Star Wars Mini Retrospective: Clone Wars (2003)

   Once upon a time, way back in 2003, a great adventure took place. It was a dark time in Star Wars. No, not for the lack of Star Wars content like we had in the late 80’s and early 90’s. This was far, far worse. It was the time of the prequels. OK, they were not all that bad. There were some cringeworthy moments for us all. As an adult who was seven in 1977, I’ve since made peace with the prequels, for the most part. Some things from that era are better than others. One such nugget of geek goodness is the original animated Clone Wars.

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Wikipedia’s entry contains all the dry facts.

   Star Wars: Clone Wars is an American animated microseries created by Genndy Tartakovsky, set in the Star Wars universe. Chronologically, the series fills the three-year gap between prequel films Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The show follows the actions of various characters from the Star Wars prequel trilogy; notably Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, Yoda, and other Jedi Knights during the conflict, leading the clone trooper forces of the Galactic Republic against the battle droid armies of the Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Sith.
   Clone Wars was produced by Cartoon Network Studios in association with Lucasfilm Ltd., and was aired on Cartoon Network in 25 chapters from 2003 to 2005. The first two seasons, comprising Volume One, were produced in a two- to three-minute "micro" format, while season three was produced as fifteen-minute episodes making up Volume Two. Both volumes were later released on home video edited as feature-length films. Since release, it has received critical acclaim and won multiple awards.

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Now for the wet opinions.

   This method of serializing the story over two years in three minute (or so) increments was novel and refreshing. It left you wanting more! The series also bridged the gap between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The programing was one of my favorite things on the Cartoon Network and is still fun to watch from time to time. The style of story telling suites today’s tastes for clipped, short info bursts. When watched all together it makes for an action packed saga. If you have not seen this one then do yourself a favor and check out the video bellow. It runs a bit over two hours and is well worth the watch. You can probably still purchase the DVD on Amazon, but don’t quote me on that.

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Marvel’s Merchandise Plan for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron:’ ‘Make the Big Bigger’

   It may just be me but I feel like everything has been leveraged to the hilt and over merchandised. I am not complaining… OK maybe I am just a bit, but I come from the tail end of an era that had very little official merchandising. You had some Cartoon & TV stuff and some random Superhero stuff, then STAR WARS came out and changed the whole game. It was still not very little in the beginning compared to the early 90’s, so it left us hungry for more. We had to wait for more, and wait we did. Our patients was paid off after a time. Now I feel like we are drowning in a corporate landslide of cheap junk.

   I love the movies, the shows, cartoons. comics, and some games. As far as anything else, I just can’t bring myself to buy into it. I prefer vintage items that I love to collect as well as sell. When this stuff is vintage there will be no market for any of it because of the sheer mass quantity that they are producing.

   Well if you are a kid then this is a great time for you! If you are a parent or an overly impulsive nerd who has to collect everything and the variants… time to get another job or win the lottery.

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#StarWars: The Clone Wars, The Rest of the Story

#StarWars: The Clone Wars, The Rest of the Story

   So the Clone Wars will wrap up loose ends in this last season, supposedly, on Netflix. Does this mean I am going to fire my old NF account back up just to bask in all of the Clone Wars Nerdly Glory? Nope. I really want to see it but not bad enough to rejoin a service that has been a slow-to-grow let down. I’ll find other avenues to watch the show. Perhaps if they offered more than just that then I may be enticed to return but until then I just can’t go back.

   I really am surprised and a bit disappointed that Disney 😄 didn’t step up and offer up 30 minutes a week to air the program.

Star Wars: Rebels

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http://starwars.com/news/new-animated-series-star-wars-rebels-coming-fall-2014.html

   It may have come as a shock to you but I am a HUGE Star Wars Fan. The breaking new this morning about the upcoming show based on the late, and great, Ralph McQaurrie’s concept art for the first Star Wars Trilogy. The Show will be headed by Dave Filoni (Clone Wars) and feature collaborative talents  of Simon Kinberg and Greg Weisman (Young JusticeThe Spectacular Spider-Man and Gargoyles).

   “The action-filled series is set between the events of Episode III and IV — an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen.Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape.”

   I shall be looking forward to watching this and in learning any details I can find about it. Star Wars: Rebels will air in the Autumn of 2014 on Disney XD.