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Animated Film Set To Kick Off Star Wars TV Show

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the could-be-worse-i-guess dept.

Star Wars Prequels 270

Sasseen writes "George Lucas has announced that the animated Star Wars television show, which we've discussed previously, will be kicking off with a feature-length theatre release. Lucas felt that, 'there were a lot more 'Star Wars' stories left to tell. I was eager to start telling some of them through animation and, at the same time, push the animation forward.' A fully animated film will be released in theaters on August 15 with a TV series of more than 30 episodes planned to follow on Cartoon Network and TNT. Also of note from the article, 'A new character named Ahsoka, Anakin's padawan, will be the first female Jedi to be a character of focus'."

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Timeline (5, Insightful)

cthulu_mt (1124113) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421074)

Not to nitpick; but where in the prequel trilogy did Anakin have the spare time to take a Padawan?

Re:Timeline (1)

BigHungryJoe (737554) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421102)

Maybe after he became a Sith? Can Sith have padawan learners?

Re:Timeline (3, Insightful)

2names (531755) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421184)

That is a good question. I was under the impression that there were always 2 and only 2 Sith at any given time. The Sith student kills the Master, becomes the Master, and takes on a student. Am I way off base here?

Re:Timeline (1)

BigHungryJoe (737554) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421254)

I always took that to mean that Sith traveled in pairs, not that there were only two in the world, but I don't know.

I can't believe some Star Wars zealot hasn't beat us over the head with the canonical Star Wars answer yet.

Re:Timeline (2, Funny)

nomadic (141991) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421328)

I always took that to mean that Sith traveled in pairs, not that there were only two in the world, but I don't know.

I thought that at first, but I remember reading something on the starwars website to say there were only two. If that's true it's kind of idiotic, the Sith survived by limiting their numbers to TWO? In a galaxy of a few trillion? A group's pretty much not surviving anymore when there only two of them. That's like saying "we figured out how to keep our army from vanishing--we're going to whittle the number of soldiers down to two and have those two guys spend their lives in hiding."

Re:Timeline (2, Interesting)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421652)

I always read that as:

There may exist more than two, but only two work together, because master Siths don't trust each other, or are killed by their padawans. Siths don't have more than 1 padawan because the padawans would probably off each other in the competition anyway. (remember how palpatine wanted luke as his apprentice...probably to replace vader who was getting old and independent...so he wanted luke to kill his father, lose himself to darkness, and then become the next padawan)

Re:Timeline (1)

Rolgar (556636) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421712)

According to Wikepedia, the KotOR video game set 4000 years prior to the movies had a 'Sith Armada' headed by Darth Malak. This Sith Armada seemed to be manned by many people referred to as Sith, but maybe by the time in the movies, the ordinary Sith are gone and there are just the two? While it would seem to be a very precarious situation for the Sith to only have two, maybe there is some way the Sith Lords can be rebooted in the event of the death of both?

Maybe it's not surviving that they are going for, but rather domination by the main Sith Lord, and having more than the one pair would lead to in-fighting, and Sith Lord would have no desire to share his knowledge and power with more than just his apprentice. He's too busy gaining or abusing power to have an entire class of Sith to train. Who knows if Lucas has even thought it out that far.

Re:Timeline (1)

San-LC (1104027) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421826)

I believe the Sith were a race that had become extinct, and the two Darths brought up their army under the name only. Also, I think SW Lore states that there can only be two Sith Lords, or Darths, at any time. Technically, Mara Jade was an apprentice to the Emperor while Darth Vader was still alive. Also, in the animated series on Cartoon Network, Count Dooku took an apprentice.

Re:Timeline (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22421454)

It was Darth Bane who decided that the Sith were spreading the power too thin, and when they cooperated to fight against the Jedi in the Sith wars, he figured they wer no different really than the Jedi, employing the same tactics, so yes, there are only 2, a Master who has the power and an apprentice who craves it. When the apprentice learns enough, he strikes down the master and takes an apprentice. Sidious tells when he killed his master, and he offers luke the opportunity to kill vader and take his place as his apprentice.

There are only 2.

