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05.09.2008

You know, there's something oddly unsettling in seeing the sparkling Lucasfilm logo after the Warner Bros. logo. Perhaps that's an insanely fanboyish thing to be weirded out by, but I gotta be honest here. And that's only about two seconds into the brand new trailer for STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS.

I think I realized my biggest problem with the animation is with how the humans are rendered, specifically Anakin and Obi-Wan. That's probably because I can deal with stylized versions of fantastical creatures like Jabba the Hutt and Yoda but actual actors comes off as odd to me. You'll have to check it out for yourself because there's plenty to debate. Click the pic below to see the trailer at Yahoo! Movies.

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9:31AM on 05/12/2008
After the lashing its gotten from some of the people here, I was expecting much worse. If you watch it knowing that A, it was originally intended for television, and B, that this is basically the pilot for a cartoon series that's getting a vanity run in theaters, it's actually kinda cool. I'll be there.
After the lashing its gotten from some of the people here, I was expecting much worse. If you watch it knowing that A, it was originally intended for television, and B, that this is basically the pilot for a cartoon series that's getting a vanity run in theaters, it's actually kinda cool. I'll be there.
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9:14PM on 05/11/2008

EH

I'll give it a chance
I'll give it a chance
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12:19AM on 05/11/2008
Dead on arrival.
Dead on arrival.
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5:48PM on 05/10/2008

Ugh...

I smell the foul stench of a dead cash cow.
I smell the foul stench of a dead cash cow.
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4:41PM on 05/10/2008

Just to comment on some replies to my previous post.

Listen, kids, THX 1138 and American Graffitti happened decades ago. In recent years, all that Lucas has done includes SW and producing Indidan Jones. Now, I have nothing agains it, I love SW as much as the next guy, Indy too, but isn't it time for George to finally let go? Isn't it time for him to direct/produce/create something new? Or the money just looks too green this way?
Listen, kids, THX 1138 and American Graffitti happened decades ago. In recent years, all that Lucas has done includes SW and producing Indidan Jones. Now, I have nothing agains it, I love SW as much as the next guy, Indy too, but isn't it time for George to finally let go? Isn't it time for him to direct/produce/create something new? Or the money just looks too green this way?
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1:55PM on 05/10/2008

EXTRA TIDBIT

The movie looks like a video game...but i dont really care. I really want to know the answer to the extra tidbit question...im curious as well.
The movie looks like a video game...but i dont really care. I really want to know the answer to the extra tidbit question...im curious as well.
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1:40PM on 05/10/2008

Did everyone forget...?

This was supposed to be a tv show only, hence the sub-standard CGI? It was decided at a later date to throw it into theaters. The level of CG you are seeing in the trailer is the level you are going to see when the series hits television after the theatrical release.
This was supposed to be a tv show only, hence the sub-standard CGI? It was decided at a later date to throw it into theaters. The level of CG you are seeing in the trailer is the level you are going to see when the series hits television after the theatrical release.
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1:08PM on 05/10/2008

I do agree..

That the animation could have been better i mean this ILM were talking about but it still looks decent enough. And people will complain about Star Wars/Lucas regardless of what he does. If you don't want to see it don't. But don't keep going on and on and on and on and on and on about it. The man is worth billions so apparently SOMEBODY out there likes his works.
That the animation could have been better i mean this ILM were talking about but it still looks decent enough. And people will complain about Star Wars/Lucas regardless of what he does. If you don't want to see it don't. But don't keep going on and on and on and on and on and on about it. The man is worth billions so apparently SOMEBODY out there likes his works.
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2:28AM on 05/10/2008

eh

It's easier to simply avoid this movie all together.
It's easier to simply avoid this movie all together.
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1:11AM on 05/10/2008

while the rest of us enjoy the film

feel free to keep complaining.
feel free to keep complaining.
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12:57AM on 05/10/2008

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I speaketh not of purity, but quality of visuality.
Ok, enough bullshit talk. The quality of animation is extremely inferior to Imagi Studios' TMNT movie, and even further inferior to that of Pixar. I'm not complaining about designs, voices, or even story. I'm complaining purely about animation quality. This CG doesn't even look cinema-worthy. You get this kind of crap CG from Saturday morning cartoons. Who is dumb enough to think this meets cinema standards?
In the words I would've used in a
I speaketh not of purity, but quality of visuality.
Ok, enough bullshit talk. The quality of animation is extremely inferior to Imagi Studios' TMNT movie, and even further inferior to that of Pixar. I'm not complaining about designs, voices, or even story. I'm complaining purely about animation quality. This CG doesn't even look cinema-worthy. You get this kind of crap CG from Saturday morning cartoons. Who is dumb enough to think this meets cinema standards?
In the words I would've used in a face-to-face conversation: "This shit's fucking ghetto."
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12:23AM on 05/10/2008

