Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Star Wars Clone Wars Vol 1 |
Actors: Mat Lucas, Jerome Beidler, James Arnold Taylor, André Sogliuzzo, Grey DeLisle
Director: Tippy Bushkin
Genres: Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Animation
The saga continues with the Emmy-winning "Star Wars: Clone Wars," available for the first time ever on DVD. This animated micro-series, directed by Genny Tartakovsky, captures George Lucas' vision in a dynamic animate... more »
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Lauren R. from METUCHEN, NJ
Reviewed on 7/23/2014...
This is a great start to this miniseries
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
William W. (wdavidw) from TYLER, TX
Reviewed on 9/18/2013...
Pretty good animation. If you are a Star Wars fan, it's a lot of action.
Shiaw-Ling L. from SANTA CLARA, CA
Reviewed on 8/15/2009...
Over the top cartoon action featuring way too many terse "strong but silent Jedi" action. Whatever happened to the Star Wars banter? The goofy?
A New Hope
Mark Anderson | Schaumburg, IL United States | 03/23/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a big nerd.
I don't want to be excited about Star Wars Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, I really don't. Lucas' last two movies have dulled what was a bright spot of my childhood.
So why am I watching the old movies (yes, even Episodes I & II), reading Labyrinth of Evil and playing Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy?
Somehow excitement about Star Wars stuff is just hard-wired into me, no matter how much Jar Jar you throw in.
Thankfully, Genndy Tartakovsky and crew have given me a new hope (pun intended) with the beautifully conceived Clone Wars, Vol. 1.
Airing originally on Cartoon Network and bridging Episodes II & III, Tartakovsky's animated shorts have the goods. Twenty episodes follow Anakin, Obi-Wan and a host of other Jedi as they wage the long awaited Clone Wars.
There's plenty to keep Star Wars aficionados happy. Memorable quotes include a few "I've got a bad feeling about this" and a nice homage to Vader with Anakin commenting "I have you now" with an enemy in his ship's sites. I'd have loved to have seen a nice stormtrooper head bumping, but what are you gonna do.
The episodes that impressed me most included the Kit Fisto underwater battle (this makes Aquaman look like a punk), the Mace Windu sequence (although I could have done without the doe-eyed anime child onlooker), and the hissing lightsaber duel in the rain between Anakin and Asajj Ventress.
George, buddy, take a cue from Clone Wars! Less political wrangling about separatists and more cool stuff like this that made Star Wars great in the first place.
(BTW, check out the latest episodes on Cartoon Network and at StarWars.com. You get to see C3PO showing off his new bod!)"
Better than the prequels?
S. M. Robare | Duluth, GA USA | 04/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky of Dexter's Laboratory, Powerpuff Girls, and Samurai Jack fame, this series of 20, 3 minute shorts was created to bridge the gap in story between Episodes 2 and 3 of the Star Wars prequels. This is vol. 1 of a 2 vol. series; the second will be in a slightly different format (15 minute episodes) and will animate the opening scrawling text of Episode 3. These shorts, though brief, are a lot closer to what the fans have expected out of the prequel films but haven't gotten. There is a lot of action and the characters, for the most part, are much better realized than in the films. In fact, there is more character development in just the one 4 second scene between Anakin and Amadala in this series then there is in the entire second Star Wars prequel. Lucas gave Tartakovsky reign to tell original stories for this series and he has chosen to focus on the various Jedi and their skills, something the films generally lack. Once again, we learn more about Mace Windu and the entire order of the Jedi through these 3-minute shorts than we do in the hours of Prequel footage released so far. What's really nice about this DVD is that the shorts have been edited into one 69-minute feature that helps keep the story much tighter than when they aired on the cartoon network, broken up into 3-minute chunks. The extras are nice as well, though just as short as the original cartoons were. All in all, between this volume and the next currently in production, I think these cartoons will eventually find their way to becoming part of the Star Wars film series and not just a diversion from it."
A fun treatment
mikshir | Cambridge, MA United States | 02/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This series is strictly a filler, being more about action and less on plot... and that is totally fine considering the format it was presented (3 minutes at a time, which I found annoying actually). But it was just incredibly fun to watch. I can tell that Tartakovsky is a fan and I doubt that anyone else could have done a better job. His imagining of Jedi power is precisely what I had imagined and, more importantly, what I think it should have been portrayed as in the movies.
For an action cartoon, he did it absolutely right. Very little dialog, no mindless banter and interjections that you'd see on other action cartoons. I especially love the long sequences of fighting choreography. Nice framing for the action and very stylized, while not being flashy. The cartooning was quality and the characitures were fun, particularly the facial expressions on Yoda.
While I think that a comparison to the movies, as so many other reviewers have done, is inappropriate I do believe that this is an incredibly worthy production that deserves to be fully blessed as part of the Star Wars canon."