Archive for the ‘TPM’ Category

1st TPM Trailer Debuted 20 Years Ago Today

November 17, 2018

Tuesday November 17, 1998 was the day the first TPM trailer dropped (it went online a few days later) in a select few theaters across the country and on just about every channel on t.v..

Decider has a piece on how this was the first event trailer.  Here’s my recollection from 10 years ago.


Ahmed Best On Tribalism, Cynicism, Change, Blockbusters, and Bias

November 10, 2018

Everything he’s saying here is absolutely true.

H/T Naboo News.

Hallmark’s Queen Amidala Itty Bitty

October 22, 2018

Surprise!  Hallmark just dropped its first Queen Amidala Itty Bitty, in her iconic royal red  dress from TPM.

Find it at your local Hallmark shop or order it here!

Podcast’s Top 5 Things About TPM

October 20, 2018

Dan Zehr’s “Coffee With Kenobi” podcast discusses with guests their top five things about TPM.

Check it out here!

TPM Art To Film Comparison Video

May 30, 2018

Naboo News posted a link to this new video comparing TPM’s concept art with the final product on film:

Is TPM The Key To Ep. IX?

May 6, 2018

If you love The Ring Theory, you’ll be interested in reading this epic analysis by MadMonk on Reddit.  If you’re interested in the ST and the prequels, you’ll enjoy this one.  In a nutshell, it’s saying that the cycle will circle back to its beginning and its themes (especially symbiosis).


Fan Site’s Love Letter To TPM

April 4, 2018

The fan blog Raising A Rebel posted “A Love Letter To The Phantom Menace.”  The author saw the film when he was seven.  Now an adult and a dad, he relates why he still loves the film almost 20 years later:

This was my first time seeing Star Wars up on the big screen and it was as much a transcendental experience for me in 1999 as it was for kids back in ‘77. I’d sustained myself with the original trilogy for years, and I can’t recall a time not being infatuated with the franchise. Despite needing a pee break during the Gungans’ battle with the droid army, I was utterly transfixed.

Star Wars finally felt like it belonged to me and not the preserve of my parents or the previous generation. It was fresh, exciting and mine.

As a bonus, guess who he named his daughter after.

Orchestrator Discusses “Duel of the Fates”

January 3, 2018

Naboo News found Le Monde’s video interview with Conrad Pope, the orchestrator who worked on TPM.  Here he discusses the “secrets” of “Duel of the Fates.”

(What does an orchestrator do, as opposed to the composer?  An orchestrator prepares music for performance by a full orchestra.  In this case he would’ve worked closely with John Williams to figure out how the London Symphony Orchestra was going to perform the music during recording sessions.)

The video is here.  Even though the site is in French the video itself is in English with French subtitles.

Ashley Eckstein Summarizes TPM

December 11, 2017

As part of the run-up to TLJ, Her Universe’s Ashley Eckstein has been summarizing each SW film in 60 seconds. Here’s TPM:

Nick Gillard Talks To Vulture About TPM’s Lightsaber Fight

December 11, 2017

Vulture is doing a prequels week and while I dread what else they’re going to post, this interview with Nick Gillard is fantastic. Gillard gives the inside skinny on TPM’s climactic lightsaber battle as well as other tidbits.

Three thoughts: one, it’s hard not to smile thinking of how this is easily one of the saga’s greatest moment, two, involving Ray Park and Gillard was genius, and Gillard captures the poignancy of not having Lucas around anymore.