Star Wars is a movie, game and cartoon franchise which was created by George Lucas. “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” represents the original version of the title and features some unique characteristics. Instead of being a live action motion picture, it is animated. Being a continuation of an earlier cartoon series exploring the Star Wars universe, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” can be thought of as a preview of future episodes and animations to be shown on the Cartoon Network TV series poised to be launched in the Autumn season. Here is more about the movie.
Structure and voice actors
Upon beginning playback, the Star Wars logo greets you as the opening score composed by John Williams welcomes you into the futuristic, fantasy universe created by George Lucas. The movie features a plethora of A-list voice actors. Matt Manter voices Anakin Skywalker, Catherine Taber voices Padme while Obi-Wan Kenobi is voiced by James Arnold Taylor. Count Dooku is given life by Christopher Lee while the legendary Samuel L. Jackson gives voice to Mace Windu. The PG movie is directed by Dave Filoni and has a trio of star screenplay writers.
The main story in the movie depicts events that happened between the live action movies, “Episode II: Attack of the Clones” and “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith”, The Republic’s access to the Galactic Rim is tremendously limited by war with the Separatists. Interestingly, the fate of the Republic rests upon its military might and maintaining friendly relations with Jabba the Hutt. Unfortunately, the latter part is complicated because Jabba’s child has been kidnapped, allegedly by a Jedi.
Anakin Skywalker is tasked with finding the child. He has a new pupil, Ahsoka Tano to help him in his quest. Furthermore, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda are tasked with leading the Republic on an attack against the Separatists.
Quality of animation and story
While earlier Star Wars cartoon series had high-quality animation, that which is done in this movie is less than satisfactory. The characters’ hair seems molded using Play-Doh. Furthermore, their body movements are erratic and dialogue comes from barely-moving lips. This is a clear indication that the studio did not take enough time to animate the movie properly.
There are obvious holes in the story that a child would not notice but are irritating to an adult Star Wars fan. For example, all the battles occur on the same, wide city street. The studio did not want to use the money for creating sceneries, backdrops, and backgrounds. Furthermore, the plot twists are weak if anything. For example, Anakin Skywalker and Tano get behind the Separatists’ force field by hiding in a box and then running every once in a while until they were through. While it may seem ingenious to a child, an adult wold wonders how they could see where they were going. All in all, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” has obvious weaknesses in its story and animation too.
“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” is a feeble attempt at maintaining a cartoon series of the Star Wars story. There are holes in the plot and characters such as Yoda get tiring as you watch. The movie is great for kids but as an adult Star Wars fan, you would have to lower your standards of quality to watch this one.