Unlike Immortals, or which there can be only one. (going for the second sci-fi reference in the same post)

Re:Timeline (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22421666)

This could all take place betwen Ep 2 and 3, big time gap there.

Also the correct answer is that they run in pairs. The Sith number has just completely dwindled by the time of the movies. See the KOTR set of video games and probably comics or books to get that story (and the KOTOR story is 1000% better than the prequel crap Lucas put out).

Re:Timeline (1)

morsdeus (1059938) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421778)

The extensive history of the Sith and their organization practices is all on Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.com/wiki/Sith [wikipedia.com] The Sith Basically, the Sith used to be a larger order similar to the Jedi, until one of the many wars, after their loss of which they went underground and started the practice of existing two at a time - and yes, that is two in the entire galaxy. Vader would *never* have taken a Padawan while his master survived. Not to mention, Sith apprentices are not called Padawan Learners.

Re:Timeline (1)

s_p_oneil (795792) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421632)

At least 10 years passed between episodes 2 and 3. He could've had a Padawan that died just before episode 3 started. If you look at the deleted scenes on the episode 3 DVD, they show Grievous killing a young female Jedi in front of Anakin and Obi-Wan. She could've been his apprentice.

Re:Timeline (5, Funny)

patrixmyth (167599) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421150)

And so we can assume that at the end of the series, he slaughters her along with the rest of the padawans? What a lovely cartoon moment that will make. Kids, hurry in, Star Wars is on!

Re:Timeline (2, Funny)

somersault (912633) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421374)

All together now...

NNNNNNNNNNNNNNuoooooooo000000000000000OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Re:Timeline (3, Funny)

peragrin (659227) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421794)

dude his padawan is a tw'liek slave girl, and he is a horny teenager.

this can only end with him showing her his lightsaber.

Re:Timeline (1)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421264)

Maybe they mean Anakin Solo (Han/Leia's youngest)? Did he live long enough to take a Padawan?

Re:Timeline (1)

doombringerltx (1109389) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421360)

I'm pretty sure this is set during the new trilogy, *maybe* between the old and new. So it can't be a child of Han and Leia's

Re:Timeline (1)

rasputin465 (1032646) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421294)

Not to nitpick; but where in the prequel trilogy did Anakin have the spare time to take a Padawan?

I'm pretty sure that at the beginning of the 3rd movie, Anakin is already a Jedi (though not a master), although it's pretty clear that he is still partnered with Obi-Wan.

There are over 100 books in the star wars extended universe spanning a huge timeline... Ok, I'm assuming at least a few slashdotters have read a fair number of these. Does anyone know if there's any mention of Anakin ever taking a Padewan?

Re:Timeline (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421376)

Also, the Clone Wars miniseries on Cartoon Network gave the distinct impression that a few years have passed between 2 and 3. And what with, y'know, a war raging on, there's possibilities for a ton of stories set during that timeline.

Re:Timeline (1)

SuiteSisterMary (123932) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421674)

I think the idea is that 10 years pass between Ep. 2 and Ep. 3, and the idea is that Anakin and Obi-Wan are *re*united for the mission to save the Chancellor; after 2 but before 3, Anakin becomes a Knight, and the two of them split up to go do their own things; Obi-Wan, having successfully trained a Padawan into a Knight is awarded the rank of Master, given command of an Army, and off he goes. Anakin, meanwhile, now a Knight, is sent off as more of a captain than a general.

This would also explain some of his anger about not being given the rank of Master in episode 3; one of the requirements, again, being the successful raising of a Padawan.

Re:Timeline (5, Funny)

Orleron (835910) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421560)


I've got a bad feeling about this.

Re:Timeline (1)

webword (82711) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421606)

Padawan or ... mistress?

Hey, George, Here's a stick (4, Funny)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421078)

See that greasy, horse-shaped mark on the concrete? Have at it, mate.

Translation (5, Insightful)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421094)

"I really, really wanted to squeeze some more cash out of this franchise. I have my eye on a small island, you know."

