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"Star Wars: Clone Wars" coming to Cartoon Network

CmdrTaco posted about 11 years ago | from the get-your-toon-on dept.

Star Wars Prequels 197

Androclese writes "E! Online News reports - 'Star Wars: Clone Wars, a series of animated shorts featuring the epic battles often mentioned but never seen in the Star Wars films, is being prepped for its fall premiere on the Cartoon Network...helmed by Genndy Tartakovsky of Samurai Jack and Dexter's Laboratory fame. Each Clone Wars adventure will run two-to-three minutes and focus on Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and their cohorts as they lead the Galactic Republic against evil armies of cloned troopers created by the Separatists.'"

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MODERATORS TAKE NOTE - Sir Haxalot WARNING (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194092)

Sir Haxalot is a karma whore troll. He is currently trying to gain Karma by posting google cache [slashdot.org] links in various [slashdot.org] articles all over [slashdot.org] slashdot so he can later use his karma-enhanced account to post trolls later on without worrying about killing his karma and having the added bonus of posting at +1 or +2 while doing it.

The sad thing is that when he posts links, he posts the same links that were in the article summary and violates copyright law by copying the article text verbatim. He even posts links to outdated Google Cache copies of the articles, even when the article links STILL WORK!

So moderators, I ask that you review his Posting History [slashdot.org] and see that what he does is nothing more than plagarism, trolling, and blatant karma whoring.

Re:MODERATORS TAKE NOTE - Sir Haxalot WARNING (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194134)

So? What's so wrong about trolling?, you FAG NIGGER JEW!

Re:MODERATORS TAKE NOTE - Sir Haxalot WARNING (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194157)

Nothing is wrong with trolling, but a karma farming troll is most likely a homosexual homosexual faggot.

BE BRAVE- TROLL AT AC OR AT -1!

*gives props out to Subject Line Troll, Sco$699FeeTroll, and Article Text Troll.*

WOrd to Yo MoTha

Re:MODERATORS TAKE NOTE - Sir Haxalot WARNING (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194151)

Here is the google cache of this article as well [216.239.41.104] .

Yours sincerely, Sir Haxalot.

LONG LIVE MAO ZEDONG (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194097)

America is a paper tiger.

All your factory and software development contract belong to us!

It couldn't be that bad. (1)

Stargoat (658863) | about 11 years ago | (#7194099)

I've seen the previews, and there's no way it could be as bad as Episode 1 or 2.

Re:It couldn't be that bad. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194107)

Well considering the length of the episodes in this cartoon series, you've probably seen all the good parts.

2-3 minutes? Why do they try to fit good shows in between crappy shows like transformers armada and *shudders* sdgundam.

Genndy Tartakovsky (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194185)

Why? Cheap stylization != good animation. Tartakovsky needs to be modded down by Time-Warner. Dexter's Lab was amusing... for a few months. Samurai Jack has never been anything but overrated!

Re:Genndy Tartakovsky (0)

100lbHand (676832) | about 11 years ago | (#7194243)

Samurai Jack overrated?
It is only the best action show I have ever seen because that is its mandate: action.
Did you see the giant robot ep? Out did Big O and Evangellion for robot action.
How about the Jack vs Evil Jack? Top of the line samurai action.
Jack and the Spartans? Thermopylae redux.

Plus Mako.
Can't get enough crazy Mako.

Re:Genndy Tartakovsky (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194332)

was it hot robot action?

Re:Genndy Tartakovsky (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194337)

Why not read a comic book? You'll get the same action, and about the same level of animation (if you're a fast reader...)

How Can You Not Like The Prequels??? (1)

wud (709053) | about 11 years ago | (#7194195)

I loved every minute of them, i wish they would do made for tv movies based on all the starwars books out there, ive only read a few.. but they all ruled.. or even better yet, made for internet divx movies.

Re:How Can You Not Like The Prequels??? (1)

Licinius (252579) | about 11 years ago | (#7194230)

One word: Yipee!

Re:How Can You Not Like The Prequels??? (1)

Rumagent (86695) | about 11 years ago | (#7194239)

Simple, they sucked.

The acting rarely rise above that seen in a dutch pr0n flick, the story would be better had they stolen the script from said pr0n flick.

SW used to be an icon, a benchmark for all scifi. Now it is product, wrapped, sold, consumed and fed back into the sewer whence it came.

...no I am not bitter.

Re:How Can You Not Like The Prequels??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194266)

I am extremely offended by your characterization of my work. Sincerely. - A Duch Porn Actor

Re:How Can You Not Like The Prequels??? (1)

W32.Klez.A (656478) | about 11 years ago | (#7194524)

Star Wars has never been a benchmark for Science Fiction. That's like saying McDonalds is the benchmark for all restaraunts.

Re:How Can You Not Like The Prequels??? (1)

1u3hr (530656) | about 11 years ago | (#7194593)

Star Wars has never been a benchmark for Science Fiction.

That's true, but the OP said "scifi". Whether he knows it or not, ther is a distinction. Star Wars is good scifi, but not even on the radar as SF.

