Star Wars: Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO, was 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. It lasted for thirteen episodes.
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.
In several places, the prequel trilogy references elements from the Droids animated series. This is possibly due to Ben Burtt’s large involvement in both story elements for the animated series, and his involvement in the prequels.
- In the fourth episode of the series “A Race to the Finish”, the Droids end up at a race known as the “Boonta Race.” A similar name was used for the podrace in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, which was known as the “Boonta Eve Classic.”
- The swamp planet of Bogden is a planet visited by the droids in the series. In Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Jango Fett says that he was “recruited by a man called Tyranus on one of the moons of Bogden.” This locale was further expanded upon in the video game Star Wars: Bounty Hunter.
- As confirmed on StarWars.com, Jann Tosh’s wheel bike was the vehicle of choice for General Grievous in a chase with Obi-Wan Kenobi on Utapau.
- In the episode “The Pirates of Tarnoonga”, the pirate caves on Tarnoonga bear a striking resemblance to the sinkhole grottos of Utapau, seen in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
- Ben Burtt himself appears in a cameo at the end of The Phantom Menace playing a character he created named Ebenn Q3 Baobab, a relative of Droids series character Mungo Baobab.