Disney/ABC might have blown off the prequels during Sunday’s American Music Awards when it had a segment celebrating John Williams’s Star Wars music but Disneyland’s new Seasons Of The Force fest, designed to give visitors a little taste of the upcoming Star Wars Land, show that the prequels haven’t been totally shuffled off into obscurity:
Photos from Micechat.com’s Dateline Disneyland
Here’s a very interesting revelation from director Ron Howard, who has known George Lucas since working on “American Graffiti” decades ago. Lucas had asked him to direct TPM, as well as Robert Zemeckis AND Steven Spielberg:
Appearing on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Howard revealed to host Josh Horowitz that George Lucas, with whom he worked on American Graffiti and Willow, asked him to direct Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
“He did, he did,” Howard said in response to whether Lucas approached him about the film. “He didn’t necessarily want to direct them, and he told me that he had talked to [Robert] Zemeckis, he talked to me, he talked to Steven Spielberg. I was the third one he spoke to. They had all said the same thing, ‘George, you should just do it!’”
So much for the meme that Lucas was some power-hungry control freak who only wanted “yes men” and wouldn’t “share” with anyone else.
A couple of Scandinavians visited sites used for filming in Eps I-VI and even do fun stuff like recreate the scenes. It’s about an hour long. Check it out!
I’ve noticed a big increase in traffic recently so a lot of people reading/posting here are new. I’m also concerned about the tone some recent comments have taken. While I understand your frustrations and where it comes from, and while I call it as I see it and will continue to do so, I don’t want comments here that could be construed as violent threats or taking hyperbole to the point where it crosses the line.
Also bear in mind that this is a site where comments are moderated. If you don’t comment frequently or if it’s the first time you comment, it’s going to be held in queue until I approve it. No need to keep reposting! I’ll get to your comments whenever I can.
There is a link called “Rules of the House” over on the right side of the page but in case you haven’t noticed before, here they are along with the change I plan to include:
1. No bashing or excessive criticism of the films.
This includes but is not limited to the quality of performances, writing, direction, story, etc.. If you don’t like the movies or want to use this as a soapbox for your gripes, this site is NOT for you. Gripe away on your own site or where they allow it; don’t do it here. No insults directed at the cast either.
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This includes but is not limited to referring to him as “greedy,” “a hack,” “a lousy director,” etc. or cutting comments on his appearance, his family, or anything personal.
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There is to be no flaming, trolling, baiting, insults, excessive nitpicking, contrarianism, and all-around smarta–ery directed at other commenters or the webmiss. Save it for Sheldon and the Comic Book Guy.
Even though with Star Wars, it’s inevitable religion and politics will come up, please use common sense when discussing these issues and keep it relevant to the Star Wars universe. There are going to be people of all kinds of beliefs here and we don’t need to be smashing chairs over each other’s heads. If I link to a politically-tinged piece, I will pre-warn you.
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If a discussion goes off-topic, I will ask that the conversation continue elsewhere. Off-topic comments/thread-jacking will be deleted.
I know I haven’t always been the strictest enforcer of some of these rules but I plan to repost them periodically here and on the FB page.
Dan Zehr wraps up the prequels with his look at the themes in ROTS:
Much can be said of Palpatine’s duality, which becomes personified once he is transformed cosmetically in his chambers during a fatal duel with Mace Windu. The lightning deflected from Mace’s purple blade disfigures Palpatine into a hideous monster. While Palpatine face is scarred, it is merely a representation of the twisted psyche of the future Emperor of the Galactic Empire. He changes before Anakin from a kindly, wise, human mentor, into a tour de force of evil. This outward change is merely a facade, to mask the duality of the individual. This dual nature helps Palpatine wreck havoc on the unsuspecting galaxy.
Cantina Cast has a debut entry from a new blogger. It’s a fairly short post but it shows that these movies touched and inspired a lot of people out there:
But then… 1999 came, and with it, the Phantom Menace. As a sixteen-year-old high school student, I attended an opening night showing with some buddies; it was my first experience seeing a Star Wars film in the theaters. It was phenomenal. When the doors opened and Darth Maul emerged, blasting the opening fanfare of “Duel of the Fates,” I got goosebumps. The entire, yes the ENTIRE, audience clapped and cheered when Obi-Wan managed to leap over Maul and cut him down. I had never witnessed such a spectacle at a movie before. The audience’s reaction solidified my love for this movie, as well as the cementing of Obi-Wan as my favorite character for the rest of my life. This ended up being the first film I saw in a theater multiple times.
There’s this trailer that’s been kicking around recently that does the prequels TFA-style:
And today, Christian Simpson posted on his page somebody doing a similar trailer for TPM:
Art by Noah Evans
Fan Susan Bowes has taken it upon herself to make a video showing George Lucas there are Star Wars fans who appreciate him and his work and is asking for fellow fans to submit their own messages to include in the video. If interested, e-mail your clip to email@example.com. She’s already started working on it and would like to post it on YouTube and Facebook as soon as possible.
Posted on the SWPAS FB page by Stephen Marshal Bove: