Clone Wars deserves more respect

    after release Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith In 2005, it seemed like star Wars The franchise will never return to theaters. George Lucas has indicated that the movie saga is now complete, and that the franchise will continue on television with the upcoming TV series. Star Wars: The Clone Wars. group between Attack of the Clones And Revenge of the SithThe series chronicles the adventures of Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter), Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor), Yoda (Tom Kane), clone Captain Rex (Dee Bradley Baker), and Jedi apprentice Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) during the war between the Grand Army of the Republic. and the Confederation of Independent Systems.

    While the series was set to begin airing in the fall of 2008, Lucasfilm made a surprise announcement earlier in the year stating that the show would be preceded by a feature film of the same name. the movie Star Wars: The Clone Wars Set the premise of the series and explore Anakin’s first mission with Ahsoka as his Padawan. After Jabba the Hutt’s son, Rotta, is kidnapped, Anakin and Ahsoka must track him down in order to win the Hutt Clan’s loyalty. while Clone Wars Directed by series showrunner Dave Filoni, it was a critical and financial disaster. In light of how the series has fared, the movie that started it deserves some revisiting.

    production limitations

    Star Wars: Clone Wars cast with guns and lightsabers
    Lucasfilm / Disney

    Many criticisms Clone Wars It was built on the idea that rather than being a standalone story, the movie felt like an extended pilot for the upcoming TV series. It turns out that this is indeed true. After initially showing completed versions of several episodes from the show’s first season, Lucas made the surprising decision to stage them theatrically. This forced Filoni and Lucasfilm’s animation department to turn the series’ episodes into a film, resulting in episodic storytelling and a quality of animation that wasn’t intended for the big screen. When looking at the differences between the first and last seasons of Clone WarsObviously, the animation itself has become more refined.

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    The main issue is that the first few episodes of the TV series don’t tell a complete story. The action feels on a small scale as it builds up a larger narrative for an entire season. star Wars The actor and the end Clone Wars Even star Sam Witwer said the movie could have been more well received if it had aired as part of the series, as it was originally intended. Lucas’ decision to switch the episodes put unfair pressure on Filoni, who had never directed a feature film before. Filoni later proved that he grew as a storyteller, personally directing many powerful videos clone wars, rebels, And The Mandalorian.

    Characters like Ahsoka feel less mature because they are only being introduced for the first time. Ahsoka may at first seem like an obnoxious, pure thorn in Anakin’s side, but over the course of the first season of… Clone Wars Alone, she grows to be more mature and responsible. By the end of the series, Ahsoka had become a fan-favorite character, and made her eagerly anticipated return to the saga in the 2000s Rebels, Tales of the Jedi, The Mandalorian, And Boba Fett book.

    An interesting new angle on the Star Wars universe

    Anakin Dooku
    Warner Bros.

    Clone Wars Introduce a new side of star Wars A universe that has yet to be explored in depth. While Genndy Tartakovsky series Star Wars: Clone Wars Provide a snapshot of what the time period looks like, Clone Wars It gave more information about infrastructure issues within the galaxy far, far away. Jabba the Hutt is still a villainous gangster, and before the war began, the Republic and the Jedi Order had no reason to make a deal with him. But the constraints of war force them to sacrifice their morals in some situations, as they cannot allow Jabba to form an alliance with the Separatists.

    Performing a task on behalf of the Hutts also shows Anakin’s reflections on his childhood. As a slave raised on Tatooine, he was raised to hate the squatters and the greed they represent. In addition, returning to his world reminds Anakin of the way he slaughtered the Tusken Raiders that killed his mother in Attack of the Clones, a crime he hid from everyone except Padme and Palpatine. When he returns to Tatooine and encounters Dooku, he once again takes a step towards embracing the dark side of the Force.

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    Opening the door to Star Wars animation

    Ezra Bridger and Kanan Jarrus in Star Wars Rebels
    Disney-ABC Domestic Television

    Before that Clone Warsthe star Wars Epic’s history with animation has been shaky at best. the first star Wars The animated project was the short “The Story of the Wookiee Believers,” which aired as part of the popular 1978 TV movie that parodied him. Star Wars holiday special. In the 80s, cartoons appear bots And Ewoks He brought back characters from the original trilogy, but told stories aimed squarely at children. While none of these projects are completely successful in meeting the expectations of the target audience, they hardly generate anticipation among the entire fan base.

    While Tartakovsky Clone Wars The miniseries was an impressive feat in itself, and the action-centric series was more an expression of the form than a new format for the long-running novels. Clone WarsHowever, it proved that the animated universe could sustain darker elements, introduce new compelling characters, and feature action sequences worthy of live-action films.

    In the years that followed, Clone Wars Open the door to the future star Wars Animation programs, incl Rebels, Resistance, Bad Batch, Tales of the Jedi, Visions of Young Jedi Adventures, several Lego star wars And even controversial turns project. while sad star Wars The anime has not yet returned to the big screen, which has clearly allowed the saga to reach new fans.

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