the Cartoon Network has finished its animated Star Wars series of 5 minute
shorts on The Clone
Wars. I have to admit, it was really really good. The writing was very
strong, the stories interesting, the animation effective, and the action
It was Samurai Jack in the Star Wars universe basically. If anything, it
makes the battles in the movies look lame. The advantage of animation is that
you can do a lot more cool things on the cheap. The force powers shown by Obi
Wan and Anakin and Mace Windu certainly blow away what we've seen so far in the
Which of course, creates its own problems -- in these cartoons, one Jedi can
take out dozens, if not hundreds of troops single handedly. But in the movies,
they're not quite so powerful. But still, that aside, the point is taken - the
Jedi are tough. And Anakin is becoming ever more powerful as time goes on.
It definitely makes the third movie looking to be more compelling than the
first two prequels. But it also makes me sad. Sad that George Lucas squandered
the first two movies with such poor directing and allowing such poor acting to
spoil what were, otherwise, reasonably good stories. Whether that be Jar Jar
wrecking the first movie in between Anakin's "Yippees" or in the second one with
such wooden and artificial acting with Anakin's character that Anakin comes
across as creepy rather than intense (the whole "love" story of the Clone Wars
is incredibly artificial and lame).
I don't know if Lucas is directing the third one. I hope not. I fear that the
inevitable and intense battle between Obi Wan and Anakin will be laughably
compared to the battle with the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Only time will tell.
But in the meantime, definitely check out these shorts. They're well done.