Re:How Can You Not Like The Prequels??? (1)

balloonpup (462282) | about 11 years ago | (#7194628)

What's the distinction? ::genuinely curious::

It's been 14 seconds since I've pressed reply!

Re:How Can You Not Like The Prequels??? (1)

1u3hr (530656) | about 11 years ago | (#7194748)

What's the distinction? ::genuinely curious::

There is of course no authoritative definition, but I think most hard core SF fans would say that scifi is low idea content; where there is no originality in plot and no logic in the science (if it's mentioned at all). The SF elements are never original and often tacked on to plots that could as easily been in historical or fantasy settings. In "real" SF the ideas are central. There are very few SF movies or TV shows, almost all non-literary mass-media is scifi.

Scifi can be fun, as an emotional or visual experience, but it rarely provokes any reflection. Possibly the most annoying thing about scifi is that people make judgements on SF when they haven't actually been exposed to the real thing, just the bubblegum and pretty special effects of scifi, which they rightly judge as insubstantial.

Re:How Can You Not Like The Prequels??? (1)

operagost (62405) | about 11 years ago | (#7194864)

Summary:

SciFi=fun SF = boring and pretentious

The Clone Wars and Episode III (2, Insightful)

Decaffeinated Jedi (648571) | about 11 years ago | (#7194104)

I still say that Lucas missed out by having Episode III pick up after the Clone Wars. It's something that Star Wars fans have wanted to see for decades now, and I have a feeling that a series of animated shorts--no matter how well-produced they may be--just won't do the Clone Wars justice.

Re:The Clone Wars and Episode III (2, Informative)

SwansonMarpalum (521840) | about 11 years ago | (#7194112)

He doesn't have much choice, Star Wars was always supposed to be the story of Anakin Skywalker. If he focused on the Clone Wars instead of Anakin's fall from grace, that would be contradictory to the intent.

Which is not to say that I think this will be good, or will do the Clone Wars justice, or will in any way shape or form be fitting. But try to see things from George's point of view.

Re:The Clone Wars and Episode III (3, Interesting)

Ark42 (522144) | about 11 years ago | (#7194119)

Is there something stopping a future creation of Star Wars 2.5 for some reason? Everybody likes prequals, so why not a .. um.. interqual?

Re:The Clone Wars and Episode III (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194120)

"But try to see things from George's point of view."

Okay.

"Movie explaining Anakin's sappy story=$$$$$$$$$$$. Cartoons about the Clone Wars=$$$$$$$$$$$, plus merchandise advertisement to kids, which equals even more $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. BLING BLING! Meesa gonna build me own personaal Aye-maaax theatre!"

Re:The Clone Wars and Episode III (2, Interesting)

Decaffeinated Jedi (648571) | about 11 years ago | (#7194124)

He doesn't have much choice, Star Wars was always supposed to be the story of Anakin Skywalker. If he focused on the Clone Wars instead of Anakin's fall from grace, that would be contradictory to the intent.
Was Star Wars always supposed to be the story of Anakin Skywalker, or is that just another example of LucasHistory(TM)--you know, the version of history where the Star Wars films were always intended for kids, Greedo shot first, and Lucas planned a nine-part saga from day one? ;)

George Lucas' Reality Distortion Field (1)

Eric Ass Raymond (662593) | about 11 years ago | (#7194283)

Hey! It's the George Lucas' Reality Distortion Field! Similar to but legally distinguishable from the Steve Jobs' Reality Distortion Field.

Re:The Clone Wars and Episode III (1)

kannibal_klown (531544) | about 11 years ago | (#7194474)

There REALLY were books/stories/episodes 1-3 in written form a long time ago, however I don't think Lucas is following them VERY closely. But still, he has to at leat follow the general plot so that it follows into episode 4.

Skipping the clone wars isn't really his fault. However, I agree with a previous post that an Eposide 2.5 would be nice. Or maybe someone starting a new trilogy covering the clone wars.

No clone wars on Big Screen!? (1)

That_Dan_Guy (589967) | about 11 years ago | (#7194747)

Ack! We aren't going to see the Clone Wars on the big screen?! I have to say, Lucas did have a choice: He could have chosen NOT to make these awful movies. Back when they were left to our imagination they were so much better. I always thought that was the purpose of NOT making them! It gave the originals a depth that is now erased.

Sigh... Maybe Speilberg can convince him to let him make a Clone Wars movie...

Honestly, back when I was 7 yrs old and watched Obi Wan tell Luke about his father being the greatest Star Fighter Pilot in the Galaxy during the Clone wars, that was all I could think about wanting to see. CLONE WARS CLONE WARS CLONE WARS CLONE WARS !! Gosh Darnit! I want my CLONE WARS CLONE WARS CLONE WARS CLONE WARS CLONE WARS !!!

Yes, I feel like throwing a hissy fit now that I have discovered Lucas is yet again going to soil his own series. Somehow I had been holding out hope that Episode III would save the series, now i have had that hope dashed... Which is why I try not to pay attention to any of this stuff.

Oh well... back to real life...