Unfair (1, Flamebait)

mfh (56) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421180)

That is an unfair translation. Lucas doesn't make this stuff for money alone. Sure he is in business, but he truly loves the rich detail and intricate delivery of his stories. I think it's easy to throw a pie at a person of influence, but it's harder to accept that they have better values than many of us.

Re:Unfair (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421216)

It was a fucking joke. That's one of the things you have to deal with when you get hideously famous. Get over it.

Re:Unfair (1, Flamebait)

mfh (56) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421260)

What do you have to deal with when you are famous? People who attack you BECAUSE you are famous?

Seems like it's a small world after all.

Re:Unfair (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421546)

Goddamn it you're a dolt. It was a joke. If it was an attack I would have said something like "Lucas enjoys fellating small children while counting his money." The fact is the franchise is over 30 years old. By what definition is that *not* milking something?

I happen to like Lucas' vision of a warring, space-faring civilization blended together with some pseudo-mystical force. He's even a halfway decent director. But, you know what? I don't need a slobbering fan-boy telling me how & what I should post to /.

Re:Unfair (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421722)

Geh, I meant writer *not* director.

Re:Unfair (4, Insightful)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421230)

Sure he is in business, but he truly loves the rich detail and intricate delivery of his stories.
Except when he has to retcon said "rich details" to squeeze in a new character.

Seriously... if he wants to keep the SW universe going, good for him. All he has to do is *leave the goddamn Skywalkers/Solos out of it*. This would make it a lot easier to stop stepping on his own characters' backstories.

Re:Unfair (4, Insightful)

shewfig (1051592) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421692)

That same love of detail you mention combines with his personal wealth to ensure that, whatever stories he's trying to tell, Lucas is telling poorly.

Lucas makes a great producer, perhaps even a decent writer, but a lousy director. I can't bear to watch him squander the talent he had in the prequilogy. He spent so much time creating a "rich texture" visually that his actors came across completely flat.

The result is a distance between the audience and the movie, a decrease in satisfaction, and an increasing level of frustration. In our current cynical society, it's easy to discard Lucas as "greedy" for delivering lackluster material. Granted, it's equally easy for me to say he's "disconnected from his fanbase", or "full of himself." That doesn't mean that any of those statements are true, just easy to believe.

The real questions, IMHO, are:
1) Does he know that there are people who don't like what he's made?
2) Does he care?

This leads to a 2x2 grid where the corners are:
11: Lucas keeps trying to make something better, to make it up to us.
10: Lucas is just making more Star Wars stuff to make money.
01: Lucas truly believes that we love Star Wars and can't get enough.
00: Lucas just makes Star Wars for himself.

Any of which I'm willing to believe.

New Stories? How about going beyond ROTJ? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22421126)

I'm tired of every "new" story Lucas does taking place before Episode 4. Yeah, we get it, Annakin turns into Darth Vader. He's probably going to corrupt this new girl Jedi. Who cares? What happens to the Empire after the destruction of the second Death Star? The Rebel Alliance? The new Jedi(s)? Anything? Hello? Enough with the prequels already.......

Re:New Stories? How about going beyond ROTJ? (1)

snl2587 (1177409) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421460)

Enough with the prequels already.......

As you probably know well, there were many books written after ROTJ detailing the events thereafter and not so many written about what happened before ANH. So, rather than contradict all of the fan fiction, Lucas is choosing to tell stories in a relatively uncharted Star Wars era.

This is also one of the reasons Lucas has given for not making any more movies describing the events after ROTJ.

Re:New Stories? How about going beyond ROTJ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22421660)

Sorry, but that's crap. Between comics, books, and video games, there is no uncharted Star Wars era that has any relevance whatever to the original series. Unless you want to go so far into the future they don't even remember having a galactic empire or so far in the past that Yoda was not yet born, he's going to be stepping on someone's toes. The guy just wants to prove the prequel era doesn't suck dronkey eggs.

Re:New Stories? How about going beyond ROTJ? (1)

CrashPoint (564165) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421736)

Lucas has demonstrated that he is perfectly willing (for better or worse) to disregard the continuity established in secondary Star Wars media. The origin of Boba Fett, the nature of the Clone Wars, and the "stormtroopers = clones" thing come to mind, and I'm sure a less casual fan than I could name a dozen more.

