Monday, 14 April 2008


The geeks over at IESB have posted what appears to be the full trailer for the brand new animated CLONE WARS movie. Telling the tale of the Clone wars, those legends often talked of in the STAR WARS universe, the film is to help bridge the gap between the second and third instalments of the Star Wars prequel trilogy. It differs from the original animated Clone wars TV series in that this one is major-league CG as opposed to the cel-shaded style. The idea behind the big-screen release of the film is to kickstart the TV series of the same name which will follow later in the year. Essentially the first three episodes of the series edited together into feature length, the film looks like it is going to fill the gaps in very nicely, not to mention get the TV show off to one hell of a good start.

Judging from the trailer, the feel is very much that of the prequels in tone and storyline. The stylized artwork looks fantastic (and will no doubt kick off a whole new range of Star Wars action figures too), and is remarkably adventurous for such a large property. There does seem to be several nods towards the expanded universe in there, with all the extra characters hitherto unseen in a Star wars movie, and I honestly think this is going to be huge, and also surprise a lot of people with its conceptual complexity. Those detractors saying it’s a kids movie need to wait in line and see the damn thing before berating it.

Personally I think this is a brilliant way to start a TV series and would love to see more premieres air first as movies on the big screen, even in limited runs I think this would benefit both Cinemas and the TV companies that produce the shows. You want people to watch? Give them spectacle. Check out the Clone Wars when it is released for some major lessons in spectacle.

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