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Nose Norton

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Subj: Cartoon Fun 19: Star Wars: Droids - The White Witch
Posted: Mon Jan 05, 2015 at 08:58:49 am EST (Viewed 160 times)

The kids are finally back at school, so it's time for the adults to watch cartoons!

In 1985, The Star Wars franchise branched out into Saturday morning television with the Ewoks And Droids Adventure Hour.  The Droids section of the show followed the adventures of R2-D2 and C3PO as they were bounced around from master to master.  In "The White Witch", the first episode of the series, the pair are abandoned by their old master in the deserts of Ingo and taken in by new characters Jord Dusat and Thall Joban. This series is set between the stories that take place in the Star Wars movies Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope.

The Droids, with their new masters, run afoul of the Fromm Gang and Jord Dusat is captured.  With the help of Rebel spy Kea Moll, the Droids and Thall Joban are able to free Jord and devestate much of the Fromm's droid army.

I knew that this cartoon existed, but, if I ever watched it, I don't recall.  I think the Ewoks portion of the show was more popular, as that was renewed for a second season.  Droids associate producer and story editor Paul Dini had this to say about the show in 1988(from Starlog Yearbook 3):

"[George Lucas] thought that the best characters to use would be the ones who weren't so heavily tied into the movies' plots, such as R2-D2 and C-3PO. They're the running characters in the Star Wars universe. The droids would be a natural for animation because they could go all over the universe and get involved with all sorts of creatures and worlds that didn't necessarily have Luke Skywalker, the Empire or any of those elements. The only constants would be Artoo and Threepio."

While I can understand why the producers went in the direction they did, it seemed to me like a less appealling storyline than if they could have followed Luke, Han and Chewie, which is probably why it didn't catch my interest when I was 15.  
On this watching, I found the cartoon to be a mixed bag.  The new characters were uninteresting and the droids were cute, but too kiddy-cute.  From what I've read, the show was handcuffed by a network that wanted a very kid friendly show, so I realize that they often weren't able to do what they wanted.  
The theme song, by Stewart Copeland of The Police, is better than what I thought on the first viewing, and the score pretty good at times.  There are some points when the atmosphere of the show is very effective.  The voice acting was pretty good.  In the end, however, based on this one episode, I don't know if I would return to watch more,  unless someone can recommend some of the better episodes.

I don't remember the toy line inspired by this cartoon(or the other way around), but by this time I had stopped collecting Star Wars toys.