Re:The Clone Wars and Episode III (2, Insightful)

Overly Critical Guy (663429) | about 11 years ago | (#7194824)

He doesn't have much choice, Star Wars was always supposed to be the story of Anakin Skywalker.

Is that why episodes 4-6 are about Luke and his friends?

Lucas just likes to revise his intentions and pretend he always wanted it to be about the rise, fall, and redemption of Anakin Skywalker.

Re:The Clone Wars and Episode III (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194878)

Well, yes and no.

Vader is definitely the primary character in Episodes 4-6; especially in 5 & 6, all the other characters are only reacting to what Vader does.

However, I doubt that was the plan from the beginning, and Lucas probably only realized it in retrospect.

Re:The Clone Wars and Episode III (1)

Zocalo (252965) | about 11 years ago | (#7194192)

Well, there does appear to be a sequence of at least six novels as well, starting with "Shatterpoint" [amazon.com] , and there will no doubt be a lot of comics too. I have to agree that it's no substitute for a movie set in the midst of the wars though.

Re:The Clone Wars and Episode III (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194194)

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All you have to do is copy this troll onto two to four of the discussion threads of your choice! That's right! Just copy this into a new message and click "post anonymously." That's all there is to it! Taco is an ass.

Tired of that idiot talking about geek culture! Stick one of these babies on it! And it's good for the economy!

Marge Gentry of Cambridge, Minnesota participated, and the next day she received a large fruit basket outside of her door from a secret admirer. Unfortunately, Marge was hit by a truck the next day, so she didn't get to the Granny Smith apples.

Commander Taco of Hole-in-the-ground West Virginia didn't participate, and he was violated by a group of raging homosexuals. Since the gang was headed by Jon Katz, Taco had no recourse to the law because the entire town knew about their previous relationship. The unfortunate outcome is enshrined forever at goatse.cx.

So if you want to get the fruit basket and not get poked in the bread basket, just copy this troll onto two of the discussions threads of your choice. We could have this place blanketed by sundown!

ahhhh who cares (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194110)

The Star Wars universe officially collapsed with the release of AoTC. Anything put out now whether it be good, bad or fair will be met by an apathetic fan with an itchy remote control finger.

Re:ahhhh who cares (1)

Rallion (711805) | about 11 years ago | (#7194463)

Well, I wouldn't say the whole universe collapsed. There are still all those books. I have no faith in Lucas' ability to make a decent movie anymore, however. It's amazing that I, formerly a Star Wars superfreak, no longer cares about the movies. And really don't read the books or basically do anything besides play the video games. Lucas has destroyed one of the core elements of my being.

Re:ahhhh who cares (1)

paganizer (566360) | about 11 years ago | (#7194702)

I can really relate to that. I saw Star Wars 77 times when it came out when I was 15; I waited in line for The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi; over the years I've hosted several Star Wars parties, showing all 3 movies.
Even beginning to compare this drivel to the other movies is insane.

E Online's Description.... (3, Informative)

The Lynxpro (657990) | about 11 years ago | (#7194114)

Anakin Skywalker and their cohorts as they lead the Galactic Republic against evil armies of cloned troopers created by the Separatists.'"

Nice. Only problem is that the Clones are on the side of the Jedi and the Republic, not the Separatists. The Separatists use droid armies. Someone really was doing their job over at E, weren't they?

Re:E Online's Description.... (1)

wud (709053) | about 11 years ago | (#7194149)

The clones wern't supposed to be on the side of the jedi.. they were made in the name of the jedi, and the jedi found out and used them to fight the droids because they had to... but they were made for the old jedi master guy that the jedi think is dead, who i bet turns out to be the emporer.

Re:E Online's Description.... (1)

asm0deu5 (637735) | about 11 years ago | (#7194160)

Senator Palpatine is the Emporer, not the old Jedi Master they think is dead. I doubt that Jedi and the Senator are the same people.

Re:E Online's Description.... (1)

wud (709053) | about 11 years ago | (#7194179)

the emporer as in the evil one that when he dies gets reformed in the depths of the empire(sw:ccg)... i think hes called darth siduous in the prequels

Re:E Online's Description.... (3, Informative)

The Lynxpro (657990) | about 11 years ago | (#7194207)

"The clones wern't supposed to be on the side of the jedi.. they were made in the name of the jedi, and the jedi found out and used them to fight the droids because they had to..."

This cartoon is about the CLONE WARS. The CLONE WARS are the epic battles between the Republic and the Separatists, not what happens after the Republic "wins" and becomes the EMPIRE of the original trilogy. The Clone Troopers won't turn on the Jedi until AFTER the CLONE WARS ends. So, for the duration of the cartoon series and the first 10 minutes of EPISODE THREE, the CLONES will be on the side of the JEDI.

What you are confused about are the events after the CLONE WARS. That is when Supreme Chancellor Palpatine declares himself Emperor and Anakin Skywalker becomes Darth Vader. That is when the Jedi are hunted down and driven toward extinction thanks to Vader, the renamed STORM TROOPERS, and bounty hunters like Boba Fett.

Palpatine IS DARTH SIDEOUS.

