Hondo is a pirate who first appeared in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and in the more recent animated series Star Wars Rebels. While both series have concluded, it was announced last year that another season of Clone Wars is in production to be released on Disney’s new streaming service. This is exciting news for Star Wars fans who can’t get enough of their favorite galaxy of characters, but it certainly isn’t required viewing for Disney Parks fans who simply want to take in Galaxy’s Edge.
Pirates in the Star Wars galaxy have the same goals as other pirates in the Disney Parks: Their intentions are to steal, barter, or kidnap as a livelihood — but without as much singing. Some are pure evil, while others are just trying to survive in a tumultuous galaxy.
Hondo can be likened to the classic Disney character, Pete (aka Peg-Leg Pete). You may know him as Mickey Mouse’s arch enemy from some of Walt Disney’s earliest cartoons, or more recently as the mischievous, misunderstood troublemaker from the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse show on Disney Junior. Similar to Pete’s early appearances, Hondo is a despicable character that will not hesitate to harm those who stand in the way of his greedy endeavors. But as time goes on, he becomes a more sympathetic villain, to the point that the lines between friend and foe are blurred. He has no allegiance to The Resistance (the good guys) or The First Order (the bad guys). He will side with the one who benefits him the most at the time.
His charming accent and exaggerated mannerisms, in the style of Captain Jack Sparrow, give him an endearing quality. He is a character that you want to root for, even if his methods make you cringe. Partnering with him for a mission in Smuggler’s Run might leave you wondering which side you’re on!
The Millennium Falcon is a starship that was introduced in the first Star Wars movie in 1977. It belonged to Han Solo and his trusty co-pilot, Chewbacca. Fans instantly fell in love with the underdog of a ship that Luke Skywalker dubbed a piece of junk. Han famously retorted, “She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid.”
The ship most recently appeared in Solo: A Star Wars Story. This movie tells the tale of a young Han Solo and how he acquired the Millennium Falcon from a man by the name of Lando Calrissian.
While Solo was a movie that told a side story, the Millennium Falcon also appeared in the newer sequel movies. The 2015 reboot of the saga, Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, introduced us to Rey. Her adventures led her to the ship and its owners, as it played a critical role in the battle of good versus evil. Just as John Ratzenberger is a constant in every Pixar film, the Millennium Falcon is a constant in Star Wars lore.
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