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):
|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%|
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
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!
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