star Wars Day (May the Fourth) that as a treat for fans, Disney Plus will begin streaming the 70-minute premiere of a new animated series that expands upon the stories from the Dave Filoni produced Clone Wars and Rebels shows. Dave's done an excellent job of masterfully expanding upon the Star Wars galaxy in a way that honors the aspects of Star Wars which long-term fans delight in while adding details keeping the stories new and exciting. Filoni contributed to the vibe of The Mandalorian which has quickly become another one of my family's favorite tv shows and it makes us sad that he wasn't involved in the production of the Disney Star Wars movie.

On Tuesday, May 4, 2001 Star Wars: The Bad Batch will debut. The animated series takes place during the dark times between the end of the Clone Wars and the height of the rebellion in the original trilogy. After the fall of the Republic and the rise of the Empire, a group of clone troopers known as the Bad Batch must navigate their way through a galaxy experiencing drastic and violent change.

The show's stories follow an elite and experimental group of clones that were first introduced in the final season of The Clone Wars as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy. Members of Bad Batch—a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army—each possess a singular exceptional skill that makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew. The Bad Batch will incorporate characters from both Clone Wars and Rebels into its stories as well as some from The Mandalorian including assassin Fennec Shand.

We're so geeked for The Bad Batch to arrive on Disney Plus! With this show being released on Star Wars Day the Force will definitely be with us this year!

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