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.