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Bad Batch continues Star Wars’ cartoon legacy, which started in 1977

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The history of animation in the Star Wars universe is … checkered. For every transcendent show like The Clone Wars or the new series The Bad Batch, there’s a wisely forgotten pockmark on the franchise like Star Wars: Ewoks. Sure, you can watch Ewoks and its contemporaneous cousin, Droids, on Disney Plus, but you could also hit yourself in the face with a hammer tonight. Choices, choices.

Despite how awful some Star Wars cartoons are, the modern incarnations are universally fantastic. The Genndy Tartakovsky Clone Wars series, the 2008-2020 CG Clone Wars, and Rebels are arguably as beloved, if not more so, than half the actual live-action Star Wars films. They’re dramatic, well-written, and genuinely exciting where the prequels,…



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