Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Movie: The Retro Review

Anakin gives Obi-Wan the side eye as Obi-Wan hisses.

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So many things happened Star Wars franchise over the last 14 years, it might be hard to remember that the new canon actually started with Dave Filoni. The Clone Wars cartoon. It was retroactively added to Disney’s new Star Wars Because the stories were such a good show, the guy who was the driving force in the end was in charge Star Warslive television series. This can be even more difficult to remember The Clone Wars started with a movie – a theatrical release – it was terrible.

The 2018 film came together when Lucasfilm’s then-head George Lucas saw a set of CG cartoons. Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith and was completely in love with her. He suggested testing the earliest ones The Clone Wars putting the episodes together and releasing it to theaters. If you’re wondering, “Isn’t that like four episodes of After School?” Star Wars a cartoon spliced ​​in instead of a real movie? you have discovered its first fatal flaw.

Episodes two, three, and four tell one continuous story about the kidnapping of Jabba the Hutt’s son, while the first is a standalone story about Republic clones fighting an army of droids that require Anakin and his new Padawan apprentice Ahsoka to hide in a box and crawl around. on the street they are like in the Looney Tunes cartoon (or Metal Gear Solid game). It’s not necessary, but the “main” story is just as funny and even smaller in scope.

Count Dooku kidnapped Jabba’s infant son Rotta to create the Jedi and allow the criminal Separatist forces to use the interstellar trade routes in his territory. The Republic also wants access to trade routes, so they send Obi-Wan to talk to Jabba, while Anakin and Ahsoka look for a creepy little slug with a weapon called “Stinky” Rotta. What worked as three cartoon episodes becomes a mess when watched back-to-back as “plots” quickly emerge and resolve themselves. Obi-Wan leaves Tatooine to help Anakin, but Anakin is gone by the time he gets there. Rotta is sick, but the Jedi Commander happens to have medicine on the ship. Several of Grievous’ magnaguards approach Ahsoka on Tatooine, but she easily kills them.

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Speaking of which, Ahsoka has since become one of the most beloved characters not to debut in a live-action film, but I’m not exaggerating when I say she’s terrible in the film. The Clone Wars the film. It’s not voice actor Ashley Eckstein’s fault, she does a good job with what she’s given. But what it does deliver is dialogue written by 40-year-old men who are sure they know how to talk to a 14-year-old girl. It’s horrible. He refers to Anakin as “Skyguy” and R2-D2 has a familiar nickname – “Artooie”. He’s overconfident, cocky, precocious, and sometimes the smartest of the bunch, and other times dumb as a rock.

There’s also Jabba’s brother, Zero, who turns out to be partially responsible for Rotta’s kidnapping. He comes across as a stereotype based on openly gay author Truman Capote, who speaks Galactic Core (unlike Hutte) with an overly high-pitched southern drawl. Ziro is covered in glow-in-the-dark make-up, wearing a 1920s-style hat with feathers on his head and smoking a cigarette from a long cigarette holder. Now are you upset about this or just happy with the fact same year 2008 Star Wars It’s up to you what your imagination is, but the fact remains that George Lucas specifically asked to include a caricature of the writer, who died more than 20 years ago, in his children’s film.

But this is unlikely “The Clone Wars” sticking only to things his young audience doesn’t know or care about. If you’re a fan of the TV series because it’s gotten better and better because of it — you might not remember the animation and the look. The Clone Wars Inspired by British puppet shows of the 1960s Lightning bolts and Space Patrol. These puppets were wooden, moving and looking in awkward, awkward ways that were lovingly and inexplicably recreated in the 2008 cartoon. Sometimes I swear you can see the grain of the wood in the hard parts that make up the characters.

Thanks again The Clone Wars improved in the animation and storytelling departments as well. Now he’s remembered for how he made Ahsoka Tano one of the franchise’s most beloved characters, how he humanized the clone troopers, how he evolved the Mandalorians, and more. The Boba Fett Book: Chapter Twowhere Stinky the Hutt returns to claim his father’s throne.

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