Posts Tagged ‘AOTC’

Finish The Quote Quiz On Star Wars.com

March 18, 2017

How well do you know the dialogue from AOTC?  Chances are if you’re reading this site regularly, you’ll do pretty well in this star wars.com quiz.  (And if your memory fails you, there’s always Google, heh heh).

AOTC Is Someone’s Favorite & Untold Secrets Of The PT

December 15, 2016

Now this is what I like to see…a guy who states his opinion without apology.  AOTC is his favorite Star Wars film…deal with it:

The Original Trilogy was understandably doused in ’80s camp in a good way. The Phantom Menace, though released in the last remnants of the ’90s, still harbors some of that ’80s warmth and lightness. Episode II eschews all of that in favor of a far darker and more mature storyline, one that features Anakin struggling not only with the burden of being the chosen one, but also with the guilt of abandoning his mother, forbidden feelings of passion and love, and overall, a desire for validation of his inner conflict, something no one in his life seems to understand. Anakin’s genocidal elimination of a tribe of Tusken Raiders is a key moment that marks his first steps down a path of darkness.

He might not like the Anakin/Padmé stuff as much but not bad at all for going against fandom groupthink.

Meanwhile over at ScreenRant, usually not the most friendly place for prequel fans, is this piece 19 Untold Secrets of the Star Wars Prequels.  Some of it is pretty well-known, some of it may be new to you.

SH Figurarts AOTC Padmé Revealed

December 2, 2016

These photos were posted on the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy Facebook page:

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I don’t know when it’ll be available but I think I’m going to get the entire AOTC set (Obi-Wan, Anakin, Padmé, etc.).

Great Scenes of the Prequel Trilogy: Yoda Confronts Dooku

November 28, 2016

 

Perhaps the biggest crowd-pleasing scene in AOTC was Yoda confronting Count Dooku.  Up until the time AOTC was released, we’d never seen Yoda do anything other than train Jedi, walk around with that stick, and say wise stuff.  But Yoda could open a can of whoop-ass if necessary and thanks to ILM’s digital magic, what was once impossible for a character realized by a puppet was in 2002 a reality.

This was something George Lucas had wanted to do in AOTC from the get-go.  He wanted to show audiences why Yoda was “the” Jedi.  But he found a lot of resistance from people along the way.  ILM balked at the logistics of creating a credible fight scene with the little Jedi Master.  Others thought it would look dumb and people would laugh at it.  But of the 11 times I’d seen AOTC in the theaters, audiences applauded the top of this scene every single time.  The audience at the first screening I’d gone to at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C. went absolutely bananas.

We all know the drill.  Obi-Wan and Anakin attempt to battle Dooku and get it handed to both of them. It gets quiet and all of a sudden, Yoda humbly enters the scene.  After some trash talking, Dooku tries to fling things at Yoda with the Force.  After Yoda deflects the flying objects, Dooku tries Force lightning.  When that doesn’t work, it’s time to take out the lightsabers.  Yoda flips around and engages the really tall Dooku like a champ.  It’s only when Dooku tries to topple a pillar on top of Anakin and Obi-Wan that he’s able to escape from Yoda.  Cheater.

ILM’s visual effects artists of course did an amazing job realizing this scene. If the visuals didn’t work, the whole thing would’ve been a disaster. While today’s animation would be even better it was pretty spectacular for 2002. I happen to think it works now. Not only does Yoda look great in fight mode, I like his whole attitude prior to the fight. Some of those poses were seemingly inspired by Neo in “The Matrix.” Christopher Lee had to sell the duel on his end and he didn’t even have anyone to fight as it was shot on a soundstage. Lee does an amazing job but that just goes without saying. The lighting in the scene–some of it digital, some of it done on set–is perfect.

This was a high risk scene that walks the line between “wow, this is awesome” and the absurd but it became one of the most iconic fight scenes in the saga so far.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bright Lights Film Journal On AOTC

November 26, 2016

Mike Thorn posted a recent piece (Nov. 16) on Bright Lights Film Journal called “George Lucas’s Wildest Vision: Retrofuturist Auteurism in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones”.

