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Disney+: How to Celebrate ‘May the Fourth’ with New Star Wars Content

Ben Bowman

Disney+ is celebrating “Star Wars Day” (May the Fourth) with some new content for fans. There’s a 3-minute “Simpsons” short called “The Force Awakens From Its Nap,” an 18-minute offering called “Star Wars: Biomes,” which takes you to the series’ iconic locations, and “Vehicle Flythroughs” that allow you to see inside some of the movies’ most iconic ships.

The biggest event would be the launch of “The Bad Batch,” an animated adventure that’s a spin-off of “The Clone Wars.”

Of course, Disney+ is home to all your Star Wars goodies. Will you watch the original trilogy? Binge “The Mandalorian”? Give the prequel trilogy another shot? See if “Solo” is really as disappointing as it seemed? Watch the ultra-weird Ewok movies? Geek out with the end of “Rogue One” over and over? Debate the merits of the new trilogy? Let the Force guide you and enjoy that galaxy far, far away!

The Original Trilogy

  • Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope

    25 mei 1977

    The Star Wars film that started it all! Considering that this is the movie that launched the franchise, we think it’s the best place for any viewer to start. It’s the classic adventure of Luke Skywalker learning the ways of the Force from Obi-Wan Kenobi and leaving his home on Tatooine to go save a princess. A New Hope also does a fantastic job of illustrating the galaxy far, far away, and sets up for the next two films in the original trilogy.

  • Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

    20 mei 1980

    Considered by many to be the strongest film in the series, the movie starts with a bang and doesn’t pull any punches. Princess Leia’s relationship with Han Solo develops further, as does the rivalry between Luke and the villainous, mysterious Darth Vader. Our reason for putting the original trilogy first rather than the prequels is in no small part thanks to the jaw-dropping plot twist towards the end; perhaps the best in cinematic history?

  • Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    25 mei 1983

    Return of the Jedi concludes the journey of Luke Skywalker’s rise to Jedihood as he faces his destiny and learns more about how his family fits into the shape of the galaxy. Long way to come for a Tatooine farm boy, isn’t it? With Jabba the Hutt, Ewoks, a second Death Star, and the Emperor himself arriving to clean house? Now that’s the way to cap off the original trilogy in style!

The Prequel Trilogy

  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    19 mei 1999

    The first film in the prequel trilogy, The Phantom Menace starts off with Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his young apprentice, Obi Wan Kenobi (remember him?) as they collaborate on a seemingly benign routine investigation of the Trade Federation. A young Anakin Skywalker is introduced here, and viewers will get more of a deep dive into the methodology of the Jedi, the Force, and what the galaxy was like precluding the fall of the Republic and the ensuing… star wars.

  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    15 mei 2002

    Equal parts space adventure and political thriller, Attack of the Clones shows Obi-Wan taking up the role of mentoring fledgling Jedi Anakin Skywalker, all while he pursues a forbidden romance with Senator Padmé Amidala. The clone army (that looks suspiciously similar to the stormtroopers) makes its first appearance here, and we get more hints that dark forces are at play beneath the seemingly placid waters of the Republic.

  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    17 mei 2005

    The greater the paradise, the farther the fall. And fall it does! Revenge of the Sith is the darkest film of the prequel trilogy, and it unfolds as we all knew it had to: With the rise of Emperor Palpatine, the birth of a galactic Empire, and the tragic eradication of the Jedi. A wedge is driven between Obi-wan and Anakin, and after a climactic battle over raging fires and molten lava, we’re (mostly) set up for the ensuing story of Luke, Han, and Leia.

The Disney Trilogy

  • Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

    15 december 2015

    The first film of the sequel trilogy, we’re given a familiar formula to the beloved A New Hope, but with a few twists and turns to shake things up. Our new protagonists, Rey and Finn, search for the lost Luke Skywalker (with the help of Han Solo and General Leia Organa) and also search inward, confronting the demons and the mysteries of their past. Kylo Ren also assumes center stage as our new villain: A young man desperate to prove himself while suffocating in the shadow of Darth Vader’s legacy.

  • Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

    13 december 2017

    Thematically similar to Empire Strikes Back, The Last Jedi puts our heroes in their darkest moments. Rey searches for her place in the galaxy, trying to convince the disillusioned Luke Skywalker to aid the Resistance while Kylo Ren attempts to turn her to the Dark Side. Finn and Rose learn the toll war takes on this galaxy, while Poe struggles to find trust in leadership.

  • Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker

    18 december 2019

    The definitive end to the Skywalker saga, Rise of Skywalker brings back the series’ iconic antagonist, Emperor Palpatine, and pits him against Rey and the Resistance in the ultimate struggle between the Jedi and the Sith. Rey learns the truth of her past and what it means for her destiny, and a final confrontation decides the fate of the galaxy.

The Standalone Films

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    14 december 2016

    Galen Erso is een gewaardeerde wetenschapper van het net opgerichte Galactische Keizerrijk. Zijn genialiteit was van cruciaal belang voor de technologische ontwikkeling van de Ster des Doods. Hoewel hij tegenstander van het Keizerrijk is, ziet hij geen andere mogelijkheid dan medewerking te verlenen. Hij ziet toch kans om de plannen van het Keizerrijk te saboteren en zijn acties kenbaar te maken aan het verzet. Hierop probeert een eigenzinnige groep rebellen een wanhopige missie uit te voeren. Die wil de plannen voor Ster des Doods stelen, voordat deze kan worden gebruikt om de heerschappij van de keizer af te dwingen.

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    15 mei 2018

    ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ volgt de avonturen van de jonge smokkelaar Han Solo in de periode voor hij zich aansluit bij het verzet. Samen met zijn mentor Tobias Beckett werkt hij voor het Keizerrijk.

The Goofy Ewok Films

  • Het Grote Ewok Avontuur

    25 november 1984

    Mace en Cindel Towani zijn verdwaald op de maan van Endor. Hun ouders zijn gekidnapt door Gorax, een reuze-monster, en Wicket en de andere Ewoks zijn de enige die Mace en Cindel kunnen helpen om ze te redden. Eerst vertrouwt Mace de Ewoks niet, maar gelukkig kan zijn vier jaar oude zusje Cindel hem van gedachten doen veranderen.

  • Star Wars: Ewok Adventures - The Battle for Endor

    24 november 1985

    In het begin van de tweede Ewokfilm worden de broer en de ouders van Cindel vermoord door Terak. Terak is de koning van de Marauders, een gemene groep ruimte-zwervers die in een verlaten kasteel op de maan van Endor wonen. Cindel en Wicket de Ewok ontsnappen als de Marauders de Ewok Village aanvallen. Gelukkig krijgen ze hulp van een oude man, Noa (Wilford Brimley), die net als Cindel ook op Endor gestrand is.

Animated Adventures

  • Star Wars: Droids

    7 september 1985

    Star Wars: Droids, also known as Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO, and 2004 re-released on DVD as Star Wars Animated Adventures: Droids, is an animated television series that features the exploits of R2-D2 and C-3PO, the droids who have appeared in all six Star Wars films. The series takes place between the events depicted in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

    Over the course of the series, the droids team up with four different sets of masters. The series is divided up into three cycles: at the beginning of each, the droids usually run into their new masters in an accidental way, and at the end of each cycle, they usually are forced to leave their masters for one reason or another. The Great Heep, a television special following the series, served as a prequel to the third Mungo Baobab cycle.

    The series’ opening theme, “Trouble Again,” was performed by Stewart Copeland of the Police and written by Copeland and Derek Holt.

  • Star Wars: Ewoks

    7 september 1985

    The Ewok Wicket and his friends from the Bright Tree Village go on many magical adventures.

  • Star Wars: Clone Wars

    7 november 2003

    Star Wars: Clone Wars is an Emmy Award- and Annie Award-winning American animated micro-series set in the Star Wars universe.

