Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Clone Wars (DVD) review

It's Star Wars, only in cartoon form and better than that "new" trilogy nonsense. No Jar Jar, no whiny brats, plenty of cool Jedi action.

Check it out at Bolton or Trafford.

Update:
I thought I should flesh this out a bit, since the original post was added rather hastily.

Clone Wars was originally broadcast as a daily series of 20-odd five-minute shorts on Toonami. When you take out the credits and adverts from each episode, that's more like three minutes each. The best thing by far about this format is that your three minutes have to be action-packed.

The DVD edits all of these shorts together into a feature-length whole. It's quite fast-paced, which is a legacy from the broadcast format. The stylised visuals complement the pace really well - there's always something going on and it always looks impressive. The sound effects we know and love - light sabres, blasters, general space noises - are all present, along with the John Williams theme tune.

Clone Wars is set between Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode II: Revenge of the Sith. The DVD has some interesting featurettes, documenting the design and production process, as well as how the cartoon links with the films.

All in all, a very nice DVD. I found watching this much easier than making sure I was in front of the TV at 7am every day for three weeks.

3 comments:

Bibliothecary said...

I think it's also worth mentioning that this is the guy (Genndy Tartakovsky) who gave the world 'Samurai Jack', one of the most innovative and entertaining animated series to come out of the U.S since 'Mr Rossi' in the 70s. Now that series was way existential...

lonewytch said...

He also gave the world "The Powerpuff Girls" i think. I'm a little suspicious of this DVD but will give it a try...

michael said...

Buttercup is my favourite PPG. She's the fightingest!