I don’t know where this video came from, but the first part of it features several new clips from Clone Wars. There seems to be some interviews after it, but I haven’t watched the entire 7 minute video. Go check ‘er out!
Archive for September, 2008
Wattographs is pleased to announce that we will be attending Fan Days II in Plano, Texas and will taking Fans’ personal collectibles with us to set signed!
Guests include Robert Watts, executive producer for ESB and ROTJ (rare appearance!), Orli Shoshan (Shaak Ti in AOTC and ROTS), Jack McKenzie (Capt. Alder in ESB), Al Lampert (Commander Jir in ANH), Leanna Walsman (Zam Wesell) as well as voice talents from the NEW Clone Wars feature, Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), Matthew Wood (General Grievous and Battle Droids), Tom Kane (Master Yoda, Yularen and Narrator) and David Acord (Rotta the Huttlet and others). We will add additional guests as they are announced!
In addition, we are offering Exclusive, convention provided character photos. Please contact Wattographs.com for details on getting your collectibles or official photos signed!
Star Wars Fan Days II is scheduled for October 25-26 in Plano, TX as part of the larger Sci-Fi Expo convention. For more information, click here!
10 years ago today, Lucasfilm officially revealed the title of Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
It’s kinda funny because I’d gone out to buy some CD-ROM or other and when I came home and logged on to my AOL account to check my e-mail (Lordy, does this ever sound so 1998), I got an IM from one of my fandom correspondents who asked, “What do you think of The Phantom Menace?” I sent a message back asking, “What the hell is The Phantom Menace?” His reply: “The title of the new Star Wars movie.” OMG! Of course, I didn’t know that abbrieviaton then, but that’s pretty much what I thought! I went to starwars.com and there it was, the official announcement. Word spread like fire throughout the internet and the mainstream media. If you could point to when the Great TPM Hype Fest first kicked into gear, it was on September 25, 1998.
The title announcement followed months of speculation and rumors. I’d heard as far back as 1996 that the title was going to be “Balance of the Force” or “Child of the Force.” SW fans always love the Something Of The Something kind of titles!
But Phantom Menace didn’t refer to anything obviously SW like Jedi or Empire. Nobody (or at least the unspoiled) really knew what the heck it referred to, period. As you might expect, it unleashed a new round of fandom wankery as the usual suspects complained that it didn’t sound like a SW title, that it sounded like a Scooby Doo episode. Deep in the X-Files era, some panicked that Episode I was going to be some kind of paranormal fest. My personal reaction was, “Hmm that’s interesting, I guess we’ll know what the title’s about once we see the movie.”
Fans, being what they are, started to speculate the film title was a fake one a la Blue Harvest and the real title was going to be revealed later on. Except there was a practical reason to use Blue Harvest while they were filming ROTJ; it was to keep nosy people away while they were filming on location. There was no reason whatsoever to put out a fake title for TPM. If Lucas wanted to keep it secret, he could’ve done so for at least a few more months. But believing that requires logic and we know how there’s none of that in fandom!
The hysterical reaction of some fans dismayed me a bit and I wondered if this was a warning of things to come. After all, I’d known for a long time that SW fandom has a strong reactionary streak and one of the things that worried me about a new trilogy was that many would reject it out of hand simply because it was new and different. (Just call me fandom’s Cassandra.) Little did I know the wankery would be outpaced by the announcement on August 6, 2001 of Episode II’s title. Oy, those memories were ug-lay. Fortunately for you, that’s a tale for another day in three years’ time ;).
Nevertheless, September 25, 1998 made the long-time dream of a new SW film that much closer to reality. It was a day long remembered, until the debut of the brilliant first trailer a couple of months later…
Target has a bunch of new SW items in its dollar bins at the front of the store. Look for knapsacks, pens, pencils, markers, yo-yos, notepads, and stickers featuring Yoda, Boba Fett, and Darth Vader, as well as some Clone Wars stuff.
You might also want to hunt down new items from Crayola, including a stencil set, an erasable coloring set, and a giant Clone Wars coloring book.
starwars.com officially announced today that the Clone Wars DVD will be in stores November 11. For the first time, a SW release of any kind will be available on Blu-Ray. Sadly I don’t have a HD DVD player, so I’ll have to settle for the plain vanilla Special Edition. But I want that Best Buy exclusive box!
(P.S.–Don’t forget the Behind the Scenes show airs tomorrow on Cartoon Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT!)
Karen Miller, who is penning some Clone Wars novels, had this to say about the PT:
I’m beside myself. Terrified, as I say, because as a fan myself I know just how passionate and dedicated and protective fans are about Star Wars. But so happy. Especially since I’m playing in the prequel era, and I really love that era. I love the nobility and the tragedy and angst and the foreshadowed doom of the last days … which probably says I’m a whacko broad, but there you are. I know there are people who love to groan and complain about the prequel films, but I honestly enjoy them. There’s so much wonderful character work in there. To me, they’ve been a great gift.
2000 lucky souls got from Cartoon Network a free Clone Wars party kit filled with doodads like masks, toys, stickers, balloons, and cheap booze! Okay, maybe not the alcohol, but enough to put on a little party for your kids and their friends. (Kids, right, heh heh…) starwars.com has more info, including about a lucky kid in Chicago who will have a biiig party to celebrate the show.
Hey, Cartoon Network, where the heck is my kit? I’ve been pimping this show for months on this site…
Oh, and check out this cool interview with Dave Filoni on GenreOnline.net.
Linked from TFN, here’s a short piece on how SW and other films inspired fashion house Rodarte in its lauded Spring 2009 line. It looks like they may have gotten a few ideas from the Jedi tunic among other things:
Tune into Cartoon Network on Friday September 26 at 8 p.m. EST (PST too?) for a special behind the scenes look at CW! Ashley “Ahsoka” Eckstein hosts and there will be interviews galore. Show repeats 10:30 p.m on Friday night and 10:30 p.m. on Saturday night.