Monday, March 7, 2016

Eric & Ephraim's Review: LEGO SW: Droid Tales

Walt Disney Home Entertainment, Lucasfilm and LEGO take viewers both young and old back to a bricktastic galaxy far, far away with LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales. All five entertaining and hilarious episodes from the Disney XD series are included on one DVD for the entire family to enjoy.

Familiar voices you'll recognize from the animated worlds of Star Wars include Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Tom Kane as Yoda, and Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian. The show was directed by Michael Hegner and Martin Skov, who both worked on Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles and Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu.

Following the victory celebration in the Ewok village on Endor, R2-D2 and C-3PO have gathered to regale Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and the other Rebels with the tales of their adventures in LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales. An accidental kidnapping by a mysterious hooded figure occurs while the droids are reminiscing. A new journey leads to the retelling of the entire Star Wars saga, as told by R2-D2 and C-3PO!

I was amazed by the amount of thought and wit writers Michael Price, Matty Smith, and Mick Kelly put into each episode of LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales. They ingeniously thread a new tale into their retelling of all six of the original and prequel trilogy films. As is usual with these sorts of movies, there are jokes that will go over the heads of children that their parents will enjoy.

My nine-year-old son, Ephraim, had this to say about the series: "Put your seat belts on because we’re going on an adventure with R2-D2 and C-3PO in the new LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales. What I like about Droid Tales is that you constantly see Jar Jar Binks shot through the galaxy. My favorite episodes are, 'Exit from Endor' and 'Gambit on Geonosis' because of the mysterious character and who he is. I didn't like that the ewoks were playing rock music because they couldn't have possibly played music like that on twigs."

LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales does a great job of taking us through every episode of both trilogies in quick and humorous rides which both lampoon and pay reverence to Lucas's creation. It's refreshing to see that the folks behind the scenes aren't afraid to poke fun at a galaxy far, far away and the characters we all hold in such high esteem. There's plenty of hilarity to be found by children and their parents in this five episode collection.

LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales is available now on DVD.

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