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Star Wars: Clone Wars
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Dec 19, 2008 By: Sturdy
Star Wars: Clone Wars order
Director:
Dave Filoni

Actors:
Matt Lanter
Ashley Eckstein
James Arnold Taylor

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In the midst of the Clone Wars, Anakin and Obi Wan are dispatched to Tatooine to retrieve Jabba the Hut’s kidnapped son. But Dooku is up to no good and has developed a plot to turn the huts against the jedi.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
My first instinct with CLONE WARS is to rip it for not being worthy to be included into the Star Wars films. However, we all have to step back and realize that this animated feature was truly directed at little kids and when taken as a whole, it wasn’t that bad of a film. It wasn’t great, by any means, but they could have done worse.

Ahsoka is going to be the biggest sticking point with Star Wars fans. Forget for a second that she’s incredibly annoying, the issue is that she never should have been there in the first place. It goes against Star Wars lore and we gloss over the whole master-knight-padawan relationship. But even if you accept her, you’re not going to like her. As it is, they have her “assigned” to Anakin and that was the wrong way to do it. They should have had her already “assigned” to a knight and then have that knight die in battle with Anakin. Then Anakin has to “adopt” her and that’s how they get together. At least we could have accepted it that way, much like what happened with Obi Wan and Anakin.

The dialogue all around is tough to deal with, but it’s not like we’ve seen a lot of great Star Wars dialogue over the past 20 years. I also think some of the new Star Wars characters will get under fans’ skin, especially Jabba’s uncle. I’m not sure what they were thinking there.

The film did have some positives, starting with the animation. I’ve heard complaints against the style, but I thought it looked slick. It was smooth and for the most part, natural. I also liked the score and appreciated hearing music I’d never heard in a Star Wars film before. Also, the basic story of the jedis getting involved with the huts to get an alliance on the Outer Rim is a pretty good story, even if they didn’t do it as well as they could have.

I consider myself a huge Star Wars fan, but I’m not obsessed with the franchise. I think this film was a waste and an excuse to milk the franchise for all its worth. With that said, it proved to be a mildly entertaining take despite its contradicting elements with normal Star Wars drama. I think young kids, not exposed to Star Wars before, will enjoy this more than adults familiar with the stories.
THE EXTRAS
Video Audio Commentary with Dave Filoni, Catherine Winder, Henry Gilroy and Jason W.A. Tucker: I wanted an explanation as to why they circumvented the master-knight-padawan relationship with Ahsoka. However, they avoided the Star Wars lore references and focused on specific Clone Wars things. Given how many people were involved, there were a few too many dead spots. However, I love video commentaries and I find that they’re more fun to watch, even if there are dead spots. This one did a good job of including the video of the speaker with behind the scenes footage all the while having the movie play in the background.

Deleted Scenes (10:50): These weren’t bad. I say that because I was shocked at the fact they were actually pretty good. There’s a couple of action sequences and an additional lightsabre sequence that was pretty entertaining. In fact, I’d go as far as to say the second scene was as good as anything in the final cut.

The Untold Stories (24:50): That’s right folks; 24 minutes dedicated to advertising the upcoming Clone Wars series. I have mixed feelings about the show, but I think it will probably be on the same level as the movie. That is, it will be entertaining for new fans, but probablly a little frustrating for old fans.

The Voices of Clone Wars (9:59): Every animated film has one of these featurettes to show the voices behind the characters. This one was pretty good and took some time to discuss some of the difficulties voice actors. We also get to see them do the voices as we see the screen play out on screen.

A New Score (10:43): I really liked the score for the film. I thought they did a good job of staying true to the original John Williams score while adding a new twist to it. They basically say how good of a job Kevin Kiner did just that. This is a pretty decent featurette talking about how he got the job and what he did with it.

Webisodes (20:59): Webisodes are boring if you watch them after the movie has already come out. However, watching these together makes it feel like a making-of featurette. Some of these were shown in one of the previous featurettes, but they’re not bad.

There are some Previews and an Art Gallery
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I didn’t mind the film, but I would be fine if I had never seen it. Die-hard Star Wars fans should probably avoid it and leave this to the little kids out there that will laugh at fart jokes and won’t mind annoying teenage girl sidekicks.
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