you people are too purist

The characters actually looks better animated than as the rather bland actors, specially the ones acting as Annakin and Obi-Wan. The bad scripts and lame dialog had a lot to blame for the actors blandness. Though this animation is a bit square and static, the faces got personalities. The cartoonishness makes the characters look more interesting. Specially the villains, they look nice. What looks too flat is curiously the backgrounds, it seems like they could easily have made those alien
The characters actually looks better animated than as the rather bland actors, specially the ones acting as Annakin and Obi-Wan. The bad scripts and lame dialog had a lot to blame for the actors blandness. Though this animation is a bit square and static, the faces got personalities. The cartoonishness makes the characters look more interesting. Specially the villains, they look nice. What looks too flat is curiously the backgrounds, it seems like they could easily have made those alien landscapes richer and livelier.
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11:42PM on 05/09/2008

I love Star Wars...I have zero interest in this.

This looks like such a giant waste of time on the big screen. I realize some will like this, but c'mon now really? I love you George, but you are really starting to push some of us. I know I'm not the only one either. And I hate all of the animation as others have said. It plain ol' looks creepy & cheap, no wonder it was meant to be on TV.
This looks like such a giant waste of time on the big screen. I realize some will like this, but c'mon now really? I love you George, but you are really starting to push some of us. I know I'm not the only one either. And I hate all of the animation as others have said. It plain ol' looks creepy & cheap, no wonder it was meant to be on TV.
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8:09PM on 05/09/2008
this looks so shitty

the trailer was put together terribly
this looks so shitty

the trailer was put together terribly
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7:47PM on 05/09/2008
What I find unsettling is that this will be in theatres. I'm having a hard time accepting this as an actual star wars movie. With all the money and energy put into the two new star wars shows, Lucas should really do what everybody wants and make an episode 7. I think more people would be excited to see Han Luke and leia again than to see computer animated television shows based on the prequels that nobody really liked but dealt with it anyways.
What I find unsettling is that this will be in theatres. I'm having a hard time accepting this as an actual star wars movie. With all the money and energy put into the two new star wars shows, Lucas should really do what everybody wants and make an episode 7. I think more people would be excited to see Han Luke and leia again than to see computer animated television shows based on the prequels that nobody really liked but dealt with it anyways.
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7:02PM on 05/09/2008

I just wet myself, and not in a good way.

Cool story & concept, bad art direction.
Cool story & concept, bad art direction.
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6:57PM on 05/09/2008

for the kids

This is just a shot at trying to get little kids in to the whole Star Wars thing, I bet allot of the older super-fans are pretty dissapointed.
This is just a shot at trying to get little kids in to the whole Star Wars thing, I bet allot of the older super-fans are pretty dissapointed.
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6:57PM on 05/09/2008

for the kids

This is just a shot at trying to get little kids in to the whole Star Wars thing, I bet allot of the older super-fans are pretty dissapointed.
This is just a shot at trying to get little kids in to the whole Star Wars thing, I bet allot of the older super-fans are pretty dissapointed.
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6:53PM on 05/09/2008

dark knight, come on...

american graffiti and thx-1138. what go look up what hes offered beyond just film. THX was developed so movie theaters could show return of the jedi in the best possible quality. Look at all the other advancements hes ushered. Terrible writer though... too bad, he did do american graffiti...

and this looks really sick, but give us a damn shadow of the empire movie!
american graffiti and thx-1138. what go look up what hes offered beyond just film. THX was developed so movie theaters could show return of the jedi in the best possible quality. Look at all the other advancements hes ushered. Terrible writer though... too bad, he did do american graffiti...

and this looks really sick, but give us a damn shadow of the empire movie!
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6:44PM on 05/09/2008

Dark Knight, come on...

aww what about Howard the Duck? That movie rocked (in a so bad it's good kind of a way)!!!
aww what about Howard the Duck? That movie rocked (in a so bad it's good kind of a way)!!!
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6:41PM on 05/09/2008

I love SW but ....

... I'm starting to wonder: besides that and Indiana Jones, has George Lucas anything else to offer?
... I'm starting to wonder: besides that and Indiana Jones, has George Lucas anything else to offer?
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6:21PM on 05/09/2008

I'll see it.

I'll see it...I haven't seen enough to really make up my mind. Do I LOVE it? Not yet. Do I HATE it? Not yet. Only time will tell!!
I'll see it...I haven't seen enough to really make up my mind. Do I LOVE it? Not yet. Do I HATE it? Not yet. Only time will tell!!
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6:15PM on 05/09/2008
oh come on, it wasn't the best trailer but it was deff awesome.
oh come on, it wasn't the best trailer but it was deff awesome.
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6:15PM on 05/09/2008
Agreed Mike, the stylization is a bit much.Much prefer Genndy Tartakovsky's 2d style over this, though it does have that feel-RIPOFF- about it.
Agreed Mike, the stylization is a bit much.Much prefer Genndy Tartakovsky's 2d style over this, though it does have that feel-RIPOFF- about it.
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6:08PM on 05/09/2008

UUGGGGGHHH!!!!