Meh... (1)

keith_nt4 (612247) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421144)

If Lucas wrote it I think I'll skip it. Also, that female jedi looks more comedic that serious.

Retcon much, George? (1)

shewfig (1051592) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421148)

Anakin's Padawan? So that would have occurred... in Episode 3, after they promoted him _from_ padawan status, before he killed everybody... about 6 months? This sounds like a short-lived series. 30 episodes? Did I read that right?

Re:Retcon much, George? (2, Funny)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421162)

Maybe it will be filmed like "24".

Re:Retcon much, George? (4, Informative)

Spudtrooper (1073512) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421310)

Strictly speaking, Anakin was promoted to Jedi Knight during the original Clone Wars animated mini-series, which means this series would take place sometime during the timespan glossed over by the mini-series (the long, drawn-out portion of the war).

Re:Retcon much, George? (1)

shewfig (1051592) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421742)

Ok, that makes a lot more sense, thanks.

Also Starring (4, Funny)

VaDi110 (1238724) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421156)

Maybe Lucas can invite the Care Bears in the role of the Ewooks xD. IMO, a cartoon it is not a good end for the Star Wars series.

It's already gone on for parsecs too long (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421220)

IMO, a cartoon it is not a good end for the Star Wars series
But it's better than none, and better late than never.

Re:It's already gone on for parsecs too long (1)

natebarney (987940) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421816)

It bugged me for years that Star Wars would include something as incorrect as using 'parsec' as a unit of time. I tried to rationalize it by imagining that the Kessel run was some sort of shortest-path optimization task, but that was unsatisfactory. However, recently, I read the script for A New Hope [imsdb.com] , and discovered to my delight something that didn't come across well in the movie itself.

HAN: It's the ship that made the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs!

Ben reacts to Solo's stupid attempt to impress them with obvious misinformation.

So it wasn't a case of the Star Wars universe getting it wrong, just an uneducated smuggler like Han.

Re:Also Starring (1)

FredDC (1048502) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421278)

not a good end for the Star Wars series

No, I'm sure George will find new and exciting ways of continuing the "saga". Anyway, he can do whatever he wants, I'm done with it!

Re:Also Starring (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421468)

There already was an Ewoks cartoon series (which I used to watch before I knew they were from the Star Wars universe), so use the Ewok cartoon characters instead. What's your point?

I really hope... (1)

jskline (301574) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421194)

I hope that this doesn't turn out to be yet another Saturday morning cartoon fest for the 5 and under crowd. I suspect anyone with divestitures on this are likely to loose should it head this way.

FAIL! (1)

readgs (550819) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421232)

Lucas needs to let it die with a little dignity. The last three movies released pretty much killed it.

.

Lucas, you FAIL! http://wwwfail.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.starwars.com%2Ftheclonewars%2Fnews%2Fannouncement.html [wwwfail.com]

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Re:FAIL! (1)

kellyb9 (954229) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421366)

Ticket sales clearly don't reflect your opinion. There's certaintly more money to be made from this franchise. I secretly always hoped they did the trilogy after the first three movies (or the last three depending on what order you're considering). Episodes 7,8,9 have been written into books, but I dont know if theres any plan to do anything with those.

Midichlorians (1)

spazmolytic666 (549909) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421238)

Lucas musta been really hopped up on midichlorians when he thought of this.

Who cares? (5, Insightful)

realmolo (574068) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421256)

The "Clone Wars" are boring, and we know how they end.

Jedi are boring.

Anakin is boring even for a Jedi.

Lucas has a major hard-on for Jedi, but they are just incredibly limited as characters in a story. What we need is a "Star Wars" show based on a young Han Solo.
   

Re:Who cares? (1)

hilather (1079603) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421390)

I'd watch that for sure. Although I'm worried they might still try to cast Harrison Ford for that role...

My Kingdom for Mod Points... (1)

Penguinisto (415985) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421392)

No shit, 'mano. I'd for one would like to see WTF this whole Star Wars universe actually looks like when the lightsaber-toting folks aren't around.

