Archive for May, 2010

Mustafar Birthday Cake

May 29, 2010

I kept forgetting to link to the Star Wars Examiner page, where Bryan talks about the amazing Mustafar-themed birthday cake made for his son Anakin’s eighth birthday. Check it out, Obi-Wan has the high ground even on the cake:

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My Star Wars In Concert Review

May 29, 2010

Since I won’t be posting much this weekend, I’ll run below my thoughts of Star Wars In Concert’s show in San Diego last night (reposted from my LiveJournal entry):

Best. Concert. Ever!

Seriously, if you couldn’t find a thing to love about this show or feel the least bit inspired, well, to paraphrase what Mojo Nixon once said about Michael J. Fox, there’s no Star Wars in you.

The next best thing besides the music is seeing all of the little kids in their t-shirts, costumes, and lightsabers. I saw miniature clonetroopers, Leias, Padmés, a toddler Han Solo, a little Luke in his X-Wing flight suit, Darth Vaders, Boba Fetts, Jedi, etc.. Of course there were some grownups in costume too, heh heh.

Not me, though. I wore my H&M Star Wars tunic with my Paige leggings. Again I made the lame decision to leave my lightsaber at home, worried the staff might seize it or something. Turns out lots of people brought theirs with no hassle from the staff.

The exhibition was spread out throughout the concourse surrounding the arena, so I got to see quite a bit of it but not everything. I guess Plo Koon was on the other side of the arena, since he’s one of the ones I missed. Oh well. What was there was mobbed. I held up my camera phone to take pictures.

I didn’t buy any souvenirs…they were pricey and from what I understand, the stuff is cheaper from the Concert’s online store.

The seats were further back than I thought but turned out to be pretty good. They were on the floor in those fold out chairs. We were in front of a thruway near the exit, so there was lots of legroom and it was easy to get in and out. Given some of the rather hefty concert goers parked nearby, we were pretty lucky none of them were next to us.

Oh yeah, the music! I’ve heard Star Wars music performed live a couple of times before and this crew is as good as the orchestra I saw with John Williams at the Hollywood Bowl in 2006. They run through Star Wars’s greatest hits with the ever energetic Anthony Daniels narrating/hosting. It’s basically a Cliffs Notes version of the saga with music, very similar to the DVD feature on the ROTS soundtrack CD. Sure you got your classics like “Imperial March” (our “Stairway to Heaven”), but I was very excited to hear stuff like “Across The Stars” live for the first time and the orchestra’s rendition of “Battle of the Heroes” was absolutely perfect. They even did a fine version of “Cantina Theme.” But they were all awesome.

This was of course performed in front of a big screen cut with scenes and concept art from all 6 movies. I might be hallucinating, but I think it’s off of that ROTS CD/DVD feature almost verbatim. I’ve seen some comments about some jarring cuts but I also realize that to most regular folks, they all kind of blur together after a while. It was kind of neat to see repetitive themes tied together.

Funniest moment: when Luke and Leia kiss, everybody went, “Ewww.”

If I had any downsides at all, I would have added even more tracks: “Han Solo and the Princess,” “Augie’s Great Municipal Band,” “The Emperor’s Theme,” and “Victory Celebration” for example. Oh and I would have moved the irritating fanboys behind me up to the nosebleeds.

But it was a great show with a very enthused audience, helped along by alcohol. I saw a lot of people going around with tubs of beer, sipping wine, and having a few cocktails. What is this, a Jimmy Buffett show?

Lightsabre.co.uk Promo Video

May 29, 2010

Lightsabre is still undergoing renovations, but the folks behind it have made a new animated video to promote its Aug. 12 re-launch.

More PT Stars For Celebration V

May 29, 2010

Jake Lloyd, Daniel Logan, Matthew Wood, and Amy Allen will join several other SW alumni on autograph row at Celebration V. See Official Pix for more details!

Clone Wars S2 DVD/Blu-Ray Out Oct. 26

May 27, 2010

So sayeth starwars.com. Pretty much the same format as the Season One DVD set.

More Prequel Appreciation Day Fun

May 26, 2010

First, this from Nick:

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Ray Park, Nick Gillard Set For Celebration V

May 26, 2010

starwars.com announced that Ray “Darth Maul” Park and PT stunt coordinator Nick Gillard will appear at Celebration V. Both will be signing autographs; I’ve never met Gillard but Park is a great guy to meet. He’s super nice and takes his time with the fans. Bring your favorite Maul goodies to get signed!

I Know I’m Late On This One…

May 25, 2010

But in case you’ve been hiding under a rock the past few days, starwars.com announced that George Lucas will appear at Celebration V!

There’s no word on how many days Lucas will be at the convention or when he’ll appear, but it definitely makes going to CV worthwhile.

Suggestion Box

May 25, 2010

Every now and then, I ask you, the humble reader, to let me know what you would like to see on SWPAS. What would you like featured here? (Please don’t expect an exclusive interview with Samuel L. Jackson, heh heh.) Any ideas for SW Prequel Appreciation Day ’11? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Prequel Appreciation Day Wrap-Up

May 21, 2010

Thanks to everybody who participated and helped promote the first SW Prequel Appreciation Day…oxward321, knight_ander on LiveJournal, Deborah Gizzi, JediJen, Bryan Young, etc..

I’ve become a bit of a curmudgeon when it comes to SW fans because too many have a way of living down to my worst expectations then exceeding them. But this shows there are people out there who love all of the SW movies, people you rarely hear from online and in the press. Here’s a sample from the Facebook page:

(ROTS) wasn’t just a fun popcorn movie, i felt like my brother had become a serial killer after watching anakin slaughter the younglings.

Such a powerful movie. It made Obi-Wan my favorite Jedi. Not a hero, not seeking the limelight. Just a normal man, that does his duty regardless of circumstance or outward pressure.

Thank God for this day. It is a wonderful thing. Cheers from NYC.

Happy birthday to the prequels and I want to thank George for saving my life..If it wasn’t for the prequels I wouldn’t be here today.

Some people fail to realize that Star Wars is made up of SIX movies, and anyone who can’t figure that out isn’t a Star Wars fan. The Prequels are awesome and I am proud to say that!!!!!!!!

I love, love, love Star Wars Prequels, especially Ep II and III. And they deserve for appreciation. So all the fans of SW come together und unite… ♥ May The Force Be With You All !!!!!!!!

Its great to see that there are others who truly appreciate the Prequels. I essentially grew up with them, so they definately carry a special meaning. I’l’ never forget seeing TPM in theaters about 5 times, seeing the amazing battles in AOTC, and going to the midnight showing of ROTS. Its hard to believe how long its been since each of these films were released…

They got me right back into Star Wars. ANH was the first sci-fi I ever saw and ADORED it, however the prequels gave a deeper meaning to life, the Force and everything. And I adore Qui-Gon Jinn, so wise, gentle and very beautiful in many ways.

The prequels are a brilliant addition to the Star Wars saga….they deepen the mythology of the original three and tell the full story of Anakin Skywalker and properly place Darth Vader as victim instead of villain. Thank you George Lucas for the greatest story ever told (I-VI)….prequel haters are not real Star Wars fans…May the Force Be With all who join this page!

And I love this comment on Big Shiny Robot:

What I love most about the prequels..Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon. My two favorite Jedi…the prequels showed just how awesome the Jedi were. The lightsaber duels…epic. And as a first grade teacher, it opened the door to bring a love of Star Wars to a new generation. My entire classroom is decked out in Star Wars and for prequel appreciation day we made Padawan braids, had ice pops (since they look like lightsabers w/o handles) and I made them lightsaber cupcakes.

What a cool teacher!