SHITTING FUCK CRAP CUNT BULLSHIT DISASTER PILE DEATH WANKER BLOODY HELL SHITFUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PS. I don't like it one bit.
SHITTING FUCK CRAP CUNT BULLSHIT DISASTER PILE DEATH WANKER BLOODY HELL SHITFUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PS. I don't like it one bit.
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6:04PM on 05/09/2008
Wow, this looks so ridiculously stupid. I feel like the only way I could ever enjoy this is if I were 5 years old.
Wow, this looks so ridiculously stupid. I feel like the only way I could ever enjoy this is if I were 5 years old.
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5:45PM on 05/09/2008

Boycott!

Forget this steaming pile. After hearing about the disaster that is the new Terminator. Donnie Darko 2 next. Flooding memories of the horrible, tasteless Prequel trilogy is all that this aroused out of me. The concensus among the fans seems to be about the same. The only difference is you guys are saying you'll still see this turkey even though you don't won't to. Forget that fans. Boycott this shit and everything else Lucas and the bunch throws at us. Maybe they'll take a hint.
Forget this steaming pile. After hearing about the disaster that is the new Terminator. Donnie Darko 2 next. Flooding memories of the horrible, tasteless Prequel trilogy is all that this aroused out of me. The concensus among the fans seems to be about the same. The only difference is you guys are saying you'll still see this turkey even though you don't won't to. Forget that fans. Boycott this shit and everything else Lucas and the bunch throws at us. Maybe they'll take a hint.
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5:20PM on 05/09/2008

Jasonicus

jasonicus, i admire your enthusiasm,but i hope that you're not blindsides by the "mixed" general consensus of the Prequels.
jasonicus, i admire your enthusiasm,but i hope that you're not blindsides by the "mixed" general consensus of the Prequels.
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4:56PM on 05/09/2008

Cool

I am actually looking forward to it. Any die hard fan would feel the same way. Could look better, but it's more Star Wars. What could be better than that?
I am actually looking forward to it. Any die hard fan would feel the same way. Could look better, but it's more Star Wars. What could be better than that?
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4:51PM on 05/09/2008
It's seems like this movie should have come straight-to-DVD.
It's seems like this movie should have come straight-to-DVD.
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4:38PM on 05/09/2008

BOOOOO

I read the strike backs before seeing the trailer and thought, " whatever, I'm in it for the story"
Are we fighting a war or resqueing giant slugs??? I can't believe Anakin would sign up for this shit
I read the strike backs before seeing the trailer and thought, " whatever, I'm in it for the story"
Are we fighting a war or resqueing giant slugs??? I can't believe Anakin would sign up for this shit
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4:37PM on 05/09/2008

Oh WELL another let down BUT...

Despite of how crappy it looks I will watch it anyway, probably with my little nephew. But seriously the last films left me desiring something more, this was not what I had in mind, but considering it wasn't done by Lucas per se, maybe the story and the action is actually good...despite of how crappy it looks. ( why couldn't they just do it PIXAR style if they were going animated?) PISSES ME OFF! Maybe when they all finally learn they're lesson they will do a GREAT star wars movie like the old
Despite of how crappy it looks I will watch it anyway, probably with my little nephew. But seriously the last films left me desiring something more, this was not what I had in mind, but considering it wasn't done by Lucas per se, maybe the story and the action is actually good...despite of how crappy it looks. ( why couldn't they just do it PIXAR style if they were going animated?) PISSES ME OFF! Maybe when they all finally learn they're lesson they will do a GREAT star wars movie like the old trilogy.
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4:34PM on 05/09/2008
i hate yahoo movies. the video always freezes like 10 seconds in for me
i hate yahoo movies. the video always freezes like 10 seconds in for me
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4:24PM on 05/09/2008

Star wars fans let down!!

It's looks Corny!!! Jabba;z Son!!!!!!!
Give a F@#$%^ break
It's looks Corny!!! Jabba;z Son!!!!!!!
Give a F@#$%^ break
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4:14PM on 05/09/2008

WOW...

