Archive for March, 2013

Just A Little Announcement

March 26, 2013

As you know, I’ve been plenty unhappy with what has been going on with Star Wars lately. Many of you are too. We’ve all been venting our frustration.

That said, let me emphasize this site is to support and celebrate the prequels and promote them as part of the saga. It’s not an Episode VII protest site.

Please also remember that I don’t like threadjacking or posting the same thing over and over and over. If you don’t have anything else to say, don’t contribute. If I’ve had to warn you a couple of times to knock it off and you don’t listen, your comments are going to be moderated.

Thanks,
The Management

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Villa Del Balbianello 360 View

March 26, 2013

Can’t afford to fly to Italy to visit Villa Balbianello, which doubled as Anakin and Padmé’s love nest in AOTC?

Well, settle in for this 360 view of the site.

H/T Joanna Daniels

Fans Protest; Lucasfilm Thought Fan Reax “Tepid”

March 23, 2013

Today was the big #SaveTheCloneWars Twitter protest. I’m not sure if it ever trended or not but there were scores and scores of Tweets that ran not just a few minutes or a half-hour but ALL DAY. It’s 7:33 p.m. PST and I’m still finding #SaveTheCloneWars Tweets.

Maybe we need to get louder and more obnoxious because TFN posted this infuriating bit of news that will make you want to spit nails. First, concerning that “bonus material.” We’re getting just two measly arcs planned for S6 and I’m willing to bet one of them was the Clovis arc that was really made for S5:

A source in the know tells me that Lucasfilm is only finishing two story arcs from the material that they had planned for The Clone Wars Season Six. Among the story arcs that will not emerge in this post-cancellation era is one that dealt with Boba Fett and the other bounty hunters who have menaced the heroes for several seasons. This story arc, which my source tells me was almost done, would have shown us the fates of Cad Bane and Aurra Sing.

Ripoff!

This part will really cheese you off:

I also heard from my source that the staff at Lucasfilm Animation were shocked by what they perceived as tepid fan reaction to the cancellation of The Clone Wars.

Jesus H. Hernandez, people, maybe that’s because we got the Filoni Hostage Video and a vague announcement that deceived gullible fans into thinking that maybe we were getting S6 after all, just not on t.v.! Just like fans were tricked by that “postponement” of “Detours” and the 3D re-releases of existing films. WE WERE NEVER GIVEN THE REAL STORY!!

Moreover Lucasfilm doesn’t realize Star Wars fans have never had to band together to save anything. Way too many people didn’t realize what was happening until it was too late and way too many just wanted to believe everything was fine.

The events of the past week were a cold bucket of water and the buckets are going to keep coming. Well, I’m not going to shut up and go away. I don’t care if it takes three years, five years, or ten years, I’m not going to stop fighting. And neither should you!

Look What’s Coming From Her Universe

March 22, 2013

Ashley Eckstein is back in her hometown this weekend to appear at the Orlando Science Center. Today she was wearing an upcoming new tee from Her Universe, a sweet new Padmé design. Can’t wait for this one to go on sale!

Star Wars Madness

March 21, 2013

I know I’m a few days late on this one but with all of the distraction I failed to notice that starwars.com is running some sort of March Madness favoritism game involving Star Wars characters. Yeah, it’s totally rigged (Leia vs. Padmé right off the bat? Come on.) but support your favorite characters.

I feel cheated I can’t vote for Anakin Skywalker :/.

Save The Clone Wars Twitter Protest

March 21, 2013

Are you on Twitter? This Saturday at 12:30 p.m. EST/9:30 a.m. PST, be sure and tweet with the hashtag #SaveTheCloneWars. Let @Disney and @starwars know we want more Clone Wars!

Check out Star Wars Underworld for more info.

Star Wars Land In The Works?

March 21, 2013

Apparently not everything is being focused on Episode VII these days. Disneyland is polling its visitors to gauge interest in a Star Wars-themed section.

If you visit the Jedi News link to Slash Film’s site, you can find screen caps of this apparently online survey. Some of it seems to ask about interest in merchandise, some of it asks trivia, and then there’s this screen cap of a question asking which trilogy is your favorite. Frankly any “Star Wars Land” that ignores a significant part of the saga would be pretty lame. But if you get your paws on that poll, vote to make sure all of Star Wars is represented.

Stay tuned!

Clone Wars Updates

March 20, 2013

If you’re on Facebook, check out the new group Alliance To Restore The Clone Wars where fans are exchanging ideas on how to well, restore Clone Wars.

If you live overseas and can’t spare the expense of mailing a letter to the U.S. of A., send ’em to 11thirtyeight.com. They will mail the batch themselves, with the first one due to go out on March 25.

TFN posted that Lucasfilm Animation is laying people off. But TFN’s source pinky swears that the promised “bonus material” will see light of day. It looks like the same source told the same thing to Big Shiny Robot.

