Quick! How many Star Wars films are there? If you said “nine” you’re incorrect and likely only remember the three sets of trilogies. Did you say “eleven”? Well the good news is you remembered Rogue One and Solo… but you’re still wrong. Deep in the Lucasfilm archives exist some Star Wars films that you either forgot existed, or maybe hadn’t heard of before today.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Many Star Wars fans are familiar with the Clone Wars television series, but there was also a movie that hit theaters in 2008. This served as the pilot to the TV series and helped kick it off. Canonically it takes place between the films Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, The Clone Wars film follows familiar characters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker leading a battalion of clone trooper in the first year of the “Clone Wars”
The Ewok Adventure
Back in 1983, Star Wars fans got Return of the Jedi, and while the film wrapped things up nicely for Luke Skywalker and the gang, fans still wanted more. George Lucas listened and on Thanksgiving weekend, 1984 The Ewok Adventure aired on ABC (it was later released in theaters for a limited time and re-titled Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure). The events of the movie take place between the The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and tell the story of the Towani family. The Towanis are stranded and separated on the planet Endor. The ewok Wicket (Warwick Davis reprises his Return of the Jedi role) assists the children, Cindrel and Mace. While the movie lacks the production value of the other films, it is a fun, sweet flick.
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
One year after The Ewok Adventure, ABC aired Ewoks: The Battle for Endor. Star Wars fans spent their Thanksgiving weekend in front of the TV watching part two of the Towani’s family tale. The sequel took a darker turn as most of the Towani family is killed by the evil Lord Terak, who is trying to conquer the planet. Warwick Davis returns to play Wicket who along with Cindrel and some new characters fight back against Lord Terak.
Star Wars Holiday Special
None of the movies on this list have the same controversy as the Star Wars Holiday Special. For starters, George Lucas hated it and has spent years trying to keep it forgotten. It has developed a cult-classic status for being so bad. The 2-hour TV special on CBS was formatted like a variety show. There were skits, animation segments and even some musical numbers and the show was centered around a special holiday with Chewbacca and his wookie family. The holiday special appeared on televisions shortly after A New Hope and before Empire Strikes Back. While it’s mostly non-canonical non-sense, this holiday special did include the first-ever appearance of Boba Fett.
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