Disney+ gives fans a look behind the scenes of the making of the Disney+ Original Series, “Willow.” The series set decades after the events of the film follows Willow as he trains Elora Danon how to be the hero she needs to be to save the kingdom despite the face she has been raised as a peasant and doesn’t even know she’s really a princess. We get to meet the stars of the series and learn some fun anecdotes as the cast and crew have some fun at the expense of the series star, Warwick Davis.
These behind-the-scenes documentaries have become a staple of the “Star Wars” and Marvel series, and I’m glad to see it expanded to the other LucasFilm series on Disney+. “Willow” was a solidly popular film that set itself up nicely for a follow up series. It’s nice to see that finally come to fruition, even if it was more than 30 years later before it finally happened. Plus, it’s nice to hear from the show’s stars about their journey from casting to acting. I’m always a fan of behind-the-scenes looks like this when I enjoy a series, and I thoroughly enjoyed “Willow.”
I also enjoyed how no one took themselves too seriously. You could tell they were having fun pretending like Warwick Davis was a major diva on the set who thought the original film was a bigger hit than it actually was. Davis, himself, played up this diva role very well even though almost every one who has ever met him says he’s a genuinely nice person. It just goes to show how good of an actor he is, especially in this scenario. Documentaries like this are usually more entertaining than educational and they did a wonderful job of playing into that.
For my money, “Willow” is the best non-Marvel or Star Wars Disney+ Original Series introduced so far. It had some filler, of course, but it was an overall well done family friendly fantasy series. That’s why I was eager to see more about the making of it. My only complaint about the behind-the-scenes documentary is that it could’ve been longer. It was only 33 minutes long, but I think they could’ve gotten an hour of great content. I would’ve liked to see more.