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SMALL SCREEN STAR WARS

Movie NewsDan VintonComment

http://chud.com/nextraimages/swcgone.jpgA few days back, the masters of CHUD let out a pentagasmic critique on the pinnacle of movie disappointment: Star Wars: Episode One. Every last entry nailed at least one panging facet (sans the whole toy collecting hobby) I've felt since the onslaught of the Star Wars prequels eight years ago. Still, the whole affair is a gift that keeps on giving.

With a pair of Star Wars TV projects assembling themselves relatively quietly in the background, the franchise is laying plans to keep itself percolating in the public consciousness, fueled by the apparently insatiable appetite of Star Wars die-hards across the land. As the machine Lucas built continues its moneymaking work (very well, thank you), it's now giving a glimpse at the first of the two announced Star Wars TV projects- Clone Wars.

Despite my Star Wars interest level pulsing weakly at close to a flat-line, new projects inevitably give a jolt to the system and a faint spark of hope. Thanks to the skilled hand of Trailer Editor # 3, the Clone Wars CG series at least looks interesting (which shouldn't be too hard as it's all action beats) for what looks like a Saturday morning cartoon. Don't get me wrong, I appreciated the style and skill of Genndy Tartakovsky's 2-D Clone Wars on Cartoon Network but the whole attempt felt like the usual far-flung ditrius of the expanded universe: official- yet not quite Star Wars.

If you haven't seen it yet, yelp with joy, stifle a yawn or search your own feelings by watching the trailer on the official Star Wars site here.