...this commercial for the new Star Wars video game looks awesome. Wait...this is the trailer for the new movie? You mean we have to just sit in the theater and watch this awful animation? Nice work, George. Keep on crapping on your legacy (although it's safe to say you accomplished that a long time ago with a little movie known as The Phantom Menace). You better hope Indiana Jones 4 kills at the box office this summer or you're going to see SkyWalker Ranch on the real estate market faster
...this commercial for the new Star Wars video game looks awesome. Wait...this is the trailer for the new movie? You mean we have to just sit in the theater and watch this awful animation? Nice work, George. Keep on crapping on your legacy (although it's safe to say you accomplished that a long time ago with a little movie known as The Phantom Menace). You better hope Indiana Jones 4 kills at the box office this summer or you're going to see SkyWalker Ranch on the real estate market faster than you can say "Neverland".
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4:14PM on 05/09/2008

w00t

color me surprised but this actually made me excited for the movie. Being a huge Star Wars fan I was always looking forward to this movie, but I wasn't actually "excited" until this trailer.
color me surprised but this actually made me excited for the movie. Being a huge Star Wars fan I was always looking forward to this movie, but I wasn't actually "excited" until this trailer.
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3:56PM on 05/09/2008
It's tough to decipher if the majority of critics are negative because of what this is, or because of what this isn't going to be.

The character design isn't the priority here. I'd rather watch n animated film with "cartoonish" characters that has a great story, as opposed to a subpar story but realistic character designs. Don't get me wrong, I love detail in such films as Final Fantasy: The Spirit Within, but if that's not the direction then it's certainly not going to be the end of the
It's tough to decipher if the majority of critics are negative because of what this is, or because of what this isn't going to be.

The character design isn't the priority here. I'd rather watch n animated film with "cartoonish" characters that has a great story, as opposed to a subpar story but realistic character designs. Don't get me wrong, I love detail in such films as Final Fantasy: The Spirit Within, but if that's not the direction then it's certainly not going to be the end of the world.

Usually, a movie introduction to a TV series gets aired on a prime time slot. I am guessing that faith in the fanbase (Be it because of their interests or their wallets) is the sole reason why this is being released to theatres.

The important thing that people should take into account, is that this hasn't been presented to us on the same level as a Star Wars feature length film. All the more reason why we shouldn't be looking at it as such.
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3:49PM on 05/09/2008
After seeing screenshots, i wasn't too excited about this, but the trailer looks pretty good actually. Maybe I'm biased because I love star wars, but Ill definately check this out in theaters.
After seeing screenshots, i wasn't too excited about this, but the trailer looks pretty good actually. Maybe I'm biased because I love star wars, but Ill definately check this out in theaters.
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3:32PM on 05/09/2008

Looks decent

I didn't love the trailer, but I didn't hate it. As for the animation, each studio has their own style (pixar, dreamworks, etc) so i think this is just a different approach. While the human characters don't really impress me, i think it works great for some of the spaceship and battle scenes. I didn't care too much for the cartoon network animation for clone wars, but it seems to resemble that. I'm not sure how they plan to stretch a whole series out of this premise though.

Also, i agree
I didn't love the trailer, but I didn't hate it. As for the animation, each studio has their own style (pixar, dreamworks, etc) so i think this is just a different approach. While the human characters don't really impress me, i think it works great for some of the spaceship and battle scenes. I didn't care too much for the cartoon network animation for clone wars, but it seems to resemble that. I'm not sure how they plan to stretch a whole series out of this premise though.

Also, i agree it's very different to not see the 20th century fox logo in front of anything star wars.
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3:30PM on 05/09/2008
I'm not going to be rushing out to see this, but I'm sure I'll watch it eventually. I hate being all negative, especially when talking about something Lucas - cause then you're branded as a upset fanboy or some nonsense. However, this is the best they could come up with?
I'm not going to be rushing out to see this, but I'm sure I'll watch it eventually. I hate being all negative, especially when talking about something Lucas - cause then you're branded as a upset fanboy or some nonsense. However, this is the best they could come up with?
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3:21PM on 05/09/2008
Wow... the animation for this thing just looks horrendous. I don't even understand why they'd even attempt something that looks this awful. And the worst thing is they clearly did it with some kind of purpose in mind.

Jabba's son aside it doesn't seem like an awful plot. So at the very least it could be worth watching...if you can get past the five year old's rendering of the characters.
Wow... the animation for this thing just looks horrendous. I don't even understand why they'd even attempt something that looks this awful. And the worst thing is they clearly did it with some kind of purpose in mind.

Jabba's son aside it doesn't seem like an awful plot. So at the very least it could be worth watching...if you can get past the five year old's rendering of the characters.
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3:20PM on 05/09/2008

I'm not so sure...

that I'll see this in the theatre. Might wait until the DVD. The trailer was low-res. Maybe will change my mind when I can see a version with better resolution. Right now it looks like the animation found on most kids shows. No where near Pixar quality, but then again, isn't this supposed to become a TV series?
that I'll see this in the theatre. Might wait until the DVD. The trailer was low-res. Maybe will change my mind when I can see a version with better resolution. Right now it looks like the animation found on most kids shows. No where near Pixar quality, but then again, isn't this supposed to become a TV series?
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