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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
Critic Consensus: Mechanical animation and a less-than stellar script make The Clone Wars a pale shadow of George Lucas' once great franchise.
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|Rating:||PG (for sci-fi action violence throughout, brief language and momentary smoking)|
|Genre:||Action & Adventure, Animation, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Directed By:||Dave Filoni|
|Written By:||Henry Gilroy, Steven Melching, Scott Murphy, Steve Melching|
|In Theaters:||Aug 15, 2008 Wide|
|On DVD:||Nov 11, 2008|
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Critic Reviews for Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Despite some absolutely gorgeous animation and adjusting expectations for what Clone Wars is meant to be, the Force is not strong with this one.
It moves fast, conquers armies, kicks into hyperspace and spits out idiotic quips with unapologetic cartoon brio.
The visuals are worthy, but the big screen brings the movie's script shortcomings and pacing problems into sharper relief.
With Clone Wars, Lucas continues to plunder the past of his own imagination at a great cost: the integrity and magic of his original Star Wars trilogy.
Star Wars fans will want to see this, if only to discuss its failings, but I can't see it having a wide appeal at the cinema.
Audience Reviews for Star Wars: The Clone Wars
This movie made my daughter laugh and giggle and had a great time watching it. far more than some disney flicks. They targeted this for kids and they hit their mark. As a huge star wars fan I enjoyed the fact they reached out to my 7 year old.
Well, it looks as if George Lucas really has sold Star Wars for the sake of making money off as merchandising. This movie shouldn't have even been released for theaters, it should have just been a special on Cartoon Network. (I'm pretty sure that channel has been declining ever since they got rid of Dexter's Laboratory and Ed, Edd n Eddy.) I couldn't even follow the plot. It had something to do with Jabba the Hutt and his little bastard of a son. That thread even relates to trade routes in the galaxy. So in other words, Jabba the Hutt, the evil and vile space crime lord, needs his son in order to access trade routes for the Jedi. Doesn't that sound like a fun plot?
Star Wars is one of the most well revered Sci-fi films of all time and one of the most well known film series of all time. So the idea of another film seemed like a good idea to expand more on Star Wars history and marketing, but how does this animated pre-prequel hold up.
Star Wars Clone Wars takes place in between after Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones and before Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith, when Anakin is a new Jedi Knight and has been given a new Padawan named Ahsoka Tano by Master Yoda. While this happens, Jabba the hutts son was kidnapped and the Jedi are being framed by Dooku and his assassin Ventress for the kidnap.
To think they got rid of Hayden Christensen, Ewan Mcgregor, and Frank Oz was a bit of a disappointment to me in this film, but overall, these new actors did decent jobs, Tom Kane did a surprisingly good Yoda and Nika Futterman did a creepily good Ventress, and is hands down one of the creepiest star wars characters. Also the return of Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Daniels, and Christopher Lee were good surprises especially having Lee return as Dooku who is still just as good as he was in Episode II. But other than that, theres nothing really left to talk about about the voice actors except for they were decent renditions.
Now the animation is surprisingly decent for a film like this but the problem is that the animation does look stiff at times, but the animation looks incredible in the action scenes and they're close to being just as good as the prequels action, including the lightsaber battles and blaster fights, especially the beginning fight on Christophsis, and the music is very well done and sounds close to John Williams music and makes the battles feel just as grand and big.
I will admit doing an animated Star Wars film is a strange idea and only having a couple of the actors from the past films, I find kind of strange, and even now, I still find it kind of strange, but it is somewhat enjoyable, its a guilty pleasure to me. but it does drag on at a somewhat slow and boring pace. The film may not be fantastic and is definitely the worst of the Star Wars Saga, it did lead to something awesome.
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