    Chronologically, the series takes place during the three-year time period between the prequel films Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The show depicted the actions of various characters in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, including Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, and other Knights of the Jedi Order during the conflict, leading the clone trooper forces of the Galactic Republic against the battle droid armies of the Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Sith.

  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars

    3 oktober 2008

    Terwijl het heelal geteisterd wordt door de Clone Wars, trachten de Jedi-ridders de orde te handhaven en de vrede te herstellen. Steeds meer stelsels vallen ten prooi aan de duistere kant en de Galactische Republiek dreigt te bezwijken onder de druk van de Separartisten en hun onuitroeibare droïdeleger…

  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars

    5 augustus 2008

    De Clone Wars zijn in volle gang en Anakin Skywalker krijgt tegen z’n zin in een leerlinge toegewezen. Samen met zijn Padawan wordt hij uitgezonden naar Tatooine om Jabba The Hutt te helpen zijn ontvoerde zoon te vinden. Maar Count Dooku ligt ook op de loer en is eropuit de steun van Jabba The Hutt te winnen door de Jedi op te laten draaien voor de ontvoering.

  • Star Wars Rebels

    13 oktober 2014

    Set between the events of Star Wars: Episodes III and IV, the story unfolds during a dark time when the evil Galactic Empire is tightening its grip of power on the galaxy. Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet and are ruining the lives of its people. The motley but clever crew of the starship Ghost — cowboy Jedi Kanan, ace pilot Hera, street-smart teenager Ezra, the “muscle” Zeb, warrior firebrand Sabine, and cantankerous old astromech droid Chopper — is among a select few who are brave enough to stand against the Empire. Together, they will face threatening new villains, encounter colorful adversaries, embark on thrilling adventures, and become heroes with the power to ignite a rebellion.

  • The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special

    17 november 2020

    Direct na de gebeurtenissen uit Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker verlaat Rey haar vrienden om zich voor te bereiden op Life Day, terwijl ze met BB-8 op een nieuw avontuur gaat om diepere kennis van de Force te krijgen. In een mysterieuze Jedi-tempel wordt ze in een tijdlijnoverschrijdend avontuur geslingerd met geliefde momenten uit de filmgeschiedenis van Star Wars, waarbij ze in contact komt met Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Yoda, Obi-Wan en andere iconische helden en schurken uit alle negen Skywalker-saga. films. Maar zal ze op tijd terug zijn voor het Life Day-feest en de ware betekenis van de feestdag leren kennen?

  • The Bad Batch

    4 mei 2021

    Volg de elite en experimentele Clones of the Bad Batch terwijl ze hun weg vinden in een snel veranderend sterrenstelsel in de nasleep van de Clone Wars.

Documentaries and Behind-the-Scenes

  • Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy

    12 september 2004

    Deze documentaire vertelt hoe de originele Star Wars trilogie tot stand kwam. Alles komt aan bod; Lucas’ eigen achtergrond, waar het concept vandaan komt, het casten, filmen, de montage, het maken van de score tot en met het uitbrengen van de film. Evenals de financiele problemen die daarbij kwamen kijken.

  • Disney Gallery / Star Wars: The Mandalorian

    4 mei 2020
  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge - Adventure Awaits

    29 september 2019

    An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the new lands at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in Southern California.

Our pick for the best Star Wars content in the last 35 years is “The Mandalorian.” Not as epic or silly as the Prequel Trilogy. Not as aimless as the Disney Trilogy. This series feels like it fits with the Original Trilogy, taking it back to its “Western in space” roots, pulling from the Kurosawa-Mifune “lone samurai” films and remixing them with sci-fi. If you haven’t seen it, now’s the time.

The Mandalorian

12 november 2019

De serie speelt zich af na de val van het Galactisch Keizerrijk en voor de opkomst van de First Order. Het volgt een eenzame premiejager in de buitenrand van het sterrenstelsel.

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