Since The Mandalorian series emerged as a runaway hit, Disney+ has doubled down on Star Wars content as its cornerstone.

The Clone Wars, an acclaimed animated series from The Mandalorian co-producer Dave Filoni, rolled out a long-awaited final season. Disney+ provided unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to their hit show with Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, hailed in an informal poll as fans’ favorite making-of series on the streamer.

And while the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has altered countless Hollywood release and production schedules, thankfully, The Mandalorian season two completed filming early this year. Disney CEO Bob Chapek confirmed recently it is on-track for October release.


Now, as of July 10, Solo: A Star Wars Story has released on Disney Plus. Several media outlets reported that “every Star Wars film” is now on the rising streaming service … but that’s not really accurate.

The following seven Star Wars films and series remain locked away in the Disney vault alongside hundreds of missing titles. While these programs are not up to the 4K technical quality of recent Star Wars titles, the stories are nonetheless legends in the larger mythic universe.


1. Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003-2005) Animated TV series


Just 25 episodes in total, some running only three minutes, Star Wars: Clone Wars may seem like a trifle. But it’s been ranked among the top 100 animated series for a reason. Samurai Jack action animator Genndy Tartakovsky brought to life a unique anime style in this micro-series. Not to be confused with Dave Filoni’s sprawling series, this early concept featured some key character moments never seen in “canon” — such as how Anakin received the scar that appears between Episodes II and III.


2. R2-D2: Beneath the Dome (2001) TV movie

This tongue-in-cheek mockumentary purports to tell the “real story” of R2-D2. While it’s a bit ridiculous, what makes it worth a watch is hearing Hollywood figures like Ewan McGregor, Francis Ford Coppola, Richard Dreyfuss, Samuel L. Jackson, Natalie Portman, Steven Spielberg, and, of course, George Lucas dish on what the astromech droid is “really” like.


3. Star Wars: Ewoks (1985-1986) Animated TV series


One year before Disney ventured into TV animation with DuckTales — and 23 years before Dave Filoni began a new era in Star Wars animation — Ewoks and Droids paved the way. Plots in the 26 Ewoks episodes centered on four Ewok families living on the forest moon of Endor, with the second season regarded as of higher quality.


4. Star Wars: Droids (1985-1986) Animated TV series

While the “sister series” of Ewoks lasted only 13 episodes, plus an hour-long finale, it features stronger links to the larger universe — perhaps due to Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt co-producing the show. Droids includes appearances by Boba Fett and IG-88, while its villain Admiral Screed has shown up in novels.


5. Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure (1984) TV movie

With a story by George Lucas, this gentler take on Star Wars set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi has rarely been seen. It won two Emmy Awards and has a cult following, with thousands of fans having signed a petition for both TV movies to be added to Disney+.


6. Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985) TV movie

The sequel has even stronger ties to Star Wars mythology, introducing creatures known as Blurrg—later seen in The Clone Wars and recently in The Mandalorian season one. Including both Ewok movies would help bridge the age gap on Disney Plus, between the kiddie Lego Star Wars animated series and the Star Wars films.


7. The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) TV movie

It’s the special George Lucas wished never existed — and will surely never be on Disney+ due to its poor quality. This two-hour variety show, widely available on YouTube and other online video outlets, features original trilogy stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford reprising their roles. The plot centers on Life Day, a holiday since referenced in canon Star Wars media. Aired two years prior to The Empire Strikes Back theatrical release, it also includes the first appearance of bounty hunter Boba Fett, who wields the Amban phase-pulse blaster, a weapon later seen in The Mandalorian series.


Which one of these missing titles do you hope shows up on Disney+? Is there other forgotten Star Wars content not included here? Comment below.













Josh Shepherd

Freelance journalist Josh M. Shepherd covers culture and entertainment for several media outlets, including articles on Disney Plus, the surprising impact of Mary Poppins and Disney nostalgia. A graduate of the University of Colorado, Josh and his wife live in the Washington, D.C. area with their son.

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  1. Tom July 23, 2020

    While I expect everything but the Holday Special to eventually be added, I personally would like to see the Droids and Ewoks cartoons added.

  2. Connor Beith July 23, 2020

    One you missed was the cancelled series, Star Wars Detours. Though it never released, 39 episodes were completed before it was cancelled after the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm. The fact all these finished episodes are just sitting there in a vault really makes me want the whole series to be released despite the backlash it got back it was first revealed.

  3. andrew July 23, 2020

    I say releash them all,including the holiday special.Plus do the fans a favor and release the orginal 1977 Star Wars before it was remastered before it was episode 4.

  4. Sam July 23, 2020

    Since Disney+ has been bringing over content from YouTube, could The Star Wars Show ever be added?

  5. Brayden July 24, 2020

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  6. Philip July 25, 2020

    I want them all to release on the service, but you also forgot, Return of the Ewok (1982), The Lego Yoda Chronicles mini series, The New Yoda Chronicles are available, but not the original ones, and also Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out (2012), Lego Star Wars: The Quest for R2-D2 (2009), Lego Star Wars: The Padawana Menace (2011), and Lego Star Wars: Bombad Bounty (2010). And I would like to see them all added, Disney explicitly said that the entire Disney catalouge would be made availble on both Hulu and Disney+ which now includes, Lucasfilm, Marvel, and Fox, exceptbfor Song of the South (1946)

    1. Tom July 30, 2020

      What to remember is they said they are opening the vault and they have done that, but they never gave a timeline to when it will all be added. Most of these shows and tons of others will not have any real impact on getting and retaining subscribers. So there is no rush to add these. Expect these and other lesser known Disney and Fox titles to be added next year when their global expansion is done and their subscription numbers are even higher.

  7. Orion Logan August 13, 2020

    They're Coming To Disney+

    1. Ernesto Chacon September 28, 2020

      All but the Clone Wars micro-series.

  8. Ernesto Chacon September 22, 2020

    The ONLY one I don't think has a chance to be on Disney+ is "Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003-2005) 2D Anime Series Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky". Because literally that series is in the grey area in terms of Ownership as neither Disney nor Lucasfilm themselves never talk about it nor does the latter production company have this listed on their website, besides Cartoon Network Studios made the animation for the series so literally it's in some sort of copyright issues when compared to the other Star Wars series that have a chance on Disney+

    1. Philip October 4, 2020

      Actually, Cartoon Network only distributed it for those 2 years and no longer own the rights, a 20th Century Fox animation studio worked on it with Lucasfilm, and both are owned by Disney