I will never forget seeing the original Star Wars film in the theater. I was 6 years old (keep your “old” comments to yourself, please) and thrilled to be taking in a movie rated PG. I thought it was incredibly amazing and my brother and I argued all the way home about whose favorite movie was Star Wars, as he claimed it was his and couldn’t be mine, as well. I remember being quite put out by his insistence.
I rented Star Wars for my kids after they’d already seen The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. I was completely jazzed to see my old favorite again.
Fifteen minutes in, my daughter yawned. At twenty minutes, my son asked if we had any snacks.
About halfway through, my daughter patted my leg in a consoling manner. “It’s okay, Mom,” she said, “I’m sure this was the best they could do, back then.”
Oh, well then.
After some consideration, I decided to keep the children in spite of their inability to appreciate anything other than CGI. Hmph.
But here’s some news they’re going to find very exciting: This summer will bring an animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars to the big screen:
The feature film, chronicling the wartime adventures of a pre-Darth Vader Anakin Skywalker and mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi, takes place immediately before the events in 2005′s Revenge of the Sith. It serves as a kickoff for the half-hour animated TV series planned for fall on Cartoon Network and TNT.
“I felt there were a lot more Star Wars stories left to tell,” creator George Lucas said in a statement. “I was eager to start telling some of them through animation.”
I found the accompanying graphic disconcerting, truthfully—to me it looks like a video game. Although, I suppose that may be the point.
Then again, I am unbothered by movie sequences in which you can see the strings attached to the space ships… so I may not be the best judge.