Star Wars: Episode 2 1/2

On August 15th, 2008 Star Wars hits the big screen once more, but this time as an animated film titled “Star Wars: Clone Wars.” Animated? Yeah…sweet CG with an animation style that really turns me on. The film itself is geared as a kick-off for the upcoming Star Wars animated series of the same name that will be airing on Cartoon Network (and eventually TNT)…all of which takes place between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.

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Star Wars writes:

On the front lines of an intergalactic struggle between good and evil, fans young and old will join such favorite characters as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padmé Amidala, along with brand-new heroes like Anakin’s padawan learner, Ahsoka. Sinister villains — led by Darth Sidious, Count Dooku and General Grievous — are poised to rule the galaxy. Stakes are high, and the fate of the Star Wars universe rests in the hands of the daring Jedi Knights. Their exploits lead to the action-packed battles and astonishing new revelations that fill Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

I am extremely excited to see both this movie and the animated series. The cinematics look amazing. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, check it out…it looks freaking awesome.

The fact that the new movie (and series) will be focusing on a larger cast of characters beyond Anakin’s storyline makes this The Clone Wars very appealing to me. We’ll see focuses on Kit Fisto, Ahsoka, Clone Trooper Rex, General Grevious, and many more. That is quite exciting to me! I’ll definitely be waiting in line on August 15th.

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Star Wars Christmas Special

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Being a huge fan of Star Wars, I’ve often gobbled up chances to see and read many forms of entertainment media regarding that galaxy far, far away. The Star Wars Christmas special has eluded me for far too long…being a pre-Empire Strikes back flop, George Lucas has kept the special behind lock and key as much as possible. And rightly so…it was pretty dumb. BUT, it is Star Wars nostalgia and should be seen :) Check out what Wikipedia has for a description of the Holiday Special:

The Star Wars Holiday Special is important for being the first film-length Star Wars story after the original theatrical film, and for showing an expanded look at parts of that universe. The main focus of the holiday special is the Blockade of Kashyyyk. But for the most part, the plot serves as little more than a means to string together a series of musical numbers, celebrity cameos, and other variety-show acts. These include songs and comedy routines by such 1970s talents as Jefferson Starship, Diahann Carroll, Art Carney, Harvey Korman, and Bea Arthur. Easily the most notable segment is an animated cartoon featuring the pre-Empire Strikes Back debut of Boba Fett.

Luckily by digging around on YouTube I’ve managed to compile a series of snippets that form the entire special. For your enjoyment (and duty, if you happen to be a Star Wars fan):

Abbreviated Version (5 mins)

Ok…this is merely an abbreviated version if you don’t want to spend the time…

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Part 9

Part 10