Happy Star Wars Day: the original trilogy is less than 10% of Star Wars

Happy Star Wars Day: the original trilogy is less than 10% of Star Wars

Today is May 4th, which is known to geeks (and to the studio) as Star Wars Day. It comes from a pun (and oh, we geeks love puns): “May the Fourth be with you.”

Before I get to the sales on products (and there are a lot), I was curious about something.

As somebody who saw the first movie when it was first released, that’s what Star Wars is to me.

However, for many people, Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series was not only their first exposure, but probably what they think is the “real Star Wars”.

I decided to do a rough analysis of how much of Star Wars commercially released movies and TV shows were actually represented by the original movie.

While it is a bit subjective to calculate (you have to decide what to include, and you have to decide how long to credit for a TV series episode), it clearly comes out to less than 10%…for the entire original trilogy.

That number is going to contribute to drop over time…in addition to the new movies in the works, there are new TV series (Star Wars: Rebels soon) and even unreleased material (Star Wars Detours would really change the statistics.

I also chose not to include videogames…not to mention novels and comic books. I also didn’t do parodies (although Troops is still one of the best Star Wars entertainments, in my opinion).

These are my stats (I generally used IMDb’s running times):

Title Year Minutes %
Star Wars 1977 121 2.39%
The Star Wars Holiday Special 1978 97 1.91%
The Empire Strikes back 1980 124 2.45%
Return of the Jedi 1983 134 2.64%
The Ewok Adventure 1984 96 1.89%
Droids TV series 1985-1986 286 5.64%
Ewoks TV series 1985-1986 770 15.19%
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor 1985 94 1.85%
The Great Heep 1986 48 0.95%
The Phantom Menace 1999 136 2.68%
Attack of the Clones 2002 142 2.80%
Clone Wars TV series 2003-2005 120 2.37%
Revenge of the Sith 2005 140 2.76%
Star Wars: The Clone Wars 2008 98 1.93%
Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series 2008-2014 2662 52.53%
Total: 5068

One interesting thing to me was how the movies generally got longer over time (until Revenge of the Sith shaved two minutes off Attack of the Clones’ running time).

Now, on to celebrations (and deals) of the day:

First, here’s the official site’s listings:


You’ll find everything there from M&Ms to yo-yos (some are in store only items).

If you visit

Amazon Star Wars store (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

you’ll find lots of deals (including freebies)…some of them are time-based, so you may have already missed something.

You name the product category, it’s probably there…including some sold at other sites.

Between the official listing and Amazon, you are going to have a lot of options. Hurry, though…some deals will sell out!

New! Try the free The Measured Circle magazine at Flipboard

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the  The Measured Circle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.



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