A Droid Story is going to give everyone’s favorite Star Wars robots their own starring adventure. C-3PO and R2-D2 will headline the new animated series that will air exclusively on the streaming service Disney+.
A Droid Story will be a joint production between Lucasfilm Animation and Industrial Light & Magic. The story will introduce “a new hero” that will be guided by C-3PO and R2-D2 on some sort of secret mission. Other than that, we don’t have anything else substantial regarding this new project. The only other thing we can say is that it is assumed that Anthony Daniels will return to voice C-3PO in this new animated series.
A Droid Story won’t actually be the first time C-3PO and R2-D2 anchored an animated series. Back in 1985, Canadian animation house Nelvana was contracted by Lucasfilm to produce Star Wars: Droids – The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO. The series ran for thirteen episodes and aired with another Nelvana Star Wars animated series, Ewoks as The Ewoks and Droids Adventure Hour. Anthony Daniels provided the voice of C-3PO in this cartoon. Nelvana also produced the animated segment that was featured in the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special. No, not that new one.
It would be a fun bit of fan-service if A Droid Story made some kind of homage or reference to Star Wars: Droids – The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO. Later animated series such as Genndy Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars paid tribute to the old animated show by giving C-3PO expressive eyes like he is given in Star Wars: Droids – The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO. It will be intriguing to see if this new animated series decides to stick closer to C-3PO’s depiction in the live-action canon. Exactly how stylized the animation will be in A Droid Story remains to be seen.
It certainly looks like A Droid Story is part of a big push from Disney to execute more Star Wars projects in animation. Along with the C-3PO and R2-D2 show, we are getting animated shows like The Bad Batch that will continue on in the tradition of celebrated shows like Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. It definitely looks like cartoons are going to play a big part in the ever-growing landscape of the Star Wars universe. Will they remain fan-driven favorites or will one of them break out and be as popular as something like The Mandalorian?
We are going to have to wait and see how A Droid Story fits withing the larger plans for Star Wars and where exactly in the timeline it will fall. Fans continue to love C-3PO and R2-D2 and it is heartwarming to see that they are not being forgotten about in this new era of Star Wars media. The assumption is that A Droid Story will be a lighter and more kid-focused project in relation to a lot of the other announced Star Wars projects we have coming down the pipe. Whatever we have in store, it will be great to see the two characters that introduced us to Star Wars get some time in the spotlight once again.