Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales DVD Review
“Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales” is a fun-filled series.
“Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales” is a new animated series comprised of 5 22 minute episodes titled “Exit From Endor,” “Crisis On Coruscant,” “Mission To Mos Eisley,” “Flight of the Falcon,” and “Gambit On Geonosis.” The series begins post “Return of the Jedi” with Luke and the gang on Endor. Amidst a clean-up, C-3PO begins to tell Luke, Ackbar and others the story of “The Phantom Menace” and “Attack of the Clones.” His story is interrupted when R2-D2 is kidnapped by someone who has also stolen Admiral Ackbar’s new ship. Ackbar and Threepio then embark on a trip to Coruscant where Threepio tells Ackbar the story of “Revenge of the Sith” (see a pattern here?). Following that, Threepio tells a Twi’lek kid the story of the “Star Wars Rebels” episode “Droids in Distress” before ending up on Tatooine. Upon arrival, he relays the story of “A New Hope” to a group of droids and then hitches a ride on the Falcon with Chewbacca and Nien Nunb whom he conveys the story of “Empire Strikes Back.” Finally, as the story of the kidnapping unfolds, Threepio tells a number of stormtroopers the story of “Return of the Jedi.” Where or why, I will not say.
While some fans scoff at the comedic kid friendly takes on the “Star Wars” saga, I’ve always been rather fond of them. I found the previous Lego Star Wars specials (especially “The Padawan Menace”) to be exceedingly clever and funny. “Droid Tales” is no exception.
First thing’s first, C-3PO’s tales of the six films aren’t exactly like the movies otherwise what would be the point? The stories are truncated comedic retellings that don’t exactly unfold as they do in the movies. Also there are added “scenes” that are not in the movies (which is a bit odd to be sure).
The real highlight here, however, is the humor. Kids will enjoy the visual cartoonish antics, but the adult fans will get a kick out of the Star Wars jokes, cameos, and callbacks. There’s so much crammed into these 5 episodes including (but not limited to) gags about force ghosts and Luke picking out droids in ANH, a cameo by Savage Opress, a welcomed sequence about “Star Wars Rebels,” and even jokes that poke fun at the films themselves (see the trade route, Jar Jar and Threepio as a battle droid bits).
Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? The CGI animation looks super sharp. This is not some cheap production. It’s a high quality animated series.
Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? It’s a “Star Wars” tale so you know the sound will be exquisite.
The only extras are a few Disney trailers and 3 “Droid Tales” trading cards.
Overall Thoughts: If you dug the previous Lego Star Wars shows and or games, you’ll adore “Droid Tales.”
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