This is a real critique of art from the standpoint of someone who is serious about cinema as an art form:

Returning to the comparison between Attack of the Clones and *Corpus Callosum, I would also argue that both films are born to differing degrees from avant-garde traditions, given Lucas’s directorial background and origins (his early work in short films is largely comprised of formalist experimentation, and even his feature debut THX 1138 [1971] eschews many of the customary characteristics of its genre). What defines Attack of the Clones more than anything is its wild formal inventiveness, which remains unprecedented in mainstream cinema. And like Snow’s Callosum, Lucas’s film deals with the futuristic possibilities of digital filmmaking, in this case, resulting ultimately in the alteration of an entire art form.

TPM In One GIF

November 12, 2016

For the generation on the go and with no time to watch a two-hour movie ;):

Update: Here are the gifs for AOTC and ROTS…

Upcoming Stuff From SH Figuarts

October 28, 2016

Good thing Star Wars The Prequel Trilogy page on Facebook keeps up with this stuff, otherwise I’d never know!  It looks like more AOTC figures are coming next year besides Obi-Wan.  Here’s a pic of the upcoming AOTC Anakin:

 

Apparently, there will also be a Padme Amidala but no pics of her yet.  Meanwhile, S.H. Figuarts will produce for its “samurai” themed line of figures a Darth Maul for 2017 and possibly a Queen Amidala (along with IG-88 and a Gamorrean Guard).  Check out the concept art here.

Disney’s AOTC Tsum Tsums & New Tees Out Today

October 18, 2016

As with the TPM Tsum Tsum set unloaded last spring, the Disney Store has introduced three new limited edition t-shirts to go with today’s release of its AOTC Tsum Tsum plushies:

 

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The Anidala one (which is the first licensed Anakin/Padme t-shirt I’ve ever seen) is only for the ladies.

Each shirt is $30 but now through Sunday, you can buy two for $44.95. These are online exclusives! The Tsum Tsums are $5.95 apiece.

AOTC Tsum Tsums Coming Oct. 18

October 4, 2016

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The Disney Store at your local mall and online will unleash 10/18 the latest round of Star Wars Tsum Tsums, this time from AOTC: Anakin, Padmé, Jango, Mace Windu, Aayla Secura, and Plo Koon. These should retail for five bucks apiece. I also hope they have a cute online exclusive t-shirt as they did with the TPM set!

Guest Post: AOTC Hardcover Edition

September 29, 2016

by Kathryn S.

Released this month is Marvel’s hardback edition of the Attack of the Clones graphic novel. I received my copy about two weeks ago and I spent most of that time drooling over this new edition. I will preface this review with the following statement: Attack of the Clones is my favorite of George’s six film saga and I really love Dark Horse’s adaptation of the film. If I seem to gush more in the course of this review then I did during the Phantom Menace review, see the above statement as to why. On with the review!

The Marvel edition of Attack of the Clones includes all four issues of the comic adaption as published by Dark Horse in 2002. All four art covers are included in this volume, along with the photo variant covers, the cover art for Dark Horse’s paperback edition of the novel, and the “pinup” for Star Wars #12 by Tsueno Sanda. The sketch art for the Marvel cover is also included along with some of the photo art which used was to promote Attack of the Clones during the spring and summer of 2002.

This edition is just as well bound as The Phantom Menace hardcover and the content of the graphic novel is identical to the 2002 printing, with the exception of adding an opening crawl to the beginning of the novel. Marvel has been consistently adding an opening crawl to most, if not all, of their Star Wars comics- both single issues and bound volumes. It is a format choice used to link the comics with the films, but with this novel, the format choice causes redundancy because the exact same text appears on both the crawl page and the first page of the novel.

Attack of the Clones is the longest of Marvel’s Star Wars film adaptation to date, consisting of 152 pages. It appears as though greater care was taken with this volume, or least more of the artwork from the film’s original release was included, which was not the case with The Phantom Menace edition. The comic art is just as stunning as when it was first published by Dark Horse. The lack of an introduction still persists and I still maintain that the prequel editions should have cast introductions in keeping with the format of the original trilogy editions.

I was very pleased with this volume. Well-bound, no alternation to the content of the novel and more artwork was included in this edition than the last one. This edition is definitely worth adding to your library, particularly if you loved the film and the original graphic novel. If you have never read the Attack of the Clones graphic novel or any Marvel’s Star Wars adaptations, this edition will provide a wonderful introduction to both. One final comment, I would love to see a completed painting based on the first sketch that Mike Mayhew did for the cover.

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