We’re not saying the UK has been waiting long for the arrival of Disney Plus, just that since its US launch last November, human life has changed beyond all recognition.
Back in November, you’d hug a mate, share a bag of crisps and lick a doorknob without giving it a second thought. Now? Those are just fond memories. Now, we stay in.
All our patience (stern look to anyone currently cradling a Baby Yoda doll) has finally paid off. Disney Plus is here and brings with it a host of staying-in entertainment. There’s Marvel. There’s Pixar. There are 650 episodes of The Simpsons. And blessedly, there is Star Wars. Beaucoup de Star Wars.
Here’s all the Star Wars content on Disney Plus UK at launch.
Star Wars Movies on Disney Plus UK
There’s the original trilogy (Hope/Empire/Return), the prequel trilogy (Phantom/Clones/Sith), two of the sequel trilogy (Force/Jedi – The Rise Of Skywalker is due out first on disc in the UK on Monday the 20th of April), two of the anthology films (Rogue/Solo) and the 2008 animated Clone Wars feature.
Of note is Kevin Burns’ documentary feature Empire of Dreams: the Story of the Star Wars Trilogy. Disney Plus UK has the ‘Extended Hv version’of the doc, which originally featured on the bonus disc of the Star Wars: Trilogy 2004 box-set.
- Empire of Dreams: the Story of the Star Wars Trilogy (2004)
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
- Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
- Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002)
- Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)
- Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
- Star Wars: the Clone Wars (2008)
- Star Wars: the Empire Strikes Back (1980)
- Star Wars: the Force Awakens (2015)
- Star Wars: the Last Jedi (2017)
- Star Wars: the Phantom Menace (1999)
Star Wars TV series on Disney Plus UK
Everything you’d expect is present and correct. Disney Plus UK has the complete Star Wars Rebels including the shorts, as well as all six current series of The Clone Wars.
The big kahuna, of course, is space western The Mandalorian starring Pedro Pascal. Disney will be releasing the eight episodes of the first season weekly, with two at launch, then episode three arriving in the UK on Friday March 27th, and subsequent episodes out each Friday after that.
Only the first two episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars season seven will be available at launch, with a further two following each Friday until April 17th, when the remaining episodes will drop at a rate of one a week, bringing the UK into line with the US.
The Mandalorian season 2 is in the works and expected to air in October 2020 (filming wrapped in early March, just missing the COVID-19 shutdowns currently cutting a swathe through other TV productions).
As it stands though, here’s what there is:
- Star Wars: The Mandalorian (2019)
- Star Wars Rebels Shorts, 4 episodes (2014-15)
- Star Wars Rebels, seasons 1-4 (2014-2018)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars, seasons 1-6 (2008 – 15)
Other Star Wars TV on Disney Plus UK
And joining that will be a heap of LEGO Star Wars and animated episodes including Forces of Destiny, The New Yoda Chronicles, Droid Tales, and The Freemaker Adventures.
- Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales, five episodes (2014-15)
- Lego Star Wars: the Freemaker Adventures, 26 episodes + 5 shorts (2015-17)
- Lego Star Wars: the Resistance Rises, 16 episodes (2015-16)
- Star Wars Forces of Destiny, 32 episodes (2016-18)
- Star Wars: the New Yoda Chronicles, season two plus both versions of Duel/Clash of the Skywalkers (2014)
Disney Plus UK launches on Tuesday the 24th of March.