Here are some great links for you to do some research on:

http://www.starwars.com

http://www.theforce.net

http://www.jedinet.com

http://www.rebelscum.com

Re:E Online's Description.... (1)

wud (709053) | about 11 years ago | (#7194212)

WOWWWWWWWW if thats right, its gonna be soo much better than i thought.

wow (3, Funny)

autopr0n (534291) | about 11 years ago | (#7194221)

Thanks a lot spolierboy.

Not that I was going to see the 3rd movie, but if they had been any good I would have been pissed about reading this. Oh well.

dude, get a grip (0, Troll)

ArmorFiend (151674) | about 11 years ago | (#7194238)

Uh, Have you ever seen these SOMEWHAT related movies called "Star Wars", "The Empire Strikes Back", or "Return of the Jedi"? They make this shit blindingly obvious. Like how can you miss that Palpatine is played by the same actor as the Emporor, and (except for the ageing makup) they look identical? Same thing goes for the clones. Didn't you notice they looked a WEE bit like stormtroopers? Jeez, are you like the least observant person in the UNIVERSE?

Re:wow (0, Flamebait)

The Lynxpro (657990) | about 11 years ago | (#7194261)

"Thanks a lot spolierboy."

How did I spoil the film at all?

1. The Emperor's name from the classic trilogy has been commonly known to be PALPATINE since his action figure was released back in 1983/84 with RETURN OF THE JEDI.

2. Emperor Palpatine in 1983's RETURN OF THE JEDI wears the same style robe as DARTH SIDIOUS of 1999's THE PHANTOM MENACE and 2002's ATTACK OF THE CLONES. Darth Vader is clearly the Emperor's apprentice in EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RETURN OF THE JEDI. So common sense would lead you to conclude that Palpatine is...

3. Obi-Wan Kenobi in 1977's STAR WARS tells Luke that his former pupil DARTH VADER betrayed the Jedi, hunted down and killed them all, allowing the Empire to rise.

4. In 1980's EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, Vader tells Boba Fett "no disintegrations" when trying to capture Han Solo, indicating the two figures have worked together in the past.

5. In the commentary on the EPISODE TWO (ATTACK OF THE CLONES) DVD, George Lucas states the Clone Troopers become the STORM TROOPERS of the classic trilogy.

6. The Sith follow "the rule of two (2)." Meaning there can only be one (1) apprentice and one (1) master. When the apprentice kills the master, he becomes the master and can seek out an apprentice. Conversely, the master can find another willing to become his apprentice and if the hopeful kills the existing apprentice he can take his place. The Emperor gleefully pitted his apprentice Vader against Luke in RETURN OF THE JEDI. In THE PHANTOM MENACE, we see that Darth Maul before he is cut in two. At the end of ATTACK OF THE CLONES, we learn that Count Dooku is really the Sith Apprentice DARTH TYRANNUS. So guess what? For Anakin Skywalker to become DARTH VADER, he must kill ______ first. I wonder who that is?

7. George Lucas stated in an interview back in 1979 that Darth Vader fell into a lava pit during his duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi which is why he is more-man-than-machine.

Posting common knowledge is not a "spoiler." I can't be held responsible if you just found out that Darth Vader is really Luke Skywalker's father...you are only 20 years behind the general pop culture if you just found out...

Re:wow (1)

wud (709053) | about 11 years ago | (#7194415)

i totally didnt realize that palpatine was the emporer... what about the sith master that was instructing darth mal/doku... is that palpatine switching back and forth?? it was obvious that palpatine was gonna be corrupt, but i didnt quite grasp that he would become(or already is) the sith master. also, i thought that there was differant actors that played the emporer between empire and jedi... im getting antsy for the third movie now... either way i hope these shorts are better than the droids cartoon... or godforbid the starwars christmas special

Re:wow **Now This Is Possible Spoilers!!** (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194446)

"7. George Lucas stated in an interview back in 1979 that Darth Vader fell into a lava pit during his duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi which is why he is more-man-than-machine."
Yes I read what appeared to be an extremley early version of the Episode III script (circa 1983) and that was stated, that Anakin Skywalker falls into a pit of lava while fighting Obi Wan Kenobi. He is then rescued by a cult of crazed Sith idiots and made into Darth Vader.

"4. In 1980's EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, Vader tells Boba Fett "no disintegrations" when trying to capture Han Solo, indicating the two figures have worked together in the past."
Yep, it is actually Bobba Fett and his crew, according to this script that I read, that do most of the Jedi hunting/slaughtering. Bobba Fett is obviously a far superior warrior than his father was!

I personally loved the prequels! Of course, they were no Return Of The Jedi, but then what could be?!? If you don't like the screen versions you could always buy the books, which are quite good and give a lot more details than even the DVD commentary and deleted scenes do.

Re:wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194476)

Lynxpro, if parent had seen the second movie and was eagerly anticipating the third, he obviously lacks something in the perception department. You honestly think he coulda figured all of that other stuff by himself too?

Re:wow (1)

Blondie-Wan (559212) | about 11 years ago | (#7194659)

1. The Emperor's name from the classic trilogy has been commonly known to be PALPATINE since his action figure was released back in 1983/84 with RETURN OF THE JEDI.

