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02.23.2008
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Star Wars: Clone Wars Though this news may be ancient by interweb standards, we've yet to report on it and there still may be one or two of you who haven't heard that George Lucas' upcoming "Star Wars: Clone Wars" animated TV show will be making a theatrical debut on August 15th. Weekly half-hour episodes will then follow with the debut episode premiering on the Cartoon Network and subsequent airings on TNT (goddamn, this thing is all over the place!). The story, as you may recall, takes place between ATTACK OF THE CLONES and REVENGE OF THE SITH and follows young Skywalker as he and Obi-Wan attempt to thwart the plans of the nefarious Count Dooku using the titular army. Read more about it over HERE.

Extra Tidbit: When are we gonna get an animated or (if Lucas changes his mind) live action Episode 7, yo?
Source: StarWars.com

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7:57AM on 02/26/2008
hey guys, if this CGI clonewars takes place between episode 2 and 3, what about Genndy Tartakovsky's 2-D animated clone wars that was shown in cartoon network?
hey guys, if this CGI clonewars takes place between episode 2 and 3, what about Genndy Tartakovsky's 2-D animated clone wars that was shown in cartoon network?
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12:32PM on 02/25/2008

Can Clone Wars Give Us A New Hope?

In my opinion, George Lucas' best work is that which he allows others to write and direct. He is one of the greatest cinematic storytellers in the medium's history. But, his genius in coming up with a compelling story idea is mired by his need to direct that idea. As an executive producer, he has impeccable skills. But, for all his strengths, he is a poor director in that he fails to bring out the humanism in both the character and actor. His direction is cold, impersonal. He knows
In my opinion, George Lucas' best work is that which he allows others to write and direct. He is one of the greatest cinematic storytellers in the medium's history. But, his genius in coming up with a compelling story idea is mired by his need to direct that idea. As an executive producer, he has impeccable skills. But, for all his strengths, he is a poor director in that he fails to bring out the humanism in both the character and actor. His direction is cold, impersonal. He knows technology and excels in using it to construct the landscape of his stories. But he cannot write dialogue beyond the most rudimentary level. And as such, his characters have no soul, no depth from which an audience can connect. I am 37, and was among the first generation of kids to see the original trilogy. Yes, Star Wars changed and defined my childhood. That series gave my generation its own mythology to study, absorb, and most importantly, imagine in. And though George Lucas claims both trilogies were made for kids. I cannot help but think I would never have been so profoundly moved by his series if Episodes I-III had been released first. Their lack of enjoyment has nothing to do with one's age, or the fact that they follow in the footsteps of the most popular film series of all time. The prequel trilogy is a colossal disappointment because it broke from the fundamental storytelling points that the original trilogy mastered and redefined. Poor dialogue, focuses on technology and set pieces rather than character development, and focuses on ideas, situations, and themes that should have been in the beginning scroll, not the meat of the actual trilogy. Trade embargos, political upheaval, senate elections, Naboo...Give me a break, George! We wanted The Clone Wars. We wanted to see Darth Vader as a young Sith Lord hunting down Jedi, not as an 8-yr old/18-yr old whiner. We wanted to follow one really cool villain like Darth Maul all throughout the trilogy and see him get his just desserts in the final installment. Never before have I wanted a film-series do-over, but with the prequel trilogy, I'd say it's a fair, legitimate wish. All the above ranting is why I'm looking forward to the animated Clone Wars series. Every kid I knew growing up wanted to see the Clone Wars ever since those words first escaped Obi-Wan's lips. How could George have missed that?! Oh well, at least we have him doing what he does best here- Overseeing and shepherding a project, and staying far away from the typewriter and director's chair.
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10:42PM on 02/24/2008
I agree with Brentage.

The Thrawn Trilogy are even more exciting than the original trilogy. I'm a big time Star Wars junkie and nothing beats those books.

Still, I'm totally stoked for the theatrical release of this, and I'll be there at midnight. Even though I hated the entire prequel trilogy.
I agree with Brentage.

The Thrawn Trilogy are even more exciting than the original trilogy. I'm a big time Star Wars junkie and nothing beats those books.

Still, I'm totally stoked for the theatrical release of this, and I'll be there at midnight. Even though I hated the entire prequel trilogy.
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7:43PM on 02/24/2008
I'm with Justin. For me, episodes seven, eight, and nine will always be the thrawn trilogy of the books -- HEIR TO THE EMPIRE, DARK FORCE RISING, THE LAST COMMAND.

Still, a big screen Clone Wars sounds neat.
I'm with Justin. For me, episodes seven, eight, and nine will always be the thrawn trilogy of the books -- HEIR TO THE EMPIRE, DARK FORCE RISING, THE LAST COMMAND.

Still, a big screen Clone Wars sounds neat.
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1:44PM on 02/24/2008
Hopefully... we'll never get an Episode 7. At least not with Lucas directing. George Lucas's best stuff happens when other people handle his work... think about Episodes 5&6. They were the only ones not directed by Lucas, and they're also the best in my opinion. It's when Lucas had 100% control that things go awry.
Hopefully... we'll never get an Episode 7. At least not with Lucas directing. George Lucas's best stuff happens when other people handle his work... think about Episodes 5&6. They were the only ones not directed by Lucas, and they're also the best in my opinion. It's when Lucas had 100% control that things go awry.
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