Star Wars: Clone Wars

Thu 11/6/2008

This summer I went with my father to see the animated Clone Wars movie. It's was not very good...

The animation was sort of stiff and choppy, the character designs seem a little too angular and geometric, the dialogue was often unbearable, the plot had no meat to it and the battle scenes lasted way too long.

But I still really enjoyed the film!

It's no secret that I am a hopeless Star Wars fanatic. But when Episode III came out in 2005, Star Wars was basically over for me, and my interest dropped off quite a bit. I have always been a sort of purist with Star Wars, and for me, it was all about the movies. I never read any of the "extended universe" novels (or Comics) and so I wasn't sure how I felt about these further forays into the story of Star Wars. Especially since the Clone Wars movie from this summer was basically just a really long pilot episode of the Clone Wars TV show that has been running on Cartoon Network.

Well, even knowing that the quality of the show pales in comparison to that of the real movies, I have not been able to keep myself from watching every episode thus far. When the show was announced, I thought it would be easy to resist watching it, as I have not owned a TV for about 10 years. However, they put each episode up for free on StarWars.com for two weeks after it is released. (It kind of blows my mind that the internet now includes TV)

On one hand, it is fun to watch Jedis running around the galaxy, using lightsabers and having adventures, but on the other, it's a bit hard to watch a series which takes place between episodes II and III. The show seems to go to great length to "humanize" the clones, by showing their friendships with the Jedis and their losses in battle. There was literally one episode where Yoda sits down with three clones and teaches them a little bit about the Force. And I'm watching this going, "WHAT? These clones are going to KILL all of your FRIENDS!" It was meant to be a heartfelt moment, but it actually backfired and just make me angry.

It's just strange knowing how it will all end up. The Jedi will not capture General Grievous (and if they do, he will escape) Anakin, Obi-Wan, Amidala, Mace Windu and Yoda will not be harmed, and any new characters (the sidekicks of Count Dooku and Anakin) will either be killed off or sent away, because they are not in Episode III.

Supposedly there is going to be a live-action Star Wars TV show, which will take place between episodes III and IV. I'm even MORE nervous about that... It seems like each one of these new side projects further waters down the original purity of the movies. And I don't think I'm strong enough to avoid watching them, even if they will end up making me enjoy Star Wars LESS! :(

4 comments on this entry

P.S. I did some really awesome Photoshop work on that image, JUST SO PEOPLE KNOW. I am kind of proud...

Alec Nov07

On cartoon Yoda? What did he look like before?

Rach Nov08

The text overlapped his hand, but I was able to separate it, "heal" the hand and background (taking out a glow effect) and then I cleaned up the bar across the top and set the type back on top of it. If you go to starwars.com you can see how it looked!

Alec Nov08

Well that was certainly an excellent use of your time. And you'll do anything to get me to starwars.com. Nice work!

Rach Nov09

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