2. Emperor Palpatine in 1983's RETURN OF THE JEDI wears the same style robe as DARTH SIDIOUS of 1999's THE PHANTOM MENACE and 2002's ATTACK OF THE CLONES. Darth Vader is clearly the Emperor's apprentice in EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RETURN OF THE JEDI. So common sense would lead you to conclude that Palpatine is...

It's been known longer than that, actually - the novelization of the original movie has a prologue discussing the rise of an ambitious senator named Palpatine who eventually made himself Emperor, and that novelization was first published in November of 1976 , a good six months before even the actual original movie itself came out.

Re:wow (1)

nyseal (523659) | about 11 years ago | (#7194869)

Or....you could have just read the book.

Re:E Online's Description.... (1)

rikomatic (673311) | about 11 years ago | (#7194325)

Man, how are kids going to understand this if /. geeks don't get it?

Re:E Online's Description.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194505)

Relax. You do realize this is all fiction, right?

Re:E Online's Description.... (1)

willith (218835) | about 11 years ago | (#7194577)

THANK YOU. I wasn't quite CLEAR on ALL of the POINTS you brought UP in your INFORMATIVE POST.

Now, if you'll EXCUSE ME, I'm GOING to go EAT some CHEE-TOS.

Mod parent up! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194879)

nice...

Re:E Online's Description.... (1)

operagost (62405) | about 11 years ago | (#7194882)

I apologize if English is your second language, but it's spelled "emperor". Sorry, I'm just getting tired of seeing that one misspelled.

Re:E Online's Description.... (1)

Worminater (600129) | about 11 years ago | (#7194177)

You dont know what happens in episode 3 do you...?

hm... to ruin the third movie or not...

nah, I think i woudl rather let you think your onto something here /me scoffs

Re:E Online's Description.... (2, Funny)

FrostedWheat (172733) | about 11 years ago | (#7194200)

Someone really was doing their job over at E, weren't they?

They probably fell asleep during the movie. And can you blame them?

Re:E Online's Description.... (1)

sketerpot (454020) | about 11 years ago | (#7194412)

I can't blame anyone for wincing during the love scenes (I sure did---the weakest part of the movie), but the action parts were great, and I'm the sort of person who will like a movie with a mediocre plot as long as it has great special effects. Attack of the Clones fit the bill.

I LOVE TERA SANTUCCI (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194115)

Re:I LOVE TERA SANTUCCI (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194199)

Yes, I too.

Clone of the animatrix! (2, Insightful)

Davak (526912) | about 11 years ago | (#7194121)

This is a clone of the animatrix [intothematrix.com] idea.

In a great galaxy, many years ago
The desire for more money took over the universe...

Re:Clone of the animatrix! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194131)

And they stole the idea for the actual Clone Wars from the Civil War! Everyone knows those Seperatists are actually Secessionists! Damned Yankee clone armies!

Or maybe it was the Revolutionary War. Or England's civil war (after all, the Imperial officers are all British!).. Scottish? Nah, not enough sheep.

Oh, screw it, let's just simply state: they stole it. And ignore the fact that the Matrix (and damned near every work of art since Ancient Greece, or more likely, even earlier) has 'stolen' things. :P

Re:Clone of the animatrix! (1)

radixvir (659331) | about 11 years ago | (#7194205)

i thought the same thing when i heard about it. they are kind of doing it early though, the next one comes out in 2005.

does anyone remember the boba fet cartoon that came out in the 70s or 80s? that was badass

Re:Clone of the animatrix! (1)

Draknek (701283) | about 11 years ago | (#7194347)

Except that you don't have to buy anything to watch it.

Animatrix = DVD/Video
This = TV program

Sure, it's still raking in money, but at least it's the television networks, and not us, paying for it.

Can't wait... (1)

mooface (674033) | about 11 years ago | (#7194125)

for these Clone Wars cartoons to be cut up and overdubbed on "Adult Swim"....

Star wars? More like shit wars. (5core:5, funny) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194140)

Obiwan looks terrible (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194141)

Obiwan looks terrible! It looks like the folks from clone high drew him! (Which worked great for clone high, but not attack of the clones)

This is great but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194153)

will the Star Wars Kid be in it?

(ok, ok, it's old now:)

Why... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194161)

...does Star Wars (still) deserve an own slashdot logo? I don't think that Star Wars is something special anymore. The old fans didn't watch Ep1 and Ep2 (or say they haven't). Star Wars is dead.

Deal with it. (I do.)

Re:Why... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194487)

And there's still no Star Trek topic. Maybe Slashdot is in fact dying.

Two to three minutes? (1)

Peale (9155) | about 11 years ago | (#7194170)

"Each Clone Wars adventure will run two-to-three minutes..."

Nothing like blipvids to make your brain explode, eh?

Great. (1)

superdan2k (135614) | about 11 years ago | (#7194190)

I suppose the best thing about 2-3 minute shorts is that you can only pack so much bad dialogue and so many plot loopholes into them.

three minutes? (1)

carcosa30 (235579) | about 11 years ago | (#7194196)

Hmmm, so each one will have as much plot, humor and character development crammed into it as Episode 1 did!