(and maybe something, somewhere, that shows at least some rebel forces who do more than act as synonyms for the Star Trek Red Shirts?)

/P

Re:My Kingdom for Mod Points... (1)

vux984 (928602) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421610)

"Many Bothans died to get us this information"

Yup... just... one long trail of redshirts.

Re:Who cares? (2, Insightful)

somersault (912633) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421504)

Jedi aren't really that boring (for example they're awesome fun to play as in computer games).. it's Lucas that's boring. He would make young Han Solo boring if nobody else intervened in the script writing.. meh.

Re:Who cares? (3, Insightful)

revco_38 (657452) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421550)

Let me share a comment from a post here on slashdot a year or two ago regarding a younger Han Solo. They did make this series, it's called Firefly. At the time, I had not seen Firefly but that single comment made me go out and seek the series. I was not disappointed. To this day, that is still how I view Firefly's Captain Reynolds.

Re:Who cares? (1)

hr.wien (986516) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421586)

That's a good idea actually. A Fireflyish TV-show about Han Solo's early life could be kind of cool.

Re:Who cares? (4, Insightful)

StaticEngine (135635) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421672)

We had that, kinda. It was called Firefly.

Re:Who cares? (2, Funny)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421720)

Ohh OHHH! I got the title for you!

Star Wars BABIES! baby anakin, Baby yoda, baby JarJar......

I'll go shoot myself now for even suggesting it.

Re:Who cares? (1)

Zebraheaded (1229302) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421752)

I agree, young Han Solo stories are always great. There's already good material too. Brain Daley's original Han Solo Adventures would make fantastic one-off movies, and AC Crispin's trilogy would make for a fantastic series.

Correct me if I'm wrong... (2, Interesting)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421258)

... but wasn't the star wars holiday special also (at least partially) animated?

Re:Correct me if I'm wrong... (1)

Itninja (937614) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421544)

Yeah it was. And it sucked big time. But it did give us Boba Fett, so I guess it wasn't a total loss.

Didn't he try this already? (1)

Animats (122034) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421272)

Wasn't there some kind of Star Wars animated TV series a few years back? Did anybody notice?

Re:Didn't he try this already? (1)

Kindgott (165758) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421338)

It was some sort of 15 minute cartoon series of the Clone Wars, and it wasn't really worth any attention. I watched it only because a friend had the series on DVD and we watched it with a group.

The animation and character design wasn't very impressive, and the "action" had a tendency to bore me. I have a feeling this won't be much different except this time it's CG and not traditional animation.

Re:Didn't he try this already? (1)

techpawn (969834) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421902)

I have a feeling this won't be much different except this time it's CG and not traditional animation.
And not [imdb.com] very GOOD [imdb.com] CG at that. I wouldn't be so disappointed if it felt like some REAL effort was put into making it high quality CG Movie and not just a Video Game [starwars.com] tie in and mechanica money grab.

Re:Didn't he try this already? (1)

Acebob (1233768) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421450)

Yes, the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series was pretty successful despite what the last poster said. Sure there were various continuity issues, but it did win Emmys and was better than Episode I and II

Not interested at all (2, Informative)

Kindgott (165758) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421274)

I saw the "trailer" or whatever they're passing off that "we're talking this up and showing as little actual footage as possible" video as.

As soon as I saw the "quality" of the CG and character design, I lost what little interest I had in watching these clone wars.

And here I thought it couldn't get much worse than the animated shorts they had on Cartoon Network a few years back.

Female Jedi? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22421302)

Female Jedi? Now that you waited this long to introduce one, it feels like pandering.

Ahsoka? (2, Interesting)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421306)

Ahsoka? Will this character be like that Asok in Dilbert comics? The nerd from my alma mater, IIT?

BTW, Emperor Ashoka, [wikipedia.org] won a bloody war, had a change of heart and renounced violence. His empire disintegrated shortly thereafter.

Re:Ahsoka? (2, Insightful)

Col. Klink (retired) (11632) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421372)

I think he had to introduce a new character so that he can later re-re-edit the original trilogy showing this character to be central to the story.

