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“Join your favorite Star Wars characters, R2-D2 and C-3PO, with this double-feature collection. Star wars Animated Adventures: Droids includes two animated movies, ensuring hours of fun and entertainment for the whole family. This animated light-speed journey takes us 15 years before the sidekicks meet Luke Skywalker. Join R2-D2 and C-3PO as the droid duo stumble into one misadventure after another.
The Pirates and the Prince In The Pirates And The Prince, R2-D2 andC-3P0 are purchased by a headstrong young miner named Jann Tosh, and find themselves caught up in a far-flung quest to help an alien prince regain his crown. It doesn’t take long before R2-D2 and C-3P0 find themselves caught up in interstellar intrigue as they help protect the prince from rival lords and the featured pirate Kybo Ren.
Treasure Of the Hidden Planet – In Treasure Of the Hidden Planet, R2-D2 and C-3P0 join their master Mungo Baobab in a quest for precious Roon stones. Before they can claim their treasure, however, they must elude the Empire, which will stop at nothing to capture Mungo and the Droids.”
This DVD is not rated.
As already mentioned, Anthony Daniels returns to provide the voice for C-3PO. He’s right in character as you would expect. If you’re a fan of him and R2, then you’re going to love this series. Star Wars fans will also want to note that sound designer and editor Ben Burtt provided the story for the “Treasure of the Hidden Planet” episodes while Batman The Animated Series creator Paul Dini provided teleplays and produced it.
The animation on the series is pretty good considering it was a Saturday morning cartoon from the 80’s. The ships are very much inspired by Star Wars and the aliens, costumes, and environments all seem like that have Uncle George’s seal of approval.
Despite all the cool Star Wars stuff, this DVD has a few drawbacks. First of all, it’s not the entire run of the series. A number of episodes aren’t included here, so maybe they’ll come on a future DVD. This is just a reissue of the Droids VHS version that was released in the late 90’s (and produced by Rick McCallum). The opening theme song is dropped, too. I don’t know if this was done to save on royalty checks or what, but I miss the song. As far as content, the stories can also drag on at times. As much fun as it is to revisit them, they can be slow and are a bit better to take in small doses. Some of the characters also do very un-Star Wars things too. For example, R2-D2 breakdances. Yep.
If you’re a Star Wars fan, though, this is going to be a required addition to your collection. It’s great to have the episodes on DVD and they are a good footnote to Star Wars lore. Plus with Anthony Daniels providing the voice of C-3PO and the cameos by a speaking IG-88 and stormtroopers, it’s fun to check out. Non-Star Wars fans may want to stick to the films, though.
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