Lucas isn't getting another penny of mine after that sad commercialized ripoff.

huh? (1)

autopr0n (534291) | about 11 years ago | (#7194203)

I thought the cloned wariors were created by the republic, and worked for the Jedi? Thats what it seemed like from episode II, anyway.

Re:huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194386)

They worked for Palpatine(The Emperor).

I am ohly going to watch it if..... (1)

eclectro (227083) | about 11 years ago | (#7194209)


it has Jedi Master Porky Pig.

Re:I am ohly going to watch it if..... (1)

Maserati (8679) | about 11 years ago | (#7194229)

The new Duck Dodgers cartoons sure do rock, don't they ?

Starwars sends the wrong message, I'm afraid (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194210)

Let's overlook the racism and the poor acting, for a moment. (True fans are busy awaiting Episode1 and aren't still making excuses for AoTC.) On a much deeper level, StarWars sends a shocking, frightening, and sickening message to America's youth.

StarWars portrays space as a site of warfare between different species and even between rival human factions.

When A New Hope was released to theaters thirteen years ago, America was at peace. The Vietnam War had recently been brought to a close, and Americans were looking forward to a new era of prosperity and at friendly relations with their neighbors.

But within a few short years, America invaded Grenada, Nicaragua, Panama, Iraq, and Haiti. What had happened? What had become of our message of peace? What could have transpired in the interim to bring about this cruel turn of events?

I'll tell you what: StarWars was released to thronging masses of American youths. In their orgiastic rush to imbibe their new-found cultural icons, they discarded all the wisdom we had acquired through the blood and sweat of our recent military conquests.

It's no surprise, of course. Even the name "StarWars" itself conveys a message of conflict and carnage. A New Hope is, at bottom, a story about armed rebellion by rabble against a benevolent legal order, precisely the sort of communistic message we had come so close to defeating in Vietnam.

Perhaps it would've been different if we had won the Vietnam War. Perhaps then we would've witnessed the fall and destruction of communism and all its bastard progeny (socialism, yuppyism, the Home Shopping Network, etc.). Unfortunately, the world will never know.

George Lucas, I think I can speak for everyone here on slashdot, and indeed with the entire breath of humanity: you should be ashamed of yourself for what you have wrought.

Disgraceful.

Re:Starwars sends the wrong message, I'm afraid (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194246)

Heheh, good troll. A lone moderator seems to have fallen for this; should be interesting to see how many posters fall for this.

Re:Starwars sends the wrong message, I'm afraid (4, Insightful)

isorox (205688) | about 11 years ago | (#7194326)

CORUSCANT-Presiding over a memorial service commemorating the victims of the attack on the Death Star, the Emperor declared that while recent victories over the Rebel Alliance were "encouraging, the War on Terror is not over yet."

"We will continue to fight these terrorists, and the rogue governments who harbor them, until the universe is safe, once and for all, and the security of the Neo-New Cosmic Order ensured."

It was one year ago today that the Death Star, perhaps the greatest symbol of the Empire's might, was destroyed in an attack by fanatic Rebels, who used small, single-person crafts to infiltrate seemingly impenetrable defenses. Thousands of mourners were on hand to remember and pay tribute to the victims and their families.

"We lost our innocence that day," reflected one mourner. "I guess we thought we were immune from the kind of violence that happens in other galaxies. We were wrong."

"I lost hundreds of buddies that day," said one teary-eyed Stormtrooper. "Guys whose only crime was trying make the Universe a safer place." Although the day was colored by sadness, the mourners found some relief in the news of a decisive victory over the Rebels.

In an attack led by Darth Vader, Empire forces were able to rout hundreds of Rebels from a network of caves underneath the surface of the planet Hoth. "We're not sure we got them all," says a Vader spokesman. "There are a lot of places to hide in those caves. But we've delivered a powerful blow to the terrorist's infrastructure, that's for sure. Today, the Empire has struck back."

Initial reports are unclear as to the fate of Luke Skywalker, a hero among the Rebels, who is rumored to have delivered the fatal blow to the Death Star. Skywalker, a former desert-dweller from the planet Tattooine, became a part of the Rebellion after family members were killed. Skywalker was trained by a militant wing of the Rebels, known as "Jedi Knights." Fanatical in their religious beliefs, the Jedi Knights claim to derive their power from the mystical "Force."

It's believed that Skywalker was specifically trained by infamous terrorist O bin Wankanobi. Wankanobi, occasionally called "Ben" and easily recognized by his bearded visage and long, flowing robes, achieved near-martyr status among the Rebels after his death last year during a spy mission. His more fervent followers believe that Wankanobi lives on within them today, some even claiming to hear his voice during times of duress.

The attack on the Death Star came shortly after the Empire's destruction of Alderstaan, a planet whose government was known to harbor terrorists. Responding to criticism over the total annihilation of the planet, Vader stated, "There is no middle ground in the War on Terror. Those who harbor terrorists are terrorists themselves. Alderaan was issued ample warning. The fight for continuing Freedom is often burdened by terrible cost." The cost of this war can still be seen today in the continuing efforts to build a coalition government on Tattooine. Longstanding animosities among the planets various ethnic groups, including the Jawas, Tusken Raiders and scattered human settlers, have been an impediment to the peace process. The Empire continues to maintain a small peace keeping force until a provisional government is finally in place.