In case you forgot, here are the contact addresses:

Bob Iger
Walt Disney Studios
500 S. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91521

Kathleen Kennedy
Lucasfilm
P.O. Box 29901
San Francisco, CA 94129

Some have suggested contacting John Lasseter, CCO of Pixar and Disney Animation, at the same Burbank address to help drum up support for Clone Wars in-house.

Star Wars Family Tree

March 20, 2013

A little late posting this one but someone made this handy family tree for the next time you run into someone hopelessly confused about Star Wars characters:

Link from Movies.com. Art by Joe Stone.

The Five Point Plan

March 19, 2013

Rebel Force Radio and Jedi News are reporting that they will start to draw down the crew working on Clone Wars this week. TFN is basically saying that Lucasfilm Animation is being tossed into the dustbin of history and now they too are FINALLY urging fans to get involved:

One source familiar with developments at Lucasfilm told me that the changes at Lucasfilm Animation go beyond The Clone Wars team. This individual described a dramatic downsizing of the entire division and said that Disney planned to place future Star Wars TV projects in the hands of its existing television operation. While the source did not name names, it appears likely that veterans of the animation division and The Clone Wars in particular may be leaving the company.

It sounds pretty discouraging, doesn’t it? This does not mean we should give up. In fact, we CAN’T give up. Why? Read a rant I posted on my LiveJournal last week on why. The Powers That Be are betting you and I won’t care anymore and will quickly forget about the show. Too many fans didn’t realize until too late what was happening and too many fans right now trust that they’re still going to get what they want.

Not so fast. So long as we have no details on what exactly is going to be released or when, we shouldn’t assume we’re going to get this stuff at all. And by no means has anyone said that this material is going to tie up the show’s loose ends. This was mapped for eight seasons, and in case you’re counting that’s at least 60 more episodes. SIXTY. They will never be made so the fates of Rex, Maul, Ahsoka, etc. will never be resolved. It’s like reading a novel, getting to the last 100 pages, and somebody snatches it out of your hands, then throws it into the fire.

TPTB must understand that we 1) MUST get all remaining episodes and 2) MUST get a resolution on the show’s story. Nothing else short of that will do.

So, what do we do? To make it easy, I have come up with a five-point plan designed to put pressure on TPTB to do right by Clone Wars.

One: Send a letter to Bob Iger, Kathleen Kennedy, etc. if you haven’t already. If you have sent one, send another one expressing how you feel about the show being cancelled and demanding that 1) we get whatever’s been made and 2) the story gets a proper resolution. If you have kids or know any who watch the show, have them write too. Be creative…some fans are sending strings of beads like Ahsoka’s along with their letters. Upload a video on YouTube and send them a copy on disk.

No matter what, do NOT swear or issue personal threats in your letter. Keep it short and to the point.

Two: Protest online. Get a Twibbon made to support the cause and post it on your profile. Change your icons on Facebook, Google+ or whatever to reflect your support. Tweet @Disney about Clone Wars. Rant away on your own blog and page. Send copies to your friends, share, and pass it on. I’ll be doing all of that stuff on my end in the coming week.

Three: If you are attending any con this spring or summer, wear a black ribbon with a Clone Wars pin to show your support for the cause. Especially if you’re going to Star Wars Weekends at Disney World! And wear as much Clone Wars gear as you can. SWW is one of the few times that a Disney park will allow customers to cosplay…dress up in your best Clone Wars costume. Don’t do anything that will get you arrested or kicked out of the park, but a big show of support for Clone Wars will be helpful. Ditto for anyone attending D23 in Anaheim in August.

Four: Speak up whenever you have the opportunity. If there are any Disney panels at any con you attend this summer, get up and ask about Clone Wars. If you’re going to Star Wars Celebration Europe 2, ask about Clone Wars at any relevant panel or of any relevant suit you see wandering around the con. If you’re going to D23, ask about it there too. Are you a Disney shareholder? Start going to meetings and try to get the chance to say something. Make it clear to Disney we are NOT just going to forget about the show.

Five: Speak with your wallet. It’s tough to boycott the Disneypire. They’ve got their fingers in everything. My two year old niece loves her some Mickey and Minnie. Most of us watch something on ABC, ABC Family, ESPN, or whatever. Some of us have Disney vacations planned that we can’t just toss overboard. While many of us are talking of boycotting any Disney Star Wars project, other fans aren’t willing to go to those lengths yet. Well, instead of a boycott try a BUYcott of Clone Wars. Someone mentioned on my LJ the reason why they made “Serenity” was because of high DVD sales of “Firefly” as fans bought them for friends, family, libraries, etc.. I think this is a great idea. Keep cosplaying as Clone Wars characters. Keep making your own stuff. Make it a part of introducing Star Wars to people. The more Clone Wars fans there are, the more pressure there will be to give the show the proper ending.

This is designed to be long term. “Legend Of Korra” started four years after “Avatar: The Last Airbender” went off the air. It took three years after Firefly’s cancellation to get Universal to make “Serenity.” It was seven years after “Veronica Mars” left the airwaves that fans backed a Kickstarter project to fund a film; the studio was convinced to go ahead with the film if the show’s creator was able to raise the money. We have to be patient but persistent.