Archive for July, 2011

Clone Wars Season 4 Debuts 9/16…In Canada

July 27, 2011

There’s no official U.S. date yet, but Teletoon in Canada has already posted a premiere date of September 16.

H/T Lightsaber Rattling and the Star Wars Report.

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The Very Brief Skinny On TPM 3D

July 23, 2011

Repost from my LiveJournal:

Okay, as you know I was disappointed to say the least that there was nothing scheduled at Comic Con to promote TPM’s 3D re-release. I decided to get to the bottom of it at the convention by seeing if I could find somebody at the Lucasfilm pavilion who would know.

Yesterday I went to the Star Wars Blu-Ray promo booth (more on that in my upcoming Official Comic Con 2011 Report) and while waiting in line, I noticed one of the guys working the line had “Lucasfilm” on his badge. I overheard him talk to another person working the line who’d just started at ILM and he said that was in PR. Ah! Perfect! So when he was free, I said very nicely, “Can I ask you a question?”

“Sure.”

“Okay, you may not know the answer or you may not be able to give an answer. But, why aren’t you guys promoting the 3D re-release at this con?”

Simply put, they thought it was a little soon for the TPM re-release and decided to focus first on the Blu-Ray release, since that’s in September. “But stay tuned!”

Okay, fair enough. It is true many of the studios promote movies slated for release within the next year. For example, there was a lot of promotion for the Spider Man reboot and for “Ghost Rider 2: We Made Just Enough On The First One To Justify A Sequel,” both scheduled for 2012. As another example, Marvel had its mammoth booth set up to promote “The Avengers,” which I think comes out next year as well. But perhaps they figure a re-release wasn’t going to generate the same amount of attention and an awful lot of those new movies are in 3D as well.

Who knows? With the Blu-Ray out in a couple of months, maybe there’s a chance something’s in the works for later cons like Dragoncon on Labor Day weekend or New York Comic Con in October.

Clone Wars Animation Panel @ Comic Con

July 22, 2011

I sat through a panel on the nuts and bolts of animated Clone Wars this afternoon at Comic Con. The discussion was largely on the challenges of animating an underwater battle scene, adding all kinds of elements, lighting, improving facial articulation, etc.. We did see a couple of things not shown at the panel yesterday, including one scene where Anakin goes nuts on a slaver and Ahsoka has to calm him down, and another battle scene with Ahsoka, Anakin, and Obi-Wan.

They also said that work on Clone Wars goes on 24/7, 365 days a year. There’s no hiatus with the show. When they’re not working on the show in California, they’re working on it in Singapore.

All in all cool stuff.

Clone Wars Season 4 Panel @ Comic Con

July 21, 2011

I will say this off the top: no Han Solo, no Ben Quadinaros ever. But this upcoming season, subtitled “Battle Lines,” promises as Dave Filoni put it, “Lots of explosions.”

The hour-long panel presented several clips from Season 4, including from what will likely be the season-opener, a three-episode arc taking place on the Mon Calamari’s homeworld. There will be a new shark-like creature that will prey on the Mon Cals in a violent way (“bubbles make it better”). And they confirmed a certain cult favorite from ROTJ will appear in these episodes. They tried working in a “it’s a trap” joke but dropped it. There’s going to be another clone-focused arc that takes place on a planet that’s dark all of the time; the homeworld of Sly Moore, Palpatine’s creepy-looking assistant. There was also a fun clip with Artoo and Threepio (co-starring Adi Gallia) that recalls the opening scenes of ANH. And we got to see the Katee Sackoff clip posted on EW.com yesterday.

Nightsisters and Savage Opress will be back but nobody would say if a guy whose name rhymes with “Saul” will also appear.

Bounty hunters galore will be back too: Boba Fett, Bossk, and of course Cad Bane. And Season 4 will mark the debut of our old friend Dengar.

There’s also a brief glimpse at a Z-95 Headhunter, which goes back to the old Star Wars RPG from the late ’80s!

There was also discussion of designing new models for characters, especially the diving clonetroopers seen in the water battles. Apparently Captain Rex is realizing the Republic is viewing the clones as expendable.

On Anakin and Padmé, someone during the Q&A asked if Obi-Wan or Ahsoka will figure out what’s going on. Dave Filoni said that issue will come up during Season 4 with regards to Obi-Wan. He thinks Obi-Wan and Ahsoka know they are close but believe Anakin is committed enough not to break the attachment rules; but if Ahsoka were to find out, she would be disappointed but she would respect him enough not to rat him out.

The issue of Ahsoka’s fate came up and in a nutshell, Filoni’s revisited it several times and Lucas isn’t talking.

Seth Green was in the audience and got up on stage during the Q&A. Filoni brought in some friends in Nightsisters gear.

All in all a fun panel that delivered the goodies.

Sneak Peek Of Season 4

July 20, 2011

EW.com has an exclusive Season 4 clip that will be shown tomorrow at the Comic Con Clone Wars panel. Lux returns, Ahsoka is betrayed, and Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff plays a Mandalorian chick! No, she doesn’t ask Ahsoka to start making BG Her Universe stuff ;).

Fabulous New Blog

July 18, 2011

Jon forwarded a link to a great new blog called A Certain Point Of View, featuring some well-written and accessible essays about Star Wars, George Lucas, and the fandom. I think you’ll love what he has to say!

9 Reasons Why The Prequels Are Underrated

July 15, 2011

Thanks to Linda for forwarding a link to this essay on “Jar Jar Binks And 9 Reasons Why The Star Wars Prequels Are Underrated.” Help out the poor author in the comments; he’s getting killed by the basher/RLM cult mob.

The TPM Semi

July 14, 2011

I don’t know when or where this pic was taken, but some trucker/carny out there loved TPM enough to put it all over his cab.

Clone Wars Screwed By Emmys Again; The Un-PC Reasons Why

July 14, 2011

The Emmys (t.v.’s answer to the Oscars) revealed their nominations today and Clone Wars did not get a single nomination. I guess they felt that because they nominated the third Robot Chicken Star Wars special for Outstanding Animated Program, that was enough for the Lucas quota.

Why does this happen year after year? Maybe it’s partially because the microseries from 2003-2005 won before but I think the real issue is this:

Clone Wars isn’t sexy or edgy.

I joked on my Twitter that maybe if Clone Wars was on HBO and it was packed with f-bombs, boobs, gore, and sex, it would win everything. But I think there’s some truth to that. All of the other animated shows are the likes of Family Guy, spinoff The Cleveland Show, South Park, and Robot Chicken, which are full of PG-13 to R-rated material. The short format category features a bunch of hipster favorites like Adventure Time and perennial SpongeBob.

Stuff like this ticks me off because I honestly think Clone Wars is one of the best scripted shows on t.v.. But because it’s not hip enough for Hollywood, it gets ignored and the talents behind the show go unappreciated by their peers.

The Star Wars Lamborghini

July 12, 2011

Geekologie.com has posted about a cool custom Lamborghini all dolled up to resemble a Republic-era starfighter, complete with Artoo. Check it out!