Much of the difficulty in fighting the Rebel forces stems from their lack of a central organizing structure. "They don't play by the traditional rules of war," complained one spokesman. "They come in all shapes and sizes, united only by their single-minded desire to destroy the Empire before it destroys them."

The Emperor closed his comments today by stating that "the cowardly attack n the Death Star left a deep scar on the Empire. However, we will not stop fighting until every last evildoer has been brought to justice." He paused for several moments, wiping away a tear and then added with determination, "We will never forget."

"I wish we could all just get along," said one of the mourners. "But it's hard to offer an olive branch to a cult of religious fanatics whose main tool is violence and who insist on calling us the Dark Side."

Re:Starwars sends the wrong message, I'm afraid (1)

wideBlueSkies (618979) | about 11 years ago | (#7194424)

Please mod parent up. That is fantastic.

Funny, Instightful. Either way, please mod this through the roof.

Good show buddy.

wbs.

Re:Starwars sends the wrong message, I'm afraid (1)

isorox (205688) | about 11 years ago | (#7194713)

It's not mine, read it a year or so back and found it floating arround usenet

Re:Starwars sends the wrong message, I'm afraid (1)

nilenico (688350) | about 11 years ago | (#7194466)

Truly stunning.

I wish I had mod points.

Re:Starwars sends the wrong message, I'm afraid (1)

paganizer (566360) | about 11 years ago | (#7194672)

If that was spur-of-the-moment, I'm in awe of the poster.

Troll, troll, troll your boat. . . (1)

Salgak1 (20136) | about 11 years ago | (#7194312)

. . . you forgot to point out the linkages between George Lucas and the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, the Bavarian Illuminati, the Servants of Cthulhlu, the Trilateral Commission, the Rothchilds, the Queen of England, the Black Helicopters, and that creepy kid down the street who spends his life seemingly devoted to his huge collection of Star Wars Action Figures.

Those of us in the know, know that Lucas has but a small part in Immanentzing the Eschaton. Fnord !

Starwars sends the wrong message - maybe not?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194345)

Interesting. I saw StarWars aged 6. It had a massive impact on me and my entire lifestance to see such an awesome film at a formative age.

The hero of the film is the son of a poor farmer from some back-of-beyond craphole planet who lives in a hole in the ground. His family are murdered by stormtroopers. They are 'collateral damage' at the hands of a huge machine.

The seemingly invincible bad guys, who are eventually defeated by invoking the mystical power of the 'Force', are a bunch of black leather clad proto-Nazis, clearly based upon a police/military paradigm who weild vast resources and super weapons of mass destruction.

Now ask me why I support the Palestinians against the Isrealis, the Tibetans against the Chinese, the Chechnyans against Russia and why ... wait for it you know whats comming.... I support pretty much anyone labled a 'terrorst' against America.

Lets face it, in "A New Hope" the Rebels were 'terrorists'. Damn good ones too. They harnessed the elements of suprise, swiftness and small firepower exploiting a weakness in the mighty Death Star to destroy it. And make no mistake about it they blew the fucker to bits, I saw it and the whole theatre cheered, we actually stood up and whoooped! It was like being at a football match. Do people even still do that in movies? I don't think I have ever experienced anything quite like that since.

So, how many people were there in that Death Star? 3,000? 10,1000? more? All of them blown to smithereens while we cheered and spilled our popcorn in joy!

Do I need to press the analogy any further?

Did I ever question that maybe murdering all those people was wrong? No. We all know they deserved what they had comming right?

Maybe Lucas did send the wrong message. He certainly tried to atone for it in episode II by showing the ugly side of terrorism, but that is sidelined by the bigger message.

If StarWars induced a war like attitude in my generation of Americans they missed the prophecy and the real message. Remember Regans SDI?

Next time you are glorying over how your Imperialist Predator Droids blew up some dumb towel head in a third world desert just remember what happened to the Death Star

Re:Starwars sends the wrong message, I'm afraid (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194423)

Brilliant troll. Bravo! It's got politics, entertainment. Everything a good troll should have.

Well done.

Re:Starwars sends the wrong message, I'm afraid (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194430)

Starwars will destory the human race

Re:Starwars sends the wrong message, I'm afraid (1)

Cruciform (42896) | about 11 years ago | (#7194688)

Sounds like you've been reading The Case for the Empire [weeklystandard.com] .

Gave me a chuckle :)

Perfect Name (1)

use_compress (627082) | about 11 years ago | (#7194211)

I think clone wars is the perfect name for a cartoon series that is based on a series of five movies.

Re:Perfect Name (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194478)

Who is actually worried about a clone army of Jar-Jar? It's Cartoon Network, c'mon. I knew Jar-Jar had a deeper meaning in the first two episodes. Damn.