Re:Ahsoka? (1)

Bieeanda (961632) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421432)

Looks like he's continuing his tradition of making names by butchering real words. (in)Sidious? Corusca(nt|te)? This time it sounds like he's cramming 'Ah so' and 'So ka' together.

Re:Ahsoka? (1)

vux984 (928602) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421646)

Right, he should be naming cars...

Integra, Maxima, Altima...

At least lucas doesn't over use the letter 'A'.

Re:Ahsoka? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22421566)

His empire disintegrated shortly thereafter.

If you call 50 more years after his death "shortly", then I think the MAFIAA have a place for you in their legislation drafting department.

Kee-fuckin'-rist. Put a nail in the coffin. (1)

crovira (10242) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421326)

And move on.

He's DEAD Jim.

I didn't even bother with the last set of movies.

Obligitory... (3, Funny)

downix (84795) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421332)

<insert="darth vader no!.wav">

Re:Obligitory... (2, Funny)

goldspider (445116) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421582)

DO NOT WANT!!!

A little off topic re: Indiana Jones (1)

the computer guy nex (916959) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421334)

George, old friend, please tell me you didn't ruin another set of classic American movies. Sean Connery turning down his role I hope is not as telling as it seems.

Oblig Quotes (5, Funny)

andphi (899406) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421344)

"You don't want to sell me a new series. You want to go home and rethink your profession."

"That's no franchise. That's a merchandising opportunity!"

"Don't try to frighten us with your director's ways, Lord Lucas. Your hidebound dedication to that re-imagined franchise hasn't given you the clairvoyance to see what the fans want or the insight to leave things well enough alone."

"I find your lack of plot disturbing."

and finally

"It's a Trap!"

Re:Oblig Quotes (1)

Bloke down the pub (861787) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421448)

and finally "It's a Trap!"
That's what I was thinking. It rhymes with it, anyway.

It's a trap!! (1)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421734)

It's a trap! [itsatrap.net]

Crappy CGI, brought to you by LugreedFilms... (1)

nweaver (113078) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421362)

Is it just me, or does the CGI look like your now cliche Saturday morning cartoon? Plastic toys brought to life? Or a bad tie-in Video game's cutscenes?

No care in character design? No fluidity of momevemnt? No rendering time for clean textures? No unique style like Genndy Tartakovsky's "Clone Wars"?

Assassin's Creed looks better than that, and its rendered in real time on a single X-Box!

Star wars used to have some class, like the Holiday Special [wikipedia.org] .

I'm not into kids shows. (1)

iknownuttin (1099999) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421368)

The theatrical debut of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is only the beginning of all-new Star Wars adventures that continue in the fall when the long-awaited television series premieres on Cartoon Network, followed by airings on TNT.

And..."Nothing like this has ever been produced for television," said Stuart Snyder, President/COO Turner Animation,Young Adults & Kids Media.

"With a new story each week, Star Wars: The Clone Wars continues the tradition of thrilling stories, astonishing visuals and extraordinary music that have always been the hallmarks of the Star Wars Saga.

Predictable shit ripped off from other movies - nothing original - but I guess the kids haven't seen anything like it. But hey, WTF do I know, I haven't made billions of dollars making movies to advertise toys and other merchandising.

That's what I get for not learning the Schwartz! I need to look up Yogurt and see if he'll take me on as a padiwan?!

I've got a bad feeling about this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22421382)

Lucas hasn't done anything right in decades.
The only hope is that he hasn't been involved in any of the writing... unlikely

Uh Oh (1)

Gadgetfreak (97865) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421410)

I've got a bad feeling about this...

Re:Uh Oh (1)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421706)

Do not want.

Not a Master (4, Funny)

thomas.galvin (551471) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421412)

I'm being kind of pedantic, but wasn't one of the reasons Anakin turned all red-eyed and broody because the Jedi refused to make him a Master? So how does he have a Padawan?

And, is she hot?

Re:Not a Master (1)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421728)

And, is she hot?
I think this is an easy guess.

Re:Not a Master (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22421828)

This is probably the expanded universe Anakin, not Darth Vadar Anakin.

