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If I had to choose, I’d pick Genndy Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars animated series as the one decent thing to come out of George Lucas’ Star Wars prequel afterbirth. Although the animation style was strange for the source, it succeeded where the prequels failed in showing a universe where Jedis, far from being mystical old bores, were limb-lopping, laser-wielding death machines. And the writing, scant though it was, was far more compelling than anything Lucas put on the page after The Empire Strikes Back .
The series was a deserved success and a good bridge vehicle between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. It went over so well that Lucasfilm has started an entire CGI series based on the Clone Wars… bizarrely jettisoning Tartakovsky’s direction while they’re at it. And to launch the new series, Lucasfilm is releasing a prequel feature film to theaters on August 15th.
In this film, Anakin and Obi-Wan are trying to hold together the
galactic republic, split apart by war between a separatist robot army
and the army of Fett proto-Stormtrooper Fett clones. Anakin Skywalker
also gets a new padawan, his tentacled Togruta apprentice Ahsoka.
Will it be any good? Tartakovsky not being involved is a strike
against it, in my book, though the new CGI look is certainly sweet. At
this point, George Lucas has managed to squander all of my hopes of