Wow Cartoons (3, Funny)

DarkHazard (713597) | about 11 years ago | (#7194218)

Wow this is just what I've been waiting! An animated Clone Wars! Lucas you genius you've done it again! I'm sure through watching 2-3 minute cartoons all the battles will be completed and the plot will be golden. I can't wait to watch the battles to see an animated Anakin Skywalker, because animated is so much better than CG and real live actors! Damn Lucas is a genius!

[/sarcasm]

Re:Wow Cartoons (1)

lawpoop (604919) | about 11 years ago | (#7194574)

Did you see Animatrix? It outshines the Matix and Matrix:Reloaded 100 fold. In fact, I'll bet the whole animated series will be better than Lucas' 2 new POS movies.

Look on the bright side (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194292)

The script writers must have improved over AoTC...

Repeat (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7194311)

This has been up here before, and even then it was a month old.

Make it stop! (1)

StarFace (13336) | about 11 years ago | (#7194360)

Nightmares of the Christmas Special!

It has possibility... (1)

joshmoh (708871) | about 11 years ago | (#7194380)

I must admit, I wasn't too impressed with the new Star Wars movies, but a cartoon spinoff could be interesting. I recently saw Tartakovsky interviewed on a VH1 Special [dapcentral.org] about "prime time" cartoons, so I checked out a few episodes of Samurai Jack.

Tartakovsky definately has a passion for action (yep, that's what the VH1 show said [repeatedly]). My best example is this: just listen to an episode of Samurai Jack and hear how much of it is dialogue, and how much is noises (slash, grunt) and music? (I think the split's around 25/75). Tartakovsky's action is not only constant, but it's fun to watch -- it's beautiful eye candy. Colorful, animated, comedic at times. (so don't just listen to that episode, watch it, too!).

However, I'm an English major; when I notice a weak plot or a missing link, I get the subconscious "yellow flag." Jack's weak on plotline. Episodes are usually strung together with lots of action revolving around a weak premise. It's fun to watch, but not fun to get involved in.

But Star Wars, on the other hand, is. ;) The animation itself should be good, but the storyline is going to need some good writers. I think here is where we'll see whether this is just a Marketing-schemed Animatrix-clone, or a quality investment.

(Oh, and PLEASE resist the temptation to spinoff Clone Wars:2021)

Stirking Similarities (1)

Mulletproof (513805) | about 11 years ago | (#7194400)

I saw the commercial for this... And it reminded me of South Park... but with Lightsabers...

The Empire is better than the Jedi (1)

Animats (122034) | about 11 years ago | (#7194795)

If you take this stuff seriously, it's worth rereading The Case for the Empire [weeklystandard.com] .

The Jedi are kind of on the clueless side, after all. Their tactical decisions suck.

  • The Jedi are guarding a room in a tower. This is in a culture where every vehicle has antigravity. Do they have guards looking outward? Surveillance cameras? Air defenses? Nah. A couple of guys outside the door and they think they have it covered.
  • In Episode 2, the Jedi find out that someone has ordered a clone army. But the people who built the clone army think the Jedi ordered it. The obvious move would have been to just take delivery - have the army shipped over to some Republic base. Or call HQ (which they demonstrably can do) and have final payment and transport sent over. But no, they have to do something stupid and heroic.
  • When they have a ground battle, the tactics are out of Napoleon's era. That only worked when rates of fire were really low. Yet everybody is blasting away on full auto all the time.

Links to Preview & random bitching (2, Informative)

Jonah Hex (651948) | about 11 years ago | (#7194817)

Here are links to the quicktime trailer that's been out for awhile:
Large - 320 x 240 [theforce.net] Small - 240 x 180 [theforce.net]

I've just gotta chime in that 2 to 3 minute toons are definately not enough, when I first heard of this I thought it was going to be a real cartoon not just filler. Too bad they didn't take the opportunity to use the savings from making cartoons instead of live action in order to actually flesh out the Star Wars universe. For the price of Ep1&2 they could probably turn every book ever written about SW into a damn cartoon. (Except "Splinter of the Mind's Eye" by Alan Dean Foster of course) Just wonderful, it'll probably be shoved in-between other cartoons during Toonami, meaning I won't see it until someone puts it up on one of the bittorrent or emule sites. Cartoon Yoda looks great tho!

Jonah Hex

I can't wait (2, Interesting)

yoshi1013 (674815) | about 11 years ago | (#7194842)

I for one can't wait for these shorts, though I am with the people who wish that they would be longer.

I think Genndy Tartakovsky was a great choice to make these shorts because he has a great handle on stylish animated action. Watching "Samurai Jack" also reminds me of a lot of anime notably "Rurouni Kenshin" with the split screen action and cinematic framings.

In an interview Tartakovsky said that he made "Samurai Jack" largely because there weren't enough animated shows with enough action to satisfy his tastes. And thank god for that decision because the action scenes in "Samurai Jack" are enormously entertaining with their sense of pacing and their build ups.

Since the only really interesting things that happened in Episodes I and II were the action scenes anyway I think this is definitely a good thing. We really don't need a lot of plot because it's not like that's the strongest aspect of the prequels anyway.

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