Posts Tagged ‘TPM anniversary’

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.


Can You Stand One More Tribute To TPM?

May 20, 2014

Bryan at Big Shiny Robot weighs in with his tribute to TPM. Plus there’s TPM talk on the latest episode of his podcast Full of Sith.

It holds a special place in my heart. I love the film dearly. I know every line by heart (just like all the other “Star Wars” movies) and I feel like it’s earned its place in the lexicon of “Star Wars.” It’s hard to believe 15 years have passed since it was released. I was fresh out of high school back then, managing a movie theatre, and hoping to get my start in the creative fields of filmmaking, journalism, and writing. “Phantom Menace” inspired me, inverting aspects of the hero’s journey, and I wouldn’t be any where I am today without it.

Ten Years of TPM: Teaser Poster

November 27, 2008

Shortly after Trailer A debuted on November 17, 1998 and in time for the busy Thanksgiving weekend, the first teaser poster for TPM and similarly rendered banners appeared in multiplex lobbies nationwide. The poster was first unveiled outside of the Chinese Theater in Hollywood and went up for sale via the Official Star Wars Fan Club that day.

The concept was simple but striking: a young Anakin on sunny Tatooine, the shadow of Darth Vader behind him, and the words “Episode I.” It told you this was the background story of Darth Vader’s youth. The image became iconic almost overnight: everyone from Bart Simpson to Dennis the Menace to Weird Al Yankovic has used the imagery. To this day it remains a favorite among fans and movie poster connoisseurs.

This was also the first SW poster to use photography instead of artwork.


Ten Years of TPM: November 17, 1998

November 17, 2008

The day I christened Trailer Tuesday, November 17, 1998, had been a day of tremendous anticipation among SW fans. After more than a year of odd pictures here and there and leaked images on the internet, fans were finally getting a first official glimpse at the most anticipated film of all time.