Re:Not a Master (1)

nedburns (1238162) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421896)

Red-eyed and broody due to master-envy? There's a Vi-sene for that!

Robotic Chicken FTW ! (1)

UberHoser (868520) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421420)

Come on, those are much more entertaining than any of the crap Lucas can churn out.

Anakin got a Padawan? (4, Funny)

SpeedRacer (41138) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421466)

I'd like to know who signed off on Anakin taking a padawan. After the council giving Qui-Gon and Obi Wan the business about taking Anakin as a padawan, did some low-level functionary who could be Force-manipulated get put in charge of assigning padawans? Geez. Even Societe Generale had better fraud controls than that...

ahsoka? (3, Interesting)

Speare (84249) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421472)

Ugh, please don't tell me that this padawan resembles a Japanese chick. With all the other punly names in Star Wars (Grievous? Porkins?), the cliche phrase, "ah, sou ka?" (Japanese for "oh, really?") is all that comes to mind.

Re:ahsoka? (3, Informative)

Acebob (1233768) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421522)

I was actually reminded of the Indian Emperor Ashoka before any Japanese reference.

Re:ahsoka? (1)

grikdog (697841) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421764)

That's funny. I was immediately put in mind of a) parochial racist crap like Boss "King of the Jungle" Nass, b) patriarchal misogynist crap like piling 75 pounds of kabuki kit on Keisha Castle-Hughes without letting her speak, and c) in-your-face theater of the absurd Dadaist crap like Ubu Roi, sans brains, talent or insight.

Garbage (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22421480)

Does he honestly think this will be remotely good?

Sounds like he just wants more $$$. It reminds me completely of that joke video where Lucas went out and directled LOTR. Not that he hasn't done a good enough job of making the series a joke, but i'm not even going to look at it.

I've got a bad feeling about this (1)

cptnapalm (120276) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421482)

I think its going to tank.

My reasoning is that the Star Wars "brand" has been pretty heavily damaged by the last three films. Many of those that had done their best to defend the lesser trilogy have come around to the "they sucked" camp.

Another reason: the Clone Wars have already been done in live action on the screen and in animation on television. More Clone Wars? Blah. "But dude! It is COMPUTER animation!" Double blah.

More reasons: Anakin is boring. Dooku is boring. Grievous was neat for about five minutes. No Asajj Ventress (dual lightsaber wielding homicidal alibino bald chicks are cool).

I would write more, but its making me depressed.

Star Trek (2, Informative)

airship (242862) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421514)

I sure hope the animation quality is up to the standard set by the excellent 'Star Trek' animated series!

Seriously, though the animation sucked, the animated Star Trek often had much better stories than the original Trek. Let's hope this series does as well. Only with better animation. MUCH better animation.

Yes -- if T.Catt does the art (1)

1u3hr (530656) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421530)

These are the padawans [catthouse.com] I want to see; hot grits optional.

Re:Yes -- if T.Catt does the art (1)

the_fat_kid (1094399) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421714)

oh, that's just WRONG.
on so many levels...

SpongeJedi SquarePants (1)

nedburns (1238162) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421624)

Is it just me or do the characters look ridiculous? (and yes, I do look ridiculous but I'm not trying to be on TV)

Action Figures first then the idea... (3, Funny)

MosesJones (55544) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421696)

Does anyone get the sensation that George has spotted that the demographic for Star Wars is massively male and is now looking at flogging more toys to the other 50% of the population? You can imagine it now...

Toy Industry Rep (TIR): We've just got the figures in and its great, we are selling loads of toys to boys

George: What about girls?

TIR: Well Star Wars is a boy thing so its not really targeted at them

George: What about if I created a new animated series that had a female lead?

TIR: Its still really a guy thing...

George: What about if she wears lots of pink and is a ballerina princess with a cute white dog?

TIR: Wouldn't that completely undermine the whole vision of Star Wars?

George: Jar Jar Binks.....?

TIR: Good point. Well George I'll get the focus groups working on it and we'll get back with the female character that most girls would buy the action figure for.

George: Excellent, I'll go out and kill a horse while I'm waiting.

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